Getting to Smiggin Holes and Southern Cross
Southern Cross Alpine Lodge is located within Kosciuszko National Park in Southern NSW per maps below. For Snow Season travel to Perisher & Smiggin Holes info, see
www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/Kosciuszko-National-Park/Visitor-Info#Getting-there-and-parking, www.perisher.com.au/plan-your-trip/new-to-perisher/getting-here, www.greyhound.com.au/coach-travel/deals/snow-express & www.murrays.com.au snow coach services and generally dig around on the Internet. Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays you can book NSW TrainLink with connecting bus to Jindabyne - see transportnsw.info/tickets-opal/regional-tickets-fares and type your destination as Jindabyne. Direct travel options between Jindabyne & Smiggin Holes (subject to booking & availability), which may be cheaper than Ski Tube, include www.alpinecharters.com.au/daily-bus-to-perisher, and SNOWY Access Ph 0497 827 339 who have 2 @ 4WD for charter $100 each way (plus park entry on uphill trip) for up to 4 people – you may be able to coordinate and share a booking with other Southern Cross guests.
Per www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/Kosciuszko-National-Park/Visitor-Info#Fees-and-passes and www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/passes-and-fees/annual-passes there is a vehicle entry fee for Kosciuszko National Park (even if parking at Sawpit Creek). A 20% discount applies to Seniors Card holders for annual entry passes (requires rego papers in name of Seniors Card holder) and Pensioner Concession Card holders may be eligible for free entry. No need to pre-purchase as you can purchase at the Sawpit Creek Entry Station. From the June LWE till the October LWE, snow chains must be carried (except AWD & 4WD), usually the road up to Southern Cross is closed to traffic, there is no free overnight parking available within Smiggin Holes or Perisher (except sometimes very early and late snow season), and only VERY limited $35 per night parking at the Smiggins Hotel which CANNOT be reserved. If you do drive to Smiggins, there is a 15 minute drop off zone behind the Smiggin Holes Hotel just past their car park.
Many of our snow season guests take Ski Tube to Perisher (no NPWS car entry fee & no snow chains required, but may only operate till Monday 7 October) and then the free daytime (later when night skiing is on) shuttle bus to Smiggins. You can pay Hans Oversnow (southern end of Ski Tube Perisher terminal ph (02) 6457 5334 & 0418 485 144) for 4WD or oversnow transport from Perisher to Southern Cross, but also see Jindabyne to Smiggins suggestions above.. The following Ski Tube prices are per Perisher website etc.
|Same Day Return when no lift ticket for that day||Same Day Return add-on to lift ticket for that day|
|Buy at ticket office||Buy On-line 7+ days ahead||Buy at ticket office||** Buy On-line 7+ days ahead|
|Child Under 5||free||free||free||free|
|Child 5-14||$30||$27||$21||$19 **|
|Adult to 64||$55||$49||$39||$35 **|
|Over age 65||$45||$40||$39||$35 **|
|Open Return valid within 14 days of start date||** The same day On-Line add-on only applies if|
|Buy at ticket office||Buy On-line 7+ days ahead||purchased for all days of a lift ticket, otherwise you|
|Child Under 5||free||free||can only buy add-on Ski Tube at the ticket office|
|Adult to 64||$96||$85||There is no one way only Ski Tube price and|
|Over age 65||$79||$70||an extra $5 may apply to purchase a Perisher Card|
|If you have a valid lift ticket (including Epic or age 70+ season pass) for each day you intend to travel on Ski Tube,|
|then the above Same Day Return add-on Ski Tube (buy at ticket office) tickets may the most economic option|