Australia NSW - Perisher

Where to stay & play

Base facilities

Being an amalgam of four resorts, Perisher Blue has four main bases.

Perisher Valley: Two key hubs here – the Skitube Terminal which is the arrival point from Bullocks Flat and has tickets, medical centre, post office and some food and other shops; and the Perisher Centre below the Front Valley slopes which has a lot of fast food outlets, cafés, hire and tickets (for lifts and snowsports school), repairs and ski and board shops. Access here is by car along the Kosciuszko Road to a day-only car park or by Skitube from Bullocks Flat.

Smiggin Holes: A few minutes on the Jindabyne side of Perisher Valley, access is also by car along the Kosciuszko Road to a day-only carpark. There is also a free shuttle connecting Perisher and Smiggins. Facilities here include a small range of bars, cafés and fast food outlets along with ski and board shops, souvenir shops and snowsports school. 

Blue Cow: The terminal at Blue Cow is big enough to provide shelter inside on a bad day and has a big deck for the good days. Facilities include a café, food, souvenirs and limited ski/board accessories along with a photo shop. Access to Blue Cow is on the Skitube beyond Perisher or using the lift network – there is no car access.

Guthega: Services at Guthega include the bistro and a small selection of food, hire and souvenir shops and ticketing. Most use Guthega as a day centre, but there is some commercial accommodation available and some of the club lodges also take guests. Access is by the Kosciuszko Road, with a turn-off for Guthega.

Eating: Restaurant recommendations for dinners at Perisher include The Stables, The White Spider at the Eiger Chalet and the Sundeck Hotel. At Smiggin Holes, the Smiggin’s Hotel has Bibi’s restaurant and the Chargrill for pizzas and bistro-style food.

On mountain eating: The options are very good all around Perisher Blue, particularly for coffee, snacks and light lunch lovers. The beauty of the terrain is the amount of treed trails there are and every now and again, you’ll come across some little snack bar or kiosk, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. In the middle of somewhere, in fact at the mid-station of the Forester Quad Chair is the Mid Perisher Centre where you can grab a very cheap coffee or hot chocolate before 10am; one of the best bargains in the mountains. Other gems are the Happy Valley Kiosk and the mini donuts at the Perisher Skitube terminal. The top tip for cheap eats (it’s a term we use relatively in the mountains) is the Kebab shop in the Perisher Centre. The Blue Cow Skitube terminal also has some good value eating and the Guthega Hotel does a brilliant mountain lunch. Aldo’s at the Perisher Skitube terminal has pizza and Italian-style food.

Nightlife: It rotates around the village and there’s some really good acts at Jax, the Sundeck and the Man From Snowy River.


Ski in/ski out accommodation: Some accommodation at Smiggin Holes is ski in/ski out and at Perisher, places like the Sundeck Hotel, Perisher Manor and Perisher Valley Hotel are also, as are Peer Gynt and Barrakee at North Perisher. Otherwise the distance to the closest lift is never too intimidating.

Upmarket beds: Perisher Valley: The Stables is one of the best choices – a complex consisting of self-contained apartments with a central building which contains reception, restaurant and bar. The Perisher Valley Hotel shines for its location and facilities.

Middle ground beds: This is the area’s real strength – there’s huge choice and some very good value, especially in dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation options.

Perisher Valley: The Man From Snowy River is a very good family choice; it is well run, the food and service are good and it has the bonus of undercover parking. The Sundeck Hotel is another good option, especially for its on-slope location. The Perisher Manor, The Eiger and the Marritz are other choices along these lines and in North Perisher look at Barrakee or Peer Gynt.

Smiggin Holes: Families just starting in the sport like this area because it is so well contained and parents can keep an easy watch on children from the Smiggins Hotel. Heidi’s and Snowy Gums are also good choices.

Shoestring: Perisher Valley: Not strictly at the backpacker end, Matterhorn and Corroboree are very well priced and offer good packages with most meals and lift passes included. Cheapest option of all are the cabins at Sawpit Creek, about 20 minutes down the road from Perisher.

Nearest towns: Lake Crackenback (one kilometre from Bullocks Flat Skitube terminal), Jindabyne (33 kilometres).


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