Getting to Smiggin Holes and Southern Cross
Southern Cross Alpine Lodge is located within Kosciuszko National Park in Southern NSW per the above maps at 43 Corroboree Road Smiggin Holes. Corroboree Road winds up the hill behind the Smiggins Hotel. Click on those maps to expand to larger maps.
THE FOLLOWING INCLUDES SIGNIFCANT 2020 SNOW SEASON CHANGES
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 and generally dig around on the Internet. Currently (July 2020) both Murrays Coaches and Greyhound has suspended their snow services. 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 & more convenient than Ski Tube, include www.alpinecharters.com.au, SNOWY Access Ph 0497 827 339 who have 2 @ 4WD for charter for up to 4 people, as well as Snowy Mountains Shuttles who offer lodge guests special deals. All of these services are extremely busy this year, so you would need to pre-book – 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 usually take Ski Tube to Perisher (no NPWS car entry fee & no snow chains required) and then the free daytime (later when night skiing is on) shuttle bus to Smiggins, BUT THERE ARE PASSENGER & LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS this year (2020), no Ski Tube season passes & tickets need to be pre-purchased.. 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 which may be more convenient. The following Ski Tube prices, WHICH CAN ONLY BE PURCHASED ON-LINE 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||Buy at ticket office||** Buy On-line|
|Child 5-14||Not available in 2020||N/A||$23 **|
|Adult 15+||Not available in 2020||N/A||$41 **|
|Student 5-18 Epic Passholder||N/A||$15|
|Adult (including Senior) Epic Passholder||N/A||$28|
|Open Return valid within 14 days of start date||** Multi-Consecutive Day Ski Tube|
|Buy at ticket office||Buy On-line||prices are slightly cheaper per day|
|Child Under 5||free||N/A||for non-Epic Passholders|
|Child Under 5||free||N/A|
|Adult 15 to 64||N/A||$110||There is no one way only Ski Tube price and|
|Over age 65||N/A||$90||an extra $5 may apply to purchase a Perisher Card|