Perisher is about a 5.5 hour drive from Sydney and 7 hour drive from Melbourne. If you’re driving to Perisher from Jindabyne it’s an easy half hour drive in good weather but do keep in mind that you’re legally required to carry properly fitting chains in any vehicle other than 4WD’s within the National Park. Through the winter months the roads are busier so it is recommend to give yourself some extra time to get to Perisher safely.
No matter which direction you’re coming from, there are a few things you need to be aware of when driving in the Snowy Mountains. Kangaroos and other wildlife are frequently seen by the roads, which is an amazing sight to see, but you don’t want to hit anything. Remember to drive carefully, don’t drive tired and slow down when driving at night.
Perisher’s overnight parking is limited to selected accommodation properties and therefore the Skitube is where most overnight stayers park. It is also a great option for day trippers who are wanting to avoid the drive up the mountain. Perisher’s Skitube is a Swiss designed rack-rail train that takes passengers from Bullocks Flat Terminal (off the mountain) on the Alpine Way through a tunnel in the Ramshead Range to the Perisher Resort. The first stop is the underground station at Perisher Valley and then continues on to Blue Cow through another tunnel through the Perisher Range.
When you arrive at Bullocks Flat Terminal, you’ll find free day and overnight parking and because it is located below the snow fall levels, you generally won’t require chains. You also don’t need to purchase the National Parks entry fees.