Near Jindabyne far southwest of Sydney, the Perisher Blue area has 100 km of cross country skiing trails centered around the Nordic Ski Centre in Guthega.
Perisher Blue is an easy 5.5 to 6 hour drive from Sydney or 7 hours from Melbourne with half the distance on freeway standard roads.
From Jindabyne access by road to Perisher, Smiggins and Guthega is via the Kosciuszko Road, with snow chains required to be carried by all vehicles past the National Park entrance. Its an easy half hour drive from Jindabyne in good weather.
Between June 1 and October 10, motorists are legally required to carry properly fitting chains in any vehicle in a snow-ice risk section within the National Park.
There is FREE day parking for 1500 vehicles at Perisher, 526 (plus 64 coach spaces) at Smiggins and 60 day and 50 overnight spaces at Guthega. Snow conditions can affect these numbers.
Alternatively, Skitube is 20kms or around 15 minutes drive from Jindabyne via the Alpine Way, with no chains normally required.
Overall, Perisher Blue is the 2nd most popular cross country ski area of all 10 Nordic ski destinations in Australia.