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Snowy Mountains

The 'Snowies' offer a landscape entirely different from anywhere else in Australia. This is the country's only true alpine area, where snowfall brings skiers from early June to late August (sometimes later). Though winter's peak season, the region is equally pretty under a blazing blue sky, when there are ample opportunities for hiking, cycling, kayaking and horse riding. The Australian mainland's highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko (2228m), is a memorable ascent, accessing expansive views of boulder-strewn plateaux and hills where gum trees cling on for dear life.


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