Located in the south-east of New South Wales, the Snowy Mountains are the highest point of the Great Dividing Range and are a part of the Kosciuszko National Park. They are best known as a popular winter destination with an alpine-style climate and lots of snow, but it is actually one of the most romantic spring/summer wedding locations as well because temperatures are cooler than in other parts of Australia and the natural environment looks astonishing with an endless floral patchwork in vibrant shades of yellow, orange, purple and white.
With four distinct seasons, the Snowy Mountains look stunning all year round, but if you are planning a spring/summer wedding, the best months are January and February because the floral displays are the most dramatic and colourful during these months, especially at higher altitudes. Temperatures can get as high as 35 in the little towns and villages, but they tend to cool down the higher you go into the mountains. Evening temperatures can get pretty low, so have a snug extra layer to wear with your wedding gown and make sure that you pick a wedding venue that has a warm and cosy indoor function space.
There are many romantic ceremony spots across the Snowy Mountains such as the quaint mountain village of Thredbo, the picturesque Lake Crackenback and Jindabyne as well as the scenic Perisher Valley. You can get married in a church, on top of the mountain, by the lake, in a lavish garden or even go all the way to the Yarrangobilly Caves which are located on the northern end of the Kosciuszko National Park, should you want a location that is less ordinary and off the beaten path.
For your spring/summer wedding in the Snowy Mountains, pick a reception venue that showcases the best of the region and provides outstanding mountain views. You can also host your event at The Denman which has a beautiful Terrace Restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the mountain landscape so perfectly. Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa is nestled in Thredbo Valley, overlooking the gum-lined mountains and the shimmery lake, while its charming, rustic-style Alpine Larder makes a pretty venue for intimate gatherings. Both venues have delectable food, romantic accommodation and a cosy feel and the best ceremony spots are conveniently close.
The Snowy Mountains offer plenty of fun activities during warm summer months. Great hiking tours include Kosciuszko Alpine Way, Pallaibo Walking Track, Jounama Creek Walk and Illawong Walk. Other activities to add to your itinerary can be mountain biking and horse riding or water skiing, wakeboarding, fishing, kayaking and swimming in the lakes. You can go to the top of Australia and conquer the ‘Kozzie’ – a 13km walk which is not too challenging or explore the magnificent Yarrangobilly Caves. And since the Snowy Mountains attract talented chefs from all corners of the world, you can savour some really great food from modern Australian to Thai, Chinese or Lebanese. The region is also famous for its cool climate wines and craft beers and there is also the only Schnapps distillery in Australia located right here.
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