Frequently Asked Questions


Below is a list of our most frequently asked questions from guests. If you have a query that isn’t answered here please either call us or contact us via email and we’ll endeavour to assist you.


Location



Sorry, we don’t provide any in-house transport to the ski resorts or Jindabyne. If you wish, we can organise a taxi for you, but we recommend that you bring your own car, or hire a car, to truly enjoy your holiday in the Snowy Mountains.
Yes, we have plenty of vehicle parking, however no undercover or valet parking is available.
The Skitube is our local underground train. It runs from Bullocks Flat (18km from Jindabye, outside the National Park) to Perisher Valley and on to Blue Cow.
From Pender Lea, turn onto the Alpine Way, heading South, and the Skitube station is 10 minutes’ drive.

Visitors Tips – The Skitube only operates in winter. To access Perisher in Summer, turn onto the Alpine Way, heading North, and continue along until the T-intersection at the Shell Service Station, then turn left onto Kosciuszko Road. Remember, you’ll need an entry permit for Kosciuszko National Park, which can be purchased at the park entry gate – if you don’t mind queuing – or you can skip the queue by pre-purchasing a pass on your way through Jindabyne at the Snowy Region Visitor Information Centre.
From Pender Lea, turn onto the Alpine Way, heading South and you’ll reach Thredbo in around 15 minutes. Remember, you’ll need an entry permit for Kosciuszko National Park, which can be purchased at the park entry gate – if you don’t mind queuing – or you can skip the queue by pre-purchasing a pass on your way through Jindabyne at the Snowy Region Visitor Information Centre.
We are a 15 minute drive from Jindabyne, south on the Alpine Way.
Not really, but some of the local roads are a bit windy, so it’s best to drive a little slower so that you get to your destination safely. During peak times in winter, the roads can be busy, so you’ll need to take your time and drive with care. When it’s snowing, we ask you to use extra caution, lower your speed and drive to the current conditions, as you would in any inclement weather.
Don’t worry, if you need chains on your tyres on the way up the mountain, you’ll be stopped at a chain-fitting bay by National Parks or a resort officer who will fill you in on the road conditions and help you fit the chains if necessary.
That depends on Mother Nature! Most of the time, you won’t need chains to reach Pender Lea. However, when snow is forecast below a certain altitude, you may need chains. If the weather conditions mean you do need chains, they can be hired at most service stations in Cooma or Jindabyne. Before you leave home, it’s a really good idea to call the NSW RTA on 132 701 or 02 6450 5551 to check road conditions.

Visitor Tips – If you plan to drive to Thredbo or Perisher, the National Parks & Wildlife Service advises that chains must be carried by all non-4WD vehicles entering the Kosciuszko National Park.
No – Your National Parks Entry Fee is included in your Skitube ticket.
All vehicles entering Kosciuszko National Park have to pay an entry fee. Full day passes in summer are $16 and in winter, $27 per day.

Visitor Tips – Pre-purchasing a National Park pass allows you to avoid the queues and get there faster! We suggest you stop off in Jindabyne on your way through town. National Park passes can be purchased from the Snowy Region Visitor Information Centre, located in Nugget’s Crossing Shopping Centre on Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne from 8.30am – 4.30pm every day.
We’re just outside the National Park, which means you can bring your furry friend. We’re happily pet-friendly here at Pender Lea.
Pender Lea is nestled at the foot of the NSW Snowy Mountains. We are 5 hours’ drive from Sydney. The best way is to come via Canberra and Cooma, then follow the Kosciuszko Road and turn left onto the Alpine Way after Jindabyne. After about 15 minutes on the Alpine Way, you’ll find Pender Lea on the right hand side. The Post Office and Pender’s Barn are just a little further up the road on the left hand side. Need our street address? 1056 Alpine Way, Crackenback NSW 2627 Please go to this link for maps and directions.

Visitor Tips – Before you type the address into your GPS to find Pender Lea… Unfortunately, some GPS devices show Pender Lea being some 300km from where it actually is! We don’t want you to get lost on your way here, so please use the map on our website or the directions above to make sure you find your way easily. If you do use a GPS device, please check the post code is 2627 Crackenback.
The Snowy Mountains are located about half way between Sydney and Melbourne, just south of our nation’s capital, Canberra. Trivia tip: – The Snowy’s are home to Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko.
Close! We are only 5 minutes’ drive from the Skitube train station (this takes you to Perisher without having to worry about snow chains) and 15 minutes to Thredbo by car.

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