Advice needed Rex + shuttle bus, Sydney to Thredbo (via Cooma)

AJS

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Hi all!

Looking at costs to borrow a car to drive to Thredbo (return) inc 2-3 tanks petrol + daily NP fees (just to park it for 4 days in overnight parking), all for a solo trip, and it seems like it costs more or less roughly the same to fly Rex and get the shuttle bus. Given I'm close to the airport, it also seems much more relaxing (pre-flight beverage anyone?) and quicker -- but just wondering:
  • If anyone here has been taking the flights
  • What you think of them
  • How have you found Snowy Mountains Airport Link
  • Any other ways to get from Cooma airport to Thredbo
  • Any advice for packing (15kg checked, 7kg carry on)
  • If it's worth taking my skis/poles (boots are non-negotiable) given they'd be included in my 15kg weight limit and need a tune anyway
  • How to take them if I don't have a ski bag
Any advice on any or all of the points above much appreciated, cheers! :emoji_beers:
NOTE: I've already tried Murray's, Ski Kaos, Oz Snow and the Greyhound, not a big fan of being dropped at Central Station with all my gear in the middle of the night.
 

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When are you looking to go? Would hitching a ride from Cooma to Thredbo work?

Looking at a Jul/Aug trip, not set in stone yet. Given I'd be a solo traveling F*, I'm not really one for hitchhiking, happier to pay my way for peace of mind :)

*meeting friends from interstate there
 

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Have you thought about getting the coach from Canberra (or Sydney)? Great for Thredbo, drops you right outside the information center. Easy traveling with lots of luggage too. I've done it myself traveling solo.
 
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Have you thought about getting the coach from Canberra (or Sydney)? Great for Thredbo, drops you right outside the information center. Easy traveling with lots of luggage too. I've done it myself traveling solo.
Can vouch for this too. Super comfy & convenient.
 

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Have you thought about getting the coach from Canberra (or Sydney)? Great for Thredbo, drops you right outside the information center. Easy traveling with lots of luggage too. I've done it myself traveling solo.


It’s being dropped at central in Sydney being the issue.

See small print in OP. Having had that happen and being spooked by it myself I don’t blame her.
 
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I have done it a few times. Years ago tho.

I have had a lot of friends who have done it.

Can’t remember any issues with gear.

For a weekend you should be able to do 15kg.
 
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Have you thought about getting the coach from Canberra (or Sydney)? Great for Thredbo, drops you right outside the information center. Easy traveling with lots of luggage too. I've done it myself traveling solo.

Thanks, @sbm_ but I've caught them all from Syd (Murray's, Greyhound, Oz Snow, Ski Kaos - sorry should have made the fine print larger haha *fixed now*) but on the return I hate getting dropped off at Central Station at midnight with all my gear, plus they take around 8hrs. CBR buses don't really match up with Syd transport, plus the extra driving (vs Cooma) means the time savings are lost. I'm not too worried about the costs, none of the viable options are cheap, just looking at a new hopefully faster option :thumbs:
 

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Used Rex plenty of times to get my uni child from Sydney to Cooma in holidays.

Cheap tix are usually only available a fair way out and may not be available for peak times. Like Friday night and Sunday arvo.

Are they flying direct in winter? Cos they were stopping in Merimbula on some flights in summer.

They will cancel in bad weather or fog.

Our experience was fine.

Buy a ski bag. They’re not expensive.
 
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Thanks, @sbm_ but I've caught them all from Syd (Murray's, Greyhound, Oz Snow, Ski Kaos - sorry should have made the fine print larger haha *fixed now*) but on the return I hate getting dropped off at Central Station at midnight with all my gear, plus they take around 8hrs. CBR buses don't really match up with Syd transport, plus the extra driving (vs Cooma) means the time savings are lost. I'm not too worried about the costs, none of the viable options are cheap, just looking at a new hopefully faster option :thumbs:

Fair enough, yeah midnight at Central after an 8hr trip is brutal!
 
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The only negative is I think with flying you loss more snow time on the Sunday.

To be fair, the flight out on Sun isn't until 18:35 and if I've been skiing for few days and enjoying the nightlife too, my legs are usually shot by Sunday afternoon and I'm ready to call it by lunch time anyway LOL

Used Rex plenty of times to get my uni child from Sydney to Cooma in holidays.

Cheap tix are usually only available a fair way out and may not be available for peak times. Like Friday night and Sunday arvo.

Are they flying direct in winter? Cos they were stopping in Merimbula on some flights in summer.

They will cancel in bad weather or fog.

Our experience was fine.

Buy a ski bag. They’re not expensive.

Cheers for the advice, tickets are only $305 return for the dates I'm looking at (buying asap) and they are direct - there are some stop over flights but not at the times/dates I want fortunately. If they cancel will they put you on the next one? Know what happens if it's the last flight of the day?
 

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Ah seems they changed the flight times from the last time i used them! You used to have to leave the resort about 1pm.

Sounds like its more in line with the bus timing nowadays!
 
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I used to do it many years ago. I decided that the time advantage pretty much evaporated by the time you factored in getting to the airport and hanging around before boarding and stuffing around at Cooma airport waiting for the shuttle. The big advantage is avoiding the long drive after a day skiing.

I know one bloke who used to have his secretary drive his car to Canberra. He flew down latter to pick it up and drive to the snow. I'm not sure what the reverse was - whether he drove back to Canberra and had her collect it on Monday morning, or whether he drove all the way back. This scheme may not be feasible.
 
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Have a look into
1) flying to Canberra and getting the bus to Thredbo and return
https://www.greyhound.com.au/coach-travel/deals/snow-express
2) Get the bus return from Central but on the way back, overnight in Canberra and an early bus Canberra to Sydney
3) Borrow car, park in Jindy and use the Snowlink Shuttle to get to Thredbo.
https://www.snowlinkshuttle.com.au/?page_id=62

Rex and Tiger are the airlines most likely to be at the bottom of the on-time queue to fly out of Sydney on a busy Friday evening which may cause an issue or two with shuttle from Cooma. Worth checking what the policy is if delayed.
 

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To be fair, the flight out on Sun isn't until 18:35 and if I've been skiing for few days and enjoying the nightlife too, my legs are usually shot by Sunday afternoon and I'm ready to call it by lunch time anyway LOL



Cheers for the advice, tickets are only $305 return for the dates I'm looking at (buying asap) and they are direct - there are some stop over flights but not at the times/dates I want fortunately. If they cancel will they put you on the next one? Know what happens if it's the last flight of the day?
They won’t look after you if they cancel. I have known of people stuck in Sydney for the night.
 

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They won’t look after you if they cancel. I have known of people stuck in Sydney for the night.

Looking to fly out on a Friday morning (2 more flights that day) which should give me extra opportunities to get on a flight or on a bus, and back to Syd on a Sunday afternoon or Monday. Thankfully I have someone in East Jindy I could call if I got stuck at Cooma for the evening!

Have a look into
1) flying to Canberra and getting the bus to Thredbo and return
https://www.greyhound.com.au/coach-travel/deals/snow-express
2) Get the bus return from Central but on the way back, overnight in Canberra and an early bus Canberra to Sydney
3) Borrow car, park in Jindy and use the Snowlink Shuttle to get to Thredbo.
https://www.snowlinkshuttle.com.au/?page_id=62

Rex and Tiger are the airlines most likely to be at the bottom of the on-time queue to fly out of Sydney on a busy Friday evening which may cause an issue or two with shuttle from Cooma. Worth checking what the policy is if delayed.

Thanks but I already have accom sorted in the village and have done the whole Greyhound and overnight in CBR thing. Just looking for first hand advice on the Rex flight, thanks anyway!
 

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I used to do it many years ago. I decided that the time advantage pretty much evaporated by the time you factored in getting to the airport and hanging around before boarding and stuffing around at Cooma airport waiting for the shuttle. The big advantage is avoiding the long drive after a day skiing.

I know one bloke who used to have his secretary drive his car to Canberra. He flew down latter to pick it up and drive to the snow. I'm not sure what the reverse was - whether he drove back to Canberra and had her collect it on Monday morning, or whether he drove all the way back. This scheme may not be feasible.

Should have just gotten his secretary to drive him / pick him up :D;)
 

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I used to do it many years ago. I decided that the time advantage pretty much evaporated by the time you factored in getting to the airport and hanging around before boarding and stuffing around at Cooma airport waiting for the shuttle. The big advantage is avoiding the long drive after a day skiing..

Fair enough! For me looking at a 9am flight I'd leave home at 7:40am and hopefully be in Thredbo by 11:45/12ish with enough time for an afternoon on the mountain, whereas driving takes around 6hr (inc rest stop) meaning the flight option gives around a 2hr saving and the benefit of being able to let someone else do the driving/flying home :cheers:

It's not a huge difference, but seeing as it's about the same price to drive, if people recommend the flight and the shuttle then I think it's worth a shot...? The Greyhound doesn't get there until after 2:45 (3:30 pm last time I got it + 45 mins to drop off gear) making first turns on the first day pretty tricky/impossible.
 

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I def think it depends on where you live in relation to the airport.

It would be pointless for me. So I agree with legs. But you weren’t asking what we would do!

Flight and shuttle is fine.
 
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IIRC the shuttle from the airport to Thredbo took 2.5 - 3 hours, plus collecting luggage and herding people onto the shuttle at the airport took about 30 minutes. That's 3 - 3.5 hours once the plane is on the ground.

Pro tip - at the luggage collection shout out looking for people to share a cab to Thredbo. About the same price and about an hour faster.
 
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IIRC the shuttle from the airport to Thredbo took 2.5 - 3 hours, plus collecting luggage and herding people onto the shuttle at the airport took about 30 minutes. That's 3 - 3.5 hours once the plane is on the ground.

If that's still the case, that's only a saving of about an hour for me, but still not nothing :thumbs:
 

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IIRC the shuttle from the airport to Thredbo took 2.5 - 3 hours, plus collecting luggage and herding people onto the shuttle at the airport took about 30 minutes. That's 3 - 3.5 hours once the plane is on the ground.

Pro tip - at the luggage collection shout out looking for people to share a cab to Thredbo. About the same price and about an hour faster.
A cab? Can’t say I’ve ever seen Cooma cabs hanging out at the airport and Jindy ones are non existent. How much would Cooma cabs charge to Thredbo?
 

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Shuttle bus timetable goes live tomorrow I've been told, so can confirm new timings then, hopefully shorter than 3-3.5hrs haha
 
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