Thredbo, Kosciuszko National Park
In the Snowy Mountains of NSW, Thredbo prides itself on the abundance of activities it offers year-round. From June to October, it is a snow sports mecca.
From November to May, it becomes the base for a range of sports, from mountain biking, hiking and bobsledding to fly fishing and horse riding. The Kosciuszko Express chairlift at Thredbo runs all year round, giving hikers a head start up the mountain in summer.
Construction on Thredbo began in 1957, after a Czech former ski instructor saw its potential as a ski resort. The village is European in style, with lodges and chalets huddled into the mountainside. The golf course, day spas and leisure centre provide some luxury amid the rugged terrain and wild weather.
Hiking: During the warmer months, hiking Mt Kosciuszko is a must. From the top of the chairlift begins a medium-difficulty climb to mainland Australia’s highest peak. The three- to four-hour round trip covers spectacular alpine terrain and the view from the top lookout is unrivalled anywhere else in the country. Guided walks are available from Thredbo and hikes to Charlotte Pass and Blue Lake are highly recommended.
Mountain biking: Bike tracks around Thredbo are suitable for everyone from beginners to pros. There are trails around the village, perfect for cruising, and along the river through alpine bushland. The more adventurous can take their bikes up the chairlift and ride the downhill track, or explore the rugged outcrops up high.
Location: Thredbo is in Kosciuszko NP in NSW, in the Snowy Mountains region. Entry into the park is $27 per vehicle per day, or $190 for an All Parks annual pass, which allows entry into all NSW National Parks. The closest town, Jindabyne, is about 35km to the north.
Accommodation: Thredbo village consists mainly of holiday accommodation, ranging from basic to five-star. Ngarigo camping area is 8km north of Thredbo on the Alpine Way. Camping here is free, requires a short walk from the car and you must take your own drinking water and firewood. Huts are dotted throughout the mountains; some can be booked through NSW National Parks.
Food/drink: Thredbo has restaurants, pubs and a convenience store. There are picnic areas, and a larger supermarket and more restaurants in Jindabyne.
Maps: National Parks’ Jindabyne Visitor Centre has hiking, biking and camping maps.