There are several places you can bunk in summer but probably Thredbo is the pick. It has a lot more activities close to hand to occupy all ages.
Jindabyne also has good facilities and excellent shopping options.
Charlotte Pass also is a nice place to stay but I haven't checked it out too closely.
Perisher doesn't have much to offer in summer, unlike in winter when it is the number one resort.
Once you're in the Kosciuszko National Park and you're in a motorhome or caravan there are a lot more options than you'll realise. You can stop in places you may not have considered like the carparks at Thredbo or Perisher. I'm talking summer here, not winter.
I'm also very fortunate because I'm a pensioner and I get into the park anytime for free. How good is that.
There is one thing you should always remember though and that is, whatever you take in, you take out. Let's not stuff it up for others.
As a self proclaimed founder of the "Huts Not Tents Movement" spending a cold night high up on a windy mountain ridge could be no better than with a hot cup of cocoa, a warm sleeping bag and a myrid of notes for the messege book.
There are about 22 mountain huts located in the Kosciuszko National Park, however during the 2002 / 03 fires some were damaged or destroyed. No doubt some have been rebuilt or will be so, it would be important to inquire before heading off. Basic facilities, generally no kitchen or cooking facilities. Space which is usually for emergency shelter only.
While this establishment is a club they do offer commercial accommodation for non-club members, particularly during the low season - outside winter. This place is little known making it a real mountain hideaway with comfort for the traveller.
Commercial kitchen during the skiing season and hostelers access during the rest of the year, dinning area, rooms with hot shower and toilet, TV room.
It was years since I'd stayed up at Thredbo and one of my most difficult days of cycling was getting here along the Alpine Way up from Khancoban. Eventually when I arrived at the YHA is was indeed a welcome sight. Here I found the staff helpful and friendly, and the guests while I stayed interesting. During the quiet period, which is between the busy winter skiing season and summer is an ideal time to be here.
Spacious dorms, excellently equiped kitchen and dinning area.
A cosy and quite place to stay after a days travel.
36 motel units aswell a backpackers and fisherman's lodge. Swimming pool, bar and restaurant.
This place worked like a caravan park, but was much more natural - it had everything we needed, and still plenty of open space so we felt like we were still out in the open.
There were a few chalet cabins tucked away further back on the property, and at the front, the owners house/office, a toilet block with good showers (any shower was a welcome sight after 2 days of only a composting toilet), fireplaces, and powered and unpowered sites.
The price at only $16 for our site, was great, as we had everything we needed.
Our second night in the park we spent a bit closer to civilisation, at Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat.
It was a private park, but looked more like bushland, as it was quite large and spread out.
There were about 100 camping sites, plus several cabins & a few chalets.
Two good toilet blocks, including laundry, etc.
Quite a good park, considering how primitive it looks from the road (ie, like there's really not much in there)
Another great feature of our campsite - the wide river running along just a few metres behind our tent.
In the campsite, for service and amenities, we had practically none, but since we were prepared to take a site anywhere without toilet, running water or whatever, (as we were very self contained and carried litres of water) we were pleasantly surprised and pleased to find this large plain (maybe 2 kms long) between the mountains, with a large running stream right behind us, pit toilet close by (yes, best if you hold your nose and run, but if you're a camper it's bearable), designated fireplaces, and even a couple of huts for shelter (if it had been still light enough for us to see that they were there, we might have used one).
The outstanding characteristics: waking up the next morning, 1st morning of the holiday, the sound of gently running water, birds singing, and the distant thumping sound of hopping kangaroos....which, as soon as we'd finished our breakfast, we went in search of, and found a whole mob of approximately 40 of them, grazing contentedly in the long grass (see travelogue for more photos)
We rather enjoyed our short overnight stay at Geehi camping area - not only because it was the place we finally found just as we thought we were going to run out of daylight....but also because the camping was free (apart from a $16 per day vehicle entry fee). There was even a stone shelter shed and a small toilet block (pit type - self composting) with a tiny bit of tank water - but it was easier to just use the river (for rinsing dishes, that is, not bathing), which ran just a few metres behind our tent.
One of the things I'll remember most about this place is that it was the site of my most memorable photo of the trip...my little 'campfire ghost' one.
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