It all started so well. There I was, wallet in hand, ready to buy an annual pass and, what did I hear? “If you have a pension card it’s free to get into the Snowy Mountains NP.” A wave of euphoria came over me. I was thinking skiing on the cheap, how good would that be, but, hey, it was summer and I was here to do other things.
We parked in the Thredbo car park because I knew it was free too. Awesome. Even Rosemarie was a little keen and it was so good to get away from the coastal heat and humidity. We did the Kosciuszko walk the next day and then rested before hitting the Thredbo River Walk the following morning. Since Rosemarie didn’t want to take the trail across Ramshead because it might be just a bush track we opted to walk straight up the River trail.
It was getting just a little warm so Rosemarie opted out and went around the outside of the golf course and strolled around the village while I pushed on.
Of course, Thredbo has made its name as a ski resort and many is the time I have been down its slopes....not always in an upright position I should add.
However, when the weather is right it is generally conceded that Thredbo is the pick of the mountains resorts, particularly when it is top to bottom which never happens the whole season so it pays to pick your time.
Day lift tickets are around the $100 mark but concessions and multi-day tickets for cheaper rates are available.
There is heaps of accommodation here but it comes at a price.
The only downside it when it's windy. Up the top of Crackenback, the main lift, it's awful when the wind gets up. Lifts up the top are sometimes closed it's so bad.
Other than that I think it's the best overall resort.
Actually, I should have used the term "fly fishing" but, do I really care?
At Thredbo and I also believe Jindabyne you can get lessons on how to fly fish. Because most streams in Australia are stocked with fish you can usually get a bite somewhere.
However, fly fishermen are a different breed and having a love of the environment comes along as part of the package, along with patience.
There were also fishermen throwing a line in where picture 2 was taken, just below the first carpark at Thredbo.
The flora was abundant but the legacy of the 2003 bushfires was hard to ignore. Dead limbs still reached for the sky, slowly being overtaken by new growth but it had some way to go.
After crossing a couple of well made bridges I had to resort to a three step creek crossing near Dead Horse Gap because the walkway wasn't there, having been washed away.
I finished opposite the carpark and tried thumbing a lift back, striking it lucky at the fifth attempt in a nice Audi. Wouldn’t do to come back in a Ford or a Holden!
It was a lovely walk. Often the stream was in view but a lot of the time the track meandered above it and you missed some.
Still, the weather was the main thing to keep one’s eye on. Clouds were banking up on the horizon and it actually spat rain about three times but never dumped thank goodness.
Towards the top of the 4 km track it crosses the river a few times, on well made bridges except for the last one right at Dead Horse Gap that has been washed away and never replaced.
Out on the hill looking towards Ramshead the scars of the 2003 bushfires could readily be seen (pic 4).
For a first introduction to the slopes of white powder, I would always recommend toboganning. Mainly because it is cheaper than skiing, but also slightly less dangerous!
The tobogans we always hired were just really a plastic boat shaped thing with a rope on the front, rather simple but effective design and very cheap to hire.
While in Thredbo in the warmer months you should hire a mountain bike and go for a ride... It's heaps of fun and you will see a lot of the village and outlying areas... It's hard to pedal up some steep roads but it is worth the effort... :)
If you feel like a swim, game of squash or spending some time in the gym then go to the Thredbo Leisure Centre.
They have a big pool and a heated pool as well as a little water slide (it's free). They also have a squash court and a huge gym plus a basketball, volleyball, badminton etc hall.
Prices vary depending on what you want to do so check out the website if you're interested...
While you're in Thredbo, it's worth stopping in the village for a bit of a look around (shops were expensive, even the supermarket, so we just had a coffee in one of the funky/trendy cafes, and continued on our walk of the town and hilly surroundings.
There's also a visitor information centre where you can get maps of the walking trails, book tours and more.
I was really surprised to find snow at Mt Kosciuszko!!! All of the mountains around us had patches of snow still from winter... Plus it had snowed only a couple of days before we got there - in the middle of summer!!!!
You can walk to a viewing platform on the Mt Kosciuszko walk, or go right up to the top of the mountain. I think the first half of the walk was the hardest so if you make it to the platform then you should keep going... :) It's VERY windy and cold up on top so don't forget to take some warm clothes...
This is Mt Kosciuszko (in the middle with the snow on it) from the walking track...
Make sure you have a go of the bobsled/toboggan if it's open while you're at Thredbo... It is heaps of fun!!!! :)
We had 3 goes each as part of our 2 day ticket (bikes, chairlift, swim and bobsled for $47 each).
We also saw an 'older' couple (maybe in their late 60's) have a go on the bobsled and they loved it so much they went back for seconds! :)
Prices are $5.50 for one ride, $26.50 for six rides, $40 for 10 rides...
If you are in Thredbo during the warmer months then you should do the walk to the top of Mt Kosciuszko! It took us around 5 hours to walk there and back but we did stop a lot for photos, a picnic etc. :)
Take lots of water and put on HEAPS of sunscreen... Also take something to eat along the way and some warm clothes...it gets COLD up there!!!
Thredboland. While the resort village in the mountains are full of people from all walks of life, there's a place for the young ones too. At Fridays Flat Thredboland thrives and the little ones can learn the art of moving on snow.