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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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!...more
Friday Drive, Thredbo Village, 2625, AU
Thredbo and Perisher Blue (the other ski resort) is located 6 hours drive south of Sydney in the Snowy Mountains on the NSW side of the border between New South Wales and Victoria. To get there you drive.Thredbo is inside the Kosciuszko National Park and you must pay $A15 per day entry fee (or an annual permit for $A66). During winter, snow chains...more
As anywhere, please beware that even in Australia we have thieves and sometimes you get ski equipment stolen. So watch your stuff and you'll be fine. Much more of a worry is if you're caught hanging out with the people pictured!!! They are known as Adam, Michael, Paul, Carsten, Farah and John.
As with most (all?) ski villages/resorts...the prices are very high in Thredbo... Bring whatever you can from home if you want to do the trip as cheaply as possible...you'll be glad you did...
Fun Alternatives: If you can't bring things from home you can always get stuff from the local supermarket (prices are higher than normal there too)...
Thredbo Village Supermarket
Village Square, Thredbo
Phone: 02 6457 6888
Open 7 days a week
Luggage and bags:
Take bags that are easy to carry...most likely you will have to climb steps or steep paths...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take good walking shoes and lots of warm clothes (even in summer it gets cold)... In the ski season take lots of wet weather gear too!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A rubber-backed mat is great for picnics...
well its the easiest mountain youll ever climb. you can take the clairlift to 1900m and then a 5 hour walk accross the plateu to the summit at 2228m. the scenery is beautiful of course....except when its raining, hailing, windy and freezing cold like it was when I did it the first timemore
There are plenty of sports to take part in at a ski village, but we were there in summer, so that limited things a bit (though some of the ski lifts were still operating)
Some of these included hiking & bushwalking, mountain biking, and toboganning, which Paul took a liking to, after seeing how high the ride went.
I decided to stay safely at the bottom, thanks!
I once read a story of a mountain climber who set out to bag the highest peaks on the five continents. He chose Kosciuszko first but never made it. Foul weather ate up all his time and he had to return years later to complete the task. It’s just a reminder that not all days are as benign as the one we were having. Skiers who’ve experienced Thredbo...more
On the way back we took more note of the delicate flowers, pondering how hardy any plant would have to be to survive up here. We were amazed to learn of the threat posed by bogong moths who inhabit fields far away, that have had poison spread on them, then they fly all the way up here to die and leave an arsenic trail that kills the alpine...more
They came with poles, they came with backpacks, they mostly came with hats, they came with beanies, they came with scarves, they wore parkas, they wore board shots, the older and wiser ones wore long sleeves and they brought their lunch. Some made it, some didn’t; some were to be found laying on the side of the trail; it was like a pilgrimage route...more