Australia's Winter (and Summer) Playground
From fun-filled family holidays to romantic weekend getaways, from relaxing Winter nights to Summer hikes in the wilderness, Thredbo lives up to its reputation as one of Australia’s most exciting and enjoyable playgrounds for adults and children alike. With Australia’s highest peak, over 34km of Alpine trails to explore, endless mountain-bike routes, festivals, markets, children’s activities and more, Thredbo offers year-round fun for the whole family.
As passionate locals we’re always thrilled to offer our warm welcome, tips and advice to make the most of the Mountain. Below are a few helpful things to consider, but if you have any specific questions about the local area, accommodation or properties for sale please don’t hesitate to get in touch via our contact page today.
Skiing & Snowboarding
Thredbo has the best location for the opportunity to ski or snowboard the highest vertical drop hill in Australia. Get on the Crackenback Express chairlift and zoom to the top in just ten minutes.
Cross Country Skiing
Cross country skiing is a great way to explore the amazing untouched country of the Snowy Mountains. Explore the extraordinary main range or head to Perisher Blue to glide and skate the many kilometres of Nordic trails.
One of the most important factors that will make your snow holiday an amazing experience is your equipment. You can hire nearly everything you need from clothing, to boots, skis, boards and poles. Thredbo has a number of very professional ski hire stores offering the latest equipment at very reasonable prices. It is better to hire equipment locally, as sometimes you may need to change your equipment or request adjustments.
Lift Tickets & Snowsports School
To ride the lifts you will need to display a valid ski lift ticket. You can either pick up a ticket on the day or purchase lift and lesson packages in advance. There is a large variety of options. Whether you have never seen snow before or consider yourself a black diamond pro, taking a lesson is guaranteed to improve your experience. Both resorts offer highly professional ski schools to help you hone your skills on the slopes.
Hire snowshoes from a local ski hire shop for a modest price and head up to the top of Thredbo. Take lunch in backpacks, ski poles (good to have but not mandatory) and wear a pair of waterproof walking boots. Strap on your snow shoes and off you go! Simply walking on the thick carpet of fresh snow means no slipping or sliding because of the metal teeth on the snow shoes.
Thredbo, Jindabyne and the Snowy Mountains offer fly fishing, boat fishing and trout fishing on our alpine streams, clean rivers, and mountain lakes such as Eucumbene, and Jindabyne. You can hire boats and tackle, purchase fishing gear and lures, and the friendly staff will even help you tie fishing knots and set up your gear.
Thredbo is famous for its legendary Thredbo Downhill. During the warmer months the long ski runs are transformed into a downhill mountain biking haven. The downhill mountain biking runs are accessed by the year-round chairlift every day from November to May. From ‘The Cannonball’ track for the more advanced to the more gentle ‘Kosciuszko Flow Trail’ for the intermediate rider, there’s a perfect trail for all riders.
Bushwalking & Hiking
A walk in the mountains or Kosciuszko National Park near Thredbo is the best way to enjoy the fresh air and spectacular views.
Kosciuszko Alpine Guided Walks
Single and multi day guided bushwalking featuring fully catered overnight campsites. You will experience the beauty of the mountains in Kosciuszko National Park, with local guides to show you the way and carry your equipment. You can see Glacial lakes and Australia’s highest peak in a unique alpine setting. Then the guides at the end of the day will prepare your dinner around a star-covered campsite.
Rock Climbing & Abseiling
Kosciuszko National Park and the areas around Thredbo, Jindabyne and Perisher offer the best adventure specialist companies in Australia with well trained staff.
One of the most popular attractions in Thredbo and the Snowy Mountains is the the scenic Kosciuszko Express Chairlift, 1.8 km long with a vertical rise of 560 meters in 15 minutes. It’s the best place to start the summit walk to Mt Kosciuszko. It operates throughout the year, and you can purchase tickets from the Thredbo Sports Office.
Australia’s highest golf course, the AGU rated 9 -hole golf course in Thredbo is located alongside the Thredbo River, with challenging features such as Snake Pit and Wombat’s House. Golf clubs and equipment can be hired and green fees purchased at Thredbo Sports.
Lake Jindabyne and Lake Eucumbene are the perfect place to go boating, canoeing, fishing, water skiing, sailing, wake boarding; in fact every type of sport on the water can be done here. The Australian Waterskiing Championships are also held on Lake Jindabyne in January for an exciting spectator experience.
Horse riding is very popular in the Snowy Mountains and Jindabyne. Guided treks through the mountains, lasting from two hours to two days or more, are a must for horse riding vacations.
Thredbo village has a 700 metre luge track that runs at high speed down the mountain. The bobsled operates 7 days a week from 10.00am to 5.00pm throughout Summer, and tickets can be purchased from the Thredbo Sports Office.