Thredbo Summer Activities & Attractions

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Thredbo Bobsled - Kosciuszko Express Chailift - Climbing / Abseiling - Fishing -

Golf - Horse Riding - Kids Activities - Mountain Biking - Walks

 

Thredbo’s exciting outdoor activities don’t just stop with the snow. In the warmer months there are plenty of options to suit any pace. You can keep the adrenalin pumping with a wild mountain bike blast, explore the magic alpine environment as you climb to the roof of Australia, or try your luck at fly fishing. Thredbo is the ultimate year round resort!

Bobsled

The Thredbo Bobsled is a summer activity guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. With a 700m luge style track, the bobsled twists and turns its way through the Thredbo wilderness. Brakes on your bobsled cart allow you to control your own speed and take your ride in to your own hands. It’s great fun for the young and the young at heart!

Located along the Thredbo River, The Bobsled is an activity that will keep everyone amused. Those not interested in bobsledding can stand on the purpose-built viewing platform and watch everyone else have all the fun - we guarantee they'll be keen to try it before too long!

The bobsled is open from 12noon till 4:30pm Mon-Fri and 10:00am till 4:30pm Sat-Sun weather permitting during the Summer months.
* opening times may vary.

Chairlift

The scenic chairlift at Thredbo is open 365 days a year. The Kosciuszko Express Chairlift is 1.8km long and rises 560 vertical metres. The ride takes around 15 minutes each way and offers spectacular valley views as you are lifted to the closest access point to Mt Kosciuszko.

Climbing and Abseiling

Why not view the High Country from a different angle as you step over the edge and begin abseiling. The superb granite tors above Thredbo are a spectacular place to have a go at this exciting, adrenaline fuelled sport. Qualified Instructors from the Snowy Mountains Climbing School will show you the ropes and ensure that your experience is not only fun, but safe.

Fishing

Wet a line and try your luck at fly-fishing in the pristine waters of the Thredbo River. It is filled with fresh, tasty trout just waiting to be caught. Lessons for all skill levels are available with equipment provided. Call Absolute Alpine today for more details!

Thredbo is located 30 minutes drive from Jindabyne, a trout fishermans heaven. Lake Jindabyne provides the perfect destination to fish for trout. With the Snowy Mountains Trout Festival held on Lake Jindabyne annually, there are always fish to be caught, whether you're out on the water or fishing off the banks in your 'favourite spot'.

Golf

Play a round of golf on Australia’s highest course. The nine hole, AGU rated course is bordered by the Thredbo River and has unique and challenging features such as the snake pit and Wally Wombat’s House. With some of the highest levels of recorded rainfall in Australia, Thredbo Golf Course has no shortage of perfectly manicured green grass to test your tee shots and perfect your putting. Why not finish off the day with a sumptuous meal at Knickerbocker Restaurant? Overlooking the Thredbo River and the golf course, you'll be able to regale your friends with stories of the 'near misses'!

In the cool of the evening sit for a bit beside the Thredbo River and watch for platypus.

Horse Riding

There are several Snowy Mountain horse riding companies close to Thredbo and trips can range from two hour beginner strolls to overnight camp outs. You’ll enjoy spectacular mountain bush scenery offering endless views, wildflowers and wildlife as well as a trailside snack or picnic lunch.

Kids Activities

During School Holidays, Thredbo offers a variety of kids activities including special guest performers, circus skills workshops and a kids club night adventure. The Thredbo Early Childhood Centre is also open to provide occasional care for the younger family members.

The Thredbo Leisure Centre has a waterslide and pool providing fun for the whole family. Mission Inflatable is a slippery, bouncy obstacle course strung over the centre of the pool.

Mountain Biking

Where better to pedal about on a mountain bike than in the Snowy Mountains. You can hire everything you need in Thredbo or bring your own equipment. There is easy trail and village riding for all to enjoy, or for those that get their thrill from an adrenalin rush, try taking the Kosciuszko Express to the top and riding the Thredbo Downhill trail. All riders using the chairlift must be on a guided or patrolled Downhill Unlimited Session with South East Mountain Bike Co and must have completed an initiation session.

Thredbo Downhill Initiation Must be completed once for future chairlift access.
This includes a full day downhilling at Thredbo with 3 hours of instruction from an experienced instructor. You'll learn about using the chairlift, trail access and technical riding skills for riding down a big mountain safely. The package includes front suspension bike, full body armour, full-face helmet and all day lift ticket.

WalksThredbo Walks and Summer Activities

The Summit
Mount Kosciuszko is Australia’s highest peak standing at 2228 metres above sea level. The Europeans were the first to scale the mountain, with Polish explorer Paul Edmund Strzelecki naming the peak after its similarity to the tomb of the Polish patriot Kosciuszko. A plaque on the summit commemorates his early achievements. The aboriginal name for the mountain is Tar Gan Gil.

Mount Kosciuszko is located in the southern section of the Kosciuszko National Park, latitude -36º 27' 26", longitude 148º 15' 44". The closest access point to Mount Kosciuszko is from the top of the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift in Thredbo. The relevant 1:50,000 topographical map is 'Mount Kosciusko 8525 - 11 & 111" and adjoining map 'Thredbo 8524 - N'.

Mount Kosciuszko is only slightly higher than the other major peaks: Townsend, Carruthers, and Twynam that form the spine of the spectacular Main Range, backdrop to mainland Australia's only glacial lakes. On your journey to the roof top of Australia you’ll cross the spectacular head waters of the Snowy River, discover the amazing and truly unique flora and fauna, and be taken away by the magnificent 360 degree views at the summit. The view takes in the Victorian High Country, the Main Range & the Monaro tablelands.

Official exploration of the mountains came with the detailed surveys of Thomas Townsend in 1846-1847. Clement Wragge, of Queensland, established a meteorological station on the summit in 1898 and this was manned and operated for several years. Later still, under the administration of NSW Premier, Sir Joseph Carruthers, the 50-kilometre road from Jindabyne to the summit, The Creel at Thredbo and the Hotel Kosciusko were completed in 1909. The latter famous resort was destroyed by fire in 1951.

During the last ice age, glaciers tore at the granite of the Main Range, leaving lakes and huge boulders in their wake as they slowly moved across the landscape. Miniature replays of this action occur each summer as the compacted snow drifts from the winter collapse in slabs upon the waters of the Lakes known as Blue, Albina, Club, Cootapatamba & Headly Tarn.

There are no refreshments available along the track so be sure and take a picnic lunch and at least 1 litre of water per person. There are toilets at Rawson Pass. The return distance from the top of the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift is 13kms and the trip takes about 5 hours.

Kosciuszko National Park
The Kosciuszko National Park is Australia’s highest national park, covering 1.5 million acres of magnificent alpine terrain. The Park is host to a wonderful variety of flora and fauna, including many alpine plants, which are found nowhere else in the world. More than 200 species of birds have been sighted in the Park - almost 40 percent of the known bird species in NSW. The awesome wedge-tailed eagle is a common sight as are kestrels, emus, cockatoos and magpies.

The Parks outstanding natural features received international recognition in 1977 when it was made a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Camping is permitted virtually anywhere in the Park except:

  • in the catchment areas of the glacial lakes
  • in the resort areas
  • at Yarrangobilly Caves

Basic facilities such as pit toilets and fireplaces are provided in the picnic /camping areas. Elsewhere camps should be out of sight of the roads and well away from water courses. Mountain biking is permitted on all fire and maintenance trails within the Park.

Park use fees are payable when entering the Park on the Kosciuszko Alpine Way from Jindabyne or Khancoban.

Guided WalksThredbo Guided Walks

Kosciuszko Summit Guided Walk
When you visit the Kosciuszko National Park a trip to the top of Australia is a must. Not only will you discover the unique wildlife, take in the amazing views and soak up the fresh alpine air, you’ll feel a sense of freedom and achievement like no other. Our guide will give you an informative talk on the unique flora, fauna, geological features and the history of the area. Those who reach the summit receive a Souvenir Certificate.


Kosciuszko Sunset Tour
Your journey to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko begins with an interpretative walk with an expert guide explaining the unique and beautiful landscape along the way. At the summit you will farewell the day from Australia's highest peak then after dark, travel back to Thredbo under a blanket of stars and learn about the constellations from your guide.

Thredbo Leisure Centre

If you like it fun, fit and first-class then check out the Thredbo Leisure Centre. Located just 5 minutes walk from the Village Square, the Thredbo Leisure Centre is open to everyone.

You can pump up at altitude and fine tune your muscles, take part in a fitness class, swim a few laps in the Olympic sized heated pool, play all your favourite games in the huge sports hall, have a hit of squash, a game of basketball or climb the bouldering wall. For the kids (and young at heart) there’s Mission Inflatable, the blow up obstacle course and the wicked waterslide, both sure to keep the good times rolling on. The centre is open every day of the year except Christmas Day.
 

Day Trips

Staying in Thredbo for a few days? Check out one of the fantastic day trips from Thredbo, you are only limited by your imagination!

Murray One Power StationMurray One Power Station

Take in the sheer power of the Snowy Mountains Scheme with a visit to the Murray 1 Visitors Centre.

This interactive visitor facility is located in a scenic valley alongside the Kosciuszko Alpine Way, near Khancoban.

With a focus on water and the environment, the Visitors Centre has a range of exhibits designed to educate and entertain.

There is also a BBQ and picnic area ideal for a family feast.

Yarrangobilly Caves

There are six stunning caves open for exploration including the North Glory, Jilabenan and Jersey caves. The Yarrangobilly caves are located 156km north west of Thredbo.

Thredbo Valley Distillery

This fully operational distillery offers a fascinating insight in to the art of making pure fruit schnapps. The Cellar Door and cafe are open to all, however schnapps tasting is for those 18 years and older only.

Self-Guided Driving Tours

Thredbo - Jindabyne - Dalgety - Berridale - Thredbo
This alternate touring route takes you through the Monaro Plains, which are vast native grasslands that are naturally treeless. In fact Monaro is said to be aboriginal for 'Treeless Plain'.

Travel to Jindabyne via the Kosciuszko Alpine Way; turn right at the t-intersection and then right again at the first roundabout. Head up the hill past Leesville, Jindabyne's industrial estate and then turn left onto the Dalgety Road.

Dalgety is located on the Snowy River and was once considered for the location of Australia’s Capital. Have a peek at the photos on the wall of the historic Buckleys Crossing Hotel, or a cuppa at the Iona Gardens and stroll along the banks of the Snowy, you could even catch a glimpse of a platypus.

Continue on towards Berridale, the seat of the Snowy River Shire Council. Turn left onto the Kosciuszko Road and head back to Thredbo via Jindabyne.

Thredbo - Murray 1 - Khancoban - Thredbo
Heading west toward Victoria from Thredbo, the Kosciuszko Alpine Way features stunning scenery with plenty of picnic spots for the ideal pit stop. Geehi and Tom Groggin picnic grounds offer a 99% guarantee of spotting a kangaroo or one of the many native animals that call the area home.

Just before Khancoban you'll find the Murray 1 Power Station and Visitors centre, which is a free attraction with interactive models and information on the Snowy Hydro Electric Scheme. The centre is open daily (except Christmas day) and entry is free.

Khancoban was originally built to accommodate workers and their families during construction of the hydro scheme. It has a fantastic rose garden and some plentiful trout streams surrounding it.

On the return to Thredbo be sure to stop by Scammels Spur lookout for a spectacular view of the main range and if you have time on your side take the turnoff to Olsen's Lookout where the range is so close you can almost touch it.

The Kosciuszko Alpine Way
This is one of Australia's greatest scenic drives, winding through the magnificent Kosciuszko National Park. You’ll pass by snow capped peaks, fields ablaze with wildflowers and deep blue lakes teaming with trout. The diverse array of wildlife is sure to keep you enthralled.

The Southern Section
When leaving Albury the route crosses the Hume Weir and then heads towards the quaint town of Walwa, nestled on the banks of the Murray River. The route follows the Murray and affords magnificent views of the western faces of the Snowy Mountains.

Begin to discover what Australia's High Country really means. Just before Corryong the route turns off to Khancoban and Thredbo. Khancoban was built as a construction town for the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme.

The Scheme is one of the great feats of world engineering with massive pipes, power stations, and information centres dotted along the route. The displays at the Murray One power station, near Khancoban, give an overview of the Scheme.

There are all types of accommodation along the route, from camping facilities to guest houses, farm stays, historic hotels to 5 star resorts.

Khancoban - Thredbo - Jindabyne
This stretch is filled with magnificent alpine vistas and pristine picnic spots. In summer you can explore the Snowy trails by horse or on foot. Wet a line and tackle the rainbow and brown trout in the sparkling lakes and streams. The adrenalin junkies can have a crack at white water rafting or hammer downhill on a mountain bike.

In winter snow riding action takes the slopes by storm, with something for first timers right through to the hard core mountain machines.

Thredbo provides the most convenient access point to Mt Kosciuszko, Australia's highest mountain at 2228m above sea level. The walk to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko is easy, particularly if you take the chairlift up the Ramshead Range from Thredbo.

The Snowy Mountains boasts Australia's highest golf course, tennis courts, guided walks, mountain bike hire and tuition, fly fishing, abseiling, music and adventure festivals, and much, much more.

Situated on Lake Jindabyne, the town of Jindabyne is home to the Snowy Region Visitor Centre and two modern shopping centres, offering everything from supermarkets to specialty shops.

The Northern Section
The northern section of the route travels through the Monaro Plains, Cooma and then on to Canberra, Queanbeyan and Goulburn. Cooma, known locally as the capital of the Snowy Mountains, is the retail and business centre of the region.

Visit villages, historic huts and homesteads dating from days when the first Europeans drove their stock across the Monaro Plains, and wander around the National Trust listed streets.

The route includes Australia's national capital, Canberra. Experience the history and culture of Parliament House, the National Library, the National Gallery, the High Court and the Australian War Memorial.

Take the alternative scenic route and enjoy the Snowy Mountains - Australia's High Country.