The Snowy Mountains Year-Round Destination!

Thredbo is renowned as Australia’s complete Alpine Village and is a popular year round holiday destination. Right in the middle of the snow scene, Thredbo is the ultimate place for your ski holiday accommodation booking!

This first class alpine resort boasts a multitude of great features including Australia’s longest ski run, dedicated beginner area with chairlift at Friday Flat, world class terrain parks, mega snowmaking system, Olympic sized swimming pool, aquatic play area and a variety of on mountain restaurants designed to tantalise the most discerning of diners.

In summer, Thredbo is a hive of activity. With events such as the annual Snowy Ride, Thredbo Blues Festival and Thredbo Jazz Festival, there is always something happening.

More than just a winter playground, Thredbo is a resort for all seasons. Set within the unspoiled Kosciuszko National Park in South East NSW, Thredbo offers year round activities to keep everyone enthralled.

When it comes to summer, Thredbo blends a unique mountain environment with cultural events and activites. You can take a walk by the Thredbo River and discover the fascinating wildlife, or wet a line and test your skill at fly fishing.

For a bit of an adventure catch the chairlift that operates all year round then stroll to the top of Australia and if you’re after some heart racing action, jump on a mountain bike and take a thrilling 6.2km blast down the infamous Cannonball Run.

In winter Thredbo is in a league of its own with something to keep all standards of skiers and snowboarders charging. You can never predict the weather so make sure you pack for all conditions!

For the black diamond destroyers Thredbo offers the most vertical runs in Australia, with wicked off piste terrain to get the blood pumping. The wide and open trails at Merritts are ideal for intermediates and the gentle slope of Friday Flat is the perfect place for beginners with the Snowrunner and Easy Does it lifts to make the learning experience easy. The new school freestylers are also catered for with a variety of terrain parks for snow riders of all standards and ages.

The Village has a cosmopolitan feel and is dotted with wonderful art works and architecture. You can relax in one of the many cafes and bars and listen to vibrant live music as it fills the alpine air.

Thredbo has various accommodation options from lodges for the budget conscious traveller including Alpenhorn Lodge, apartments sleeping from 2 to 10 people, or luxury hotel accommodation such as Thredbo’s The Denman Hotel. There really is a property to suit all ages, tastes and budgets in Thredbo!

Thredbo Resort Statistics

  • Resort Base Height: 1365m
  • Resort Summit Height: 2037m
  • Vertical Drop: 672m
  • RidingTerrain: 480 hectares
  • Beginner: 16%
  • Intermediate: 67%
  • Advanced: 17%
  • Number of Lifts: 13
  • Longest Run: 5.9kms (Karels T Bar to Friday Flat)
  • Lift Operating Hours: 8.30am – 4.30pm
  • Twilight Riding – Every Thursday and Saturday evening through July & August 4.30pm – 7.30pm (weather permitting).
  • Snowmaking: 300 Snow Guns covering 75 hectares
  • Average Snowfall: 203cms
  • Speed of Kosciuszko express chairlift: 3.5 metres per sec (in summer). Takes approx 10-15mins to the top which gives you plenty of time to enjoy the spectacular views.
  • Distance to Mt Kosciuszko: 6km (from top of chairlift)
  • Distance to Lookout: 2km (from top of chairlift)
  • Summer Visitors: Approximately 300,000 (November – May)
  • Car Parking Capacity: 2500 cars

Driving Times to Thredbo from Major Cities

  • Sydney: 5 – 6.5 hours 500km (approx)
  • Melbourne: 5.5 – 7 hours 500km (approx)
  • Canberra: 2.5 hours 180km (approx)

Thredbo Awards

  • 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 – Best Australian Ski Resort Luxury Travel Gold List
  • 2006 – National AHA Awards Best family/casual Dining for Cascades in the Thredbo Alpine Hotel
  • 2000 – NSW Tourism Award of the Decade – ‘Best Major Tourist Attraction’
  • 1997, 1998 and 1999 – Australian Ski Industry Awards – ‘Best Year Round Alpine Resort’.
  • 1996 – NSW Tourism Awards for Excellence – ‘Best Major Tourist Attraction’
  • ATM’s
  • Bakery
  • BBQs
  • Beautician
  • Bike Hire
  • Bottle Shop
  • Boutiques
  • Cafes
  • Chapel
  • Chemist
  • Childcare
  • Gift Shops
  • Golf Course (AGU Rated)
  • Gymnasium
  • Fire Station
  • Information Centre
  • Internet Access
  • Leisure Centre
  • Medical Centre
  • Massage Services
  • Naturopath
  • Newsagency
  • Pharmacy
  • Photographer
  • Physiotherapy Services
  • Police Station
  • Post Office
  • Service Station
  • Ski & Snowboard Hire
  • Snow Sports School
  • Supermarket
  • Swimming Pool
  • Retail Outlets
  • Real Estate Agencies
  • Courtesy Shuttle Bus (between Friday Flat & Valley Terminal as well as around the Village)

Thredbo Bar

  • Apres Bar – The Denman
  • Bavarian Beer Hall – River Inn
  • House of Ullr
  • Keller Bar – Thredbo Alpine Hotel
  • Lounge Bar – Thredbo Alpine Hotel
  • Schuss Bar – Thredbo Alpine Hotel
  • The Pub – Thredbo Alpine Hotel

Thredbo Restaurants

  • Alpen Stuble – River Inn
  • Bernti’s Grill – Bernti’s Mountain Inn
  • Black Bear Inn
  • Candlelight Lodge
  • Cascades – Thredbo Alpine Hotel
  • The Burger Bar
  • Sante Churrasco
  • Segreto – Thredbo Alpine Hotel
  • T-Bar Restaurant
  • The Terrace – Denman Hotel

Casual Eating in Thredb

  • Alfresco Pizzeria
  • Altitude 1380
  • Avalanche Cafe
  • Bernti’s Tapas Bar
  • Gourmet Forty Two
  • Kebabz
  • Snowflake Bakery
  • The Pub Bar and Bistro – Thredbo Alpine Hotel
  • Ullr Bar and Grill

Eating on the Mountain

  • Avalanche BBQ Kiosk
  • Black Sallees
  • Eagles Nest
  • Friday’s Restaurant and Bar
  • Frost Bite
  • Kareela Hutte
  • Merritt’s Mountain House

When it comes to winter Thredbo is in a league of its own with something to keep all standards of skiers and snowboarders charging. For the black diamond destroyers Thredbo offers the most vertical runs in Australia, with wicked off piste terrain to get the blood pumping.

The wide and open trails at Merritts are ideal for intermediates and the gentle slope of Friday Flat is the perfect place for beginners with the Snowrunner and Easy Does it lifts to make the learning experience easy. The new school freestylers are also catered for with a variety of terrain parks for snow riders of all standards and ages.

Thredbo Snow Sports School

The Thredbo Snow Sports School offers group and private lessons for all ages and stages, a range of special and all day programs and even a learn to ski or board guarantee. They can take you from those first hesitant steps on snow, to laying them over with style in the off-piste. Lessons are not just for first timers, they are for anyone who wants to sharpen their skills and take their riding to the next level in a fun and exciting environment.

Learn Fast

While they say learning is fun, wouldn’t it be nice if you could fast track that learning experience? Well now you can with;

  • Lessons that keep you moving and constantly learning with new teaching methods
  • Purpose-built beginners area
  • Modern and efficient lift system including a number of high-speed quad chairlifts
  • Lighter, easy carve equipment
  • Intermediate runs totalling 67% of the mountain
  • One of the largest snowmaking systems in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Wide, tree-lined super trails
  • Some of Australia’s most challenging black diamond terrain
  • Terrain parks to suit all levels

Learn fast, have a ball and we’ll guarantee* you’ll learn to ride.

Learn to Ski or Board Guarantee*

If you purchase a 5, 6 or 7 day Lift & Lesson Package, you will benefit from the Thredbo Snow Sports Guaranteed Improvement Program.

If you think you are just not getting it and after 5 days you still cannot conquer Friday Flat, then let your instructor know and a video analysis may be given, then you will receive a voucher to attend a make-up group lesson free of charge commencing at 2pm each day during the week of your program.

If, by the end of the program you have still not improved, Thredbo Snow Sports will refund the lesson component cost of your 5, 6 or 7 day package.

Thredbo’s Magic – First Timers

Your first trip to the snow is just so exciting, there is a lot to get used to –snow, chairlifts, strange looking gear and of course getting down the mountain. Beginners in Thredbo have their own area to learn, it’s called Friday Flat. It has easy to use lifts and a gentle pitch to get you started. Thredbo’s Magic first timer package gives you a two hour group lesson on Friday Flat an access to the easy to ride Snow Runners all day.

Group Lessons – Beginners

It is really important to get the basics of stopping and turning down pat before taking on bigger slopes. With a few tips on how to manoeuvre your skis or snowboard you will be off and ready to ride.

Group Lessons – All Abilities

Group lessons are stacks of fun as everyone in your group is of a similar ability, so you can all have a bit of a giggle with each other as you learn. Group lessons are available for anyone over seven years of age in both ski and snowboard disciplines.

Group lessons are offered daily for adults at 9.30am, 11.30am and 2pm (2hrs duration) and for children at 9.30am and 1pm (3 hrs duration). Thredbo has special ticketing prices for those trying out skiing or snowboarding for the first time with their first timer lift and lessons pass. This entitles the holder to a lift pass and group first timer lesson. There are also lift and group Lesson tickets available for those who want to advance their level of skiing with a group lesson.

Private Lessons – All Abilities

Taking a private lesson is the ultimate mountain experience, it’s one on one and it’s all about you and your outcomes. They work on your style, sort out your trouble spots, boost your skill levels and your confidence, It is flexible, you choose the time, length, the day, the instructor and whether you want to ski, board or telemark. If you have a couple of friends of the same ability, you can share the instructor and the cost so it becomes all about you all. To top it off you will receive lift priority, so you will jump straight to the head of the queue maximising your time on the snow.

Super sessions – Advanced Skiers

This really is a super deal for advanced skiers. Super Sessions offer small groups of similar skilled skiers three hours of instruction for around the cost of a one hour private lesson. Groups are capped at three, so there may be just you, one other or three but you are all at the same level. Thredbo’s top instructors are allocated to Super Sessions so you get specialised attention, maximum snow time and lift priority as well.

Childrens Program’s

Thredboland – 3-6 years skiing only beginners to advanced
Thredboland has been designed for the little children aged 3-6 years. With specialty trained teachers in a fun, safe and happy environment, you will be amazed at how quickly the children progress.

Thredboland specially designed to not only teach the kids how to ski but it stimulates the child’s imagination, encourages learning and creates intrigue. They even have their very own “kids only” area, where they meet, have lunch and chill out during the day.

A highlight of the program, apart from the fab teachers and sliding on the snow, is that there are special fun events during the week. There’s a kids only flare run, where they ride down Friday Flat with flares waving to an excited group of families below, a race day and the crowd favourite Animal Theatre where the gang from Thredboland comes out to play.

Mums, dads, carers – it’s great to know that while you are enjoying a day cruising the slopes, the kids are having a ball with the friendly gang at Thredboland. The highly acclaimed Thredboland program includes: specialist tuition and supervision, play centre, hot lunch, child friendly rest and toilet area and a lift pass.

Thredbo Freeriders – 7-14year olds

Choose what you want to do- either ski, board, freeride or even make a switch midweek. Thredbo’s favourite instructors teach the kids all the fresh moves and tweak their skills to have them quickly cruising with confidence. With the increasing popularity of terrain parks this program incorporates a parks program for kids to tune their park skills.

Flare run

Look to the skies and the Supertrail for one of Thredbo’s finest traditions, the flare run and fireworks display. It lights up the village on Saturday nights and it’s a sure fire way to kick start a night on the town.

Thredbo Child Care

Thredbo Child Care caters for children from six months to six years of age. If you’re after a session on the snow but your little one isn’t up to it, then the Thredbo Child Care Centre is the best solution. Staffed by experienced and friendly carers, your child will be well looked after in a safe and fun alpine environment. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea is included in the full day program and morning or afternoon tea is included in the half day program. The Thredbo Child Care Centre is located in the Thredbo Leisure Centre.

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!

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Thredbo 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.

Kosciuszko Express 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.

 

Walks

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 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 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.

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.

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.