Australian Geographic Outdoor - - Special Features | Top Summer Escapes -

IN THE SNOWY Moun­tains of NSW, Thredbo prides it­self on the abun­dance of ac­tiv­i­ties it of­fers year-round. From June to Oc­to­ber, it is a snow-sports mecca. From Novem­ber to May, it be­comes the base for a range of sports, from moun­tain bik­ing, hik­ing and bob­sled­ding to fly fish­ing and horse rid­ing. The Kosciuszko Ex­press chair­lift at Thredbo runs all year round, giv­ing hik­ers a head start up the moun­tain in sum­mer.

Con­struc­tion on Thredbo be­gan in 1957, af­ter a Cze­choslo­vakian for­mer ski in­struc­tor saw its po­ten­tial as a ski re­sort. The vil­lage is Euro­pean in style, with lodges and chalets hud­dled into the moun­tain­side. The golf course, day spas and leisure cen­tre pro­vide a lit­tle lux­ury amid the rugged ter­rain and un­pre­dictable weather.

Hik­ing: Dur­ing the warmer months, hik­ing Mt Kosciuszko is a must. From the top of the chair­lift be­gins a medium-dif­fi­culty climb to main­land Aus­tralia’s high­est peak. The three- to four-hour round trip cov­ers spec­tac­u­lar alpine ter­rain and the view from the top look­out is un­ri­valled any­where else in the coun­try. Guided walks are avail­able from Thredbo and hikes to Char­lotte Pass and Blue Lake are highly rec­om­mended. If you’re lucky you’ll spot plenty of na­tive an­i­mals, birds and wild­flow­ers and per­haps even wild brumbies.

Moun­tain bik­ing: Bike tracks around Thredbo are suit­able for ev­ery­one from be­gin­ners to pros and the trail net­work here has ex­panded over the past few years, so there’s plenty to keep the MTBer busy and chal­lenged. There are trails around the vil­lage, per­fect for cruising, and along the river through alpine bush­land. The more ad­ven­tur­ous can take their bikes up the Kosci Chair and ride the downhill track back to the vil­lage, or ex­plore the rugged out­crops up high.

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