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.