THREDBO VILLAGE – NSW AUSTRALIA
Thredbo Alpine Village is centrally located in south east New South Wales and snuggles alongside the Thredbo River into the foothills of Australia’s highest mountains and through its beginnings has a very European ambience.
It is just a slice of the 690,000 hectares that make up the beautiful Kosciuszko National Park . The village was established just over 50 years ago and the past fifteen years has seen an enormous amount of development on facilities and infrastructure.
There are places to stay, places to play and places to pray, all tucked up in the 1000 hectares that make up the cosy resort. Slope-side is activity central all year round, and the other side of the mountain is full of facilities, modern services and has a great village atmosphere.
A highlight of Thredbo is that it is a village for all seasons, each with its own amazing distinct features. The chilly winter winds bring snowfalls that blanket the mountain and soon the slopes are buzzing with snow lovers.
When spring arrives, the snow thaws to reveal lush green trails ready for hikers and bikers and the sleepy flora are transforms into a carpet of colour – bluebells, yellow kunzea, delicate camomile and many varieties of daisn.
By the height of summer, backpacks and walking boots are the norm with Thredbo and the Main Range bustling with explorers and bursting with colour. Summer in the snowy mountains is all about relaxation and enjoying the beautiful alpine world highlighted by summer events such as the Blues Festival in January and the Jazz Festival in May. For the active and sports enthusiasts the village has a very challenging 9 hole golf course right in the village as well as tennis courts, the institute of sport with its olympic pool, mountain biking, fishing and don’t forget the unforgetable walks to Mt Kosciuszko from the top of eagles nest.
The flowering season is short, often only from early January to March. Until a few years ago it was possible to drive to the top of Mount Kosciusko, but the heavy vehicular traffic was causing considerable environmental damage and the road is now closed at Charlotte Pass and you have to walk the 8 kilometres to the top. A more rewarding approach is from the top of the Crackenback chairlift at Thredbo, over alpine moorland past the headwaters of the Snowy River and the huge granite boulders of the Ramshead Range to the summit. The walk is about 6.5 kilometres each way and from the top are panoramic views over the Alps and the Victorian high plains.
Thredbo’s location and elevation makes it perfect for heaps of natural snow. The elevation means the snow starts earlier and stays long but as will all resorts we are at the mercy of the elements and to our advantage the owners of Thredbo have invested heavily in a large snowmaking system and continuing to do so which makes the trip to the resort a safe bet even in the most marginal of seasons.