Thredbo was the brainchild of Tony Sponar, who had worked as a ski instructor at St Antons in Austria so knew good ski terrain when he saw it. He said that he “was looking for a place where ski runs would be long and challenging, easily accessible and where you could establish a modern winter resort.” By 1957, Thredbo was up and running. Thredbo has certainly changed in the past six decades, with its pretty alpine village abuzz with cafes, restaurants and accommodation, and its slopes a magnet for skiers and snowboarders.
Skiing & snowboarding
Thredbo has 480 hectares of terrain that caters to all levels from absolute beginners to those who want it steep and deep. Friday Flat is a dedicated beginner area, with a gentle slope ensuring learners can progress with confidence. Once you have mastered those turns you can ride Merritts Gondola – the first alpine gondola in Australia – up to the Cruiser area, which is a playground for beginners and intermediates.
Experts will head up Kosciuszko Express Chairlift, to tackle the longer runs such as the Supertrail, and black (advanced) runs like Cannonball, Bluff and Little Beauty. Karels takes you up to the highest lifted point in Australia – make sure you ring the bell when you get there. For one of the gnarliest runs at Thredbo head for Michael’s Mistake off Antons.
More on mountain fun
For a fabulous first tracks experience, sign up for a Sunrise Session with breakfast at Australia’s highest restaurant before being let loose on the Supertrail before anyone else. You might even be guided down by Winter Olympian. Thredbo is famous for its Saturday night fireworks spectacular, as well as the preceding flare run where a team of expert skiers and snowboarders light up the Supertrail with flaming flares.
For a challenge and to explore some of the wonderful countryside around Thredbo, sign up for a backcountry tour. You’ll learn important alpine safety skills as well as riding some incredible terrain. Before an off-piste adventure, please read these alpine safety tips carefully.
Other things to do
Thredbo village has a plethora of activities to do when you aren’t strapping on skis or snowboards for a day riding the lifts. The Thredbo Leisure Centre has an indoor heated Olympic pool, waterslide, bouldering wall, gym and squash court as well as Mission Inflatable for kids on weekends and in school holidays. The Thredbo Alpine Museum is a must for its vast array of memorabilia, equipment, photos and documents that represent Australian snow sports history.
Accommodation & dining
You’ll find many hotels, lodges and apartments in Thredbo village and dotted along the slopes, many with direct ski in-ski out access. You can also stay in Jindabyne and drive into the resort, which takes around 30min. There are also lots of cafes, restaurants and bars in the village.
One of best dining experiences at Thredbo is dining at Kareela Hutte. Book ahead for lunch or for the special Kareela Snowcat Dinners. Another special occasion is Merritts Mountain Haus Feast where you ride up to dinner on the Gondola to enjoy a Bavarian-inspired feast. Add some more excitement to the evening by doing a snowcat tour to watch the fireworks from the Kareela Hutte deck before heading back for the feast.
From walking Australia’s highest peak to mountain biking and kayaking, Thredbo in the beautiful NSW Snowy Mountains is a great outdoor escape in warmer months. Pristine waters from melting snow-caps flow each spring into the crystal-clear Thredbo River, perfect for rafting and fly fishing.
Hiking & mountain biking
As the snow melts, bushwalking and mountain biking trails in the magnificent Kosciuszko National Park are revealed. You can take the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift to the start of the Kosciuszko walk, a popular day walk to Australia’s highest mountaintop, which takes four or five hours return.
The scenic chairlift will also take you and your mountain bike to the start of the thrilling Thredbo Cannonball Downhill Trail, from November to May. Mt Kosciuszko Walks offers various guided tours, including the summit hike, as well as the more challenging Townsend Hike up Australia’s second highest peak.
Fishing, rivers & lakes
The Thredbo River meanders from Thredbo to Lake Jindabyne and is home to a large number of trout. Classified as a Blue Ribbon stream for trout fishing, the season runs from the October long weekend until the June long weekend. Join a fly fishing guide or tour for tips and to improve your chances of a catch.
Other Thredbo sports & adventures
Follow in the footsteps of the Man from Snowy River, and explore the beautiful area on horseback with Thredbo Valley Horse Riding. Whether you’re an equestrian expert or total beginner, there are guides, horses and rides to suit your needs, while you admire the stunning scenery.
Join K7 Adventures for abseiling, bouldering and climbing tours, with full day and half day tours on offer. Thredbo is also home to Australia’s highest golf course, with 9 holes offering fantastic views of the Thredbo River and Thredbo Valley.
Events & festivals
The exciting events calendar includes great summer festivals, such as the Thredbo Craft Beer Festival and Thredbo Blues Festival. Treat yourself to delicious dining experiences, including vibrant bars and fantastic restaurants.