Winter is here whether you like it or not – so rather than complain about it – embrace it! Thredbo is just six and a half hours drive from Sydney and offers some awesome scenery and snowy fun, and that's before you even hit the slopes. The Snowy Mountains resort's ski season typically lasts from June through to September, but Thredbo's got natural charms all year round.
See and do
Thredbo is home to some of the country’s longest ski and snowboard runs – the longest is the Village Trail which clocks in at five kilometres. The resort’s different trails and terrain parks cater for beginners (stick to Friday Flats) right through to pro-shredders (Australia’s golden girl of snowboarding Torah Bright grew up on the slopes and still returns to the resort). Also keep your eye out for flare running on Saturday nights, snow shoeing tours, tobogganing and snow tubing.
Corona’s Thredbo Village Concerts light up the main square each month – with the lights glowing and snow fluttering down it’s like a going to a gig inside a mini musical snow globe. Brisbane indie rockers the Jungle Giants will be joined on stage by Sydney’s Lime Cordial and the Paper Hearts on Saturday August 13. Monthly Winter Full Moon parties also kick off in the Keller Bar and the slopes host plenty of ski and snowboard competitions and after parties.
Kick off you skis and pop on some walking boots and explore the Thredbo Village. Self-guided walks show off local flora and fauna. The art walk takes you on a path past over 30 sculptures and paintings dotted throughout the resort, including works by Robert Hague and John Olsen.
Cosy has to be one of the most cliché words to describe a café, but when the heaters are warm, the hot chocolate is served with a smile and they’re doing a mean breakfast pho, there’s not too many other ways to describe this alpine outpost. Said breakfast pho is a must order – a soft yolk egg breaks into a warming clear broth soup, and comes dotted with zippy coriander and crisp snaps of maple bacon. Follow this up with some breakfast dessert and try the thick buttermilk pancakes, which come with fresh berries, fried banana and warm butterscotch sauce.
Accommodation and getting there
Thredbo is six and a half hour drive from Sydney. In peak times this drive can take a lot longer – so leave before or after the bun rush to ensure you make good time. Generally the roads are safe, but be sure to keep your eyes peeled for kangaroos at dusk, have snow chains for two-wheel drives and keep your eyes on weather and road conditions.