Thredbo - One of the Best Ski Destinations in the Southern Oceania
Thinking about a ski trip in Australia this year? You have to put Thredbo on your list. Located in the Australian Alps southwest of Canberra, it is the country’s premier ski spot: they have the longest ski runs in Australia, and their snow-making equipment operation is the largest in the southern hemisphere. It has a very European feel, by intention – the architects who built the town studied the layout and atmosphere of popular European ski villages when planning Thredbo.
Top Reasons to Go Skiing in Thredbo
You certainly will not be bored here – with over 50 ski runs, one can spend an entire week trying out new terrain, which ranges from relatively easy to quite rough, ungroomed trails. The lift system is the largest in Australia, taking you to the highest ski point on the mainland, at 2,037 metres above sea level.
If you are new to skiing, no worries: Thredbo’s snow school is great for beginners, and they offer group and private lessons for both adults and children. Snowboard and snowshoeing is also available; for guided snowshoe tours, booking ahead is recommended. For lift tickets and ski rental, research specials or packages, and be sure to buy your tickets together for everyone – you will save a lot.
If you do not want to ski, or just need a break from it, there are plenty of other things to do in town; the leisure centre offers a heated swimming pool good for a few laps, as well as an indoor squash court. Family-friendly options include the free fireworks night every Saturday and the family fun nights (think face painting, snowman competitions, and fire pits). If you want a bit of pampering, the Denman Day Spa at the Denman Hotel offers head-to-toe treatment for both visitors and hotel guests.
If you are on a budget, traveling by campervan can mean major savings – but it comes with compromise. None of the campervan parks are located in the village; the closest is about 10km away. It might not seem far, but after a long day on the slopes, it can be a real downer. However, the facilities are clean and peaceful – two of the closest options:
- Ngarigo: Toilet facilities are clean and well-maintained; some sites have access to tables and benches, and fantastic firepits perfect for relaxing by after a busy ski day. There are no showers, drinking water, or rubbish bins, and there is a car entry fee.
- Threadbo Diggings: This site is perfect if you want to also enjoy easy access to hiking in the area. Similar to Ngarigo, the Diggings site is clean and well-maintained but does not have showers, electricity, rubbish bins, or drinking water.