Australia NSW - Thredbo

Where to stay and play

Base facilities: There are two major skier base areas – Friday Flat and Valley Terminal. Most day skiers use Friday Flat as the launching point; it has a large cafeteria and deck area which can handle the traffic on sunny days but gets jam-packed when the weather sets in. Equipment hire and ski school is also located at Friday Flat. Valley Terminal is well-suited to sun lovers and people who want to be seen, especially in the highly prized sun-lounges on the sun terrace at the foot of the Kosciuszko Express chair. Snacks and drinks are available here (the Avalanche Café is recommended) along with equipment hire and some ski shops. The supermarket is in the Squatter’s Run shops. The Thredbo Leisure Centre is a sensational facility with its gym, swimming pool (including 50m lanes) and squash court.

Eating in the village: In the village, value recommendations are the Bistro which doubles as the locals’ bar but has a family-friendly eating area at the front. Also try the cook-it-yourself Viking Grill at Ullr. For more of an upmarket meal, try Segreto, The Credo and Sante. Dinner at Eagles Nest stands out as an experience, along with the night-time gondola ride.

Eating on mountain: Thredbo has some terrific on-mountain options. Eagles Nest is a stunner for its location at the top of the Kosciuszko Express; Kareela Hutte is the place for a long lunch, alpine-style and the restaurant at Merritts is consistently good. For snacks or light lunches, the Frost Bite Café at the top of High Noon is recommended (amazing view and even a little pot-belly for cooler days).

Nightlife: The three bars in the village concourse descend almost according to class – Toga-style and plastic glasses in the Keller; locals hang in the Bistro and the après crowd heads for the Schuss Bar. The hotel bar is a good choice for a quiet drink. Live music and DJs alternate between the Keller and the Schuss.


Upmarket beds: If there is one place in Australia for real estate that makes others pale for the quality of its location, it is the slopeside lodges on Thredbo’s Crackenback Supertrail. The Ski In Ski Out Chalets might have a straight forward name, but they go above and beyond in the fit-out and setting. You can barbecue on the balcony while watching the skiers and boarders hurry down the Supertrail or you can have someone do the barbecuing for you and catch your lunch as you ski past. Woodridge (especially the first stage of the estate, on the mountain side of the road) is another good option – well-fitted lodges, many with open fires.  And then there’s the Denman and the Thredbo Alpine Hotel – where the service is good, the surroundings and décor are ski classics and the access to après ski, night life and lifts is excellent.

Middle ground: There’s a selection of good, well-hosted lodges for packages that include bed and breakfast and all or some dinners. Places like Bernti’s and the Black Bear Inn both have restaurants and bars that can be worth a try even if you aren’t staying there; also consider Candlelight and Alpenhorn.

Shoestring: Thredbo has enormous range in self-catering/apartment-style accommodation, and group sharing can get this to meet a budget. Alternatives are club lodges like Boali and its very reasonable bed-plus-three-meals-a-day packages or the very well-priced and well-located YHA hostel.

Nearest towns: Khancoban to the west (but you’d need to be keen to use the Alpine Way on this side for day trips) or Lake Crackenback and the Thredbo Valley or Jindabyne.


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