Thredbo is an ideal destination to spend your next winter holiday! It’s famous for its skiing, snowboarding and beautiful views of the snowy mountains. Whether you have no ski experience or are an expert, Thredbo offers fun for everyone. If you’d rather not try any winter sports, there are popular cafes where you can spend your day indoors sipping on a nice warm drink. There are a range of things to do in Thredbo for everyone, so be sure to follow this Thredbo Guide for all the best tips!
When visiting Thredbo, you have 2 popular areas where you can stay. You can either stay in Jindabyne which is a town located 30 minutes from Thredbo, or you can stay in Thredbo Village. We found Thredbo Village to be the ideal place to stay. It’s a very convenient spot if you’re looking to ski everyday or if you just want to be surrounded by the giant snowy hills.
We stayed at Crackenback Castle which is part of Lantern Apartments, and we can’t recommend it enough! Crackenback Castle is located on a hill which gives you a perfect undisturbed view of the snowy mountains in the distance and the village below. This beautiful cottage has 2 bedrooms and is ideal for anyone looking to be centrally located within the village. Each night you can walk 5 minutes to access a variety of restaurants and shops. Our favourite part of the cottage was the fire pit! Crackenback Castle comes fully equipped with everything you need from a kitchen to TV and wifi. We definitely recommend checking it out for your stay in Thredbo. Lantern Apartments also offers apartments in the same area if you’re looking for something a bit smaller but still in a central location.
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Getting to Thredbo
Thredbo is located within the Kosciuszko National Park and is roughly a 6 hour drive from Sydney. It’s also located roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes from Australias capital, Canberra. The best and easiest way to access Thredbo is by car. If you decide to drive to Thredbo in the snowy season, be sure your car is able to handle the slippery and snowy terrain. In winter it’s compulsory to have snow chains on you at all times while driving through the mountains. You can purchase snow chains from almost anywhere in the town of Jindabyne.
If you’re unable to drive, you can also access Thredbo by private bus or coach. There are coaches available from both Canberra and Sydney. You can find all the best coach companies here. Alternatively, you can also fly from Sydney to the Snowy Mountains Airport.
When to visit
As a guide to visiting Thredbo, the snow season runs from mid June to early October. However, the best months for snow are July and August when the temperatures are coldest. You’ll find the best deals on accommodation and ski prices during June and October, however snowfall isn’t guaranteed. Some weekends you’ll find the snow dumping and other times you’ll be caught in the rain. We visited in mid June and weren’t so lucky. There was snow the previous few days, however when we arrived, we unfortunately only saw a bit of snow as it rained most of our stay. Be sure to check the latest snowfall and weather forecasts to get the most out of your visit.
Thredbo Ski Hire
There are two spots in Thredbo where you can hire ski gear. You can rent your gear from the Friday Flat ticket office, or the Valley Terminal ticket office. Prices vary depending on your age and how many days you want to hire the gear for. For someone aged 22 years or older looking to rent skis for 1 day, it’ll cost you around $95 AUD. If you purchase your ski gear and lift pass in the same transaction online, you’ll receive a discount. We decided to hire our ski gear in Jindabyne at Monster Sports. For a 1 day rental it’ll cost you $55 AUD and if you pre order online, you can save 20%.
Thredbo Lift Pass
There are a variety of different lift passes you can purchase, depending on what suits you best! You can buy full day passes, or part day passes if you don’t want to ski all day. The cost of the passes also depend on your age, the time of year you visit and how many days you buy the pass for. For a full 1 day lift pass at the beginning of the snow season, it cost us $149 AUD per person. If you purchase your lift pass 7 days in advance online, you can save 20%. The lift pass gives you access to the whole mountain and all ski lifts so you’ll have endless fun! Purchasing a lift pass is one of the top things to do in Thredbo and a must for our Thredbo guide. Keep in mind that they don’t offer refunds if the ski lifts are closed. We had some bad luck with the weather and a lot of the ski lifts were closed. We tried to get a refund but they could only exchange our pass into an any-day pass for us to use at a later time.
Things to do in Thredbo
Eagles Nest is one of the top things to do in Thredbo other than skiing. It is Australias highest restaurant which offers incredible views while you enjoy a delicious meal. To reach it, take the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift all the way to the top of the mountain, then you’ll be able to walk straight into the restaurant. It costs $39 AUD for a return ticket on the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift and you can enjoy some food from 9:30am-3:30pm.
Merritts Mountain House
Another popular restaurant located high on the mountain is Merritts Mountain House. Merritts Mountain House is a popular breakfast and lunch spot for skiers since it’s centrally located close to many of the ski lifts on top of the mountain. You can ski all day nearby then hop in for a quick bite to eat. They have a variety of European favourites like pretzels and bratwurst as well as salads and different pastries. You can also have a stein of beer and enjoy the surrounding snowy landscape.
In addition to the mountain restaurants, another relaxing way to spend a day in Thredbo is to go shopping in the Thredbo Village. Thredbo Village has some local art shops and clothing stores where you can buy a variety of snow gear. The village is quite small, although it has a very nice relaxing vibe. It’s definitely worth walking around to see what you can find. There’s also more coffee shops and restaurants in the village if you don’t feel like heading to the top of the mountain for some food.
Another one of the best things to do in Thredbo is to check out the village in the evening. At night, Thredbo comes to life with a range of pubs which offer live music and good vibes. One of the most popular places to spend a night is at Alpine Bar. Alpine bar is the ultimate night out in the snowy mountains with fire pits, drinks and a DJ. There are also often events held at Alpine Bar so you can check the Thredbo website for any upcoming events. Alpine Bar is a must for our Guide to Thredbo.
If you’re looking for a more cosy night out, you can check out Lounge Bar. Lounge Bar also offers great drinks and live music with spacious lounges right by a fire place. You can sit back and relax with one of their nightly cocktail specials.
There is only one club in Thredbo, and that’s Keller Bar. Keller Bar is another super popular place for a night out, with big parties and DJ’s, this is the place to be if you’re looking for a crazy night of partying!
Thredbo is the perfect place to spend a winter vacation, with a variety of things to do for everyone. You’re sure to have an amazing time during your stay. Be sure to follow this Thredbo Guide to get the best out of your snowy mountains trip.