Written by Brooke Wilson
As the weather cools down, and a chill settles in the air, we can either plot to escape the cold, or choose to embrace it.
Embracing the cold comes with a sense of adventure, so this month we are heading far south to Thredbo, nestled in the heart of the Snowy Mountains, and at the base of Australia’s tallest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko.
During the peak ski season from June to October, local carrier Qantas Airways offer direct flights from Brisbane to the Snowy Mountains Airport in Coomba, making it easily accessible from Hervey Bay.
From there, you can pick up a car rental, or catch a shuttle to the resort, only an hour’s drive away.
For intrepid travellers, the best way to explore the mountainside is to strap on a snowboard or a pair of skis.
The mountain offers a huge variety of runs, ranging from runs suitable to a first timer, to black runs for the experienced.
Thredbo also boasts the ‘Big 5’, Australia’s biggest runs with the longest, High Noon, a whopping 5km long! Lessons and equipment hire are readily available to those new to the slopes.
If flying down a mountain at high speeds does not take your fancy, perhaps you may prefer snowshoeing in the back country, guided by a knowledgeable ranger.
Or down near the Village Square, you will find the Leisure Centre, boasting a 25m lap pool, gym, sports hall, trampolines, waterslide, and even an inflatable obstacle course. Plenty of shops line the village streets, creating plenty of opportunity for retail therapy.
If après ski is more your style, take a ride up the Merritt’s Gondola, Australia’s only alpine gondola! From the village to the base of the Cruiser Area, the six-minute ride allows you to take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, before letting you off at the Merritt’s Mountain House, where you can enjoy a Bavarian style feast.
After a big day, sit back on the deck with a drink and great company, listen to some good tunes, and watch the sun set over the mountains.
It really doesn’t get much better than a snow filled holiday, so if you are up for a little adventure, and willing to brave the cold, Thredbo is a fantastic choice!