Home to Australia's longest ski runs, Thredbo is a picturesque alpine valley that's shrouded in powder during the winter months and covered with hiking trails to explore the rest of the year.The village and snow resort can be found in the heart of Kosciuszko National Park at between 1,365m and 1,930m above sea level, where the white stuff falls between June and October.It's cosy village is full of hillside chalets, homely restaurants and a more than a pub or two to keep busy in while not on the slopes.
Thredbo Resort is in the Snowy Mountains, about 2.5 hours' drive southwest from Canberra (about 215km) and 5.5 hours' drive (just under 500km) southwest of Sydney. There is a village with hotels, restaurants, bars and basic shops at the base of the mountain.
Sitting 36.5km from the village, Jindabyne is the the nearest town to the ski resort. Here you'll find large supermarkets and more affordable accommodation than at the resort.
How do I get to Thredbo?
Driving is the easiest way to get to Thredbo, with overnight parking available in designated areas or on-site at your accommodation.Traffic around the area is usually slow as it is situated on a steep hill and roads can be icy. Remember to bring (or hire) snow chains if travelling during the winter months.
If you're not keen on driving, Murray's Coaches offers a Snow Express service on Fridays and Saturdays from July to September from both Sydney and Canberra. We often see deals from Groupon offering discounted bus tickets combined with the national park fee available.
If you're coming from further afield than Sydney, Rex Regional Express offers direct flights to Cooma (via Sydney) - about 100km from the resort. You can also fly into Canberra and connect from there by bus or hire car.
How do I get around once I'm there?
If you're staying within Thredbo village, getting around on foot is the easiest as the village is small. There is also a free shuttle that operates from 7:30am to 9pm daily. During July and August, a special service runs until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
All the main destinations, primarily the ski lifts, restaurants and accommodation, are accessible on foot or using the shuttle service.
Types of transport: The free Thredbo Village shuttle operates along three routes. Snowy Mountains Shuttles and Snowlink Shuttle provide transfers between Thredbo and Jindabyne, which is another ski resort in the Snowy Mountains region.
Paying for transport: While the Thredbo Village shuttle is provided free of charge, shuttles between Thredbo and Jindabyne start at $51.45 each way.
Getting to and from the airport: There is no public transport to or from Cooma or Canberra airports, but there are shuttle services. You can book these in Thredbo Village, at the airport or online prior to arrival.
What's there to do in Thredbo?
What can I do if I'm not skiing?
While the slopes may be the main draw of the resort, there's plenty of other snow-based activities and things to do at Thredbo for those not keen to ski or snowboard.
Tobogganing, snowshoeing and horseback riding are all popular activities. You can also purchase a lift ticket as a non-skier to go up to the chalets where there's more snow - the perfect spot to sip a hot chocolate and take in the surrounds.
What's there to do in Thredbo during the summer?
The resort is open year round and hiking and mountain biking tracks available nearby.
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Alex Keshen is the global travel publisher at Finder and has been living, breathing and, of course, writing about all things travel for more than 10 years. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada and has appeared in Travel Weekly and the Huffington Post. A master of maximising her annual leave and finding the best bargains around, she can’t remember the last time her backpack weighed more than 10kg and is happy to share her tips and tricks to help you travel better.
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