5 things to do in Thredbo that aren't skiing
Climb the summit of Mt Kosciuszko
It's the hike that will never get old and with good reason! The scenery changes with the light, the views are incomparable and heck, you're heading to the highest point in Australia! Head out from the YHA accommodation to the top of the Kosciuszko Express chairlift and follow the track all the way to the summit. Make sure to pack some snacks for the 4-5 hour hike, and a camera for stunning shots too. The hike brings you to the headwaters of the Snowy River, then passes Lake Cootapatamba and on to the Rawson Pass before reaching the summit where you get that breathtaking panoramic view across the Snowy Mountains and Victorian High Country. Don’t forget to take plenty of deep breaths of that fresh alpine air.
Mountain bike your way across the Ridgeline
Thredbo is one of the most popular mountain biking destinations in Australia and there are plenty of tracks to choose from. Regardless of your previous experience as a rookie or someone who lives an adrenaline filled life, there’s a trail for you to enjoy every moment. Bring your own equipment, or you can also hire everything you need from a local shop. Check out the tracks, which open and close based on the weather conditions.
Up your BBQ game by the Thredbo River
With a peaceful river setting, the Thredbo River picnic area could be the perfect spot for you to sit down and relax with your crew. Grab a spot at one of the many free grills and enjoy the surrounding of a gum tree abundant forest. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a few platypuses chilling out by the riverbank too (usually at dusk!)
Picnic in the heights
Take your food game to the next level with gorgeous lookouts perfect to spread out a picnic blanket! Scammells Lookout is one of the most well-known lookouts in the snowy mountain area. It's located 1000m above sea level, offering you an ultra-wide angle view over Western Fall wilderness and Main Range, including Mount Abbott, Mount Townsend, and Carruthers Peak. Olsens Lookout gives you an uninterrupted view of the Western Fall of Main Range. The lookout has picnic tables set up so you can sit and enjoy a bite while being surrounded by the gorgeous view and the peaceful bush setting.
Horses, bobsleds and abseils
Blast some Lil Nas X and take your very own horse down the old town road to explore the sub-alpine wilderness. Spend a few hours exploring the Snowy Mountains on the back of well-looked after and friendly horses, or for smaller humans, there’s plenty of ponies who’d love nothing more than to go for a wander with you! Enjoy the unique experience of driving your own bobsled (speed is all in your hands!) and twisting and turning your way down the mountain. Thredbo’s bobsled track is situated in a short distance from Valley terminal along the Merritts Nature Track. Still looking for an extra dose of adrenaline? Try abseiling at Thredbo! There are several climbing companies around offering a safe and exciting abseiling experience instructed by well qualified instructors - just ask at reception and we can help find the best experience for you. If you want to view the High Country at a different angle or put another tick on your bucket list – this is the one!