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Snowboarding in Thredbo, Snowy Mountains NSW Australia

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Thredbo is one of the premier ski resorts in Australia attracting large crowds across the world in the winter season. The resort itself lies in Snowy Mountains and is built on the slopes of the highest peak in Australia Mountain Kosciuszko. Thredbo is located around 150km from Canberra and 450km from Sydney. The driving distance from Sydney is around 5 hours with regular traffic. During the busy season and especially during the weekend peak traffic travel time can be over 7 hours.  

Entrance to Thredbo Village

There are a number of other beautiful ski resorts in the area including Perishers Blue, Cow Hollow, Smiggin Hole and Charlotte Pass. The slopes are Perisher Blue is connected with a ski train providing easy access to a number of ski areas in the resort. Selwyn Snow Resort is located before Thredbo and is popular with families. This is one of the more affordable options in the area. 

Black Sallees, a nice bar and cafe on top of Mount Kosciuszko

Winters in Australia starts around May and the peak skiing season is in the month of July and August. Regular skiers and visitors to the area buy seasonal passes online which is the cheapest way to ski during the season. A weekend ski trip can cost anywhere from A$300 to $A1000. Therefore, planning your trip and doing a bit of homework is essential for saving $$$ and getting the best deals on accommodation during your visit to the region. Most resorts offer holiday bundles including accommodation, ski pass, equipment and lesson. Offers for 2019 season are already published on the websites. 

How  to travel to Thredbo from Sydney

From Sydney, a number of Ski Runs (bus services) operate over the weekend during summer. If you are not planning to drive this is the cheapest option to visit Thredbo. A day trip cost around $150 which includes access to Thredbo, bus ride and meals. It does not include accommodation as the trip starts are midnight and you will hit the slopes early in the morning to watch the sunrise. Two nights and three days trip can cost around $350 not including a ski pass. 

Chairlift taking skiers to the top of Mount Kosciuszko

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View from Eagles Nest, highest Cafe in Australia

Driving from Sydney to Thredbo use highway M5 towards Canberra and exit towards Goulburn. Follow the signs to Thredbo. From Queanbeyan (outskirts of Canberra) the road is two way all the way to Cooma, Jindabyne and Thredbo. Watch out for a number of animals that cross the road as you will observe a large number of dead animals along the roads that are killed by the traffic. 

Beautiful View from Top of Mount Kosciuszko

Where to stay in Thredbo

Thredbo village has a number of accommodation option in various price ranges. The places are relatively expensive for short-term rental. However, for weekly rental or travelling with large groups, it will be the best option to rent fully-contained serviced apartments. If you are keen on skiing, staying close to the slopes is the best option as the queue for the chairlift gets longer in the daytime as a large number of people want to hit the slopes. 

Jindabyne a great stopover on the way to Thredbo

Other budget options are to stay in Jindabyne which is the last mid-size town before Thredbo. Jindabyne has a number of motels, serviced apartments and caravan parks. Jindabyne is also popular for Lake Jindabyne which offers trout fishing in summers. A large number of ski rental shops are located in Jindabyne. Most people make a booking for ski rental in Sydney and pick up their equipment from Jindabyne. All ski or snowboarding equipment and car chains can be hired at Jindabyne or Cooma. 

Best places to stay in Jindabyne NSW

Note: During ski seasons it is a government regulation to chain the front wheels of the car for security reasons as a number of accidents are caused due to sleet and snow on the roads. 

What are some interesting places on the way to Thredbo?

Other interesting cities on the way are Cooma and Jindabyne. Both of these cities are quite smalls but have offers all amenities for a short stay. A number of people stay in Cooma or Jindabyne as it is relatively cheaper during ski season to rent a motel or cabin in Cooma. The driving time to Thredbo during peak season, however, can be more than an hour.

winter shopping jindabyne

Ski shopping stores in Jindabyne 


Ski Rental shop in Jindabyne

What are the interesting activities at Thredbo?

Thredbo offers plenty of activities for people of all age groups and interest. Here are a number of things you can do at Thredbo

1. Skiing, including Night Skiing

2. Snowboarding

3. Tobogganing

4. Cross Country Ski

5. Snow Walking

6. Swimming at a heated swimming pool in the sports centre

7. Massage at Sports Center

8. Chairlift to the top of Mount Kosciuszko to visit "Eagles Nest" the highest cafe in Australia

9. Snow Train at Perishers Blue (different resort from Thredbo)

10. Enjoy live music at bars in Thredbo Village

11. Movies at Jindabyne

Where to eat at Thredbo?

Thredbo Village has a number of nice bars and restaurants offering a wide range of food. Eagles Nest is the highest cafe in Australia on top of Mount Kosciuszko. There is a bistro on the top floor. The cafe serves hot drinks and has a small bar. The bistro has a more extended menu and is a great spot to enjoy a great view while having your meals. Black Sallees is another nice bar on the top of the mountain which is accessible through another chairlift on the right-hand side of the booking office. 

Jindabyne has a number of cafes and restaurants. 

What does it cost to Ski in Thredbo?

Here is a breakup of expenses

Ski rental for a day (parka, helmet and skis) = $70 [does not include gloves and ski masks etc]

Ski Ticket for a day at Thredbo = $130

Thredbo National Park Pass for a Car = $29

Accommodation in a motel in Jindabyne = $80/night on average

Round Trip travel distance from Sydney = 1000KM 


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Shaukat is explored most of South-East Asia in last 10 years. He enjoys visiting new destinations and exploring culture, lifestyle and food of different countries. 

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