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Snowy MountainsHit the ski slopes in winter and one of the many bushwalking trails in summer, ride a wild brumby, breathe in the fresh mountain air and add a bit of spark to your spirit.
The Snowy Mountains, also known as the Snowies, is an all-year-round adventure wonderland home to Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko. The region is jam-packed full of experiences from ski resorts to mountain bike riding, trail rides, fascinating heritage, music festivals, and wine tasting.
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Kosciuszko National Park
With 673,524 hectares, Kosciuszko National Park is an area of outstanding beauty with glacial lakes, limestone caves, grasslands and woodlands. During winter the Park is host to some of Australia's best skiing conditions. The rest of the year it's ideal for summer hiking, mountain biking, climbing, white water adventures, caving, sight-seeing and other nature-based experiences. In spring and summer, the mountains are ablaze with wildflowers and crisscrossed by walking tracks, many above the tree line providing spectacular views over the rooftop of Australia. Mount Kosciuszko is the highest point in Australia at 2,228 metres. Count Paul Strzelecki, who climbed it from the western side on the 15 February 1840, named it after a Polish general who fought for the colonists in the War of Independence and led an unsuccessful revolt against the partitioning of Poland in 1794.
The Crackenback Range is located within Kosciuszko National Park on the outskirts of the Thredbo River Valley. Accommodation and restaurants are offered at the Novotel Lake Crackenback Resort, and Crackenback Farm Bed and Breakfast, in the Crackenback locality. The alpine village of Thredbo sits at the base of the range.
Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa
Nestled in the Thredbo Valley in the beautiful Snowy Mountains on the border of the Kosciuszko National Park, Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa is a spectacular 150 acre hidden oasis of natural bushland and is yours to enjoy. The resort offers self-contained Lake View apartments and Mountain chalets. The resort boasts two dining establishments, Cuisine and Alpine Larder, as well as a day spa with massage and beauty treatments featuring 100 per cent organic products. During winter the resort offers guests close access to NSW ski resorts, operating a complimentary shuttle bus service to Perisher's Ski Tube via a private driveway. Thredbo is a short 15-minute drive along the Alpine Way. The resort's tranquil and relaxing atmosphere allows guests to simply be at one with nature, or use any of the complimentary activities including mountain bike and walking trails, golf, archery, canoes and paddleboats.
Take a guided nature walk at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa
Their afternoon guided nature walk will focus on family fun in the bush. Enjoy exploring the Resort and surrounding Bullocks Hut on this 1.5 hours guided walk. Families will enjoy learning about bush tucker, perhaps spot the local wildlife that surrounds the Resort along with enjoying afternoon tea by the Thredbo River. If there is time you may also try your hand at some outdoor activities including shelter building, rock skimming, learning about native colours, go on a mini-beast safari or make your bush perfume. This guided walk is available to the general public as well as in-house guests. Tour operates from November - April.
Thredbo Alpine Village
Whatever the season, Thredbo Alpine Village is a fantastic base to explore the sublime alpine landscape of Kosciuszko National Park and the rooftop of Australia. The intimate village is at an altitude of 1,370 metres, so it's not far to the ski slopes of one of Australia’s top resorts, which boasts over 280 hectares of territory to play around on. Terrain parks offer lots of fun for snowboarders too. When the weather warms up, it’s a great time to take Kosciuszko Express Chairlift and hike to the summit of Australia’s tallest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko. A glorious sea of wildflowers emerges not long after the snow melts and the views from the top across the Snowy Mountains are superb. Back at village-level, activities include horse riding, guided walks, bobsled and fishing, or check out the leisure centre. Adventure-seekers can take on the many mountain bike trails like Thredbo Valley track, or go abseiling. In the evening, relax over a meal, or catch one of Thredbo's annual events and festivals.
Snowy Mountain Adventure Tours
Fantastic Tracks, Great People! Snowy Mountain Adventure Tours is about fantastic trail bike rides with great people. They pride themselves on offering you the chance to not only ride some of the best tracks you'll ever ride but also create memories along the way. Offering one, two and three day tours, or skill upgrades, they have something for every level of ability. Their friendly staff look after you from the time you arrive at the time you leave, making sure you get the best out of your stay with them. They offer amazing food, good accommodation and of course the best riding on offer in the beautiful Snowy Mountains. Snowy Mountains Adventure Tours operates out of the Batlow Hotel, situated in the heart of apple country, 20 minutes from Tumut and Tumbarumba.
Perisher Ski Resort
Perisher Ski Resort is Australia's largest ski resort encompassing the four resort areas of Perisher, Smiggins, Blue Cow and Guthega, plus the Skitube Alpine Railway and The Station Jindabyne. During winter up to 47 lifts operate across the resort areas. A family snow holiday at Perisher is a truly magical time to spend together, especially for the kids! There's no need to spend every minute skiing or snowboarding either, Perisher has a great variety of family-friendly activities available with Night Skiing & Boarding, Fireworks displays, Tube Town (the resort's snow-tubing park), weekend scenic chairlift rides, heaps of après entertainment and its famous progressive terrain parks and halfpipes that kids just love. Perisher has something for everyone, please visit the web site for more information.
Jindabyne is located closest to the larger Snowy Mountains ski resorts and is one of the State's best trout fishing locations. The original town of Jindabyne lies at the bottom of Lake Jindabyne. The lake was created when the valley was dammed and flooded as part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme in the 1960s. Jindabyne offers many outdoor and adventure activities. Go fishing, skiing, white-water rafting, mountain biking, camping, horse riding, sailing, windsurfing or canoeing. Picnic by the scenic lake or drive to one of the many lookouts along the Alpine Way. Visit the Gaden Trout Hatchery on the banks of the Thredbo River. The area around Jindabyne inspired the legendary poems and stories of the mountain horsemen famously immortalised in Banjo Paterson's "The Man from Snowy River". There are many accommodation options including hotels, apartments, holiday homes and lodges.
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