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Thredbo [1] is a ski resort within Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. It is located on the Alpine Way road and is 1380 metres above sea level.


Thredbo is is probably the closest thing Australia has to an alpine village. It lies just on the snowline, and has a variety of accommodation, ski lodges, restaurants, and even a heated swimming pool. Accommodation is just a short walk or shuttle bus ride to the ski lifts in the winter, and the town is still alive during the summer months, with bushwalks, mountain biking, and even some snowplay well into summer. By comparison Perisher Valley is a large ski resort, with more lifts and more skiing area during winter. However it is not a summer destination, and all you will see there is a large carpark. There is some accommodation there also, but little alpine village atmosphere.

Get in

By plane

  • The nearest airport with scheduled services is Canberra. From there you can hire a car or get a coach to Thredbo.

By car

  • Thredbo is about 2.5 hours drive from Canberra, and 1 hour from Cooma, and around 6 hours drive from Sydney. The drive from Melbourne is also around 6 hours via the Alpine Way. A nice drive during summer, but can be subject to snow and ice during winter. Check road conditions.

National park entry fees apply to vehicles and are payable at entrance stations on roads into the park and other locations. There is also a fee for bus passengers. The fee for a car in winter is $27 per 24 hours. In summer it is $16 per vehicle per day. Drive-through (non-stop) passes for the Alpine Way are free.

Chains must be carried during winter, and you must know how to fit them. If chains are required, signs will be placed in the appropriate chain fitting bays, however quite often chains are not required.

By bus

During the ski season many bus companies offer ad-hoc trips to the snow. Transborder Express offers year-round service once daily between Canberra and Thredbo.

Get around

A free shuttle buses run between Friday Flat, the carparks, and the Village during winter. Parking can be difficult in the village, even during the busier periods in summer.




The entire resort is open to both skiers and snowboarders. There are beginner and all-mountain lift passes available for 1, 3 or 5 days.


  • Climb Mount Kosciuszko Australia's highest mountain. Take the year-round chairlift (adult $25 return, $19.50 one way; child $12.50 return, $11 one way) up to Crackenback. From there it is a gradual 6.5 km walk with a gradual incline, mostly on metal walkways, to the 2,228m summit of Mt Kosciuszko. There are few continents where the highest peak is so accessible, and a person of moderate fitness can do the return walk easily in a day. Keen hikers can continue to Mt Townsend, the second highest peak, but there is no formed track and it is not such an easy climb so you need to be confident of your hiking and navigation skills. Mt Kosciuszko can also be climbed from Charlotte Pass, where you can park your car, and avoid the lift fees.
  • Bushwalking
  • Mountain bike riding
  • Bobsled. There is a metal half tube.
  • Climbing and abseiling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Swimming. There is a 50m heated lap pool.
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater rafting





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