By Steve Cuff
Is there anything better than visiting the Snowy Mountains and climbing Mount Kosciuszko to celebrate Australia Day….?
We are bias here, but we think this is the perfect Australia Day long weekend, a visit to the mountains to Shake Hands with the Snowies.
The good news is the roof of Australia is now open again with the announcement this afternoon by the National Parks and Wildlife Service they have opened more areas in Kosciuszko to coincide with this traditional festive weekend.
Visitors for the Australia Day long weekend will be able to hike to Australia’s highest lifted point, Mt Kosciuszko at 2228m, including the Main Range Track. This is on top of news that from Wednesday, Thredbo Resort will be open for full summer operations including the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift with hiking access from Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko, the Thredbo Mountain Bike Park, the Thredbo Valley Trail from Thredbo to the Gaden Trout Hatchery in Jindabyne, the Thredbo Leisure Centre, golf, tennis, bobsled and Thredbo retail and food and beverage venues.
Looking down on Thredbo Resort. Photo Thredbo.
After a period where tourists were advised to stay away, the NSW Rural Fire Service have deemed it all safe to return now. The towns of Cooma, Berridale, Jindabyne, Dalgety and Thredbo have also not been impacted by fire, there were just precautions in place. So it is back to business as usual.
Apart from the hikes in the high alpine, the town of Jindabyne has the glistening Lake Jindabyne just primed for your late Jannaury swim, water skiing or water craft hire available for those wanting to indulge in water sports. Nugget’s Crossing has shopping, there is bike hire, the best bars or be sure to try barefoot lawn bowls.
Hire a canoe for the kids on Lake Jindabyne from Sacred Ride.
There are many scenic drives, winery cellar doors in Berridale and Dalgety, the famous Wildbrumby Distillery for lunch or a tasty schnapps and the ever popular Lake Crackenback Resort ideal for family fun.
If you need a reminder of what is install before you arrive, take a sneak peek at our Summer Edition Online if you have not see the printed version.
Today Snowy Mountains Magazine dropped off 1200 more magazines into the Canberra area, so if you see a magazine in a new place be sure to pick up a copy.
Extensive Australia Day weekend festivities are planned in Thredbo Resort including Mount Kosciuszko Summit Guided Hikes on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, Alpine Bar parties, games, competitions and face painting for the kids. On Saturday, a Hottest 100 Backyard Party at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel’s Alpine Bar will be a fun warm-up ahead of Australia Day when the Alpine Bar will again come alive with a Gold Coin Donation BBQ (proceeds going to local Wildlife Charity LAOKO) from 11am and a Long Weekend Aussie Sessions Party featuring Richard Perso.
Thredbo General Manager Stuart Diver said “The news that the Mount Kosciuszko Summit Hike will reopen from tomorrow, Wednesday 22 January is such positive news for the entire Snowy Mountains ahead of the Australia Day long weekend.”
“The 35km Thredbo Valley Track has also reopened, meaning all the resort’s mountain biking trails are available. Now with the Mount Kosciuszko Summit Hike reopening tomorrow, we’re really excited to be returning to our usual summer operations.”
A family fun bike ride at Lake Crackenback Resort. Photo Lake Crackenback.
At Lake Crackenback Resort you have bike hire and a load of activities all inclusive if you purchase a day pass including canoes, 9 hole par 3 golf, trampolines, archery, low ropes course, tennis courts to name a few plus two dining options at Alpine Larder or Cuisine Restaurant.
This is all just a snippet of the activities and fun you can have this long weekend with your family or group of friends.
We hope to see you here to #shakehandswiththesnowies
Ride the TVT. Photo Thredbo Resort
Dine by the still at Wildbrumby Distillery.