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Activities around the Snowy Mountains

 

 Horse Riding

Horse riding is part of the Snowy Mountains folk-lore and a "must do" when visiting the region.  A number of horse trekking and guided tours are available for all ages and experience levels, from easy going trail rides to wilderness treks in the far-reaches of Kosciuszko National Park.

Thredbo Valley Horse Riding are second to none when it comes to horse riding in the Snowy Mountains. Located just around the corner from Ecocrackenback along the Alpine Way, Nev and his team have a range of horses available for all levels and also have some ponies for the kids to have a go too. For bookings please call Nev and the team on 02 6456 2142 for your chance to ride in the Man from Snowy River Country.

 

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Mountain Bike Riding

The region's world class mountain bike and shared trails are a must with hundreds of kilometres of mapped trails ready to discover.  Try the amazing Thredbo Valley Track that winds from Thredbo Village to Lake Crackenback Resort.  Thredbo also offers a wide range of down hill tracks for all ages and experience levels.  The Lake Jindabyne Community Trails span from Tyrolean Village along the Lakes edge to Jindabyne.  If you are a bigger cycling enthusiest our roads are raved about by all who visit. Our ecocrackenback chalets located along the Alpine Way would be an ideal location for your accommodation. Call us at Jindabyne Accommodation on 02 6457 2000 to arrange your stay.    

Thredbo

Thredbo has always been one of the premiere downhill destinations in Australia. But as we discovered, things are growing at Thredbo in a big way; a change of management of the mountain bike operations has seen some really positive developments that have greatly expanded the appeal of 'Thredders'.

There's the new Kosciuszko Flow Trail, the Thredbo Valley Trail, epic backcountry riding and an all-mountain track from the peak in development too. Plus the downhill track has been given some new features and tweaks to make it a whole lot more fun. It's great to see Thredbo back at its best. 

Thredbo Valley Trail (TVT) - (Free-$) (Moderate) - If you want to park your car in Thredbo, you will need to pay a National Park fee, you can also catch a shuttle bus to drop you off in Thredbo, allowing you to ride the 26km track on a downhill gradient. You can easily ride back to Ecocrackenback via the Alpine way after enjoying refreshments at the Alpine Larder. This trail was opened in 2014 after significant investment from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, it has several suspension bridges that weave the rider from one side of the Thredbo River to the other. Click here for map

Thredbo Downhill - ($$$) (Moderate - Hard) - If you want to park your car in Thredbo, you will need to pay a National Park fee, you will also need a lift pass, and a Downhill Orientation Session also downhill bike hire - a lot of fun! Definitely worth spending a full day. See Thredbo's website for all their Mountain biking maps - www.thredbo.com.au 

Thredbo River Loop (Free) (Easy) - A trail that is easy to get to from Ecocrackenback (just follow the Alpine Way to the Lake Crackenback resort), the first four kilometers is pretty easy but an extra 2km black loop will challenged more experienced riders. Stop for a beer at Alpine Larder (or Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery) on the way back! 

Tyrolean and Mill Creek Mountain Bike Trails (Free) (Moderate - Hard) - A ten minute drive from Ecocrackenback into the town of Jindabyne you will find the Tyrolean and Mill Creek Mountain Bike Trails offering a great selection of green, blue and black loops. Click here for map

Hatchery Bay Trail(Free) (Easy, Moderate-Hard) Starting at the boat ramp on the outskirts of Jindabyne, (follow the main road as if you were going up to Perisher Ski Resort) this is a great single track trail for all skill levels which winds its way around the lake to the Hatchery Bay. This trail offers an easy-going ride around the lake for beginners and for the more advanced riders there are the options to go onto the more technical lines that branch off from the main trail.

https://www.trailforks.com/trails/hatchery-bay-trail/

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Bush Walking

There are many places to explore on foot around the Snowy Mountains. Charlotte's Pass is the gateway to superb summer back-country walks. Taking you to the top of Australia's Highest point, Mt Kosciuszko, and also Blue Lake which is one of the 5 Glacial Lakes that are along the Snowy Mountains Range,it is the Largest of the 5 lakes.  Thredbo also have a great range of walking tracks one of which, can also take you to Australia's highest peak.  All of the mountain bike tracks around the area are also great for walking.You see all of the great Flora & Fauna that the Snowy Mountains have to offer. The Kosciusko National Park Information Centre will have a range of maps and also help you with any other information that may be needed while walking in the Alpine area. 

Their contact number is 02 6450 5600.             

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Fishing

The Snowy Mountains is famous for its amazing lakes and rivers, full of Brown, Brook and Rainbow Trout along with some Atlantic Salmon. The iconic rivers flow with life, and the tranquill waters of Lakes Eucumbene, Jindabyne, Talbingo, Tantangara, Tumut and the pondages of Khancoban are all great spots to wet a line. Along with catching some great fish to cook up while staying in the Snowy Mountains on your holiday, your breath will be taken away by the glorious scenery that is the envy of others around the world. For more information on when and where are the best places to 'land a big one' contact any one of the local tackle shops or local fishing tours to answer any questions that you may have. 

Castaway Flyfishing with Haig Burbury

Steve Williamson's Trout Fishin Adventures 

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Segway Tours

Lake Crackenback resort offer Eco friendly segway tours.  The Segway Eco Tour will take you through some amazing Snowy Mounatins scenery.  The machines have zero emissions and are quiet so they will not interupt the local wild life, while on your tour.  The tours last for 1 hour, and for the kids that are a little to small they also offer a ride for 10 minutes with the assistance of a parent.  To make a booking for your segway adventure please contact Lake Crackenback Resort on 02 6451 3000.

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Thredbo Pool, Leisure Centre & Golf Course

The Thredbo Leisure Centre is home to a 50m indoor heated swimming pool, a wading pool with waterslide, two full-sized basketball courts, squash courts, fully equipped gym, a traverse climbing wall, fitness classes and a physiotherapist. For kids and the young at heart there is "Mission Inflatable" the blow up, on water obstacle course that will challange you and keep the fun and good times rolling. The Thredbo Leisure Centre is open from 7:00am to 7:00pm – the waterslide is open from midday to 6:00pm. 

Thredbo also have a nine hole, AGU rated course is bordered by the Thredbo river and has unique and challenging features such as the snake pit and Wally Wombat's House. Winding along the Thredbo River and around the base of mountain this course is a pleasure to play. It is dotted with wildflowers, lined with eucalyptus and it has a little bit of everything providing even seasoned golfers with unique challenges.

The course is home to 1 x Par 5 hole, 4 x Par 4 holes, 4 x Par 3 holes with each hold offering a different spectacular view of Thredbo Valley and its surrounding Alpine peaks. 

There is also 700m of luge style track the bobsled twists and turns its way down the mountain whilst you control the speed with a brake on your cart. It’s great fun for all the family. To ride the bobsled on your own you must be 9 years of age or older and over 130cms tall. For the kids under 9 you double up with a responsible adult. For bookings please call Thredbo Sports on 02 6459 4119.

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Scenic Drives

When travelling by car or motorcycle, the Snowy Mountains Drive is a great touring route to explore the region in all its glory. This is a drive like no other: the country’s highest mountains; some of the most diverse flora and fauna; towns bursting with historic and cultural stories and it’s the home of some of Australia’s most famous icons.

The Snowies is well served by a network of sealed roads boasting spectacular scenery. Ensure you drive the loop of Bredbo, Cooma, Berridale, Jindabyne, Thredbo, Khancoban, Tumbarumba, Batlow, Tumut and Adaminaby. From each town, you can visit attractions and settlements nearby and learn the history by being surrounded by it.

The Snowy Mountains Drive can be accessed from Canberra in the north, Bega on the coast and Albury to the west.

For fans of motorcycling, a visit in November is a must. It’s when the hills come alive with the thrum of motorcycles as 2,000 tourers descend on Jindabyne for the annual Snowy Ride charity fundraiser.

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