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Snowy Mountains summer

Thursday, April 22, 2010
When you think about the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales it's natural to think of skiing and snowboarding, but when you think Australia's snow season lasts for only around three or four months, it's well worth visiting at other times.

Blue skies, bubbling creeks, white, yellow, purple and orange wildflowers — it's all there and Dermott Brereton went to check it out.

Starting at Thredbo at the foot of Mt Kosciuszko, Australia's tallest mountain at 2228m, summer is the perfect time for a climb. Dermott says it's easy for just about everyone, but you don't have to walk the whole way — there is a chair lift.

The 600m vertical slope is conquered in no time at all. Once there, there's a raised walking platform which takes between three and four hours for a round trip.

Hiking is by far the most popular summer activity in Kosciuszko National Park and can attract 1000 walkers a day. There are a number of walks throughout the park's 690,000 hectares which can be done with or without a guide. National Parks rangers are on duty during peak seasons to assist visitors.

Weather is changeable — it's always a good idea to have something warm to put on. It can be clear in Jindabyne and cool and cloudy at the summit, or vice versa. Dermott was actually treated to some summer snow!

It's not all about walkers. During summer Thredbo's long ski runs a transformed into downhill heaven for cyclists. They take their bikes on the chairlift and fly down 4.5km of slopes.

There are qualified instructors giving individual or group lessons and giving hints on how to handle the twists and turns. One of the hardest parts is to concentrate on the track and not the scenery.

Alpine Habitats 4-5-star accommodation is a clever blend of eco and luxury. The 18 self-contained two-bedroom units are on 16 hectares of snow gum forest and walking tracks. There's so much space for everyone.

You will be so comfortable and cosy — the units have in-slab heating, cooking facilities, dishwasher, open fire, filtered rainwater, Weber barbecue and optional bedding made up of kings and singles.


The Snowy Mountains, around 500km south-west of Sydney.


Alpine Habitats start at $190 a night. Getaway viewers will receive a Distillers platter from Thredbo Valley Distillery. They operate year-round.

Prices correct at April 22, 2010.

For further information

Snowy Region Visitors Centre
Kosciuszko Road
Jindabyne 2627
Ph: 1800 004 439

Alpine Habitats
11 Wollondibby Road
Crackenback 2627
Ph: (02) 6457 2228
Fax: (02) 6457 2238

South East Mountain Biking
51 Friday Drive
Thredbo 2625
Ph: (02) 6457 6282
Fax: (02) 6457 6334

Ph: 1300 020 589

Kosciuszko National Park
Snowy Region Visitor Centre
Kosciuszko Road
Jindabyne 2627
Ph: (02) 6450 5600
Fax: (02) 6456 1249

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