Got the Post-Ski Season Blues? Head to Thredbo Anyway
Posted on Thursday, 29th of October 2015
Did you have a great snow season? Did you love Thredbo and the Snowy Mountains of NSW and were pleasantly surprised at the raw natural beauty, sweeping vistas and local animals or rivers? All’s not lost because Thredbo never shuts down. Make a summer holiday booking and enjoy what’s happening in and around Thredbo after the snow melts.
There’s nothing better than some good old fashioned fun and kite flying ticks this box every time. Like fires, our eyes are magically drawn to colourful kites hunting the sky. Marulan Kite Festival on Saturday 31st October is in its 10th year, and there are plenty of wacky kites on display if you care to look upwards.
The festival includes horse and cart rides, lots of kite flying and lots of activities like jumping castles, stalls and craft to entertain the kids. The festival is on between 10am and 4pm at Tony Onions Park, Marulan, on your way to Thredbo from Sydney or the Southern Highlands.
Canberra hosts a farmers market most Saturdays that is worth getting hungry for. Fresh locally grown produce, sourced from regional farmers not only supports local farmers and growers but shows city folk the scope and breadth of quality food on offer.
Time your trip so you arrive here anytime between 7.30am to 11.30am and enjoy a coffee here, fruit, veggies and plenty of tasty food. Located in the Exhibition Park on the corner of Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue, Canberra.
Lock up Experience
The town of Cooma boosts an unusual activity that is highly popular by tourists who take the time to drop in. The NSW Corrective Services Museum is a working prison, with prisoners running tours of the prison. Exhibitions include artefacts and information from as early as Australia’s Goldrush days and seedy 1940s back alley days. Visitors find the curator a wealth of information and the inmate tour guides respectful to visitors.
The tour errs on the informative side which might deter others from following such a future rather than promoting crime. Visitors have the opportunity to see inmates working on arts and crafts as well as being locked up (temporarily) to experience ‘cell life’. Tripadvisor reviews include “Excellent for the biggest Kids at Heart” and “What a Great Country Town Museum” and the entry is a gold coin donation. 1 Vagg St Cooma phone 02 6452 5974.
If you enjoy visiting wineries and distilleries, Catcher and Co is a more recent addition to the industry. One Tripadviser reviewer enthuses “Lucas has done a wonderful thing, bringing awesome beers and delicious spirits (the gin is incredible!) into a cool little industrial meets log cabin environment. He is more than happy to show you round, sample the beers and have a chat”. Catcher and Co serves beer, cider, liquors, gin, mead and vodka so make sure you don’t draw the short straw to be the driver. 4 Vale St Cooma, 0434864189.
Close to Jindabyne lies the town of Dalgety and it’s cattle country out here. If you’re a Man From Snowy River fan or your family loves horses it’s well worth checking out the annual Snowy Mountains Bred and Reared Horse Sale. It’s often the horse smell, the sound of the hooves, the riding clothing or gear that even the non-riders love, or just the opportunity for kids to see something they wouldn’t ordinarily see in the city every day of the week.
Watch the skillful riders in the yard, admire the Snowy Mountains Horses, enjoy the sounds of the Snowy River nearby and make it a pit stop enroute to your Thredbo accommodation. It’s held over two days, Saturday November 7th and Sunday 8th November in Campbell St Dalgety.
Foodie, Flower Buffs and Wine Delight
All the flowers come out to play at the Tumbarumba Tastebuds Festival. Come and see the brilliance of floral displays, if you love your Floriade and flower shows. Combining the forces of Tumbarumba Open Gardens and Flower Show with the Open Cellar Door and Wine Tastings, there is plenty to see, smell, taste and drink. It’s always fun to poke around in someone else’s garden and you can do this at $5 per garden or $25 for all 7 gardens.
Buy your tickets from the information centre in Tumbarumba. Cellar doors from 10 different local wineries will be open between 10am and 4pm, many offering stunning mountain views, lunch, unusual features and handmade produce. Check out the full program and different cellar door information here and make your pit stop an excellent place to stock up for your Thredbo holiday.
Jump right into life, I say and catch yourself a fish. This is something you can do together, out in nature as a family or just with a mate. The annual Snowy Mountains Trout Festival falls between October 31st and November Friday 6th November and is in its 42nd year. Grab an entry form and for $50 per adult and $30 per child under 16 and $40 each additional adult you can take your whole family and have a whale of a time.
There are six weigh in points dotted around Lake Jindabyne you can take your trout and let them officially weigh it. Fish must be at least 35cm long. There are great prizes to be won for each category, as well as ‘secret weight’ prizes. Make your fishing trip a stop on your way to Thredbo.
Of course the fun doesn’t stop in Thredbo just because the snow’s melted. Grab a summer pass and make the most of it by all-ages bobsled rides, golf, tennis, swims in the Olympic pool inside the leisure centre as well as the swirling curling waterslide.
Go on some bushwalks either across the mountains or just downwards after catching the chairlift up the top. Take a picnic, take your bikes or hire some in Thredbo. Watch the action of the BMX festival, do some indoor skateboarding, follow the sculpture trail around the village or listen to some live music in various locations around the village.
Stay in a self-contained Lantern Thredbo Apartment located all around the village, high on the hill to take advantage of lovely mountain views or lower in the valley to make a quick dash to the shops. Enjoy the wildflowers popping out all over the village, eat your breakfast in your accommodation, duck into Central Road cafe for a coffee and head back to your accommodation for a snooze.
Pay for 2 nights and get the third night free, or check out more summer packages. Call Jill or Ian and ask them which is the best apartment for your clan, couple or group. All apartments have features which would benefit one family or another depending on their inclination. Your young family may prefer to be located above the duck pond, playpark and pump track. You and your loved one holidaying alone may prefer the seclusion of a one bedroom apartment with views across the mountain when you’re sitting on the balcony with a glass of champagne or even enjoying the view from the outdoor spa.
Don’t miss Thredbo too much, next winter is too far away, come back to Thredbo after enjoying interesting and different stop offs to support our smaller country towns and have the time of your life.
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