Travelling around the beauty of Australia, one can see many wildlife signs and sometimes wonder about the wildlife advertised but seldom seen. Not so in Kosciuszko National Park, particularly driving along the Alpine Way, the road leading into and out of Thredbo. [caption id="attachment_6876" align="alignleft" width="300"]The rustic restaurant.  Image by: Stop off at Crackenback Farm restaurant. Image by:[/caption] It is common to see a mob of emu in paddocks during the day, a lone kangaroo at dusk or a wombat ambling along in the evening. On your Thredbo holiday, it?s a fun activity to take a drive around the area and see if you can spot any of the native wildlife, and sample a few different restaurants at the same time. Crackenback Farm is just one option for Thredbo restaurants situated along The Alpine Way. Recently under new management and open for business, Crackenback Farm nestles artfully into the surrounds. One can almost hear the stock whips cracking in the hills or spot a brumby or two. It could be the year 1900 or the year 1941, such is the timeless charm of these buildings at the heart of Australia. True to form, it retains the feel of a timber farmhouse, with light streaming through generous windows, logs piled up outside and a chicken scratching in the grass. At Crackenback restaurant diners can pull up a chair at timber tables balancing on slate floors and watch their kids run wild and free outdoors. Kids meals are $15 and $16 (schnitzel, spaghetti ?bolognaise or fish and chips, and generous dollops of ice cream) if they?re not too busy outside on play equipment or inspecting defunct farm tractors and the picturesque cattle yard ramp. [caption id="attachment_6893" align="alignleft" width="300"]Rustic but modern charm! Rustic but modern charm![/caption] Pork sausages warm the soul on a cold winter?s day and the combination of onion, seedy mustard and apples as a glaze are certainly more-ish. Oysters are from the nearby coastal town of Pambula, great on the food miles scale and ready for shucking. Main meals are $18-$32 and come with a smile. The Crackenback Farm wine list is extensive so get to the farm with a little time up your sleeve and enjoy a pre-meal drink in the bar and soak up the Alpine scenery. This may be mist, gorgeous sunshine or a glorious bracing Alpine breeze that lets you know more snow is on its way and you?ll be shussing down the slopes tomorrow on your Thredbo holiday. You may like to come just for dessert or a coffee or hot chocolate. If apple and rhubarb crumble can?t tempt you, maybe the poached pear with lemon curd can. Buy some souvenirs as a memento and head slowly back to your Snowy mountains accommodation, watching out for wombats, to enjoy the rest of your Thredbo holiday. Crackenback Farm Restaurant Hours Winter season: Lunch and dinner seven days a week Summer season: Lunch - Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 12 midday, Dinner - Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 6pm. Bookings appreciated, no BYO 02 6456 2601,