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Thredbo Village, 630pm: The weather app on my phone tells me that it is minus 7 degrees Celsius outside. Gusty winds of up to 45km an hour and snow showers are forecast for tonight.
I am blissfully unconcerned about the chilly weather as I lounge in front of a gas log fire in my luxury accommodation at the Snowgoose Apartments…with a glass of wine, of course.
Yes, life is rather good.
Although the apartment has a large balcony I have opted for the more appropriate ‘indoor-fireside’ lounging, but the huge windows reveal such gorgeous mountain views that I almost feel like I am outside: without the sub-zero temperatures.
From my classy retreat I watch ravens glide on wind trails and clouds descend over Mount Crackenback, seeping down to the valley floor where the village of Thredbo begins.
Thredbo is a year-round European-style ski resort in Kosciuszko National Park and is the most well known ski area in the Snowy Mountains in south eastern Australia.
In winter, Thredbo is all about the snow with the longest ski runs in Australia but summer is the season for hiking, climbing, horse riding and mountain biking. Our late-Spring visit to the region has fallen somewhere in-between the official ‘seasons’ so we are fortunate to have the outdoor adventure minus the crowds!
We spent the late afternoon hiking the Cascades Trail near Thredbo on a mission to find a mob of the Snowy Mountain’s wild brumbies. By the time we arrived at our luxury accommodation this evening we were cold, hungry and exhausted. (We did find the brumbies though: yay!)
Our luxurious two bedroom apartment could not have been a more perfect welcome for a couple of weather-weary travellers. Despite not knowing what time we were arriving, hotel managers Jane and Mark had ensured our apartment was warm and cosy – a real blessing given the weather!
Snowgoose Apartments are architecturally designed contemporary-style apartments. When I walked in, the first thing I noticed is how spacious the apartment is and yet the designers have truly thought to include everything: a generously equipped kitchen, two bathrooms, even laundry facilities tucked away near the entrance.
The fully self-serviced apartments are immaculate and decorated with tasteful contemporary décor. The design and luxury features make it well deserving of its 4.5 star rating. The most appealing feature for me (besides the fire and the mountain views) was the spa bath in the main bedroom ensuite!
These two nights in Thredbo are the last of two weeks of hiking, horse riding and road tripping through the Snowy Mountains. I am tired and ready to wind down. Once I’m done with my comfortable place in front of the fire….the spa will certainly be my next stop!
While the idea of lazing by the warmth of the fire for the rest of the evening is irresistible to me, the reality is…we have to eat!
Although I would love to cook in the huge kitchen, we arrived a little too late to make it to the supermarket for supplies. Our apartment is centrally located and is only a brief walk to the main village restaurants and bars. Jane recommends we head to Bernties Mountain Inn for some dinner.
“It’s where all the locals go. You will love it!”
And love it we do! The inn has a great atmosphere and the food is to die for. We order a delicious fillet steak with creamy mash each, a glass of wine and a share roasted beetroot & feta salad – all for $25 per person. Not to mention a complimentary glass of local Wild Brumby Butterscotch Schnapps. Not bad for this expensive country we live in!
A few weeks after we leave Thredbo the mountain biking season will officially open and the area will be inundated with mountain adventurers. But tonight we wander through what is essentially a ghost town – the streets are completely empty, stores and restaurants are closed and there is an eerie quiet. We deliberately timed our visit before the busy summer season which means right now we have the village and the mountains more or less to ourselves.
Thank goodness Berntie’s was open or it really would’ve just been wine by the fire!
What You Need To Know:
Thank you to Snowgoose Apartments for accommodating me during my stay in Thredbo. As always, all opinions expressed are my own. All images are courtesy of Snowgoose Apartments.