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The Snowy Mountain countryside is some of the best in Australia, and there's plenty to do in spring and summer.


Below are just a few of the many warm weather activities available just a hop away from the Alpine Activity Centre. Our friendly Centre Management Team is happy to organise and arrange any offsite activities, or point you to the right direction.

Take on Kozzie
The National Park mountain range is the highest in Australia, boasting five of the highest mountains in the continent. Hiking and summiting Mount Kosciuszko is the natural highlight. Our staff at the Alpine Centre can help organise a guided hike to the peak of Mount Kosciuszko, including a scenic ride on the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift in Thredbo and a bobsled ride down!

A freshwater fisher’s dream
The waterways around the Snowy River have some of the best trout fishing in the country. Lake Jindabyne is a short 15 minute walk from the Centre, and the nearest boat ramp is only a 2 minute drive down the road. The lake has numerous shallow bays and wide waters for fishers to cast their lines in, not to mention a Bond-esque mountain range backdrop to perfectly frame your catch-of-the-day pictures.

Relax on the lake
A balmy day floating in the lake is exactly how the Aussie summer should be spent. Keep it chill by canoeing, swimming, sailing and kayaking around Lake Jindabyne with your mates, or pick up the pace (and your heart rate) with water skiing or wakeboarding.

Climb up
Climbing and abseiling are just a few classic adventures more accessible in the summer when caves are clear of snow and the icy air won’t sap the feeling from your fingers. Jindabyne Rock is just a short drive away, and offers plenty of climbing and abseiling for families and children as well as more experienced climbers. The rock is accessible with some shelter and a great option when the weather closes in around the mountains. During the summer months, the rock environs are best for morning climbing as the rock gets hotter in the afternoon. Finish off with a swim in Lake Jindabyne or chill out at a local cafe, club or pub.

Cave in
If you want to visit the caves without working up a sweat, you can escape the heat by going on a jaw-dropping guided underground cave tour at Yarrangobilly Caves, which is just under 2 hours’ drive from the Centre. You can even make the most of the sunshine with a lazy day picnicking and swimming in the thermal pool.

Explore on foot
Keen bushwalkers will appreciate Kosciuszko National Park’s shady trails and walking tracks, which are best hiked between December and March. There are hundreds of walking tracks and paths open for exploration. Nature lovers can also spot platypus, fairy wrens, flame robins, king parrots and lyrebirds. As the sun sets the area comes to life with kangaroos, possums, bats, red-necked and swamp wallabies. Click here to view a list of walking tracks now open for the warmer season.

Learn about sport fish
The Gaden Trout Hatchery, located on the Thredbo River near Jindabyne, is one of Australia's main centres for breeding and rearing cold water sport fish. Visitors can view feeding of the big fish that come to the surface in some of the brood stock ponds, watch a 10 minute video that outlines the purpose and operations of the hatchery, and go for a walk around the grounds with one of the experienced hatchery staff. Guided tours of the hatchery are conducted 10am and 2pm daily.
Fishing is not permitted at the hatchery.

Ring my bell
The Australian Snowy Mountains region is one of the most inspirational, breathtaking yet challenging places to road ride in the country. The quality of the road surfaces combined with the minimal summer time traffic adds to the experience of epic climbs and the peace of the Kosciuszko National Park. A variety of road cycling routes pass through the Jindabyne region, and can be tailored to be suitable to any level of rider – click here for several routes popular with local riders and visitors alike.

Ride the mountains
Mountain biking enthusiasts can rejoice in the Kosciuszko National Park’s hundreds of kilometres of mapped trails, wilderness, alpine, high plains, valleys and forests rides. There are great rides from beginner to very technical and everything in between. Experienced extreme riders can feel the adrenaline rush of fast downhill trails, whilst those looking for a gentler trek can cruise along the many purpose built family friendly rides around our beautiful lakes, streams and varied high country terrain.

Horsing around
Horse riding is a must-do experience when visiting the Snowy Mountains, with a number of horse riding providers operating guided tours in the warmer months. First time riders to experienced horse riders alike can saddle up and explore undoubtedly some of Australia’s most picturesque, inspiring and challenging countryside.



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