We've just taken a short holiday to Thredbo.
Thredbo is a ski resort in the Snowy Mountains. It's a leisurely 2 and a half hour drive from Canberra and is near to Mount Kościuszko - Australia's highest peak at 2228 metres above sea level.
We were staying in a fabulous lodge provided by the Otis Foundation - (a wonderful organisation to whom we're incredibly grateful) as a retreat. It was a beautiful place full of luxurious touches. It had 3 bathrooms a sauna, two spa baths and was in a truly breathtaking setting.
In winter months the resort bustles with throngs of skiers attracted by the snow fields, but as our autumnal trip was 'out of season' Thredbo was quiet with the visitors absent and the slopes covered in grass and alpine flowers rather than snow. Nevertheless it suited our family to have things to ourselves. Despite the absence of visitors there was still lots of things for us to see and do, and in all honesty our lodge was so lovely we could have spent all of the holiday inside.
The resort has numerous chairlifts, but only the biggest runs all year round, the 'Kosciuszko Express' which took us to the peak of the mountain overlooking the village. The kids and I also went paddling one afternoon (the water was icy cold but they were undeterred, while Amy wisely looked on)
We also went on the bobsled which races and weaves down one of the smaller slopes. The guy running the ride actually gave us a free go on account of Audrey's broad grin when we reached the bottom 'The biggest smile I've ever seen', he remarked.
We went on a lovely walk along one of the streams which feed into the Snowy River, had a couple of trips to the swimming pool and along the way had a few hot chocolates and other treats. It was a great few days and a really nice 'escape' for all of us.