My wife, myself, plus 2 other couples just spent 4 days in Thredbo. We rented a 3 bedroom apartment in Thredbo village. Accommodation was basic, but it met our needs. I have seen reviews complaining about prices and facilities at Thredbo. I agree that price of food, drinks and petrol are quite high. Petrol is 44 cents dearer than Jindabyne which is only 34 km away. There is not much at Thredbo, but it is a great base for hiking in Kosciuszko National Park. We did the following hikes:
1. Thredbo Village to Mt Kosciuszko Sumit and back, without using the chair lift. 2 of us walked back up to Eagles Nest 2nd time, and back again to the village. It is a tiring walk, but if you are fit and determined, it is doable. None os us liked the grids installed on the walkway. It is much harder to walk on then on natural ground.
2. Next day 5 of us hiked from Thredbo village to Rawson's Pass, then continued on to Charlotte's Pass, via Main Range Track, which is 12.5 km. From Charlotte's Pass we returned to Rawson's Pass via Seaman's Hut, which is another 8 km. Then we returned to Thredbo village. 2 people decided to use the chair lift and 3 of us walked to the village. The whole walk is about 40 km long. I expect that some people will think that we were crazy to do the walk in one day. Yes it was tiring, especially after doing a tiring hike the previous day, but we had no issues, apart from sore legs at the end of it. It took us 12 hours. We had numerous small breaks and half an hour lunch break. The walk up from the village to Eagles Nest is very steep. The Main Range Track is strenuous. However, the worst part is that there is no indication along the whole 12.5 km track, of the distance to Charlotte's Pass. How hard is it to put a few sings up along the track to help people decide if they are making a good progress? We asked a number of people along the track, but we got conflicting reports. There are no signs along the track from Charlotte's Pass to Rawson's Pass either, except at Seaman's Hut, which is 1.7 km before Rawson's Pass. I would no encourage anybody to do this whole hike in 1 day unless they are very fit and determined. We were prepared to stop at Charlotte's Pass if it got too hard. If anybody is thinking about doing this hike in 1 day, the way to do it is to clock wise from Rawson's Pass, as the first part is much harder. We were happy that we left the easier part until last. The track from Charlotte's Pass to Rawson's Pass is unsealed road and not too steep. The scenery is worth the effort.
3. On the 3rd day, 4 of us caught the chair lift to Eagles Nest and then walked the Dead Horse Gap track, which takes you back to the village. This track has no grids, which makes it much easier to walk. It is also not too steep either. Again, there are no signs for the first 6 km. This was not much of an issue for us as we had plenty time. However, it would not take much effort to sign post it properly. People you meet are always asking how much more to go.
Overall, we had a great time. It helped that we brought our own food and drinks. However, we got a feeling that the place could be run much better and prices could be much more reasonable. It was our 2nd time and we will be back for more hiking.
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