On the southern flanks of Mt Kosciuszko (2228m), Thredbo is known as one of Australia's leading ski resorts, boasting the longest runs and the highest lifted point. Around 67% of the area suits intermediate-level boarders and skiers, but there's beginner and expert-level terrain too.

Thredbo is the only ski resort in Australia that even remotely resembles a year-round village, transforming into a mountain-bike hub in summer. Attendance is significantly aided by a smattering of festivals, from blues to bike races.

It's also a convenient base for climbing 'Kozi', Australia's highest mountain.