Visit Thredbo this Easter to see how close it comes to a perfect holiday spot. There you can unwind or wind up, slow down or speed up. The precious, alpine environment is the backdrop for creating your own adventure or finding a cosy place in nature’s reading room with a book. Move in the slow lane or the fast lane. Holiday in your lane!

The Easter  is full with high altitude fun.

Thredbo has adventure in spades. Not that you have to dig deep to find Thredbo is the place to get high on Australia. The region boasts the highest golf course (AGU rated; 9 holes), mountain biking, and tennis courts. And you can discover the lure of fly fishing in some of the country’s highest and most pristine, snow-fed lakes and creeks. You can take yourself to secret spots, or go with a guide and learn the art of hooking salmon and trout.
Here, you can stroll around the village or take a chairlift to the top of the country for the highest walks in Australia – with friends or a local guide. The mesh and paved walkway make Mount Kosciuszko a backcountry walk for the whole family. Other trails can take you to alpine lakes and Dead Horse Gap. You could take a Kosciuszko sunset walk. At this altitude, the fresh alpine air and vast 360 degree landscapes invite peak attitudes! And photographs!
Elsewhere on the mountain, you can watch or join your kids on the bobsled. Or gasp with excitement as you hang over the edge of a precipice, safely roped on for an abseil.

Down in the village, there’s a leisure centre with its heated pool and a range of other family adventures, including:

    • Kids Night Adventures
    • Mountain Bike Pump Track Workshops
    • Slack line Workshops
    • Treasure Hunt
    • Outdoor Movies
    • Trampolines
    • Skate park
    • Face painting
    • BMX Bandit – Roving Clown
    • Giant Games of Chess, Checkers, Connect 4 and Jenga on Keller Green
    • Arts & Crafts
    • Mission Inflatable – an extreme obstacles course at the Thredbo Leisure Centre
    • Thredbo distillery.

Eggs, excitement and extras

The Easter Family Adventure (25-28 March) is a wonderful entrée to what Thredbo has to offer.
If the fun of a Giant Kids Easter Egg Hunt on Thredbo’s Village Green is not enough reason to visit, the adventure of a Golden Easter Egg Hunt with $10,000 waiting to be found in the mountains may be the temptation you need.
And there’s live music, a spit roast and an opportunity to win a Giant Mountain Bike.
School holidays that will excite and exhaust you…
And the kids.

As well as all the opportunities for adventure, the school holidays have some special activities for the family.

There’s a daily treasure hunt (9-17 April) for the family to discover Thredbo and find treasure. Grab map from the Thredbo Information Centre and follow those clues!

In that same week, you can make multi-shaped, multi-coloured pasta art. Or you can create a plaster masterpiece – a plasterpiece – of a wombat, echidna, koala or your favourite design. The Thredbo Games Room near the Information Centre has all the details.

Or you can walk the tightrope on a slackline in the Village Green. You can learn some balancing tricks along the way.
Each night from 9-17 April, bring a chair and some food and drink to the big-screen family movies at the base of the Kosciuszko Express.

Thredbo MTB is hosting free Pump Track mountain biking workshops for kids on the 10, 12, 14, 16 April. Each session is designed to build confidence and skills on the Village Green Pump Track.

On 10 April, there’s a mountain bike clinic specially designed to offer girls a non-intimidating introduction to downhill riding. Conducted by World Cup races, the Gravity Girls clinic is suitable for riders of all ages and abilities. It aims to improve such skills as body position, cornering, braking, drops and jumps from whatever starting point of experience. Then there’s a lot of terrain and a Skills Park to continue practising on.

 Where to stay ?

Enjoy the best holiday accommodation in Australia

Find hide-aways and quiet time for yourself while kids are occupied. The only problem is they’ll have so much fun they’ll never shut-up when they get back. They’ll want to push you off the couch, not out of boredom but out of exhaustion – they’ll be tired from too much to do not too little!

Thredbo has a wide range of accommodation and prices. You can rent a private chalet, tucked away just for you. Or find a B&B that doesn’t cost the earth. There’s luxury and there’s simplicity. You can even find great places with a spa for two or the whole family.

For more visit www.thredbo-accommodation.com.au

Peak experiences

Autumn in the snowy offers the known: mountains, food, great accommodation, adventure and entertainment for the whole family. It has a village atmosphere that makes the rest of the world disappear.
Will the sun draw us outside? Will early season snow have us marvelling at its calming, quietening beauty? Will clouds and rain have us huddled up reading a book, sharing delicious wines, or soaking in a spa? Will be venture out regardless of what nature does?

  • Bring your woolly jumpers. Enjoy a fresh walk as winter knocks on the mountain doors. Perhaps taste an early snowflake and see white dustings on the peaks. It might be cold outside with an early icy winter wind. But it’ll be warm inside with smiles and family and good food. You may even enjoy an evening in the spa at your accommodation.
  • Bring your camera. Cold. Wet. Sunny. Hot. Whatever nature decides, you can be ready to snap up the best shots. Remember, in Thredbo, the photos are not the experience!
  • Bring your taste buds. The food and wine will make them dance in your mouth!
  • Bring your togs. It can be hot in autumn, and you might venture into the water for a swim or just to dip your toes. You might choose to swim in the heated pool at the aquatic centre.
  • Pack your sense of adventure.

Visit Thredbo. Create the perfect holiday. Make the most of what’s on offer. Build your own personalised perfection in Thredbo. Try the Fast Lane; taste the Slow Lane. Make your Own Lane.

L’ÉTAPE AUSTRALIA BY LE TOUR DE FRANCE

The count-down is on for the first Tour de France event to be held in Australia!

L’Étape Australia by Le Tour de France is a cycling event run under professional conditions for amateurs, with closed roads, a challenging route, a Sprint and a King of the Mountain section

There are many places to stay throughout the Snowy Mountains Jindabyne, Thredbo, Crackenback, Cooma, Berridale, Dalgety and surrounds ( Perisher and Charlotte’s Pass are winter resorts and the majority of accommodation will be closed at the time of the event).

Test your stamina and determination on a choice of two demanding and beautiful routes, both on fully closed roads and held under professional race conditions.

THE RACE

The race is expected to take between 4-7 hours over the 157km course which includes the difficult Col de Beloka and finishes with the demanding Col de Kosciuszko final climb, taking the route to a peak of 1,735m.

THE RIDE

The race is expected to take between 3-6 hours over the 126 km course is for those who wish to immerse themselves in the atmosphere and experience of L’Étape without the added pressure of the final Col de Kosciuszko climb. At 126km and a peak of 1,300m the Ride is still a significant challenge

For accommodation visit www.discoverthredbo.com

Getting the kids outdoors and busy can be a challenge for the even the most active family. Part of the secret to making it work is getting mum and dad outdoors as well, having fun and leading the charge.  That is one of the things that makes a Thredbo Family Holiday a great choice for an active family.  Whether it is for a weekend or a week, there is so much to do and the whole family can get involved.

Thredbo’s School Holiday adventure Festival is on again this April and if you haven’t taken the kids to Thredbo then you are all in for a treat. The adventure festival  will run from April 9 to 17  and there are free activities on everyday. With daily games and competitions, treasure hunts, art classes and workshops, guided mountain bike rides, free workshops for kids on bike riding and fun activities like slack lining (low level rope walking), movie nights and much more, the adventure festival is just the beginning on what you can do on a family holiday in Thredbo.

Thredbo in Autumn has plenty of outdoor action for everyone.  You can ride the Kosciuzsko Express chairlift to the top of the mountain and the start of the Kosciuszko Walking track.  The whole family can walk to the summit of Australia’s highest mountain on a 13km round trip that takes you into the heart of the Alpine area known as the main range.  You will see an amazing landscape of age worn granite, unique plants and wildlife, ancient glacier lakes and views that go on forever.

After the hike you can bring the kids back into the village and go for a Swim in the Thredbo Leisure centre with water slide, “Mission Inflatable” obstacle course, and if they still have any energy there are climbing walls,  basketball courts, table tennis, trampolines and even a squash court.

Thredbo has plenty more walking trails on the mountain that take you past waterfalls, ancient mountain ash forests and secret little glades by mountain streams.  If your family likes bike riding, Thredbo is a famous for Mountain Biking, not just the extreme downhill riding either.  There is a whole trail network around the village, on the mountain and down the Thredbo River Valley for over 20km.  There are mountain bike trails for all standards of riders. Thredbo even has a pump track on the village green park so the kids, and those adventurous grown ups can work on their BMX techniques.

Also on the Village Green park is a skate board park, tennis courts and a kids playground.  And just across the road from the Village Green is the Thredbo Golf course 9 hole of quality  greens and challenging little fairways.

The Village also has shops and restaurants for a bit of retail Therapy and some wonderful food if you are looking for a meal out.  Of course there is a supermarket, bakery, bottle shop and all the essentials so once you are in Thredbo you can park the car and just enjoy the crisp mountain air and well earned break.

If you would like to find out more about Family Holiday in Thredbo you can call the team at the Lantern Thredbo Apartments. They also have some excellent value packages for the April School Holidays with the Kids Free 3 for 2 Action Pack.   This offer includes 3 nights accommodation for the price of 2 and a 3 day resort activity pass with access to Chairlift, Leisure centre, golf, tennis and Thredbo’s bobsled all from only $582 for a family of 4.

Call the Lantern Thredbo now on 1800 020 598 or Lantern Thredbo Apartments

 

Ningaloo at Exmouth

On the bucket list for many a tourist or nature lover is to ‘swim with the Whalesharks’, and there are only a few places on this planet where you can do that. Exmouth is a remote town, in the North West of Western Australia. Approximately 1270 km north of Perth with a population of around 2250 permanent residents. The Exmouth Peninsula runs the entire length of the World Heritage Listed, Ningaloo Reef Marine Park.

Only from Exmouth can you jump on a charter boat and go swimming with the Whalesharks (season runs March – August). Only from Exmouth can you scuba dive or snorkel the Ningaloo Reef and the pristine waters off the Sanctuary zones. And it’s not just the Whalesharks people come to see.

The World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef is internationally recognised as one of Earths last ocean paradises. Amongst the largest fringing reefs in the world, the Ningaloo Reef can be accessed straight off the beach – something very few coral reefs offer. You can take a dive in the clearest turquoise water imaginable to view hundreds of colourful tropical fish and pristine coral gardens. Snorkel with sea turtles and graceful manta rays.

The Ningaloo Coast and in particular the Exmouth Gulf sees the highest density of humpback whales in the Southern Hemisphere during the annual migration from Antarctica (June to November). During this period, 30,000 humpback whales visit the Ningaloo Coast and can be sighted from shore, or you can take in a whale watching tour.

Or you can hook into world class fishing. The continental shelf runs closer to the Australian mainland off Exmouth than anywhere else in the country. The Region offers fantastic game fishing, especially for the marlin. All three Australian species of marlin are caught here in good to great numbers, along with an incredible range of other game and sport fish. Charter and tour boats specialising in game, sport, reef and fly fishing are available all year round.

The Ningaloo Coast offers visitors the freedom to independently explore and enjoy without restrictions. Spend a day snorkelling pristine coral gardens, find a deserted beach to enjoy all to yourself, hike the trails of the Cape Range National Park, observe the local emus stopping traffic on the main streets, camp along the shores of the Ningaloo Lagoon. You can swim our waters all year round, perfectly safe! The choices are endless and yours to make.

Accommodation in Exmouth

Accommodation in Exmouth is varied. But by far the most popular is staying in a unique and privately owned holiday houses. Managed by Ningaloo Reef Holiday Accommodation, we are the only independent, non real estate managed, holiday home accommodation provider in Exmouth. All we do is manage holiday homes, so we think that gives us the advantage, and our returning guests agree! We have homes in town, on the Marina, budget priced to luxury. Many homes are pet friendly, and all are meticulously maintained and immaculately clean. We are your only choice for holiday accommodation in Exmouth on the Coral Coast and Ningaloo Reef.

Hi, I am the happy hippy boho and I will be at the wonderful port douglas markets over the easter 2016 and school holiday break promoting my ” do what you love” brand of clothing and accessories and doing my caricature.

At the Port Douglas Carnevale me and my friends will showcase the ” Do what you love ” brand by including food in showing just what we love.

Real thai food, not the commercial product presented regualrly in restaurants will be what we want to show
do what you love

Do come and say hello, I look forward to meeting you because I’m the happy hippy boho !!

20th – 22nd May 2106

Showcasing the best of Tropical North Queensland from local food and wines, to talented musicians and friendly, family fun, Port Douglas Carnivale is one of Australia’s most exciting and diverse events.

http://www.carnivale.com.au

Debuting this year is the Port On A Fork Food & Wine Festival where local chefs will be presenting their signature dish uniquely inspired by the gourmet delights of the region.

Plus Paradise on a Plate, this year’s Longest Lunch exclusive dining held in the Spiegeltent and under the palms of Dixie Park, a fusion of performance and food will have your mouth watering for more.

There will also be a plentiful program of Family Friendly Free events devoted to Fun, Sand, and Sun including the Wonders Of The World Macrossan Street Parade long been the opening highlight of Port Douglas Carnivale and regularly draws eager crowds of thousands.

Family Beach Day located at 4 Mile Beach featuring a Kite Festival and Sand Sculpting competitions, beach sports , family stage entertainment featuring Bosco and Honey fusing ukulele and theatre ,face painting, kids’ activities, market stalls and eye-popping life size puppets

Bringing the local community and visitors together, Carnivale is proudly supported by the Douglas Shire Council, Tourism Port Douglas & Daintree and Tourism Events Queensland.