Snowy Mountains Report

Yes this week the snow we await every season has been delivered just a couple of days past the winter solstice.. peculiar eh !

Anyhow all ski resorts around Australia are now gearing up for what will hopefully be a ” monster year “.

In the early hours of Friday the 24th over 40 cm’s of the white fluffy stuff descended upon the ski resort of Thredbo delivering a godsend for the thousands whose its livelihood depends upon.

Even the emu of theAlpine Way jumped out of the fields to celebrate.

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Although no snow we had an absolute ball in our very comfortable accommodation.  Kids got to ride the chairlift to the snow and for our 2 nieces who hadn’t seen the white stuff they thoroughly enjoyed it with the youngest carrying a snowball all the way down the mountain walk to our accommodation where she iced her sister.

Treehouse

Valley Close Thredbo 2625

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Mossman Markets – held every Saturday

The Mossman Markets are held every Saturday morning under the shade of towering raintrees in park area of the historic St. David’s Church Mossman just 15 minutes north of Port Douglas.

Come along to the Mossman Markets and purchase fresh local produce straight from the farm or local hobbyist, from the shores of the ocean to the Atherton Tablelands and you will be amazed at what you will see. It’s where the locals shop. There are many stalls with beautiful local organic produce including tropical and exotic fruits, coffee that Australia produces, vegetables and herbs and spices and handcrafted items. Come enjoy this relaxed country market with locals and visitors positioned under the shady canopy of the huge Raintrees and next to the historic St David’s Church Mossman in Far North Queensland just 15 minutes north of Port Douglas.

If you want to mingle with the locals and understand just how diverse this part of the country is, this is the market for you. There are cake stalls, hand made children’s clothing, plants and lovely arts and crafts and you can relax with a massage afterwards. More at www.DiscoverPortDouglas.com

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I vowed several years ago never to fly this lot again however to attend a funeral in Canberra today i purchased two business class tickets on the international flight from Osaka to Sydney that stops into Cairns on its way. So travelling Cairns to Sydney

We got up at 3:45 this morning to travel to Cairns and arrived at 5:20 at the checkin counter where the signs all said

JETSTAR Flight JQ16 is Cancelled –

What ???

I checked my mobile, surely as this flight departed ( or should have ) departed 7 hours ago at a minimum I would have been notified, definitely NOT !!

They passed me to a manager who said they could get me onto a Qantas flight to Sydney at 6:15 but there was no urgency in their actions and she explained her system wouldn’t book it for some reason, she phoned Qantas and Jetstar in the domestic airport and we were told we had ten minutes to get there to check in, go to gate 15.
Racing to walk to 600 metres 5 minutes later we arrived.

Finally we were served and after being stuffed around significantly by this dumb arse woman, asking stupid questions and showing NO URGENCY to get us on board she comes to us and say’s … sorry the flight is now closed.

The truth of the matter is she stuffed around long enough so as we couldn’t make the flight.  more

Port Douglas Tour Desk And Accommodation Centre

Finally a fully inclusive holiday portal for Port Douglas and far north Queensland. Offering the best in Port Douglas holiday accommodation, apartments, beach houses hotels and resort villas we can package your holiday to include all the major destination holiday experiences with your accommodation such as diving or snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, tours to Mosman Gorge, Jungle Surfing in the Daintree and landing a Barra in the inlet to a helicopter encompassing it all.

Port Douglas Tour Desk www.portdouglastourdesk.com not only offers the complete tour and activity online reservation service for the Port Douglas / Mossman / Daintree and Cape Tribulation region but also offers premium holiday rental villas, beach houses and resort and town centre apartments.

Port Douglas Tour Desk uses the groundbreaking Genkan E-Shop software which encompasses the ” Tour Desk” and online Shop functionality.

Jazz in the Snowy – Thredbo Jazz

Following another great summer of music amd events, Thredbo is excited to announce the return of its annual Jazz Festival. Back for its 29th year from 29th April – 1st May 2016, the three day celebration of exceptional music, great food and wine, and endless dancing will take over Thredbo, in the heart of the picturesque Snowy Mountains. This year’s line-up features over 18 incredible acts that are set to play in a variety of village and mountain venues.

This year, legendary jazz guitarist George Golla will be joined by star singer Jackie Cooper for the highly anticipated spectacle, “Lunch with a Legend”. As part of this rare experience, George will regale fans with a host of stories, whilst playing the music fans have come to know and love.

George Golla

Thredbo-Jazz-Poster-2016-182x300George Golla  is an Australian jazz guitarist born in Poland. In 1959 he commenced a long-term working musical partnership with clarinetist/flautist/saxophonist Don Burrows that continued for almost forty years. On 10 June 1985, Golla was made a Member of the Order of Australia with the citation, For service to music.  The George Golla Orchestra won the inaugural category of ‘Best Jazz Album’ for Lush Life.

He has made hundreds of recordings, including The Don Burrows Quartet at the Sydney Opera Housewith during a tour with Grappelli and Burrows. George Golla was a teacher at the Academy of Guitar in Bondi alongside Don Andrews, specializing in Jazz and Classical guitar, he wrote several books on theory, scales and the modes.

Mahalia Simpson

Thredbo is also proud to present star of X-Factor Australia, Mahalia Simpson, performing in the mountains for the very first time. Joining these artists on the line-up is a long list of acts, including Jazz artists Nairobi Trio and Dixie Street All Stars plus internationally acclaimed Hammond organ maestro and vocalist Clayton Doley, the ever-popular Psycho Zydeco and the swinging roots sounds of The Big Ol Bus Band.

The current year’s occasion guarantees to convey music enthusiasts a life-changing weekend, with the stars of Australian Jazz turning out to sparkle in the closeness of Thredbo’s venues.  This year’s event promises to deliver music aficionados an unforgettable weekend, with the stars of Australian Jazz coming out to shine in the intimacy of Thredbo’s venues. Across the festival, performances will take place in alpine bars, cosy restaurants, a nightclub, in the outdoors Village Square and even at the top of the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift!

The 2016 Thredbo Jazz Festival will be a music-lovers delight,

Thredbo Accommodation

For the best range of Thredbo accommodation visit www.thredboreservations.com.au

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.