By Larry Mullett , a Rainbow Rambler from Sydney, checks out NSW’s famed ski town. He’s a Sales Executive with 8Hotels Collection which manages bookings at The Denman Hotel in Thredbo.
Have you ever woken up and felt like you were somewhere else? This used to happen to me all the time when I first moved away for university. Sometimes, before I opened my eyes, I felt like I was back in Newfoundland.
It’s quiet, picturesque and friendly there. A bird’s chirp wakes you in the morning, rolling green hills naturally divide the land, and everyone is willing to welcome you into their home. During my recent stay at The Denman Hotel in Thredbo, I had the same feeling. The hotel and the village made me feel like I was home.
Ed and Judy Denny are the owners/operators of The Denman Hotel. From the moment I walked into their warm and inviting reception, I was treated like family. They are both well-travelled and enjoy good wine, food and company. Their passion for providing great service combined with their love of Thredbo has elevated The Denman to become a focal point in the village and a popular destination for both visitors and locals alike.
Thredbo is about half way between Sydney and Melbourne (approx. 500 km from each city), with a permanent population of only about 450 people. I travelled to Thredbo during the spring when there was light dusting of snow over the mountains. When the mountain is fully covered, Thredbo has the longest ski runs in Australia and this attracts around three-quarters of a million winter visitors a year.
The remainder of the year, Thredbo is a destination for hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, bird watching, photography, abseiling, fishing and Cross-country/road cycling.
I had the opportunity to spend quality time with local business owners and their staff. One example is Peter Cocker, owner and tour guide of K7 Adventures. A popular summer activity that Peter promotes is the hike to the top of Mt Kosciuszko, also known as ‘Targangil’ by the local Aboriginal population. Mt Kosciuszko is the tallest mountain in Australia and part of the “7 Summits” (tallest mountain range on each continent). From The Denman’s front door it takes only around a couple of hours to reach the top.
Larry’s Tips to Thredbo:
- Be prepared for all weather. Hiking boots, waterproof jacket, gloves, backpack and sunglasses are a must.
- Thredbo is in a National park that requires an entry fee, so leave your car at home and go by bus or foot. Most everywhere is within walking distance.
- There are scheduled events throughout the year, great to take advantage of but accommodation rates usually increase for these periods.
- Say “G’day” to strangers as you walk through town; locals will always respond with a smile (and god knows we don’t get enough of those in the city).