Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa in the Snowy Mountains is embracing autumn with gusto, offering some cool activities to match the cooler weather. Here’s five fabulous ways you can make the most of this season.
Autumn in the Snowies is the ideal season for mountain bike riding as the summer heat has waned and it’s not yet too cold. For those who wish to gain more skills and confidence, there’s a two-hour Mountain Bike Skills Clinic and Guided Tour held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The resort also offers a Thredbo Valley Track Mountain Bike Guided Tour or, if you’re more confident, a shuttle ride to the Self Guided Tour drop off point. There’s also incredible road cycling routes – some as long as 120km return – for those who really want to get among the scenery for which this destination is renowned, plus 25 kilometres of scenic trails which encompass the lake, and nearby Thredbo River with views of Kosciusko National Park and Bullocks Hut.
Strap on your walking boots and take a stroll among some of the prettiest scenery in Australia. Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa has pulled together some amazing treks for keen hikers. The Best of Both Worlds Trek package combines two of the most popular treks – Mt Kosciusko and Blue Lake – with resort accommodation and dinner over the weekend of 15-17 April. The walk is led by local guides who can assist with first aid, navigation, bush and leadership skills. For those seeking something more sedate, there are a number of marked trails within the resort, which range from 20 minutes to three hours. Self Guided Alpine Day Treks combine a first-class Alpine trekking experience, with the information and knowledge of a guide, without the guide being present.
Every Easter, the foreshore of Lake Jindabyne comes to life with the Lake Light Sculpture Festival. During the day, the reflections of the Snowy Mountains on the lake provide a colourful, live studio in which to showcase the sculptures. At night, the artwork is illuminated in what has become a defining feature of the festival. Using lighting, reflections and optical tricks, the artists are able to take advantage of the Easter full moon, revealing hidden elements in the work. Once the festival ends, Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa hosts an extended exhibition of the pieces at the resort and several artworks are available for sale. The resort also has its own Sculpture Trail with 17 handcrafted sculptures permanently displayed around the grounds.
Considered one of the most picturesque places in the country, it’s little wonder the Snowy Mountains attracts shutter bugs. Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa hosts an autumn photography retreat with acclaimed local landscape photographer Michael Scott Lees. Utilising his specialist knowledge of the area, Michael is an expert on the light and best time of day to shoot in the region and offers plenty of great tips about photography. This retreat combines both photo shoots at the resort, as well as in the surrounding region, which is brimming with spectacular snow gums, mountain landscapes, rugged countryside along beautiful rivers, and lakes and streams. Courses run from 29 April til 1 May and the weekend of 14 to 17 October.
It would be remiss to stay at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa without experiencing the actual spa element. Voted by Yahoo.com as one of Australia’s Top 10 Resort Spas, the Spa & Wellness Centre is framed by alpine wilderness. The ethos here is total luxury through natural purity and there are five treatment rooms to assist with total relaxation. Among the extensive spa menu, you’ll find Massage with Cupping; Relaxation, Activation, Rejuvenation and Detoxing packages; Healing Sacred Stone Massage; Facials; and Hand and Feet treatments.
Stay for three nights but only pay for two when you stay in late March, April, May or early June. Packages start from $270 per person and include three nights accommodation, daily hot buffet breakfast, and free resort activities including archery, tennis, nine-hole golf course, nine-hole disc golf course, trampolines, bocce, refurbished indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, gymnasium, fitness track and more than 25 kilometres of mountain biking, trail running and walking tracks.