First things first, you’ll need to accommodate yourself. Mount Selwyn offers a variety of accommodation types from hostels to hotels. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the natural environment, Gooandra Alpine Cottages may be the place for you. The cottages are located in native bushland, at the base of the mountains, and it’s only a 30 minute drive to Selwyn Snowfields. This is the perfect opportunity to unplug, relax, and explore the areas’ lakes and rivers.
Chances are you’ve never even heard of Selwyn Snowfields, you’ve only heard of Thredbo and Perisher. This is what makes Selwyn the perfect place to ski, you’ll have the same experience minus the crowds. Many would recommend Selwyn Snow Resort as THE place to learn to ski, the park is family friendly and up to 88% of the park is catered towards beginners and intermediaries, perfect for first timers.
Additionally, you’ll find that the park is also tobogganing and snow tubing friendly! There is also a lift specifically for snow tubing which is perfect for kids, and for adults because you won’t find yourself dragging the tube up the hills all day.You’ll also find that the ski field also features a mini terrain park, this is the perfect place to start building up some confidence and skill when it comes to skiing and snowboarding. The terrain is open and wide, and the features are small which will be very helpful when you start learning basic tricks.
WALLACE CREEK LOOKOUT
If you’re looking to take in the views from the high altitude, you’ll definitely want to check out Wallace Creek Lookout. The lookout is easily accessible and is suitable for all ages, and you’ll be able to take in sights of the Great Dividing Range, Yarrangobilly River, Talbingo Mountains, and Bogon Peaks.
This among one of the easiest tracks in the area at 30 minutes to 60 minutes long, and is a self guided loop around Kiandra. This town had one of the shortest gold rushes, which saw the town population fluctuate from 8,000 people to 350 within a few years. On the self-guided walk you’ll come across the history of gold towns, and the former courthouse of the town.
Goldseekers Track is a short 3km self-guided, loop walk taking around 1-2 hours. The track starts from the Three Mile Dam and will take you through natural flora, and you’ll see an abandoned ore-crushing battery. During the spring you’ll see blankets of wild flowers, and during the winter you’ll see blankets of snow, so take your pick! This track is also often frequented by natural fauna such as pygmies, possums, and cockatoos.
If fishing is an interest of yours, visiting Selwyn Mountain during spring or summer are the optimal times for trout fishing. There is something oddly satisfying about fishing in a lake surrounded by the natural environment without a device screen in site. From Gooandra Alpine Cottages, it’s only 10 minutes to Lake Eucumbene, and the Murrumbidgee River.
No one ever thinks of travelling to the mountains when it’s not snowing, but during the warmer months once the snow is cleared the tracks are perfect for mountain biking. If you’re feeling more adventurous and are a bit more experienced, you can even take your mountain bike on the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift, from November to May for the infamous downhill bike track in Thredbo. Other notable tracks are Khancoban to Kiandra Drive weaving through the national park, and Tumut and Bago State forest.