With everything from mountains to lakes and snow, Lake Crackenback has become a team-building mecca for delegates who need to escape the confines of the office walls.
Lake Crackenback is one of those incredible destinations where you can’t really run out of things for your delegates to do. Its rolling mountains beg for day hikes, biking trips and picnics; the lake calls for trout fishing, swimming and canoeing; and the golf course is perfect for, well, golf.
Within this activities-wonderland is Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa. Located on the border of the Kosciuszko National Park, the resort is a natural playground nestled in the Thredbo Valley surrounded by the spectacular Snowy Mountains. It has more than 100 rooms ranging from overwater lake-view apartments to mountain-view chalets, and is only 15 minutes from the ski-fields of Thredbo, or a 15 minute ski tube ride from Perisher Ski Resort.
Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa has established itself as the business events destination of the region. The resort has its own team dedicated to group activities, with expertise in getting groups collaborating with one another effectively. From testing their aim with archery, sourcing dinner with trout fishing, traversing the 2.4 kilometre fitness track, or scaling the low ropes course, there are plenty of options. There are also trampolines, tennis courts, badminton and volleyball courts, and a nine hole par three golf course, guaranteeing that whatever your delegates want to do they pretty much can.
Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa general manager Scott O’Neile believes the array of outdoor activities offered can’t be matched by any other resort in Australia.
“We are focussed on developing our range of activities and facilities. Feedback from guests and delegates has been overwhelmingly positive. They are impressed by our unique activities, the quality of our food and beverage, our diverse range of accommodation and the additional facilities like our day spa which has been named as one of the top hotel spas in Australia,” he says.
mountain bike park
The Mountain Bike Terrain Park opened in early October this year and is already getting a workout. The park has three interlinking areas focusing on different disciplines. Dedicated paths and trails in natural terrain feature timber and rock structures where riders can scale seesaws, ramps and bridges. Each track develops a different set of biking skills, from riding berms, cornering with speed and jumping in momentum. A short downhill course set with table-top jumps, rollers and berms caters for most levels with a choice of two lines along a fast flowing trail so riders can practice their descent bike handling.
Mr O’Neile says he’s already received interest from conference groups wanting to incorporate the park into their team-building activities, and the resort will soon be hosting the 2013 National Off Road Triathlon Championships in March.
The newest vessels to hit the river are river sleds. Guests don oh-so stylish wetsuits, booties, helmets and life jackets for a fully guided two-hour tour down the river. It starts at the historical gold prospecting site of Thredbo Diggings and cruises down the Thredbo River to Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.
Mr O’Neile says that no prior rafting experience is required.
“Our tour guide teaches guests everything they need to know including how to read the river which features short bursts of rapids and long stretches of tranquil floating, pushed by the snow melt,” he says.
“It really is the most unique way to experience the beauty of the Kosciuszko National Park, from a watery perspective.”
Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa sits on 150 acres of bushland and neighbours the Kosciuszko National Park and Little Thredbo River and is just a short walk to the Thredbo River.
Some of the bushwalks around the resort are as short as 20 minutes, some along flat marked trails, and others extend to around three hours when guests leave the resort on to the unmarked trails in the Kosciuszko National Park.
Active corporate teams may enjoy the overnight Alpine Trek which includes a fully catered night of camping with a stay at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.
Guests on the Alpine Trek negotiate stepping stones across the famous Snowy River and climb a paved walkway to the ancient Blue Lake cirque, a natural crater formed by an inexorable combination of gravity and ice.
Finally, to complement Lake Crackenback’s incredible team experiences such as these, the resort has conferences and special day packages to ensure the trip is a success for the mind, body and business.