Kiama’s alpine tradition

There has been a little bit of Kiama in the heart of Thredbo for 60 years, thanks to the enthusiasm of a small group of people who set up a cooperative to build a lodge in the newly created Thredbo Alpine Village.

After the deposit was raised for the land by seven families, 120 locals (many who had never even seen snow) joined together to form the Kiama Alpine Club and build a lodge in a prime location in Thredbo.

While there are some first, second and third generation Kiama members, the Club now has people from all over the Illawarra, Sydney, Canberra and the Snowy regions, as well as from interstate, amongst its 400 members.

“We encourage participation in year-round alpine recreational activities by promoting an active and inclusive family oriented club membership and by seeking to provide good value accommodation for members and their guests at our Lodge,” says President Liz Wynn.

“Our 30 bed Lodge situated in the heart of Thredbo Village offers members and guests modern, comfortable facilities in a self-catering environment with spectacular mountain views.”

At the celebration, Mayor Mark Honey, whose parents were amongst the founding members, launched a second book on the history of the Club – A Place in the Mountains: the Continuing Story of Kiama Alpine Club from 1997 to 2018 by Chas Keys. The Mayor’s mother, Elaine Honey, and former Treasurer, Steven Walker, were presented with Life Memberships on the night.

Other Kiama-based Life Members are Kiama based Life Members Joan Fraser, Barry Booth, Geoff Boxsell and Anne Honey.

Details: Find out more about the Club and its Lodge at


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