Novotel Lake Crackenback Resort + Spa: A Family Review

Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa

Lake Crackenback apartments at dawn with Thredbo mountains behind

Stand by, we’re in for a visual treat here… Lake Crackenback is a stunner of a resort in a glorious location… here follows info about it and then lots of lovely shots.

I’m sure you’ve heard of Lake Crackenback, I know I had heard whispers and rumours over the years.

Then I heard the full story, from a dear pal, Sarah Passey, an old school compadre re-found in Orange, would you believe?

Sarah and her family have recently returned and she showed me her wonderful photos and told me all about her stay.

So here follows a selection of photos and Sarah’s thoughts on why a stay at Lake Crackenback works so well for the whole family, whatever the kids’ ages.

Lake Crackenback resort apartments

Resort apartments and views to Thredbo

Family Stays at Lake Crackenback Resort + Spa

by Sarah Passey

This family-friendly resort is nestled in the Thredbo Valley, just five minutes drive to the Ski Tube, and a 15 – 20 minute drive down to Thredbo. It’s just outside the National Park.

Lake Crackendback is ideal for mixed age families. The older kids can do stuff on their own within the resort, or even go off skiing.

The snow can be so variable, at Lake Crackenback there’s still lots to do if there is no skiing.

It’s a glorious place to be, and there’s lots of flexibility.

Lake Crackenback Resort activities include:

  • Mountain bike tracks
  • Segway tours
  • Archery
  • Playground
  • Indoors pool
  • The spa
  • Sailing in summertime
  • Trout fishing
  • Walking
  • Tennis

The views are sublime, it’s a glorious place to be.

There’s lots of wildlife around, we saw two platypuses in the lake from our apartment balcony!


Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa walking tracks

Information boards explain the flora and fauna and the walking tracks available

Lake Crackenback Resort and Skiing

Both times we have stayed at Lake Crackenback have been in shoulder season when snow can be dodgy. But both times we had a couple of days of good skiing.

Mind you, I’ve also sent the family to the snow and spent the day eating pastries, walking and having a massage.

In high season the beauty is that Lake Crackenback is close to both Perisher and Thredbo. A shuttle bus with ski racks picks you up from the apartment and takes you to the Ski Tube.


view Lake Crackenback apartment

The view from a Lake Crackenback apartment

The Apartments at Lake Crackenback

The Lake View Apartments range in size from from studio to three bedroom, they are beautiful and are all down along the edge of the lake.

We have stayed in a 2-bedroom loft apartment on the first visit and 2-bedroom apartments. We’ve booked a 3-bedroom apartment for our next stay (taking advantage of a stay 3 nights for the price of 2 deal!).

Check prices and availability at Lake Crackenback resort here

All the apartments have got modern open fires, all have well equipped kitchens, it really is a full kitchen. There’s a shop at the resort but it’s best to do a big shop before you go.

All apartments have a laundry/drying room which is great for the skiiers.

Some apartments are not suitable for toddlers, I would say. Call to discuss if you have little ones.


Mountain View Chalets 

The chalets range from studios to 4 bedroom.  When you stay at a Chalet you can use all resort facilities.

Lake Crackenback Resort and spa

The Alpine Larder offers casual dining, coffee and free wifi

There’s a casual dining cafe, and a fine dining restaurant at Lake Crackenback Resort.

Packages often throw in the the buffet breakfast.

Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa Wild Brumby distillery

The Wild Brumby distillery is very close to the resort


Accor Plus Member Benefits

Sarah is an Accor Plus member which gives lots of advantages, including at Lake Crackenback.

  • One free nights accommodation at one of Accor’s 700 hotels
  • Exclusive access to special deals just for Accor Plus members
  • Up to 50% off dining at over 100 restaurants
  • New members pay $385 to join, worth it though if you stay in hotels a few times a year

Sarah says: ‘There were four of us but we only pay for two meals, which is a good saving.’

Check prices and availability at Lake Crackenback resort here



Lake Crackenback Resort spa

The lovely Spa, an essential part of any visit

Lake Crackenback Resort and spa

Fitness club has gym, pool and outdoor tennis courts

Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa

Small beach area for summer play

Lake Crackenback resort walking tracks

Walking tracks run throughout the resort

Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa

Cuisine restaurant provides hot buffet breakfast each morning and more formal dining in the evenings

Lake Crackenback Resort and spa

Landscaping is very natural throughout the resort

Read more about Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa here, and check dates and availability.


Thanks Sarah… this resort looks terrific and I could do with booking myself in post haste.

Have you visited Lake Crackenback Resort?

Would you like to?

I’ll see you there, then.


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Posted on: September 19, 2017

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