The Crossroads of the Snowys
Once known as the 'Crossroads of the Snowys', the alluring landscape of Berridale features mountain ranges, ancient boulder formations and rolling plains. A thoroughfare for the gold miners crossing to the Adaminaby goldfields in the 1800s, the township has retained its beauty - and accrued some fascinating local history along the way.
Berridale’s picturesque rural setting presents a landscape of striking contrasts. Huge granite boulders and rock formations evoke an ancient lunar landscape, while towering poplars splash luminous greens, yellows and purples along the road to Jindabyne.
Originally founded as a settlement in the 1860s, with the dry climate proving good for growing marino wool, Scotsman William Oliver originally opened a roadside inn in 1870. Oliver's Inn still exists and you can stop there as you explore the town and its surrounds via the well-known Heritage Walk. Stop at The Inn for a beer and experience the town’s signature hospitality for yourself.
As the coldest climate vineyard in Australia, the Snowy Vineyard Estate is a popular stopping point. This vineyard specialises in semi-dry sweet and fruity wines that match perfectly with the lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea menus offered in the adjoining restaurant.
During the colder months the tiny town of Berridale is a popular pit stop for winter sports enthusiasts on their way to the slopes at Thredbo, Perisher, Smiggin Holes, Charlotte Pass and Guthega. Close to the main commercial hub of Jindabyne, Berridale is also the administrative centre of the Snowy River Shire so there’s plenty to do in town.
Several exciting events are held in Berridale throughout the year. The Easter and spring markets bring together local artisans and producers, as well as offering entertainment and rides for kids. The Eucumbene Trout Farm is a fantastic spot for fishing and tours, and also offers horse and pony rides in its extensive grounds.
Because of its popularity as a Snowy Mountains Crossroads, Berridale boasts many fabulous accommodation options to suit a range of budgets, including motels and self-contained apartments, to luxury hotels, cabins and cottages.
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Wine tasting at cellar door in Berridale. Image Don Fuchs
Snow coverage on Lake Eucumbene
Natural rock formations in Berridale countryside. Image Don Fuchs