With its beautiful lake, boulder-dotted alpine scenery and a backdrop of majestic mountains, Jindabyne is the perfect place to base yourself for a magical escape into nature. Located in the NSW Snowy Mountains, Jindabyne has adventures from extreme to gentle, as well as fine food and great schnapps. Discover the area on scenic drives to places like Dalgety, which was once under consideration to be our nation’s capital, and Berridale, which played an important role in the goldrush of the 1850s.
Into the great outdoors
Sitting near the gateway to the Kosciuszko National Park, home to Australia’s highest peak, the Jindabyne region has inspired Australian legends of mountain horsemen, like The Man From Snowy River by Banjo Paterson and Elyne Mitchell’s Silver Brumby books. You might even get to see brumbies on a horseriding tour in the high country, with tour companies like Thredbo Valley Horse Riding.
Skiing and snowboarding are on the agenda in winter at Thredbo, Perisher and Charlotte Pass with snowshoeing tours, cross country skiing and backcountry adventures also an option. In the warmer months, switch to hiking and biking with trails in the mountains and around Jindabyne. There are also great trails at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.
Head to Lake Eucumbene for fishing, canoeing, kayaking or water skiing. You can go fishing at Eucumbene Trout Farm or do a farm tour to see the highland cattle and alpacas. Gaden Trout Hatchery is another place for a great catch. Lake Jindabyne is fantastic for fishing, boating and wakeboarding, and for summer 2021 you can also try fliteboarding with Rethynk Experiences. Rethynk also offer hot air balloon flights over the area or you can go on a scenic helicopter flight with Snowy Mountain Helicopters.
Food, wine & events
Jindabyne has plenty of great eateries and brewpubs. A new wine bar, Pinot’s, opened in May 2021 and is already a firm favourite with the locals. Just outside of town is the Wildbrumby Distillery where you can try Australian schnapps from locally sourced fruit and enjoy strolling around the beautiful grounds and looking at the mountain-themed art inside. For local ales, head to Jindabyne Brewing and the Kosciuszko Brewery at Banjo Paterson Inn.
In Dalgety, taste unique wines and craft beers at the Snowy River Vineyard and Microbrewery. Eucumbene Trout Farm’s Tickled Trout cafe is another good spot for lunch, while in Berridale, Shut the Gate Wines runs a cellar door where they sell fine drops from their winery in the Clare Valley along with excellent quality groceries.
There are some fantastic events through the year in the Jindabyne region, from music festivals in the snow season to traditional country shows such as the Dalgety Show. You can see the mountain horseman ride in the thrilling Man from Snowy River Rodeo and in the Dalgety Team Penning. Mountain bikers also head to Jindabyne for the Snowies MTB Festival, a three-day mountain biking experience held in February. Other great events include the Snowtunes Music Festival in September.
Getting there & places to stay
The drive from Sydney to Jindabyne is five hours, from Melbourne it’s seven hours and Canberra two hours. The slopes of Thredbo and Perisher are only 30min drive from Jindabyne in good weather conditions. You can catch the Skitube alpine railway from Bullock’s Flat to Perisher and Blue Cow. It is just 20min from Jindabyne with plenty of parking.
Jindabyne has a huge range of accommodation including holiday parks, inns, lodges, hotels, apartments, luxury homes, cottages and B&Bs, including the stunning new glamping operation Freaks of Nature Retreat.