Anyone who has driven to the snow fields in the Kosciuszko National Park from Sydney, Canberra or Cooma, has driven through Berridale. This pretty little town, with its poplar-lined main street, has long been the crossroads of the NSW Snowy Mountains. In the past, miners passed through on their way to the gold rush. These days the gold is found in the mountains and all the activities you can do there.
Things to do
In the winter months, the slopes of Thredbo, Perisher and Charlotte Pass are all between 50min and 80min drive from Berridale. The Arlberg Ski Centre has all the gear you need to ski or snowboard to your heart’s content.
In the warmer months, head north to Lake Eucumbene for fishing, canoeing, kayaking or water skiing. You can also go fishing at Eucumbene Trout Farm or take a farm tour to see the highland cattle and alpacas. The farm has a long history in the area, with the current homestead built in 1889. Lake Jindabyne is also popular for water sports in summer, with plenty of other activities around Jindabyne to choose from.
Food & drink
Taste unique wines and craft beers at the Snowy River Vineyard and Microbrewery, while for divine schnapps made from local fruits visit the Wildbrumby Distillery. Take time to stroll around the grounds and the interior, and book in for lunch. Eucumbene Trout Farm’s Tickled Trout cafe is another good spot for lunch, while in Berridale itself, Shut The Gate Wines has some fine drops from their winery in the Clare Valley available from their cellar, along with excellent quality groceries.
Getting there & where to stay
The drive from Sydney to Berridale is 4.5hr and under two hours from Canberra. You can fly into the Snowy Mountains Airport near Cooma and rent a car for the 15min drive to Berridale. There is a range of places to stay including a farmstay, motels, cabins, a holiday village and houses like The Range.