A charming village with golden poplar-lined streets, Berridale is a favoured stopover en route to the snowfields of the Kosciuszko National Park. This town is the perfect stop each winter with skiers, snowboarders and snow lovers alike who flock here on their way up to the mountains.
Things to do
Berridale is known as the ‘Crossroads of the Snowy’, miners once passed through here on their way to the nearby goldfields of Adaminaby and Kiandra. Now, it’s the perfect town to stop en route to the mountains.
In the winter months, the spectacular slopes of Thredbo, Perisher and Charlotte Pass are all an enticing 50 to 80-min drive from Berridale. Need to hire ski gear? Head to the Arlberg Ski Centre in town for friendly, expert advice and everything you need to ski or snowboard until your heart’s content.
In the warmer months, head north to the pristine alpine waters of Lake Eucumbene for fishing, canoeing, kayaking or water skiing. Lake Jindabyne is also popular for water sports in summer, with plenty of other activities around Jindabyne to choose from, including hiking and biking trails.
Food & drink
Taste unique cold-climate wines and superb craft beers brewed straight from the Snowy River at the Snowy River Vineyard and Microbrewery. For a sip of sweet schnapps made from local fruits, head to the Wildbrumby Distillery in the picturesque Thredbo Valley. Enjoy a stroll around the sculpture gardens and book in for lunch. In Berridale itself, Shut The Gate Wines has some fine drops from their Clare Valley winery on offer at their cellar door, along with delicious gourmet groceries.
The drive from Sydney to Berridale takes 4.5 hours and from Canberra under two hours. You can also fly into the Snowy Mountains Airport near Cooma and rent a car for the short drive to Berridale. There’s a range of places to stay, including farmstays, motels, cabins, a holiday village and lodge-style houses like The Range.