Set on the banks of the Snowy River, Dalgety is a quiet little town that packs a punch when it comes to history and scenery. Dalgety was once considered as a site to host Australia’s national capital, but ultimately Canberra got the nod instead. A good decision when you look across the tranquil town and the stunning landscapes surrounding it, from alpine peaks to the rolling, boulder-dotted Monaro Plains.

Dalgety Historic Town and River Walk at Dalgety in Jindabyne, Snowy Mountains

Things to do

Explore the town’s heritage on the Dalgety Historic Town and River Walk. This place was an important river crossing for cattle and sheep as far back as the 1840s. Pick up a map of the walk from Iona Gardens.

Family enjoying a scenic kayak on Lake Jindabyne in the Snowy Mountains

Situated in the NSW Snowy Mountains, Dalgety is well positioned for lovers of skiing and snowboarding. Perisher is around 50min drive and Thredbo is an hour away. In summer, the hiking and mountain biking in Kosciuszko National Park is also easily accessible. Fishing in the pristine lakes and streams is magnificent, with brown and rainbow trout, Murray cod and golden perch there for the catching. Lake Jindabyne a popular spot for water sports such as canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, water skiing and wakeboarding.

Snowy Vineyard and Microbrewery at Dalgety in Jindabyne, Snowy Mountains

Food, drink & events

Snowy Vineyard and Microbrewery is an excellent, family-friendly place to go. They offer a range of unique cool-climate wines, with the ginger cider a local favourite. You can also enjoy a range of craft beers lovingly brewed on site at the adjoining Dalgety Brewing Company. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating with a huge, grassed area. There are farm animals in adjoining paddocks that add that authentic rural farm feel.

The Dalgety Show is on in March. It is a traditional country show with farm animals, show jumping and plenty of fun activities for the kids. In September, you can watch the amazing skills of high-country riders and their magnificent horses at the Dalgety Team Penning.

Lachney Cottage at Dalgety in Jindabyne, Snowy Mountains

Getting there & where to stay

The drive from Sydney to Dalgety is five hours and from Canberra it’s two hours. You can fly into the Snowy Mountains Airport near Cooma and rent a car for the 40min drive to Dalgety. As for places to stay, the Snowy River Holiday Park is the only holiday park on the banks of the Snowy River, while Lachney Cottage is set on scenic acreage.