On the banks of the Snowy River in the spectacular NSW Snowy Mountains, Dalgety is a small town where you can enjoy wine and beer tasting at the Snowy Vineyard and Microbrewery. The tranquil rural setting is a lovely base too for getting to the snowfields in the skiing and snowboarding season.
Accommodation options suit various budgets, from camping and caravanning to cabins and cottages. You can even stay among the vineyards in a charming cottage at the Snowy Vineyard, which produces a range of acclaimed cool-climate wines and a fine selection of small-batch craft ales.
You’ll discover fascinating history and heritage in Dalgety, once considered the potential site for the nation’s capital. As far back as the 1840s, Dalgety served as an important river crossing for cattle and sheep. You can explore the heritage on the Dalgety Historic Town and River Walk, a delightful stroll.
The events calendar is enticing. The Dalgety Show is a traditional country show in March, with farm animals, horse 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.
The landscapes around Dalgety are beautiful, from Australia’s highest peak and alpine forests to granite boulders dotting the rolling Monaro Plains. Outdoor adventures abound, from bushwalking and mountain biking in Kosciuszko National Park to fishing in picturesque lakes teeming with fish.
In colder months the snow-covered slopes of Thredbo, Perisher, Charlotte Pass and Mount Selwyn are all between 50 and 80 minutes’ drive in good weather from Dalgety, which is a scenic drive southeast of Jindabyne. Lake Jindabyne is a popular spot for water sports in warmer months.
Getting to Dalgety in the Jindabyne region is easy. The drive from Sydney is five hours and Canberra two hours. You can fly from Sydney to the Snowy Mountains Airport, near Cooma, and rent a car for the 40 minutes’ drive to Dalgety. The vineyards in Dalgety are part of the Tumbarumba wine region.