From thrilling to delicious, Jindabyne is a perfect escape at any time of the year in the NSW Snowy Mountains. On the edge of beautiful Lake Jindabyne, the scenic town offers outdoor adventure, gourmet delights and vibrant nightlife, and is a great base near the snowfields in colder months.
Adventure tours include horseriding, mountain biking, bushwalking, fishing, kayaking and helicopter joy flights around Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest peak. Main Range Backcountry offers alpine guided tours for skiers and snowboarders beyond the snow resorts in the snow-covered wilderness.
In warmer months Lake Jindabyne is popular for water sports. The waterway is teeming with fish and is part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, Australia’s greatest engineering project that creates hydro-electricity. The town was relocated before the old township was flooded in 1967 to create the lake.
You can hire all kinds of equipment in Jindabyne for your adventure holiday. There are shops selling all the essentials too, from kit to fashion. You’ll find plenty of accommodation options in and around Jindabyne, from camping and caravanning to cottages, chalets, apartments, motels and eco-resorts.
Check of the exciting events calendar for festivals and shows such as the Snowtunes Music Festival in September and the Man from Snowy River Rodeo in December. Your tastebuds are in for a treat too, with casual cafes, chic restaurants and brew pubs. Just outside town is the Wildbrumby Distillery.
A short drive southwest is Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa, which offers a day pass for activities including golf, archery, mountain biking, fishing and canoeing. There are 25km of mountain bike tracks and a pump and flow track designed by mountain bike world champion Caroline Buchanan.
Getting to the Jindaybine region is easy, with the drive from Sydney to Jindabyne five hours, from Melbourne seven hours and Canberra two hours. The slopes of Thredbo and Perisher are only 30 minutes’ drive from Jindabyne. The Perisher Ski Tube alpine railway is 20 minutes from Jindabyne.