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.
Things to do
Adventure tours include horse riding, mountain biking, bushwalking, fishing, kayaking and helicopter joy flights around Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest peak. Alpine Access Australia offer 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.
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.
Check out 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. In February is the Snowies MTB Festival, a three-day mountain biking experience.
Food and drink
Your tastebuds are in for a treat too, with casual cafes, chic restaurants and brewpubs. Just outside town is the Wildbrumby Distillery where you can try Australian schnapps from locally sourced fruit. For local ales, head to the Banjo Paterson Inn.
Getting there and where to stay
The drive from Sydney to Jindabyne is five hours, from Melbourne is seven hours and Canberra is 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. Places to stay include holiday parks, hotels, apartments and cottages.