As you drive into Jindabyne, taking in the beauty of the boulder-dotted alpine scenery, you’ll see the stunning lake that is front and centre in this adventure hub. With winter the domain of skiers and snowboarders, and summer given over to hiking and biking, there is something going on all year round in this thriving town.
Into the great outdoors
A great way to get a feel for the area is to take a scenic helicopter flight with Snowy Mountains Helicopters. The chopper soars over Kosciuszko National Park including Mount Kosciuszko and Mount Townsend, lakes and surrounding ranges. New in 2021, you can take a hot air balloon over Jindabyne with Rethynk Experiences. They also will be offering fliteboarding on Lake Jindabyne.
In winter, Jindabyne (Jindy to the locals) is around 30min drive from Perisher and Thredbo, or you can drive to Bullocks Flat, park the car and catch the Skitube to Perisher or Blue Cow. You can access Charlotte Pass for a day of skiing or snowboarding via the snowcat transfer from Perisher. There are guided backcountry tours, as well as snowshoe and cross-country ski tours and lessons with companies like Alpine Access Australia and K7 Adventures.
In the summer months Lake Jindabyne is excellent for fishing and water sports. The horse riding tours are very popular around Jindabyne, with Thredbo Valley Horse Riding offering rides from one hour to half a day. At Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa, not far from Jindabyne, you can try Segway tours, canoeing and fishing, and there are mountain bike trails to tackle. Thredbo has many exceptional mountain bike and hiking trails in the summer months. You can even take lessons if you want to learn to mountain bike.
Food, drink & events
Jindabyne has plenty of great eateries and brewpubs. Pinot’s, a new wine bar that opened in May 2021, is already a hot favourite with the locals. Just outside of town is the Wildbrumby Distillery where you can try Australian schnapps from locally sourced fruit and enjoy strolling around the beautiful grounds and looking at the mountain-themed art inside. For local ales, head to Jindabyne Brewing and Kosciuszko Brewing at the Banjo Paterson Inn.
Mountain bikers head to Jindabyne for the Snowies MTB Festival, a three-day mountain biking extravaganza held in February. Other great events include the Snowtunes Music Festival in September and the Man from Snowy River Rodeo in December.
Getting there & where to stay
The drive from Sydney to Jindabyne is five hours, from Melbourne it’s seven hours and Canberra is two hours. The slopes of Thredbo and Perisher are only 30min drive from Jindabyne in good conditions and the Bullock’s Flat Skitube station is 20min, with plenty of parking. Jindabyne has a huge range of accommodation including holiday parks, inns, lodges, hotels, apartments, luxury homes, cottages and B&Bs.