Jindabyne township lies on the shores of Lake Jindabyne, surrounded by a magnificent Mountain vista and all within a short drive to Thredbo ski resort and Mt Kosciusko, Perisher ski resort (which includes Mt Blue Cow, Smiggin Holes and Guthega ski areas) and Charlotte Pass ski area. Only 180km and 2 hrs 20 min drive from Canberra and 462km and 5½ hrs drive from Sydney, Jindabyne is the gateway to the Snowy Mountains. An average snow fall of 2.5 metres makes conditions great for those who wish to take to the slopes. When the snow levels are low there is an abundance of activities on mountain and off to keep every family member occupied. Other than the obvious, skiing and snowboarding, you can walk or hike up the mountain and admire the surrounds.
In summer, mountain biking; both downhill and cross country, is popular at the resorts. Thredbo resort offers scenic chairlift rides where you can climb the highest mountain in Australia, Mt Koscuiszko at 2,228m, enjoying unique flora and fauna, whilst taking in breathtaking views of the Snowy Mountains and for those who are more daring there is rock climbing and abseiling on offer.
- Learn to ride a horse
- Take in soaring views from the 2,228m Mt Kosciuszko summit
- Watch the sunset over Lake Jindabyne
- Enjoy a round of golf at Thredbo
- Tackle fly fishing
- Hire a boat to explore or fish on Lake Jindabyne
- Try mountain biking in The High Country
- Visit the Trout farm
- Play a game of tennis
- Paddle a kayak or white water raft with Paddy Pallin Adventures
- Climb Mt Blue Cow
- Bobsled at Thredbo
- Visit the statue of the explorer, Count Paul Strzelecki
- Drive the Alpine way from Thredbo village to Tom Groggin
- Visit the Wild Brumby Schnapps distillery
- Swim at the Thredbo Leisure Centre or Jindabyne Swimming Pool
- Dine at the award winning restaurants
- Go abseiling outdoors
- Have lunch at the Crackenback cottage
- Buy a local artist’s sculpture or painting
- See a movie at the Jindabyne cinema
- Visit the Kosciuszko National park visitors centre and discover the history of the old Jindabyne township
- Walk to Dr Bullock’s hut from the Bullocks flat train terminal
- Watch the Brumbies (wild horses) at Dead Horse Gap, from a height of 1,580m on the Alpine way
- Take in the view from Pilot Lookout of The Cobberas (1883m) and The Pilot (1828m)
- Have a picnic lunch at the Tom Groggin rest area on the banks of the snowy river
- Dine at, Rock ‘N Pot, cooking your own dinner on volcanic rocks
- Drive to the historic towns of Berridale, Cooma and Dalgety
- Find The “Big Trout” in Adaminaby
Winter, when the snow falls on the peaks of the snowy mountains and thousands of ski holidaymakers choose to make, if only for a short time, Jindabyne their home.
Staying in Jindabyne, has its benefits; accommodation at a fraction of the cost of Thredbo or Perisher, a wide range of nightlife, restaurants, hotels, clubs and pubs plus the option of choosing the daily place to ski with a half hour drive to either resort, Thredbo or Perisher or 15 min drive to the Ski Tube.
Things To Do
While the area is renowned for its fantastic skiing and boarding, there are a host of other activities that can be enjoyed during winter. Cross-country skiing, Night skiing, Tobogganing, build a snowman or enjoy a relaxing massage, there is something for everyone at Jindabyne this winter.
Scenic chairlift rides: Don’t forget to pack your camera! You don’t have to be a skier or boarder to be able to explore the mountain. Foot passengers can enjoy Perisher or Thredbo’s spectacular views from the Perisher Quad Chair or Thredbo’s Kosciuszko Express Chairlift.
As premier alpine resorts, Thredbo, Perisher and Charlottes Pass offer a range of activities and experiences for skiers and non-skiers alike.
- Police / Fire Station
- Medical Centre / Ambulance
- Petrol Stations
- Woolworths Supermarket
- Coffee Shops
- Post Office
- Souvenir & gift shops
- Travel Agent
- Swimming Pool
- Squash & Tennis Courts
- Ski & Board Shops selling wide range of equipment
- Specialised Skiboot fitters
- National Parks Office
- Perisher and Thredbo Ticket Sales Office
- Nightclubs / Hotels
- Bars/ bottle shops
- Bowling Club
Perisher is the largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere with 1,245 Hectares of skiable area serviced by 48 lifts. Areas include Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Guthega and Blue Cow. This gives skiers and boarders a wide choice of terrain to suit all abilities. There is also tubing and tobogganing and family snow play areas. There are eateries and retail shops. Perisher 1300 655 822 www.perisher.com.au
Getting There: Kosciuszko Rd (33km from Jindabyne), snow chains must be carried (4WD exempt) – or use the Ski Tube from Bullocks Flat on the Alpine way (20km from Jindabyne).
Thredbo Village is a year round alpine resort nestled in the Thredbo Valley. In winter, the long slopes provide intermediate and experienced skiers and boarders with challenging runs. Gentle runs are provided for beginners on Friday Flat.
During the summer months, the ski runs become mountain bike tracks. There is a bobsled ride and also a chairlift for those wishing to walk to Mr Koscuiszko (and to take your bike to the start of the track.) The village has a golf course, gymnasium, indoor pool, tennis courts, shops and restaurants.
Thredbo (+612) 6459 4100
Getting There: Alpine Way (34km from Jindabyne), snow chains must be carried (4WD exempt).
Nestled at the foot of the Main Range, Charlotte Pass Village is snowbound in winter and accessed by Oversnow transport meaning you can enjoy uncrowded slopes. The isolation of the village is part of its charm, along with its restaurants.
In summer, walk or mountain biking along the Summit Trail to Rawson Pass and the lookout at the top of the Kangaroo Triple Chair, taking in spectacular views of the Main Range. Charlotte Pass Village (02) 6457 5247
Getting There: Oversnow transport from Perisher Valley (33km from Jindabyne), snow chains must be carried when driving to Perisher car park (4WD exempt). You may wish to drive to Bullocks flat (snow chains NOT required), catch the train to Perisher terminal, where you link to the Oversnow transport.
The present town of Jindabyne started to grow in the 1960s after the old township was flooded when the Snowy River Dam was built, creating a lake that laps the new town’s front yard. If you go sailing on the lake when the water is low, you may be able to catch glimpses of the submerged town now lying at lake’s bottom.
A Particular Ambience
With its lake close to centre of town, and the Snowy Mountains as a backdrop, there is a particular ambience to Jindabyne that has attracted movie makers in recent times.
In early 2005, Jindabyne became a film location, for the movie Jindabyne based on the short story by American writer Raymond Carver. The film was directed by award-winning director Ray Lawrence (Bliss, Lantana) and starred Irish actor Gabriel Byrne, Australian actors Max Cullen and Deborah Lee-Furness (wife of Hugh Jackman), and American Laura Linney who received an Academy Award nomination in 2005 for her work in Kinsey.
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