When you ask someone what Australia is known for – answers are more or less the same. Australia is known for its warm climate, it’s unforgiving outback and beautiful golden sandy beaches. However, there’s a place in this beautiful country that a lot of people don’t know about or often consider – the Snowy Mountains, Australia’s spectacular alpine wilderness.
In the midst of the Snowy Mountains is the quaint and very central town of Jindabyne. If you’ve never visited before, you’re in for a humble treat. Jindabyne is located in south-east NSW and is the service town for Australia’s Alpine playground.
Depending on what time of year you visit, Jindabyne has a range of experiences for everyone. Being the closest town to the ski resorts, it’s home to thousands of holiday-makers every winter, all eager to carve the slopes during the day before sinking their teeth into the towns delicious cuisines at night.
For the summertime visitors, it’s all about sun, water, wilderness and the crisp mountain air that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. One thing is for sure however, Jindabyne has such an energic and warm vibe all year round. It will definitely hold a special place in your heart.
Things do to in Jindabyne during Winter
A winter morning in Jindabyne calls for a late morning sleep-in, before waking up to a refreshing walk along the beautiful foreshore, wearing woolly gloves and holding a hot flask of your favourite tea. And with NRMA Jindabyne Holiday Park situated along Widow’s Creek, enjoy the spectacular water and mountain views that surround you.
Jindabyne is only a short drive away from 4 unique ski resorts that the Snowy Mountains are famous for: Thredbo, Perisher, Charlotte Pass and Selywn. All four resorts are amazing and each offer something a little different from one another. The more popular resorts, Thredro and Perisher, both offer a unique “village” like feel to them, so you can spend most of the day there, eating, wandering around and enjoying all the snow activities on offer.
The Friday Flat is Thredbo’s specifically designed area for beginners. The slope is gentle, the lifts are easy to use, and all lessons meet here. Perisher Valley has a large range of areas for beginners too. For those who find snowboarding or skiing second nature, both of these resorts also accommodate more advanced guests.
Charlotte Pass Snow Resort is Australia’s highest resort, measuring at a whopping 1765 metres above ground level. The pass is located in the Kosciuszko National Park and offers a consistent snow cover from early June to early October. One of the less busier resorts, the pass is only accessible by over-snow transport from Perisher Valley.
Last but certainly not least, Selwyn, a family-friendly ski resort located in the most northern part of the Snowy Mountains. Due to it’s gentle terrain, Selwyn is ideal for families on a budget or parents with young kids. Grab yourself an all-day snow pass and tobogganing ticket, and the day is yours.
Things to do in Jindabyne during Summer
When the snow melts and the weather warms up, Jindabyne turns from a small snowy mountain town to a quiet and pleasant lakeside destination.
Pack a warm jacket and get set for an action-packed day of high altitude adventure. Hike or ride from Charlotte Pass to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko, the tallest mountain in Australia!
Test your skills at water skiing on stunning Lake Jindabyne, or if you prefer something more leisurely; catamarans, sailboarding, canoes or kayaks are available for hire by the lake, too.
Whether it’s fishing in lakes or the beautiful mountain streams, casting a fly out or spinning a lure – if you’re a fishing enthusiast, then Jindabyne is a great place for you.
For a fishing location close by, visit the Jindabyne Point right beside NRMA Jindabyne Holiday Park. The Jindabyne Point is a popular spinning spot for both bait and spin that’s nicely sheltered from the southerly winds.
Where to eat in Jindabyne
CBD Coffee, Beats & Drinks
For the coffee fanatics, what better way to start your morning than a delicious cup o’ joe from CBD Coffee, Beats & Drinks. Before you hit the slopes, enjoy a delightful coffee and one of their famed bagels, or choose from a range of other mouth-watering options from their menu. While the selection might be considered small, everything is done to perfection.
Another great option for a breakfast is Birchwood Cafe, a bright and popular vegetarian friendly cafe just a quick 3-minute drive from NRMA Jindabyne Holiday Park. Their breakfast and lunch options are impressive, beaming with healthy, colourful and flavoursome ingredients that will have you coming back for more.
Snowy Moutain Cookies
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you can’t visit Jindabyne without dropping into Snowy Mountain Cookies. Being famed as Australia’s highest bake house at 1020m above sea level, Snowy Mountain Cookies specialise in the art of baking gourmet sweets without all the nasty stuff like artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. It’s a great place to take the kids for a visit and depending on what day you visit, you might be lucky enough to see the bakers hard at work.
After a hard day on the ski slopes, indulge yourself in the exotic flavours and warm intimate ambience of Cafe Darya, an authentic Persian restaurant just a short 2-minute drive from your accommodation at NRMA Jindabyne Holiday Park. We recommend taking the whole family and ordering the banquet to fully appreciate the range of food options. The restaurant is very popular among frequent Jindabyne visitors, so make sure to book ahead to ensure you get a table. You won’t be disappointed.
Where to stay in Jindabyne
Set on the picturesque foreshore of Lake Jindabyne, NRMA Jindabyne Holiday Park is the ideal spot to stay when you visit the Snowy Mountains. From our cosy and comfortable cabins, villas and and studios to camping and caravanning sites – we have a number of accommodation types to suit all types of travellers.
Cook up a feast for the family in our camp kitchen, let the kids run wild on our playground or enjoy a game of pool in our recreation room. To make things better, we’re even pet-friendly*, so you can bring your beloved pooch with you on your next getaway.
Jindabyne is waiting for you
Set on the picturesque foreshore of Lake Jindabyne, NRMA Jindabyne Holiday Park is the perfect base for your getaway to the Snowy Mountains.Book now