Alpine Activities

 

WINTER

Snowboarding • Skiing • Cross- country skiing • Tobogganing • Sight seeing • Horseriding

 

SUMMER

Trout Fishing • Wakeboarding • Waterskiing • Boating • Hiking • Mountain Biking • Bush Walking
• Horseriding • White Water Rafting • Kayaking/Canoeing • Caving • Quad Biking

A little bit of History

Jindabyne is a new town created after the original settlement was drowned by the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electricity Authority in the late 1960s.

Nestled at the end of Lake Jindabyne (which was completed in 1967 and has a capacity of 689 790 ML) modern day Jindabyne owes its continuing existence to its proximity to the major ski resorts Thredbo and Perisher in the Snowy Mountains and the superb facilities it offers to watersport enthusiasts and trout fishermen. Located 61 km from Cooma and 462 km from Sydney it is 991 metres above sea level. It lies below the snowline but is close enough to the Perisher - Blue Cow ski runs to be an ideal accommodation spot for people not wanting to stay in the chalets on the snowfields.

Beside Lake Jindabyne (and easily seen from the road) the Australian Polish community have built a huge statue of Count Paul Strzelecki who explored the wilderness of the Snowy Mountains and named Australia’s highest mountain. The plaque on the statue reads:

'Sir Paul Edmund Strzelecki. Born in Poland on 20 July 1797. Arrived in Australia on 25 April 1839. From 1839 to 1843 he explored and surveyed vast areas of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. While exploring in the Snowy Mountains region he discovered and climbed Mt Kosciuszko which he named in honour of the Polish leader and patriot Tadeusz Kosciuszko. He discovered gold and silver in New South Wales, coal deposits in Tasmania, investigated the possibilities of irrigation, measured the heights of mountains, carried out soil analysis and collected and identified many fossils and minerals. Geology, meteorology, zoology and mineralogy.'

The goldrush in 1859-60 gave the area a brief boost which resulted in the establishment of a general store and a post office (1862) and in 1882 a school was opened at Jindabyne with a Police Station being constructed the following year. The decision to release Rainbow trout into the Snowy River in 1894 was the beginning of a fishing tradition which continues today. The tiny settlement of East Jindabyne has grown up on the far side of the dam and is located directly above the site of the old township. In fact some of the roads in East Jindabyne still disappear into the lake to continue as underwater roads in Old Jindabyne.

Great food with a spectacular view of Lake Jindabyne

"We (my partner & I) shared a pizza and it was the best pizza. The base was very light, the spicy sausage was just right and so much mozzarella cheese. Combined with watching the sun sparkling on the Lake and an ice cold beer it was a perfect afternoon."
- Reviewed by Terrilee3