Jindabyne comes alive during the months of June through to September when the winter snow season is in full swing.There are good pubs and restaurants all within walking distance of each other. Check out the live music or maybe grab a steak at the one of the restaurants after a great day skiing or snowboarding.
Jindabyne is most commonly known as a gateway town to the ski resorts in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, situated approximately two hours' drive from Canberra it can be a good place to find a hostel as your base in the area. Jindabyne or “Jindy” as it is known by locals, is dominated by Lake Jindabyne. The original town of Jindabyne sits below the present lake.
The two nearby ski resorts, Thredbo and Perisher, are popular in winter and summer. Most people who choose to stay in Jindabyne rather than Thredbo or Perisher are intending to save some money, as accommodation prices in the actual resorts can be very high in peak season. Ski apparel can be rented from a number of outlets in Jindabyne. Drivers who are are not in a 4x4 will be required to have mandatory snow chains in winter (these can be hired from shops in the town).
Jindabyne lacks the après-ski that is possible in Thredbo. However, at night during peak season, it is reasonably busy, particularly at weekends. Why not visit Brumby Bar & Bistro, where you can cook your own steak inside flame-grilled just the way you like it?
There are summer activities to do in Jindabyne, with most centered on the lake such as wakeboarding, waterskiing, and fishing. The lake is melted snow, so wetsuits are recommended!
There are a few popular backpacker hostels in Jindabyne and there are camping grounds with holiday chalets for rent on either side of the lake. Prices vary depending on the time of year and the amount of snowfall that has occurred.
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