Jindabyne is a service town for Australia’s highest ski resorts: Perisher, Thredbo and Charlotte Pass. It is also the closest town which has proximity access to all three snow resorts
Kosciuszko National Park
Skiers and snowboarders are familiar with the fabulous resorts of Thredbo and Perisher, but there are endless activities in Kosciuszko year around. For adrenalin junkies there is rock climbing and abseiling at Blue Waterholes, Clarkes Gorge, the Blowing clifflines and the cirque wall at Blue Lake – where ice climbing is possible. There are various activities offered in the Park, including horse riding, boating, fishing, canoeing, swimming, mountain biking, camping, bushwalking, picnicking and four-wheel driving. Kosciuszko National Park is also heaven for photographers: the highest point of Australia at Mount Kosciuszko, spectacular 360 degree view from Big Talbingo Mountain, beautiful limestone cliffs at Blue Waterholes… For nature lovers, Kosciuszko is also a paradise. As a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (there are only 14 across Australia, recognized internationally), there are rare plant species found nowhere else in the world with nationally endangered animals.
Lake Jindabyne is a popular sailing and fishing destination. The body of water is one of the largest fresh water reservoirs in NSW, and has a resident population of Atlantic salmon, brook trout and rainbow trout. It has a reputation as one of the best places to catch trout in Australia. In 1969 the Eucumbene Sailing Club moved to Lake Jindabyne and formed the Lake Jindabyne Yacht Club. The club operates from November until April every year with racing in nineteen different classes of boat. Lake Jindabyne is also a popular venue for water-skiing and sailing during spring, summer and autumn.
As the original town was submerged after damming of the Snowy River as part of the Snow Mountains Scheme, it is mind-blowing that scuba divers can enjoy the visit to an old town underwater at such high altitude.
Perisher was formed 1995 which combines the resources and facilities of Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Blue Cow, Guthega, The Station and the Skitube alpine railway. It is the largest snow resort operation in the southern hemisphere. It has the highest terrain, the greatest number of lifts and the most reliable snow in Australia. Thanks to the recent takeover of Perisher by the world’s largest snow resort group, Vail Resorts USA, Australian ski enthusiasts and international skiers can experience all-year-round snow activity around the world. With the Epic Pass offered at any of Vail’s snow resorts, international skiers can get free chairlift access at Perisher, boosting the local accommodation needs during winter season.
Perched high in the Kosciuszko National Park, Thredbo is famous for its longest trails and the variety of snow terrains suitable for all level of skiers/snowboarders. Established in 1957, it is the only alpine resort in Australia to celebrate over 50 years of business. Thredbo is the only ski resort which owned gondola in Australia. It is recently announced the ‘Best Australian Resort’ at the 2017 to 2020 World Ski Awards along with various other awards.