Lake Jindabyne, Tourism New South Wales

Population 1902

Jindabyne, adjacent to the south-eastern section of Kosciuszko National Park (see Adaminaby and Thredbo) and just below the snowline, was relocated from its original site on the banks of the Snowy River to make way for the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme. Some 100,000 men from 30 countries worked for 25 years on the scheme, the largest engineering project of its kind in Australia. The original town was flooded, but a few of the buildings were moved to their current site beside Lake Jindabyne. The area is popular with skiers in the winter and with anglers, bushwalkers and whitewater rafters in the summer.

Visitor Information

Snowy Region Visitor Centre, Snowy Rover Ave; (02) 6450 5600 or 1800 004 439


Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Berridale

    This charming small town calls itself the 'Crossroads of the Snowy' and is a popular stopover point in winter between Cooma and the...more

  • Thredbo

    Thredbo, a mountain village in Kosciuszko National Park (see Adaminaby), is a unique year-round resort, with some of Australia's best skiing...more

  • Adaminaby Intro

    Over 100 buildings were moved in the 1950s to Adaminaby's current town site. The remaining town and surrounding valley were flooded to...more

In Town

Walkway and cycleway: around Lake Jindabyne's foreshore, from Banjo Paterson Park on Kosciuszko Rd to Snowline Caravan Park.

Winter shuttle bus service: several operators depart from various spots in town to Bullocks Flat and Thredbo; contact visitor centre for more information.


Perisher The largest ski resort in Australia with an impressive 1250 ha of skiing area, Perisher caters for all levels of skier and snowboarder. State-of-the-art equipment includes many high-quality snow guns and Australia's first 8-seater chairlifts. The resort consists of slopes, accommodation, restaurants, bars and all the facilities and equipment hire needed to enjoy winter sports at Perisher and the nearby skiing areas of Smiggin Holes, Mt Blue Cow and Guthega. 30 km W.

Lake Jindabyne: well stocked with rainbow trout and ideal for boating, waterskiing and other watersports. When the water level is low, remains of the submerged town can be seen; western edge of town.

Kunama Gallery: over 200 paintings by local artists and work by acclaimed water colourist Alan Grosvenor. Also panoramic views of Lake Jindabyne; (02) 6456 1100; 7 km NE.

Snowy Valley Lookout: stunning views of Lake Jindabyne; 8 km N.

Gaden Trout Hatchery: daily tours and barbecues along Thredbo River; (02) 6451 3400; 10 km NW.

Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery: boutique schnapps made from seasonal fruits, with cafe and cellar door; Wollondibby Rd; (02) 6457 1447; 11 km W.

Crackenback Cottage: local craft, maze, restaurant and guesthouse; (02) 6456 2198; 12 km SW.

Sawpit Creek: the Kosciuszko Education Centre can be found here. The start of the Palliabo (walking) Track is at the Sawpit Creek picnic area; 14 km NW.

Bullocks Flat: terminal for Skitube, a European-style alpine train to Perisher ski resort; operates daily during ski season; 20 km SW.

Wallace Craigie Lookout: views of Snowy River Valley; 40 km SW.

Charlotte Pass: highest ski resort in Australia with challenging slopes for experienced skiers. Magnificent 24 km walking track past Blue Lake in summer; 45 km W.

Scenic walks: varying lengths; brochures from visitor centre.

Alpine Way: 111 km road through mountains to Khancoban provides superb scenic touring in summer; chains frequently required in winter.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Jindabyne 5 km

Lake Jindabyne sits on the eastern edge of Kosciuszko National Park and rates as one of southern Australia’s best trout waters. The lake is stocked with rainbow and brown trout, and Atlantic salmon. Some of the... Find out more

Geehi 40 km

If you like the bush and clear mountain streams where you can fish for trout, then the Snowy Mountains offers excellent opportunities. Rivers up this way are part of our fishing folklore, particularly among fly-fishers.... Find out more

Indi River 47 km

Take the Alpine Way out of Khancoban and head about 50 km towards Thredbo, and you’ll come to Tom Groggin station. Locals say the river flowing alongside the station is the Indi River, but it’s marked on some... Find out more

Khancoban 50 km

Many trout fishers, particularly those adept with the fly, regard Khancoban as home base for trout fishing. The biggest water in the area is Khancoban Pondage, fed by the Swampy Plain River and Khancoban Creek. The... Find out more

Yaouk Valley 68 km

It was late autumn 1997 when I  arrived in Canberra to fish with  the late Chris Hole, fly-fisherman,  author and painter. Chris offered  to take me to some of his favourite trout streams that snake... Find out more

Nariel Creek 73 km

A favourite dry fly among fly-fishers casting to rising trout in the Snowy Mountains and north-east Victoria is the Geehi beetle. This marvellous pattern is named after a non- existent beetle. It’s a fly that trout... Find out more

Lake Dartmouth 97 km

Lake Dartmouth holds self-sustaining populations of both brown and rainbow trout. The lake was formed in 1979 when an embankment was built on the Mitta Mitta River. Trout and the threatened Macquarie perch thrived in the... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Canoeing in the Snowys 5 km

It is certainly not the best spot in the country for canoeing and kayaking, but peaceful days can be had enjoying these activities on Lake Jindabyne, or more exciting adventures are possible on overnight excursions down... Find out more

Cross-country skiing 19 km

A delightful winter pastime, cross-country skiing is a mix of walking, gliding and skiing, and the basics are much easier to pick up than those of downhill skiing or snowboarding. You can undertake the activity at... Find out more

Bushwalking in the Snowy Mountains 30 km

There is almost no end to the hiking that can be done in the Snowy Mountains. There are hundreds of kilometres of hiking tracks, and infinite ways to wander through the hills. The most popular walks are to the top of... Find out more

Platypus-watching - Bombala 77 km

If you believe the hype, Bombala is the platypus capital of Australia and the locals stop just short of guaranteeing you a sighting. The best spot is the Platypus Reserve on the Bombala River (off Delegate Road) in the... Find out more

Burrowa–Pine Mountain National Park 89 km

Located near the New South Wales border, 430 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, and one of Victoria’s lesser-known national parks, this has some remarkable features. The granitic Pine Mountain is one of the... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Mario’s Mineshaft Restaurant and Bar

Mario’s Mineshaft serves warming feasts to happy diners in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Stop in for a gourmet pizza or comfort-food pasta, or indulge in the all-you-can-eat Italian buffet. For a lighter... Find out more

Campsites around town

Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat (southern section) 9 km

Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat offers a wide range of comfortable accommodation, from cedar cabins and chalets (some with spas) to caravan and tent sites. Facilities include a camp kitchen, drying room and laundry.... Find out more

Island Bend camping area (southern section) 17 km

This former Snowy Mountains Hydro camp is located near the Snowy River, 23 km north-west of Jindabyne. Sites here are either in clearings where the old camp buildings were on the hill, or lower down near the upper... Find out more

Thredbo Diggings camping area (southern section) 19 km

Steer clear of drinking the river water here – bring your own water, along with firewood. Access is via the Alpine Way, 1.4 km from the park entrance.... Find out more

Ngarigo camping area (southern section) 22 km

There’s a short walk from car to tent here. It’s 3.6 km from Thredbo Diggings and 24 km south of Jindabyne. Access is via the Alpine Way. Bring your own firewood, drinking water and fishing rod, if... Find out more

Jacob's River camping area (southern section) 38 km

Summertime offers fishing and swimming in the river next to this pleasant camping spot, 53 km south of Jindabyne. It’s near the junction of the Jacobs and Snowy rivers, off Barry Way. You can boil/treat the river... Find out more

Geehi Flats camping area (southern section) 40 km

On the winding Alpine Way, 31 km south of Khancoban, Geehi Flats camping area isn’t recommended for large caravans and camper trailers. Despite this, the old Snowy Mountains Hydro camp spot is popular in summer for... Find out more

Leatherbarrel Creek camping area (southern section) 41 km

You’ll need to bring your own drinking water and firewood to this camping area, 16 km west of Thredbo on Alpine Way. Note: the Alpine Way is a narrow winding road, parts of which are unsuitable for large campervans... Find out more

Halfway Flat camping area (southern section) 41 km

This is a popular picnic and camping area offering swimming, fishing, paddling and walking. It’s 55 km south of Jindabyne on the Barry Way near the Snowy River. You’ll need to supply your own drinking water... Find out more

Keebles Hut camping area (southern section) 41 km

Renowned as one of the best huts in the national park, Keebles Hut was built in 1942 and has been an extremely popular camping area since its amalgmation into the national park in the 1970s. It’s next to the Geehi... Find out more

Old Geehi Hut camping area (southern section) 42 km

The river here is a refreshing escape from the heat of summer; alternatively, you can drop a line in or go for a paddle. It’s off the Alpine Way; access unsuitable for 2WD vehicles. Bring your own drinking water... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Rainbow Pines Tourist Caravan Park 42 km

This is a popular holiday park where trout fishing, sailing and canoeing are all available. It is on the shores of Lake Eucumbene, about 7 km from the Snowy Mountains Highway. A minimum-length stay applies in all... Find out more

Cooma Snowy Mountains Tourist Park 48 km

This park is located on the south side of town alongside the Monaro Highway. It is popular during the winter months with visitors to the Snowy Mountains and the ski fields. There are very good facilities and it is a good... Find out more

Colac Colac Caravan Park 74 km

We like this spacious park that is 7 km west of town, under large shady trees and alongside a popular trout stream. The budget-priced park in ‘Man from Snowy River’ territory has basic amenities and is ideal... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Jindy Inn

Jindy Inn offers simple accommodation with wonderful views over Lake Jindabyne. There is a variety of comfortable ensuite guest rooms available, all centrally heated, and with a patio or balcony. A licensed restaurant... Find out more

Wanderers Retreat

Wanderers Retreat offers no-frills bed-and-breakfast or self-contained accommodation with warm and friendly service. Guests taking the B&B option have a choice of three bedrooms: a double, queen and king. The queen... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Alpine Habitats, near Jindabyne 10 km

Opened in 2007, these 18 cleverly designed two-bedroom buildings are linked underground by massive worm farms that digest all the compostable waste on the site. Set amid gnarled black sallees and other snow gums, the... Find out more

Arthur’s Cottage, Cudgewa 81 km

This historic mudbrick, two-bedroom cottage was built around 1897, but now has solar-powered lights and a gas kitchen. It sits quietly on the Cudgewa Creek, with platypus drifting past. You will need to bring your own... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Mount Gladstone Lookout rest area 45 km

T/O 4km W of Cooma (L) or 47km SE of Adaminaby (R)

At the lookout 1.5km south of the highway via a steep access road.

Adaminaby park area 48 km

At Adaminaby

Adjacent to the highway in the middle of town.

The Rest House park area 58 km

28km W of Adaminaby (L) or 63km SE of Talbingo (R)

Adjacent to the highway at the Rest House.

Nimmitabel park area 60 km

At Nimmitabel

Overlooking Lake Williams.

Kiandra park area 62 km

35km NW of Adaminaby (R) or 56km SE of Talbingo (L)

Adjacent to the highway.

Fred Piper Memorial Lookout park area 76 km

14km W of Bemboka (L) or 62km SE of Cooma (R)

Adjacent to the highway at the lookout.

Yarrangobilly Village camping area 86 km

65km NW of Adaminaby (L) or 26km SE of Talbingo (R)

Just off the highway on the banks of the Yarrangobilly River in Kosciuszko National Park.

Bemboka rest area 89 km

At Bemboka

Just off the highway at the recreation centre. Camping and showers available for a fee.

Talbingo park area 97 km

At Talbingo

Well off the highway overlooking the lake.

Jounama Creek camping area 98 km

T/O opposite Talbingo turn-off

On the edge of a creek 300m (unsealed) east of the highway in Kosciuszko National Park.

What's on around town

Speed and Marathon Championships: Lake Jindabyne; Jan.

Flowing Festival: music and dragon-boat races: Feb.

Lake Light Sculpture: Apr.

Snowy Mountains Trout Festival: fishing competition throughout region; Nov.

Jindabyne Rodeo: Dec. Snowy Mountains Muster: Dec.

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