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Australia's Alpine Playground

Jindabyne, a town located in the stunning NSW Snowy Mountains, is a paradise for adventure seekers looking to explore the great outdoors. Whether you're a family with young children or a group of friends seeking an adrenaline rush, Jindabyne has something to off er everyone.

One of the most popular activities in Jindabyne is winter sports. With a range of world-class ski resorts right at its doorstep, Jindabyne off ers skiers and snowboarders an unparalleled winter experience. Thredbo is a vibrant alpine village that off ers a range of activities beyond skiing and snowboarding. It has a lively après ski scene, with many bars, restaurants, and shops to explore. On the other hand, Perisher has an expansive cross-country skiing area and a snow-tubing park, making it a great option for families with young children or those looking for a more leisurely winter experience.

But winter sports are not the only activities that attract tourists to Jindabyne. In the warmer months, the town transforms into a laid back hub for outdoor enthusiasts. One of the most popular water sports is e-foil flite-boarding on Lake Jindabyne. This exhilarating water sport takes stand up paddle-boarding to new heights, quite literally. It uses a battery-powered motor to propel the rider above the water, allowing for a unique and exciting experience. If you prefer to explore the lake at a more relaxed pace, you can do so on a power-assisted water e-bike. These bikes are perf ect for those who want to explore the lake's tranquil waters without breaking a sweat. The bikes' electric motor assists the rider in pedalling, allowing them to cover more distance and see more of the lake's beautiful surroundings.

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Jindabyne also has plenty to off er those who prefer a more relaxed pace. The town has a variety of local cafes that off er some of the best coff ee in the world. You can indulge in a variety of cuisines, from Italian to Thai to Indian, and satisfy your taste buds with some of the most delicious and nutritious food you'll ever try.

Let's not forget about the breathtaking natural beauty that surrounds Jindabyne. Take a scenic helicopter flight to truly appreciate the stunning landscape of the Snowy Mountains. Relax with a massage or spa treatment aft er a long day of exploring. Or simply sit back and enjoy the awe-inspiring sunset over the lake.

One of the local community initiatives that makes Jindabyne unique is the Jindabyne Trail Stewardship program. This program aims to create sustainable trails for hiking, running, and mountain biking. The program relies on volunteers to maintain and improve the trails, as mountain biking is a popular activity for locals and tourists alike.

For those who enjoy water sports, the Lake Jindabyne Sailing Club and the Snow Dragon Boat Club are both popular choices. The Lake Jindabyne Sailing Club has been operating for over 50 years and off ers a range of activities, from sailing lessons to racing events. The Snow Dragon Boat Club is a community-based club that off ers dragon boat racing to all age groups and skill levels, and hosts the spectacular Dragon Boat Festival every two years.


The Snowy Trout Challenge is a season-long fishing competition in Jindabyne that runs from October to April. Fishing enthusiasts can put their angling skills to the test and catch some of the finest rainbow trout in the country. It's not just about the cash prizes, though - the challenge off ers a great way to experience the natural beauty of Jindabyne and its surroundings, and is open to all ages, making it the perf ect family activity. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a beginner, the Snowy Trout Challenge is a fun and exciting way to explore the great outdoors in Jindabyne.

Jindabyne truly off ers something for everyone, making it a must-visit destination for those looking to explore the great outdoors. From skiing and snowboarding in the winter to hiking, fishing, and mountain biking in the summer, the range of outdoor activities is impressive. And if you need a break from all the action, there are plenty of options for relaxation, including scenic drives, and cozy accommodation. Jindabyne is also home to some fantastic local breweries, using pure mountain water straight from the Snowy River, plus a popular schnapps, gin and vodka distillery.

Overall, Jindabyne is an ideal location for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. The stunning scenery and range of activities make it a destination that can be enjoyed year-round. So, whether you're visiting for a weekend or a longer getaway, make sure to add Jindabyne to your list of must-visit places in Australia.


Three days in Jindabyne

Jindabyne, located in the heart of the Snowy Mountains, is an ideal destination for those who love nature and adventure. The town boasts stunning lake views and is surrounded by picturesque towns such as Berridale, Adaminaby, and Dalgety. With so much to offer in every direction, Jindabyne is a true gem that must be explored. 

Thredbo Valley Track, Bridge 4 , Kosciuszko National Park


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