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Fast facts

  • Lakes set in the rugged beauty of the high plains
  • Famous as the gateway to ski fields, trout and salmon streams, and Kosciuszko National Park
  • Six hours’ drive south-west of Sydney
  • Great family activity packages available this summer

Why go there

This area inspired the legendary poems and stories of the mountain horsemen, who were most famously immortalised in Banjo Paterson’s The Man from Snowy River.

Perched on the edge of a lake that’s half the size of Sydney Harbour, Jindabyne is like an adventure base camp for the Snowy Mountains, providing easy access to skiing, fishing, camping, horse-riding and water sports.

The town also has a number of accommodation options, including motels, apartments and lodges.

About 40 km from Cooma, Lake Eucumbene is the largest artificial lake in the area and is teeming with trout.

Things to do

  • Go trout and salmon fishing at Lake Jindabyne and Adaminaby’s Lake Eucumbene.
  • Try skiing and snowboarding at Selwyn.
  • Bushwalk through film locations featured in the 2006 movie Jindabyne on a marked trail from Lake Crackenback.
  • Check out the size of the Lake Eucumbene dam wall and the Snowy River Bridge.
  • Drive the Alpine Way, from Jindabyne to Khancoban.

Don’t miss

  • Riding the High Country – book a trek with local operators, such as Snowy River Horseback Adventure, Cochran Horse Treks or Reynella Rides.
  • Specialty local produce at Dalgety’s Iona Gardens and Café.
  • The 400 million year old granite boulders at Berridale.


  • The Flowing Festival on the shores of Lake Jindabyne, February.
  • Sculpture by the Lake, Jindabyne, in April.
  • Easter Fair, in Adaminaby, Jindabyne and Berridale, in March/April.
  • The Man from Snowy River Rodeo, in December.
  • Snowy River Festival, November in Dalgety 
  • Snowy Mountains Regional Food Fair, October in Dalgety
  • Trout fishing in Jindabyne, Snowy Mountains (Photo: M. Newling/Tourism NSW)

    Trout fishing in Jindabyne, Snowy Mountains (Photo: M. Newling/Tourism NSW)

Towns within

High country terrain Adaminaby A centrepiece of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, famous for its great trout fishing.


Berridale is between Thredbo (pictured) and Perisher, two of the finest ski spots in the Snowy Mountains Berridale A popular stop for skiers heading for the Snowy Mountain slopes...


Ute at Dalgety Garage Dalgety - is the only remaining town on the Snowy River... 


Junior skiers, Snowy Mountains. Guthega - A small ski village, part of Australia's largest ski resort region...


Statue of the Polish explorer Sir Paul Edmund Strzelecki, Lake Jindabyne Jindabyne – The town that's closest to most of the NSW ski fields and a great spot for water sports...


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