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Jindabyne Travel Guide: 19 reviews and 17 photos

A town in season

I often wonder just what people do in Jindabyne when it's not ski season or high summer bush walking. It does rely heavily on tourism though it originally flourished during the time of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, a massive engineering project to divert water away from the Snowy River and into to Murray system just after WWII.
Today tourism drives the place and there's heaps of accommodation here and all the rest that goes with it. It wasn't always so as this is a new town and the old one was drowned under the hydro-electric scheme and it wasn't a 100% popular move.
The poet Douglas Stewart was moved to write 'Farewell to Jindabyne' :
Let us lament for Jindabyne, it is going to be drowned,
Let us shed tears, as many as the occasion warrants;
The Snowy, the Thredbo and the Eucumbene engulf it,
Combining their copious torrents.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots of accommodation and restaurants. Handy to skiing and fishing
  • Cons:Unless you're into the above activities it's only an average town
  • In a nutshell:Most popular town for Australian skiers with access to Perisher and Thredbo
  • Last visit to Jindabyne: Sep 2005
  • Intro Updated Sep 22, 2005
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  • aussiedoug's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2005 at 12:43 AM

    See Kerry has beaten me here. Have you been skiing since that accident Ian & if so where? I'd love to take my girls skiing in the Dolomites!

  • easyoar's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2005 at 2:20 AM

    Looks like you got as 'bat'ttered as your Aussie cricket team did this summer ;-) Did you manage to get airbourne though?

  • GeminiKerry's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2005 at 10:23 PM

    When were you down here Ian? Doug & I the girls stayed at the Sport & Rec Centre & had 5 days skiing Thredbo from Sept 10 -16. Luckily we are much more conservative skiiers than you. lol! Hope you've healed up well.

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