During the 1960s, the damming of Lake Jindabyne as a result of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme drowned most of the original township of Jindabyne. A few houses were moved and the inhabitants relocated to the site of the new town as it stands today.
Located on the Koscuisko Road, Jindabyne is an ideal base for exploring the magnificent Snowy Mountains and features a sports complex, adventure centre, holiday park and the Snowy Mountains Reservation Centre which caters for every accomodation need and offers a variety of packages. Lake Jindabyne offers trout fishing, aquatic sports and cruises and be sure to visit the Gaden Trout Hatchery and Kokoda Memorial.
Jindabyne is located on the shores of Lake Jindabyne and serves both as a winter base for many people skiing in the hills and a summer destination for bush walking, mountain biking and fishing in the lake.
Jindabyne has a similar history to Adaminaby. The original town and its inhabitants were relocated in the 1960's when the Snowy River was dammed as part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, with only a handful of houses being moved to their new location. The remains of the old town lie submerged under Lake Jindabyne and can occasionally be glimpsed when lake levels are low. For great views over the lake at any time head for the Waste Point Lookout on the Kosciuszko Road.
Modern Jindabyne is a year round holiday resort and is a very cosmopolitan place with its mix of new residents and pioneering families.
In winter Jindabyne is a base for skiers bound for the major resorts in Kosciuszko National Park and for the rest of the year it's a great place from which to go bushwalking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and canoeing, horse riding and kayaking. The lake provides superb opportunities for trout fishing and water sports.
Points of Interest:
Art Galleries and Craft shops
Angies Italian Kitchen Angie's Italian Restaurant is at Level 1, Snowy Mountains Plaza (Town Centre) and has been in business in Jindabyne since 1982. Angie's specialises in traditional homemade Italian cusine and has won six (6) Restaurant & Catering Awards For Excellence for Best Italian Cuisine in the Southern Region.
Bacco Italian Restaurant Nuggets Crossing. A pizza restaurant at one end, and a proper Italian restaurant at the other. New owners have improved the restaurant tremendously. Highly recommended.
Bits 'N' Pizzas Lower Level Petamin Plaza JINDABYNE NSW 2627 BYO (also known as Old Shops) has been running for over 20years by long time locals. Fair pizza and a relaxed environment.
Bowling Club Typical club fare, with a serve yourself vege and salad bar. really enjoyed the poker machines. exactly what to expect from the usual bowling club. Cheap grog.
Brumby Bar and Bistro Main drag, just along from Nuggets Crossing. Plain but filling food, used to be well priced but is now receiving many complaints about overpriced food. No table service and reasonably quick turnover.
Cafe Darya Persian food. BYO. Reasonable prices and lovely persian cuisine. Open late for late arrivals.
Fat Tonys REVUEW NEEDED
Il Capriccio Pizzeria Loved it. Reasonably priced and traditional Italian style pizzas. Recommended.
Il Capriccio Italian Restaurant Probably best presented restaurant in Jindabyne and obviously the newest venue even though they have been operating ever since we have been visiting Jindabyne over 25 years ago. Quality and service is as we remember and is highly recommended to anyone who expects city quality italian cuisine.
Sugars Bakery and Patisserie Original Town Centre Jindabyne NSW 2627. Exceptional continental cakes and pastries, match to what were used to in Melbourne. Awesome pies and fresh bread. A must try of the conoli and italian almond biscuits.
Sundance Bakery Nuggets Crossing. Standard bakery food (with a few extras) done alright. Service could be better. Decent pies but limited variety and the usual standard of cakes and pastries as expected from a rural bakery.
Jindabyne Seafood' awesome take out, fast and reasonably priced.
Marios Mineshaft The best restaurant in Jindabyne, hands down. The waitresses are crazy hot and the food is amazing! Everyone who goes to Mario's always has a great time. I love it, everyone I know loves it and everyone I hear talking about it always loves.
Sure, you have to wait for your food on a Saturday night, but you know what they say .. good things are worth waiting for!
Simmer Restaurant REVIEW NEEDED
Snowy River Cafe Old shopping centre. Chinese. This place has been of variable quality over the years, from barely tolerable to toxic.
Wrap a Go Go Mexican. Mainly takeaway, but there are a few chairs and tables. Hearty, filling Mexican food that tastes like Mexican food. yumm
Shopping for Gear
For backcountry gear there are two outlets. Wilderness Sports in Nuggets Crossing, and Paddy Pallins at the intersection of the Alpine Way to Thredbo and Kosciuszko Road to Perisher. Both have a reasonable range of gear and knowledgeable staff. Wilderness Sports seem to have a bigger range.
Cherry Cherry Pow Pow is a snowboarding shop.
Jindabyne Sports in the old shopping centre and Larry Adlers in Nuggets Crossing have a good range of ski gear and clothing. The bootfitters at Jindy Sports are excellent. There is also a Rebel Sport, but this contributor gets the impression that they have an emphasis on hiring and not sales.
Jindabyne has both Perisher and Thredbo staff accommodation scattered throughout it, this creates a good night life for staff and for guests. The Lake Jindabyne Hotel (LJ's) is were people usually start there nights. LJ's also does meals, accommodation, theme nights, poker nights and pool competitions. The main place for place people to go after LJ's is The Banjo Patterson Inn (Banjo's), it is the more club styled pub of Jindabyne which also has a cocktail lounge, theme nights and many promotion nights. Another Jindabyne hotspot is the local RSL, which has a cheap Sunday roast, 50cent chicken wing nights, trivia nights and cheap drinks (cheap for the region). Brumbies Bar, is a place mainly for locals and not seasonal staff or visitors, but does very good food and events. The Station is a little out of Jindabyne, but has a good vibe, has a lot of events and bands play, owned by Perisher, and has many Perisher people living there.
The Best Night to go out in Jindabyne is Wednesday night during the snow season, as it is pay day for both Thredbo and Perisher, make sure that if you want to go to Banjo's you go early, after 10 it usually has reached capacity and doesn't allow anyone in.
Club Lodges Snow Country Ski Club