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
Ambrosio Nuggets Crossing REVIEW NEEDED
Angies Italian Kitchen REVIEW NEEDED
Bacco Italian Restaurant Nuggets Crossing. A pizza restaurant at one end, and a proper Italian restaurant at the other. Reasonably priced and plentiful.
Bowling Club Typical club fare, with a serve yourself vege and salad bar. Cheap grog.
Brumby Bar and Bistro Main drag, just along from Nuggets Crossing. Plain but filling food, well priced. No table service and reasonably quick turnover.
Cafe Darya Persian food. BYO. Reasonable price & delicious food. Open late for late arrivals.
Cafe Susu REVIEW NEEDED
Fat Tonys REVIEW NEEDED
Il Capriccio REVIEW NEEDED
Jindabyne Bakery Nuggets Crossing. Standard bakery food (with a few extras) done exceptionally well. The chicken pies....
Jindabyne Seafood' REVIEW NEEDED
Marios Mineshaft REVIEW NEEDED
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.
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.