Here on the roof top of Australia there are a diverse range of summer activities for everyone, from the nature lover, outdoor enthusiast to the gourmet foodie. The options here in the Snowy’s are endless, where you will find everything from discovering your own adventure on the endless hiking and mountain biking trails to relaxing by one of the many fresh water lakes or streams.
Below is a taste of some of the activities on offer right here in the snowy mountains that you can enjoy.
Gaden Trout Hatchery
See how premier sport fish are bred and raised at Gaden Trout Hatchery!
The Gaden Trout Hatchery, located on the Thredbo River near Jindabyne, is one of Australia’s main centres for breeding and rearing cold water sport fish which are stocked in dams and rivers within the snowy mountains, southern highlands, the central tablelands and New England areas.
Four species of fish are produced at Gaden: Atlantic salmon, brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout. Visitors can view feeding of the big fish that come to the surface in some of the brood stock ponds, watch a 10 minute video that outlines the purpose and operations of the hatchery, and go for a walk around the grounds with one of the experienced hatchery staff. Guided tours of the hatchery are conducted 10am and 2pm daily.
Gaden Trout Hatchery has over one hectare of parkland on the banks of the Thredbo River. Coin operated barbecues and picnic shelters are available.
Visitors’ Centre Open 10am – 4pm daily.
224 Gaden Road Jindabyne NSW 2627
Tel: 6451 3400
Fish some of the most pristine waters in the world. Whether you like fishing lakes or mountain streams, casting a fly or spinning a lure there is fishing for everyone in the Snowy Mountains.
Visit one of the local angler stores for the latest local knowledge and find out exactly where the fish are biting and what to use. Stock up on all the essential gear, top up your fly box or try out a new rod. Also, be sure to check out the Fishing Reports in the stores. If you are after lessons or a guided trip, there are experiences for beginners through to the most experienced angler. Hire a guide and be introduced to some of the region’s best, from spectacular scenery to the local secret fishing holes.
High Country Outfitters
Nuggets Crossing, Jindabyne
Tel: 6456 2989
Steve Williamson’s Trout Fishing Adventures
Shop 1, Snowline Service Centre
Kosciuszko Rd (near Alpine Way intersection)
Tel: 6456 1551
Mobile: 0408 024 436
The Alpine Angler
Snowy Mountains Highway, Cooma West
Tel: 6452 5538
4WD Tours with Brumby Watching
4WD’s in the Alpine wilderness are no longer possible, however 4WD tours on the private brumby sanctuary of Snowy Wilderness provides you the same country, challenges, and experience. Throughout the tour you will also more than likely see the wild brumbies which usually graze in mobs of up to 10 horses protected and led by a stallion and many of the mares will have a foal at foot.
Horse riding is big in this part of the world. Saddle up and explore undoubtedly some of Australia’s most picturesque, inspiring and challenging countryside as you ride through Alpine forests and cross mountain streams. Guided treks through the mountains, lasting from two hours to two days or more, are a must for horse-lovers. There are horse rides that cater for both novices and expert riders
1800 218 171
Thredbo Valley Horse-riding
1056 Alpine Way Crackenback
Tel: 6456 2142
Reynella Horse Rides
669 Kingston Rd Adaminaby
Tel: 1800 029 909 or 02 6454 2386
Where better to pedal about on a mountain bike than in the Snowy Mountains. You can hire everything you need in Jindabyne, Thredbo, Lake Crackenback or bring your own equipment. There are mountain bike trails around the lake as well as at Thredbo, Perisher, Crackenback and Bungarra Alpine Centre. Download free maps by visiting Snowy Mountains Tourism here
For more info or bike rental visit
6 Thredbo Terrace, Jindabyne NSW 2627
Tel: 6456 1988
Tel: 6459 4119
Bushwalking around the Snowy Mountains region is unique and varied from the high country walks to the forested sub-alpine terrain with its abundance of wildlife, wildflowers and alpine huts. There is a wide range of scenic walks for ALL levels of fitness. The walking season opens in mid-October (you may need snow shoes in the alpine area) and extends right through to the winter ski season. Popular walks include
• Kosciuszko Summit: You can access the highest point in Australia via Charlottes Pass or Thredbo. From Thredbo catch the chair to the top then Kosciuszko Lookout is 2km one way or Mt Kosciuszko is 6.5km one way.
• Main Range Track: From Charlottes pass walk to Blue Lake Lookout – 5km one way or to Mt Kosciuszko – 12.5km one way.
• Thredbo Valley Track: A 17km one-way multi-use trail that’s great for both mountain biking and hiking. The TVT can be ridden/walked in either direction: uphill from Lake Crackenback Resort to Thredbo for a solid workout, or, easier downhill from Thredbo to LCR. Shuttle buses operate for one-way rides.
• Historic town and river walk through the township of Dalgety: The historic village of Dalgety is the only town left on the Snowy River that wasn’t flooded by the Snowy Hydro Scheme. The Dalgety Bridge built in 1888, is a grand structure that was an engineering feat in its day. Being central to both Melbourne and Sydney, in 1904 Dalgety was once considered as a site for the National Capital. Early morning or later afternoon you may even see a platypus at the platypus viewing platform.
Walk or cycle the bike track around the lake – stopping off for a swim, fish or picnic along the way. Thanks to a team of locals who volunteer their time there is a track that takes you to East Jindabyne starting from Discovery Caravan Park. The long term goal of this project is to create a 70km circuit around the entire lake.
Snowy Mountains Scheme
Learn about the Snowy Hydro Scheme or take a scenic drive and visit all the power stations. Murray 1 Visitors Centre, Khancoban; tours of power station 11am and 2pm [Closed weekends from May-September] Snowy Mountains Scheme Visitor & Education Centre in Cooma
snowyhydro.com.au 1800 623 776
Climb Mount Kosciuszko
Trek to Australia’s highest peak at 2228m above sea level. There are three options:
- You can take the Chairlift from Thredbo for an easy day walk of 13km return; 4 hours [Great for kids and families]. Read more here.
- Walk from Charlottes Pass via the access road which is 9km each way. This is a great option for riding bikes also as there are bike racks at Rawson Pass to chain your bike to while you walk the last 30 minutes up the summit.
- Alternatively go via Blue Lake, take the Main Range track which is a 21.9 km circuit that takes approximately 7-8 hours.
Visit Kosciuszko National Park
Whether you want to take a scenic hike, drive or mountain bike there is plenty to discover in Kosciuszko National Park. Pack your camera, binoculars and thermos and head out for the day to experience the local wildflowers, beautiful gums, colourful and diverse feathered community to the abundance of wildlife. For things to do in the National Park click here.
Wild Brumby Distillery is a unique boutique schnapps distillery located in the picturesque Thredbo Valley, half-way between Thredbo and Jindabyne on the alpine way. The schnapps is 100% Australian and made from locally grown fruit. The 20 acre property features a cellar door, café, art gallery and working raspberry farm. It is open all year round.
Tel: 6457 1447
Stop off for a lovely picnic in the gardens of Shut The Gate cellar door located at Berridale. They have a selection of wines grown in nearby Tumbarumba along with the Clare Valley region. Choose from a huge range of cheeses, breads, preserves and meats and the lovely staff will make you up a platter to enjoy with their wine tastings.
Snowy Mountains Vineyard & Micro Brewery in Dalgety is a lovely place for lunch following a taste of his local Dalgety beers, alcoholic ginger beer or Snowy Range wines. The Snowy Vineyard Estate Winery, Restaurant and Microbrewery on the Snowy River are open for Brunch & Lunch and Wine & Beer tastings from Wednesday to Sunday and Public Holiday Mondays. Combine it with a scenic drive through Dalgety.
Snowy Vineyard Estate
Werralong Road (via Rockwell Road, Berridale)
Dalgety NSW 2628
Tel: 1300 766 608
Within this region there are plenty of abseils for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. Learn how to safely abseil in the hands of experienced and qualified instructors. Combine abseiling with rock climbing and make a day of it! There are qualified guides and instructors ready to take you on the easy, intermediate and technically more challenging single and multipitch climbs in the Snowy Mountains. You can actually go alpine granite bouldering in Australia. It is possible! Discover technical and crimpy boulders in some of Australia’s most beautiful country.
Tel: 0421 862 354
Swim the clean and pristine waters of Lake Jindabyne. The calm waters and sandy bottom make for a great swimming locale for all members of the family. Alternatively pack a picnic and head to the mountain fed waters of Thredbo River.
Canoe, Kayak or White Water Rafting
Paddy Pallin Adventures puts the paddle in your hands and takes you on guided introductory or advanced river adventures. All safety equipment is supplied. Paddle the Murray or Snowy River. Availability depends on seasonal river flows.
Shop 5, Discovery Holiday Park, Kosciuszko Rd
Jindabyne, New South Wales
Tel: 6456 2922 or 1800 623 459
Rafting Australia has been operating in the beautiful Snowy Mountains for over 28 years and is the most experienced operator with qualified river guides to give you the experience of your life. The season is usually Dec-Feb and majority of their trips start at Tom Groggin Camp Ground – 25km past Thredbo.
For more information call 1800 997 238 or visit raftingaustralia.com
Sailing & Canoeing
Sailing on Lake Jindabyne, one of Australia’s highest lakes, is a must. The calm waters of the lake make for a great place to learn to sail or just enjoy a relaxing day out.
Sailboards and catamarans are available for hire, located next to Discovery Parks Caravan Park.
Get in touch on 6456 1195
Anglers Reach Boat Hire
Boat hire for trout fishing at Anglers Reach Caravan Park on Lake Eucumbene is open all year round and you’ll find everything you need at the Anglers Reach tackle shop.
From a complete fly fishing outfit, to hooks and lures or that special item of tackle required, as well as local knowledge that just might help you hook your trophy fish.
Alan can point you and your group in the right direction for a good day’s fishing.
Tel: 6454 2223
Scenic Heli Flight
See the spectacular snowy mountains like you have never seen them before – from above!! Fly over the mountains and lakes 365 days of the year, travel deeper into the Snowy Mountains national park and get up close with scenery and views only accessible from the air. Helifun also offer wilderness picnics where they fly you out to a secluded spot so that you can take in the sounds and sights of nature whilst enjoying a picnic hamper for 2 and a bottle of sparkling wine.
Tel: (02) 8091 1206 or visit helifun.com.au
Local Producers Market
Shop for some local produce and hand made goods at the producers market held on the first Saturday of the month at Wild Brumby Distillery. Alternatively visit the local market on the 3rd Saturday of each month located just outside the Jindabyne Information Centre [across from Mitre 10].
Visit Thredbo Alpine Village
Thredbo has heaps of activities for all ages and tastes. Guided walks to Mt Kosciuszko starting with a chairlift ride are very popular and a great introduction to the Snowy Mountains. Specialised children’s activity programmes during holiday periods are another must. Have a swim in the indoor heated pool, with waterslide for the kids. Ride the Thredbo Bobsled or drive a golf ball. Cling to the climbing wall, or have a game of tennis or squash. Multi-day Activity Packages are available. Visit www.discoverthredbo.com
Located just 2 hours 30 minutes from Jindabyne, Yarrangobilly Caves are nestled in a belt of limestone which is believed to be as old as 440 million years. There are five caves to explore and tours run usually three times a day. You’ll also want to bring your swimmers because once you’ve explored what’s below ground, you can take the short walk to the thermal pool above ground. Year-round, it stays at a toasty 27ºC, even in winter when snow can cover the banks. There are picnic tables and electric BBQ – so make sure you pack yourself a picnic as there isn’t much choice for food when you arrive. For more information on tour times call 6454 9597
Guided Eco All-Terrain Segway Tour
Soak in the scenery of alpine streams and mountains as you glide over off road terrain such as snow, mud, rocks, logs, hills and gravel paths. Releasing zero emissions and being whisper quiet, not only is this a tour that the planet will thank you for – it also does not disturb the abundance of animal life that call the Crackenback region home. Tours can be booked at Lake Crackenback Resort.
Wind your way through some of Australia’s most scenic alpine passes and breathtaking high country plains. There are three main highways that make up the scenic circuit through the snowy mountains region and on average most travellers take 3 days to drive the loop.
Kosciuszko Alpine Way: Taking you into the heart of Kosciuszko the Alpine way starts in Cooma and travels through Berridale, Jindabyne, Thredbo, Khancoban and over to the Victorian border to the township of Corryong.
The Snowy Valley Way: This scenic route winds its way from Corryong up to Tumbarumba, Batlow, Tumut and Gundagai. For itinerary ideas and maps visit snowyvalleysway.com.au
Snowy Mountains Highway: Starting from Tumut you drive towards Talbingo and make your way to Yarrangobilly caves. You could also take a short detour and head up to Mount Selwyn. Get back onto the Snowy Mountains Highway and head towards Adaminaby, Lake Eucumbene and then Cooma.
Staying in Jindabyne for a few days? Check out one of the fantastic day trips from Jindabyne, you are only limited by your imagination! Here are just a few ideas:
Have Morning Tea With The Kangaroos: Pack a picnic and head up to Tom Groggin Picnic/Campground where the scenery is spectacular and kangaroos are aplenty.
Jindabyne – Dalgety – Berridale – Jindabyne: This scenic touring route takes you through the Monaro Plains, which are vast native grasslands that are naturally treeless. In fact Monaro is said to be aboriginal for ‘Treeless Plain’.
Leaving Jindabyne travel on the Barry Way until you see a sign directing you to turn left to Dalgety. Follow this road for 20 minutes or so and you will arrive at the quaint little town of Dalgety. If it is the weekend you could stop off for some lunch at Tuscany Restaurant – definitely worth a visit. Alternatively have a peek at the photos on the wall of the historic Buckley’s Crossing Hotel, or a cuppa at the Iona Gardens and stroll along the banks of the Snowy, you could even catch a glimpse of a platypus. Continue on towards Berridale, the seat of the Snowy River Shire Council. If time allows you could even make a trip out to the Winery and Microbrewery.
Thredbo – Murray 1 – Khancoban – Thredbo: The Kosciuszko Alpine Way features stunning scenery with plenty of picnic spots for the ideal pit stop. Geehi and Tom Groggin picnic grounds offer a 99% guarantee of spotting a kangaroo or one of the many native animals that call the area home.
Just before Khancoban you’ll find the Murray 1 Power Station and Visitors centre, which is a free attraction with interactive models and information on the Snowy Hydro Electric Scheme. The centre is open daily (except Christmas day) and entry is free. There is also a BBQ and picnic area ideal for a family feast.
Khancoban was originally built to accommodate workers and their families during construction of the hydro scheme. It has a fantastic rose garden and some plentiful trout streams surrounding it.
On the return to Thredbo be sure to stop by Scammels Spur lookout for a spectacular view of the main range and if you have time on your side take the turnoff to Olsen’s Lookout where the range is so close you can almost touch it.
For the shopping enthusiast, Jindabyne has two shopping centres – Old Town Centre and Nugget’s Crossing. You will find a selection of retail outlets from adventure wear, designer fashion to handmade gifts. Spend the morning shopping, then stop off for a gourmet lunch at one of the local cafes before spending the afternoon relaxing in one of the beauty salons or watching a movie at the Jindabyne Cinema.
Jindabyne Cinema is located within the Snowy Region Visitor Centre, Nuggets Crossing, Jindabyne.
Tel: 6457 1777 for Jindabyne Cinema Screening Times
Crackenback Cottage Farm Restaurant
The Crackenback Farm restaurant opened in July 2013. The restaurant boasts delicious French-style farm food, an extensive wine list and cosy open fire place. In summer enjoy al fresco dining, beautiful valley views and strolls around their garden.
Tel: 6456 2601
Play a round of Frisbee Golf
The 9 hole Jindabyne Disc Golf course is located on the foreshore of Lake Jindabyne and is open 12 months of the year. Played much like traditional golf, only instead of hitting a ball into a hole you throw a Frisbee into an elevated metal basket. The course is free for all to use, discs can either be hired or purchased from the RipCurl store Jindabyne (Shop 4 Nuggets Crossing, Jindabyne) where 100% of proceeds from the sale and hire of discs are donated to the Rob Kneller Youth Foundation, a home-grown foundation aimed at providing opportunities to the youth of Jindabyne.
Enjoy the summer weather and soak in the Alpine views over a game of golf.
Thredbo Golf Club: Australia’s highest 9 hole golf course winds along the Thredbo River and around the base of the mountains. Dotted with wildflowers, lined with eucalyptus it has a little bit of everything providing even seasoned golfers with unique challenges. All equipment available for hire.
Tel: 6459 4119
Coolamatong Country Sports Club
Jindabyne Road, Berridale
18 Holes, Grass Greens, Clubhouse
Tel: 6456 3321