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Situated at the base of the Snowy Mountains Jindabyne is the main shopping and accommodation centre for the ski resorts of Thredbo and Perisher-Blue. Although there is accommodation at the ski resorts many people choose to stay in Jindabyne as it is much cheaper, has a variety of attractions both day and night and is only 40 minutes away from either resort.

The town is situated on a picturesque lake which was man made after a dam was built flooding the valley in 1967. In the summer months the lake is a hive of activity with sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing and fantastic trout and salmon fishing.

Jindabyne has grown steadily over the years and now boasts many great shops and restaurants, 3 hotels and a variety of nightclubs. Ski and snowboard hire is also available at reasonable prices and transport to the ski fields runs every day during the winter.


This small town situated halfway between Cooma and Jindabyne is approximately one hours drive to the snowfields. Berridale has very reasonable priced accommodation and ski hire available with a few places to eat out and a delightful country pub.


Cooma is the gateway to the Snowy Mountains and with a population of over 10 000 is the largest town in the area. As well as being the centre of the farming area of the Monaro plains it is also the administrative centre of the Snowy Mountains hydro-electric scheme.

There are many buildings of historical interest with Lambie St being proclaimed as an historic precinct. The Royal Hotel is the oldest hotel still in business, opening in 1858, the Lord Raglan which was built four years earlier was the districts first inn and is now an art gallery.


Kiandra was a boom goldmining town in the 19th century with an estimated 15 000 prospectors in 1859 and in 1860 yielded 67 000 oz of gold, the most of any Australian field. Being the highest goldfield in Australia (1414m), winter conditions were harsh and most miners found the going too rough with only 200 men left when the alluvial gold petered around 1861. A few gravestones, a dam and some ruins are all that is left of Kiandra now.

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