Things to Do in Summer
Jindabyne, Thredbo and the Snowy Mountains offer fly fishing, boat fishing, trout fishing, even naked fishing if you find the right location on our alpine streams, clean rivers, and mountain lakes such as Eucumbene, Jindabyne and even in Khancoban. You can hire fishing boats and fishing tackle, purchase fishing gear and fishing lures and the friendly staff will help you tie fishing knots and set your gear up. With the expert guides no experience is necessary. You can fish in summer and winter; though in winter only on lakes and reservoirs, as most streams are closed from the Queen’s Birthday weekend in June to the first weekend in October. Fishermen must carry an inland fishing licence available from many service stations and tackle shops in the region. Check out these local operators for lessons and tours High Country Outfitters/High Country Flyfishing (02) 6456 2989 Jindabyne Flyfishing School (02) 6456 1272 Steve Williamson’s Lake Jindabyne Trout Fishing Adventures (02) 6456 1551 or 0408 024 436
The Snowy Mountains and Jindabyne is a great location to ride. Some say it is as good as mountain biking in Italy. Riding around Lake Jindabyne on the bike path is a great family outing. Both our principals are keen riders and will be able to advise some good rides round jindabyne and at Lake Crackenback. Kosciusko Thredbo will set you up for the legendary Cannonball Run at Thredbo. Or you can hire a bike and cycle the Cascade Fire Trail or ride to Tom Groggin in the heart of the Kosciusko National Park. Call 02 6457 6234, for riding bookings, and sales of excellent bikes. The Snowy Region Visitor Centre in Jindabyne can provide detailed maps (at a cost) and information on trails which are recommended for any mountain biking in the national park. Ph: 1800 004 439. And the local Jindabyne bike shops know all the trails as they built them! There are awesome rides at Lake Crackenback, plus there is now a new trail from Thredbo to Lake Crackenback. There is a new Mountain Bike Trails Guide produced by Perisher resort. There are short and easy rides, to the longer but not overly difficult ones in and around the Perisher resort. You can get a copy at the visitor centres from around the Snowy Mountains or download a copy from the Perisher Website.
Bushwalking and Hiking
No one doubts the benefits of active exercise. A bushwalk in the mountains or Kosciuszko National Park near Jindabyne is the best way to enjoy the alpine air and spectacular views.
Mount Kosciuszko and the Main Range
The most popular walk is the Kosciuszko walk from the top of the Crackenback chairlift at Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko. Where else in the world can you walk to the top of the country’s highest mountain? Another popular alternative is sunrise guided walks at Thredbo. Another classic bushwalk starts from Charlotte Pass which is reached via the Kosciusko Road, and takes in the high country around Blue lake and Muellers Pass. There are fabulous views all the way to Victoria. Mountain bikes can use the old summit road; you have to leave the bike at Rawsons Pass to make the final trek on foot.
Kosciuszko Alpine Guided Walks from Lake Crackenback
Single and multi day guided bushwalking featuring fully catered, in-field, star-covered, overnight campsites. You will experience the beauty of the mountains in Kosciuszko National Park, with local guides to show you the way and carry your equipment! You can see Glacial lakes and Australia’s highest peak in a unique alpine setting. Then the guides at the end of the day will prepare your dinner around a star-covered campsite.
Guided Walks to Mount Kosciuszko
During summer, guided walks to Mount Kosciuszko operate every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and to the Main Range on Fridays. Dead Horse Gap walks operate on Mondays. Bookings are required.
Australian Alps Walking Track
If you are really energetic and have time the 650 kilometre track through the high country of Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT is a special bushwalking experience.
Bicentennial National Trail
This is the longest marked trekking route of its kind in the world; and for 5,330 kilometres from Cooktown in tropical North Queensland, through the Snowy Mountains, to Healesville in Victoria.
Hume and Hovell Walking Track
The track commemorates the overland journey made by Hume and Hovell in 1824-25 from the Sydney settlement in New South Wales to Melbourne in Victoria. It follows the original route where possible. There are many walks in and around Kosciuszko National Park, contact the local National Parks and Wildlife Service Jindabyne office for full details. Phone 1800 004 439. K7 Adventures run Bushwalking tours including guided wildflower walks from November to April, walks to Mt. Kosciuszko summit, the Main Range and the Dead Horse Gap Ecology walk. For further information phone 1300 736 581
Rock Climbing & Abseiling
Kosciuszko National Park and the areas around Jindabyne offer the best adventure specialist companies in Australia with well trained staff. Call Jindabyne Adventure Bookings direct on 0413 472 947 for bookings or Mountain Adventure Centre on 1800 623 459 or K7 Adventures on 1300 736 581 or 0421 862 354
White Water Rafting
When the winter finishes the snow melts plus the seasonal spring rains generate plenty of white water into the local streams, lakes and rivers. White water rafting the Upper Murray River is a fantastic activity that is the best river rafting in the Snowy Mountains. Ride grade 1-3 rapids. Conquer The Gorge, Japanese Bend and The Drop. At the end of the whitewater rafting journey you will enjoy a great BBQ. For further details and information visit Jindabyne Adventure Bookings or Method Watersports on 02 64561988.
This is great fun for the kids, if a day out on the River is what you are looking for look no further.
One of the most popular attractions in Thredbo and the Snowy Mountains is the the scenic Kosciuszko Express Chairlift, 1.8 km long with a vertical rise of 560 meters in 15 minutes. Its the best place to start the summit walk to Mount Kosciuszko. It operates throughout the year, and you can purchase tickets from the Thredbo Sports Office located at the bottom of the chairlift. Phone (02) 64594119
Near Jindabyne there are three great golf courses. In Thredbo, the AGU rated 9 hole golf course is located alongside the Thredbo River at the bottom of the Kosciusko Express. Golf clubs and equipment can be hired and green fees purchased at Thredbo Sports located at the bottom of the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift or phone (02) 64594119 In Jindabyne, the nine hole course attached to the Sport and Recreation Centre on the Barry Way is a public course that the experts say is a really challenging course. Phone the club on 02 6456 1346 or just turn up and fill out the appropriate forms using their honour system. Just west of Berridale the Snowy Mountains Country Club is an eighteen hole course with long holes and spectacular views to the south along the escarpment. This course is shortly to be watered by the grey water from town which will ensure magnificent condition year round. Open to the public all year round; call the club on (02) 6456 3321 or (02) 6456 3518.
Lake Jindabyne and Lake Eucumbene is the perfect place to go boating, canoeing, fishing, water skiing, sailing, wake boarding; in fact every type of sport on the water can be done here. The Australian Waterskiing Championships are held on Lake Jindabyne in January for an exciting spectator experience. Call Jindabyne Adventure Bookings direct on 0413 472 947 for bookings.
Horse back riding is very popular in the Snowy Mountains and jindabyne. It’s part of the culture! ‘The Man from Snowy River’. Guided treks through the mountains, lasting from two hours to two days or more, are a must for horse back riding vacations. Check out these local operators for lessons and ride information Jindabyne Equestrian Resort – Phone: 02 6456 7333 Reynella Kosciuszko Rides – Phone: 02 6454 2386 Snowy River Horseback Adventure – Phone: 02 6457 8385 Cochran Horsetreks – Phone: 02 6454 2336
Thredbo village has a 700 metre luge track that runs at high speed down the mountain. Children love it, and you will love it too as you learn to lean and control the speed of your bobsled allowing you to go as fast or slow as you want. The bobsled operates 7 days a week from 10.00am to 5.00pm throughout summer. Tickets can be purchased from the Thredbo Sports Office located at the bottom of the Kosciuszko Express for further details phone 02 64594100