26 May 2020
From the famous Snowy River to the top of mainland Australia’s tallest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko, NSW’s Snowy Mountains provide the ultimate in spectacular scenery and mountain adventure no matter the time of year. Discovery Parks – Jindabyne is your gateway to the region, so whether you’re strapping on skis in snow season or exploring on foot or mountain bike through the warmer months, there’s one essential item to pack: your camera!
Even though Jindabyne is renowned for winter skiing and snowboarding, there are plenty of hikes and bushwalks through the Kosciuszko National Parks that take in some stunning views. Below is a view of Charlotte Pass trail taken from the summit of Mount Kosciusko.
If mountain biking is more your scene, the landscape is full of mountain bike trails too, running through nature and the Jindabyne township. Our favourite track run from Discovery Parks – Jindabyne to Hatchery Bay and offers a 12km round trip along the scenic shoreline of the lake.
A 6 kilometre hike in Mount Kosciuszko National Park with views of Lake Jindabyne, Thredbo Valley, Lake Crackenback Resort and Main Range. At 1900m, the beginning of the ‘alpine zone’, you will find alpine bush mint, snow grass, snow gums and rock boulders.
Curiosity Rocks is located on Ngarigo Country outside the township of Jindabyne on the Wollondibby Creek. The area holds a deep spiritual connection for these ancestors to the Ngarigo lands and waters, the knowledge of which continues to be passed down across generations through the stories of the elders of the community today.
Lake Jindabyne and the Thredbo River are favourite locations for trout fishermen and women. With many inland waterways receiving below average rainfall in the past several years, Lake Jindabyne is currently over 60% capacity making it the perfect retreat for enthusiastic anglers.
Our local tip? Large Brown Trout are currently moving up the Thredbo River, and good fish are being caught below and above the road bridge up to the Hatchery limit area. The fish traps are in at the Hatchery with hundreds of good-sized fish being milked and released back into the river.
Take in some local history at Seaman’s Alpine Hut and memorial in the Kosciuszko National Park. It was built following the death of two skiers, Laurie Seaman and Evan Hayes in 1928. Seaman’s family built the hut to provide shelter to future users of the park to prevent a similar tragedy.
Snow Gums (Eucalyptus Pauciflora) are the dominant tree found in the Kosciuszko National Park. These slow-growing plants have a light grey trunk with smooth red bark with peels with a mottled effect.
And of course no trip to the region would be complete without Banjo Patterson’s famous Snowy River in Kosciuszko National Park. Believe it or not, this photograph was taken late October 2019 when Northern NSW and Queensland was in the midst of a heatwave!
Local Trout by the Fire
What better way to finish your day of exploring the mountain region than with a platter of local smoked trout and pâté from Lakeside Lures. Best enjoyed by the fire in one of Discovery Parks – Jindabyne’s new fireplace cabins!
Ready to head out and explore the mountain wilderness of the Snowy Mountains?
Snow or shine, there’s plenty on offer in this stunning part of the country.