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Jindabyne - A Holiday Destination That's Divine
jindabyne nswHidden in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, Jindabyne is an picturesque village that is close to some of the country's major ski resorts, Thredbo and Perisher Blue. The small town is situated just over 450 kilometres from Sydney and is positioned 991 metres above sea level. Its location on the edge of World Heritage Listed Kosciuszko National Park makes it an ideal base for visitors wishing to explore this park, while not actually staying in the snowfields.

Most people embark on the journey to Jindabyne during the winter months, with the hope of taking part in the fun and excitement of winter fun at Thredbo. The unique mountain environment puts on cultural events and activities suitable for all ages and is also home to some of the country's highest mountains. When you are taking the trip to Jindabyne, the best way to go is via the Snowy Mountain Drive. This spectacular scenic route will introduce you to the region in the most unique way possible, showing it in all its glory. The mountains will grab your attention immediately and the beautiful towns around every twist and bend in the road will delight you with historic and cultural stories. Travelling by car allows you to travel at your own pace and explore the beauty and grace that this fascinating region presents.

Upon arrival in Thredbo, you will be met with the charm and appeal of a quaint snow covered village. Winter fun and activities are what this town is known for, and it specialises in traditional skiing and the more modern sport of snowboarding. There are adequate facilities to accommodate you with lessons and equipment, which ensures that your snow experience is an enjoyable and memorable one.

This may come as a surprise to many, but not all of the winter adventures available involve frolicking in the snow. While visiting, you should definitely take some time to check out the Thredbo Leisure Centre, which offers a range of fitness activities, including an Olympic-sized pool (which is of course heated). Head back into the great outdoors and you will find fishing, horse riding, quad biking and bike riding adventures waiting. Get the whole family involved, while soaking up the fresh, crisp, mountain air.

During the summer months, Jindabyne truly comes to life. Visitors can enjoy the natural beauty and breathtaking scenery of the rolling, green mountains and local wildlife. Experience nature at its best and take part in some of the fun and exciting adventures this exciting region has to offer. Jindabyne is great for lovers of fishing lovers, who can either take part in a Trout Fishing Adventure or hire your own boat and find your own little piece of paradise to fish in.

If you love to get out on the water, try your hand at water skiing on Lake Jindabyne. Be trained by the experts, who will ensure you have a safe, but fun and memorable experience. Take a more laid back option and hire a canoe, kayak or paddle boat. These are sure to please the kids, while at the same time allowing you to absorb the picturesque surrounds. For those adrenaline seekers out there, there are some fantastic deals for white water rafting allowing you to battle your way down either the Murray or Snowy River; a guaranteed breathtaking experience.

Back on land, hire a bicycle and explore the beautiful countryside at your own pace. Cycle the mountainous terrain, working to your own level, all while enjoying up the fresh, mountain air wisping through your hair. If you are in the mood for a hike, be sure to have a go at the Kosciuszko Walk, which takes you through the famous National Park. The walk allows you to get up close to the mountains, an otherwise rare opportunity.

The fresh, country air is sure to build up your appetite and Jindabyne offers several food "hot-spots" that are sure to delight you. Get carried away at Curried Away, an authentic Indian restaurant that will please you until your tummy is content. However, if it is fine dining you're after, you can't go past the award-winning Cuisine on Lake Crackenback. An al a carte menu, extensive wine collection and open fireplace, are accompanied with magnificent views, making this a truly unforgettable dining experience.

There are plenty of great, affordable places to stay in Jindabyne and this is why so many people choose to stay here, over the more expensive Thredbo. Chose from apartments, holiday parks and recreation centres, or for a more traditional option, splurge and spend a few nights in a chalet. The welcoming and comfortable accommodation in Jindabyne will make you feel right at home and make your stay an enjoyable and pleasant one.

Jindabyne and Thredbo are great holiday destinations all year round as they offer a diverse range of adventurous activities and are hidden, scenic havens in their own right. Jindabyne truly is divine!

Christine Barton

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