Jindabyne: Australia’s best skiing town
Nestled perfectly between Mt Kosciuszko, the Snowy Mountains and a picture-perfect lake is a little town called Jindabyne.
The community in the area rely on visitors to boost their local economy – and visitors have been hard to come by through successive lockdowns and global travel restrictions.
This winter was supposed to help the community recover but with yet more restrictions in place, visitors have been scarce.
We spoke with a few local businesses to share their stories. Because Jindy is a beautiful town and should be on every Australia’s list to visit whenever they can.
Bruce and Ros have been running this kit hire and adventure company in Jindabyne since 1977 – through every challenge and bump in the road. Their hybrid hire and retail store model also boasts a guiding business, to help newcomers find their feet in the snow.
They offer unique experiences and adventures – from cross country skiing, snow shoeing, to alpine touring. And being a one-stop-shop for equipment and tutors, means they’re super convenient for visitors.
Definitely keep them on your ‘to visit’ list when you’re planning a snow holiday and keep remembering to #golocalfirst.
Snowy Mountain Helicopters
If you’re less into adventure sports, a skyline view might be more up your alley.
Snowy Mountains Helicopters offer some excellent scenic charter flights around the mountains and area around Jindabyne. Whether you prefer a flight around microbreweries and wineries, a private fishing trip, or to coast around and soak up these views, they have you more than covered.
Every client who’s flown with them before loves to come back – and with around 60 per cent of those flying claiming to be nervous or first-time flyers, their pilots know just how to make you feel safe and enjoy the ride. As an FYI for the nervous flyers reading this, each of the pilots has advanced training flying in extreme conditions.
There’s nowhere more picturesque or fun to stay in Jindabyne than 5 Willows Farmstay.
Craig and Caroline’s Farmstay – “Willow Cottage” – was their family home from late 2016, and opened for guests last year. The Cottage is fully self-contained, comes from Latvia, and is designed for -30 degree winters, so the insulation is superb.
Their farm is pet-friendly, and with sheep, horses, chooks, and their own dogs at the property, together with some native kangaroos and a wombat or two, it’s also pet-friendly. They’re trying to create the kind of family holidays they wish they had available when their own children were little – private, spacious, with room to explore. You are their only human guests on their 150 acres.
Their message to you is to bring your family, bring your pets – the snow is great, but there’s much more to explore when you stay at Willow Cottage.
The Market Jindabyne
The Market Jindabyne opened up in 2017 when Sheridan first moved to the area and found there wasn’t already a place nearby where she could source organic food – which she values highly.
All their food is organic certified and sourced from another family-owned business in Sydney, who stock items from farmers in NSW.
While Sheridan would love to source more produce locally, that simply isn’t possible in an alpine region. The market makes up for it by sourcing other products – like wellness teas – from local makers.
There’s also a small café that’s a part of the business, the market has become to locals a ‘third space’ outside their homes and workplaces, where they can gather, meet each other, and feel like they’re still home.
Birchwood Café, AKA Jindabyne’s best brunch spot, has been a local staple for the last five years, but taken over back in January by Laura and her husband Cain, their head chef.
The café has truly excellent food and drinks on offer, as well as the customer experience they pride themselves on.
Laura and Cain love the feeling of working for themselves and creating a great local business that’s really a hive of local activity and gathering. They’ve been thrilled by the level of support their new venture has received from locals.
Pinot’s Wine Bar
When Hannah and her partner (and little Pinot!) moved to Jindabyne four years ago, the lack of a wine bar was something they definitely felt.
And after settling into the area, Hannah who has a wealth of experience in hospitality, bit the bullet and opened up shop in May this year.
They stock mostly Australian wines and beer, with a little bit of an international flavour too for the variety.
If Pinot looks like your idea of a fun bartender, swing by and visit him in Jindy – Hannah says he’s usually at the bar, and is very friendly!Back to Local Stories