A beautiful clear lake, gorgeous mountain scenery, wide open vistas and a kick-ass organic raspberry soda. These were the highlights of our recent holiday in Jindabyne, in the Snowy Mountains of NSW. It was incredibly hot, most of the country was suffering a heat wave that week and the mountains were not exempt from that. We couldn’t do the walking, cycling, hiking and fishing we were hoping for, but we puddled around and did enough of each to feel like we’d had a break. One memorable day the four of us spent most of the afternoon lying about on the floor of the house (cooler and you could catch the breeze off the lake) listening to Stephen Fry read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (my favourite of the HP books).
A day in Thredbo included a ride up the chairlift and a walk to the Kosciusko lookout – we were all too hot and cranky to walk the further 5 or 6 km to the summit.
A day trip up to Charlotte Pass for a picnic in the (relative) cool – we had to fight off a LOT of flies and it was too hot to do much walking, but there was a pretty lookout not far from the road:
The raspberry soda was part of a fantastic lunch at the Wild Brumby Distillery (schnapps). The organic raspberries are grown on site for the schnapps and they also use them to make this soda. It was icy cold, slightly sour and exactly the thing to drink on the very hot day we visited.
Finally, the lake. Lake Jindabyne was finished in 1967 as part of the Snowy Hydro project and completely drowned the original town of Jindabyne. In the Visitor’s Centre there’s a diorama of the area and you can see where the original town was, not far from the existing settlement, and now well below the lake level. We had a lovely view of the lake from the house we stayed in and the town is dominated by it, particularly in summer when it is crowded with people boating, water skiing, swimming, fishing and walking or cycling alongside it.