AT’s guide to the best cheap accommodation for summer and Christmas holidays


Why do we rate it?
Jindy comes into its own in summer, when people come to stay instead of passing through on the way to the snow. Its lake and mountain location makes it perfect for extreme sports or wildflower walks.

Where is it?
457km south-west of Sydney, or a 6hr drive;
170km south of Canberra on the Princes Hwy.

Where to stay
Great for large families and groups, Jindy’s ski lodges are all but deserted in summer. The Absolute Alpine agency lists rental chalets, apartments and lodges throughout the Snowy Mountains. Snow Essence is a new property right on the lake, which sleeps 14. Alternatively, stay at the Jindy Inn, a comfy option overlooking the lake with proximity to a bar.

How much is it?
Rates drop considerably in summer. Snow Essence is $1634 per week – $17.70 each per night. The Jindy Inn has double rooms from $75 per night. Family rooms start at the standard double-room rate plus $15 per extra child and $20 per extra adult.

There’s loads of availability Christmas through Jan.

What to do
Take advantage of the plenitude of mountain bike, 4WD, horse riding and hiking trails in the area. Lake Jindabyne is popular for waterskiing, snorkelling, sailing and canoeing. “Climb” Mount Kosciuszko – it’s more of a nice hike, really. On Jan 1, check out the Jindabyne Rodeo. Visit Gaden Trout Hatchery.


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Absolute Alpine //
Nugget’s Crossing Shopping Centre, Kosciuszko Rd.
1300 278 483;

The Jindy Inn //
18 Clyde St.
(02) 6456 1957;

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