Jindabyne Accommodation | Best hotels, chalets and resorts for ski season 2018

Looking for an apartment, hostel or hotel in the foothills of the snowy mountains? We've know a few of the best places to stay.

Because you're going on a holiday and unless you're an Olympic pro skier or over-enthusiastic about the sport in general, you'll want to do more than just ski or snowboard (shock, horror, yeah you know it's true).

You’ll want to explore the terrain, visit the less touristy, though no less snow-adventure-worthy Charlotte Pass (the highest village in Australia), and Selwyn’s Snowfields (great for first timers), take in views of the mountain ranges, Lake Jindabyne and Banjo Paterson’s Snowy River and drive the infamous Alpine Way through the Snowy Mountains to Khancoban. The actual river, not the poem.

Did we forget to mention the Aussie movie, Jindabyne, was filmed here? Yeah, fangirls and boys, get your cameras out.

Sure, it's not the most iconic Australian film out there (or our proudest moment on screen), but you've got to take your victories as they come, and securing your place in Jindabyne for a winter holiday. That, my friend, is a victory.

Our top seven places to stay in Jindabyne


1. Rydges Horizons Snowy Mountains

Address: 10 Kosciuszko Road, 2627 Jindabyne

Not too many hotels can brag about a 100% recommendation rate on Expedia, but Rydges can. This four-star luxury resort is ideal for couples and decadent holidaymakers. Picturesque views of Lake Jindabyne, inclusive.

  • 18+ only
  • On-site tennis court
  • All rooms feature private balconies
  • 5 minutes walk from Jindabyne town
  • 45 minute drive from Thredbo and Perisher's ski resorts

Click here to book Rydges Horizons Snowy Mountains


2. Aalberg Chalet

Address: 8 Kirwan Close, Jindabyne

Budget and family friendly, Aalberg Chalet offers accommodation packages with breakfast and dinner included. Believe us, opt in for the breakfast as it's exactly what you need to tackle the nearby slopes. Aalberg Chalet attracts return guests every year. And there's no question as to why, with its friendly staff and oh, did we mention? It's amazing breakfast.

  • 10 minutes from Lake Jindabyne
  • 15 minute drive from Perisher Ski Tube
  • Sauna, games room and off-street parking available for customers

Click here to book Aalberg Chalet


3. Banjo Patterson Inn

Address: 1 Kosciuszko Rd, Jindabyne

With a beautiful view of Jindabyne Lake, how could you resist staying at Banjo Paterson Inn? Let's sell this a little more (not that it needs it), bars, lounges, free Wi-Fi, and cross country skiing trails, and mountain biking tracks within reach. During winter, expect the bar to fill with party-goers. It gets rowdy but that's code for "fun", am i right?

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free breakfast
  • 10 minute stroll to Banjo Patterson Park
  • Features everything from budget rooms to lakeview apartments

Click here to book Banjo Patterson Inn


4. Ski Rider Hotel

Address: Kosciuskzo Road, Wilsons Valley, Perisher Valley

Part way between Jindabyne and Perisher means that the Ski Rider is an affordable abode within reach of the ski slopes. It's the kind of place where fun begins, with an arcade, two restaurants and two bars/lounges as well as a ski equipment rental so you can hit the slopes asap. And you can, because the Perisher Ski Resort is only 13.2 kilometres away.

  • Free shuttle to Perisher (9x per day)
  • Free hot meals (breakfast, dinner)
  • Free overnight parking

Click here to book Ski Rider Hotel


5. Lake Jindabyne Hotel

Address: Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne

Lakefront hotel? Check. Affordable? Double check. Ski field accessible? Check, check and check! Lake Jindabyne Hotel is a 3-star stay perfect for both summer and winter. Banjo Patterson Park is a short walk away and parking is provided so you can get thee to the snow.

  • Free Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Rates include breakfast
  • Watersports nearby
  • Disabled rooms and access

Click here to book Lake Jindabyne Hotel


6. House Matterhorn

Address: 8 Camira Ave, East Jindabyne

Get in early and you can cash in on crazy mid-week ski season discounts at House Matterhorn. If that fails, then why not make a group trip of it instead? House Matterhorn can accommodate for large parties of up to 21 people, across its six bedrooms. How many friends can you rope into joining you on your snow-adventure?

  • Free private parking
  • Staff speaks three languages: Russian, German, English
  • 40-minute drive from Perisher Valley and Thredbo Alpine resorts

Click here to book House Matterhorn


7. Alpine Resort

Address: 1 Nettin Circuit, 2627 Jindabyne

For an affordable entrance into the ski slopes, the Alpine Resort Motel will do you just fine. It's a low budget number, but that's what you're after, right? And with free-secure on site parking and spacious rooms you'll be right and ready to hit the slopes day after day.

  • Free parking and Wi-Fi in public areas
  • 30 minute drive from Thredbo and Perisher
  • On-site beauty centre

Click here to book Alpine Resort Motel

8. Alpha Centauri Townhouses

Address: 39 Gippsland Street, Jindabyne

Choose from a variety of family friendly apartments, all equipped with kitchenettes for those family night dinners after a long day at the slopes.

  • 15 minute walk from Banjo Patterson Park
  • Laundry service and luggage storage available
  • Pet friendly accommodation with access to a garden

Click here to book Alpha Centauri Townhouses

How far are the accommodations?

Accommodation Distance from Perisher Distance to Thredbo
Rydges Horizons Snowy Mountains 29.6km (29 minute drive) 34.8km (31 minute drive)
Aalberg Chalet 29.6km (31 minute drive) 34.7km (31 minute drive)
Banjo Paterson Inn 30.1km (32 minute drive) 35.3km (32 minute drive)
Ski Rider Hotel 10.8km (11 minute drive) 47.9km (43 minutes)
Lake Jindabyne Hotel 29.8km (32 minute drive) 35km (32 minute drive)
House Matterhorn 39.6km (41 minute drive) 44.8km (41 minute drive)
Alpine Resort 29.2km (31 minute drive) 34.3km (31 minute drive)
Alpha Centauri Townhouses 30.6km (33 minute drive) 35.8km (32 minute drive)

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How to get to the snow from Jindabyne

If you haven’t already cottoned on yet, Jindabyne is not a ski-resort itself. However, it is merely a stone’s throw from Thredbo and Perisher Blue, which means you don’t have to sacrifice slope time. Your best option is to drive to and from, but if that mode of transport has been ruled out, there are other ways.

There are private cars and bus charters that will ferry you to and from your accommodation. Ask at your hotel’s tour desk for their recommended company as you may be able to cash in on discounts due to their partnerships with the charters. During ski season, Jindabyne’s sports hire and ski stores can also cater to your equipment needs, whether they be purchase or rental.

For the adventurous, there are always hitchhikers waiting at the first big roundabout as you leave Jindabyne for the snowfields.


Jindabyne’s bars and restaurants


Don’t be fooled by its two shopping centres and walkable city centre, Jindabyne has much to offer in the way of quality tucker. Some you may even find in your resort… but more on that later. Let’s start with…

...the Sundance Bakehouse. Home to arguably the best pastries in Jindabyne (unless your grams lives here, then there’s no argument, period), their pies are famous for being succulent and melt-in-your-mouth orgasmic. Their freshly baked tarts and buns (get your head out of that gutter) aren’t too shabby either. (Shop 13 Nuggets Crossing)

If you’re in mind for some warm, feel-good vibes and comfort food, you need to head to Mario’s Mineshaft stat. Their wood-fired pizza can’t be beat, and if you ask nicely, you might be able to toast a few marshmallows, too. (2 Snowy River Avenue)

For lunch, Angie’s Italian Kitchen will do nona proud. Practically an institution, the Italians here have been serving their fare to the public for over 30 years and they’ve got a pretty sweet view of Lake Jindabyne to boast about, too. (Snowy Mountains Plaza, Town Centre)

Seeking something against the norm? Check out Cafe Darya. It’s a Persian restaurant and one that’s lauded about no end. Visit with either a full stomach or a group and you won’t leave disappointed. And what I mean by disappointed, I mean hungry. (Shop 3, Level 2, Snowy Mountains Plaza, Town Centre)

If you have the ability to drive, there’s only one place to be, and that’s Wildbrumby Cafe Restaurant, halfway between Jindabyne and Thredbo. It might call itself a ‘cafe’ and ‘restaurant’ but it moonlights as a schnapps distillery, and serves its own brand of schnapps. Your tipple has been ordered. (Corner of Wollondibby Rd and the Alpine Way)

What happens in Jindabyne during the winter months?

Here are a few of our favourite things to get up to in Jindy.

When the skiing and boarding is done and dusted, there’s still plenty going on in Jindabyne to keep you amused.

During winter the Snowy Ride motors its way in. The annual motorcycle event packs at punch at the end of the season to raise awareness and funds for Childhood Cancer Research. The gang rolls in this year on 3 November 2018.

They generally meet up the first Sunday of the month and if you’re really nice to them, they may even let you ride in one of their flying machines.

If you're a foodie, you're in for a treat. The Autumn Food and Wine Festival lands in late March and features a host of chef dinners. This year, as with every year, Ben Willis of Canberra's Aubergine restaurant takes to Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa with a a 5-course dinner showcasing the best of Canberra on 24 March 2018. Make life easy – stay in-resort. You never know, they could be in the room right next to you. Celebrity chef crush in the making? Oh, yes.


Jindabyne doesn’t shut down for summer, either. When the weather warms up, there’s surprisingly a lot to do in this beautiful valley, including trout fishing, water sports, horseback riding, the famous Snowy Mountains Muster and wine tastings. Fall in love with Jindabyne this winter, return during summer. Nothing wrong with that. Nothing wrong, at all.

Click here for more information on what’s happening in Jindabyne.

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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