Summertime in the Snowy Mountains region of NSW is a wonderful time of year to visit. It is much cooler and there is so much to do.
Our visit there was way back at the start of 2013. We stopped for a night in Canberra, then a night in Cooma and spent the morning in Berridale where I wanted to do some family history research. We arrived in Jindabyne in the late afternoon. From previous experience, we know to ask if a site is going to be big enough to fit us on before we pay up. Having a 12 foot tent on our camper trailer instead of the usual 9 foot means we need that little bit more space to set up on. Most times the office staff are friendly and helpful when you ask if they have a site big enough. Most are more than happy to give you a couple of site numbers so you can go and have a look.
This was certainly the case when we pulled into the Jindabyne Discovery Caravan Park. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful. They only had small sites left but as we were only staying for a couple of nights they allowed us to set up over two sites and still only charged us for one. We couldn’t have been happier with our spot. Located right on the edge of Lake Jindabyne, our site was only few short steps from the waters edge. Plus there were a couple of trees around for some shade. Even though the park was busy, it didn’t feel overcrowded and we didn’t find it noisy. The kids and I braved the slightly chilly water and went for a swim. There is even a pontoon and diving board just off the beach for the kids to jump off.
KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK
The next morning we were up early and headed into the Kosciuszko National Park. Kosciuszko National Park covers 6,900 square kilometres and contains mainland Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko, for which it is named. The area is probably best known for it’s winter ski fields. But come summertime there is still loads to do including bush walking, canoing, horse riding and mountain biking.
As we drove further into the park I was amazed at the rapidly changing landscape . Going from typical Australian bush to stunted and gnarled snow gums and an abundance of wild flowers. Travelling through the villages of Perisher Valley and Charlottes Pass they are basically deserted for the summer months. But get to the end of the Kosciuszko Road at the Charlottes Pass Lookout and the place comes alive again with walkers and mountain bike riders.
Here you will find the Snowgums Boardwalk. A 500 metre walking track to a lookout that offers a magnificent view of Mt Kosciuszko and the valley below. From here you can walk to the summit of Mt Kosciusczko. We weren’t prepared for a walk like that on this occasion. If you are planning on walking in this area, even in summertime, you must be prepared for sudden changes in weather. It is advisable to carry water, food, warm, weatherproof clothing and be prepared to seek shelter if caught in bad weather. More information can be found on the National Parks website.
On our way back out of the park, we stopped several times, to check out the villages, especially Perisher, where both our kids had been on school snow trip’s. Neither could believe how different the place looked without snow or that the ground they had been tobogganing on was so rocky underneath the snow. There are several beautiful mountain streams, that had ice cold clear water running in them. It really is a magical part of Australia, and an area that everyone should visit once in their lifetime.
Maybe this might be part of your next summertime holiday adventures.