Hubbie and I left home at 10am this morning, in company with another 29 “seniors” in age range from late 50s to mid 90s for a six hour bus coach ride to Jindabyne. This is a private tour arranged from the complex in which we live, so we are all known to each other and looking forward to a fun five nights away.
Why is Jindabyne famous? Well, actually, outside New South Wales I don’t suppose it is particularly well known. It is located in the South-East of the state, it is near the Snowy Mountains, it is a popular year round holiday destination – but especially so in our short ski season, where it plays a valuable accommodation role for those who do not wish to stay “on snow” in the resorts within the Kosciuszko National Park, such as Thredbo, Perisher and Charlotte Pass.
One of its most famous claims to fame is that it is no longer in its original position, as it was flooded and relocated when the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electricity scheme was built in the 1950s and 1960s. You (and we) will be hearing more about that in the coming days.
For the moment we have arrived, settled in to our spacious motel room, had pre-dinner drinks followed by an enormous three-course meal – and managed to snatch a glimpse at this panorama of Lake Jindabyne, which can be seen from the back door of our room. The original town lies somewhere underneath it.
Perhaps one or two of you will have seen the 2006 Australian film “Jindabyne” which was filmed on site.