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Journeys : Oct Nov 2011
Previous page: Steve Williamson’s fly collection; Steve on Lake Jindabyne. This page, clockwise from top left: Snake Run at Perisher; tapas in town; park scenes. Photos Chris Viney Destinations With all the attractions of the Snowy Mountains on the doorstep, Jindabyne is an ideal year-round holiday destination – and Discovery Holiday Parks-Jindabyne is the perfect place to stay while you explore. www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au w ww.swtroutfishing.com.au Winter sports and summer adventures With the alpine resorts of Perisher and Thredbo just up the road, Jindabyne is a popular w inter base for skiers and snowboarders. In the Snowline Ser vice Centre adjacent to the park, John and Anne at the Mountain Adventure Centre have an extensive range of ski gear, snowboards and clothing for hire and sale. But they’re also busy in spring, summer and autumn, organising canoeing, mountain biking, alpine walks and adventure tours. www.mountainadventurecentre.com.au Portuguese chorizo with caperberries and salsa rimesco Snowline has its own restaurant, Maya – but we can’t resist an outdoor table in the sun at the aptly-named Journey, a stylish new bistro in the centre of Jindabyne. Apart from the appeal of the name for R ACT members like us, a delicious tapas- style menu (the Portuguese chorizo is superb) and an excellent wine list make Journey the place to enjoy lunch or dinner. w w w.journeyfoodandwine.com.au Two million trout! A short drive from the park is Gaden Trout Hatcher y, source of the two million brow n trout, rainbow trout, brook trout and Atlantic salmon that are released into NSW’s lakes and rivers each year. On a guided tour of the hatcher y and ponds we see fish of all sizes – from just-hatched tiddlers to seriously big browns. The beautiful Thredbo River babbles its way past the hatcher y – it’s full of clever trout who somehow know that fishing is str ictly prohibited in this stretch of the r iver. www.dpi.nsw.gov.au Getting there Jindabyne is a comfortable tr ip of just over two hours from Canberra. We drive a brand-new Hyundai ix35 2.4 -litre Elite AWD and enjoy a pleasant cruise along the Monaro Highway to Cooma, then on to Jindabyne. The mountain roads are clear and dry, so the short trips on the Alpine Way to Thredbo and the Kosciusko Road to Per isher Valley are a breeze – although if there had been any snow or ice, the all- wheel-dr ive capabilities of the Hyundai would have been a benefit. We’re surprised at how fuel-efficient the ix35 is – we manage under 8L/100km. The spacious cargo area is much roomier than two people need, but the fold-dow n rear seat is handy for loading our skis. www.thrifty.com.au Chris Viney was a guest of BIG4 Holiday Parks and Thrifty Camp and Care with Big4 Keep Friday 11 November free for a night of charitable camping with Big4 in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport, Strahan or Cradle Mountain – the flat fee of $ 20 per site goes to charity. www.big4.com.au/campandcare October / November 2011 19
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