When we asked Chloe what was the one thing she wanted to see or do for her birthday, she eagerly said ‘to see snow & to build an Olaf’ from Frozen. From this conversation we knew we had to move further down the coast of Australia and Jindabyne was an easy choice.
We stayed at the Discovery Holiday Park, Jindabyne and it was perfect for the third stop on our adventure!
Seeing we didn’t spend big days in the snow, as our kids are still too young, this park had plenty to keep the kids entertained of an afternoon.
It’s the second closest caravan park to Perisher however has double the facilities and attractions for kids.
The powered sites are paved with a large pebble pad for the car space which is perfect for when we came home covered in snow. The ground was always clean under foot rather than slushy like you would expect over the winter season.
The park has a jumping pillow, outdoor chess, an outdoor play area which was only small but allowed for hours of fun for our kids, 2 x large spas and a sauna.
By night, the facilities above the amenities block is very attractive. It has a large indoor fire, warm TV room which allowed the kids to space out and also play with toys, games room (for my 3 kids) and a fully self contained camp kitchen. The kitchen even supplied foil and baking paper for those who forgot to visit the shops.
Lake Jindabyne is right behind the caravan park and is a beautiful place to go for an afternoon bike ride or even a fish! We didn’t get lucky but hey, Coop thinks he’s the next Rex Hunt.
The facilities coupled with the location of this caravan park makes it very appealing to families. Kids can easily stay back at the park and engage in activities whilst adults ski or do day trips.
Time for the snow…
During the day we visited the ski resorts to build the infamous Olaf the Snowman.
Smiggin Holes was great for beginners and parking close to the slopes was very easy!
Perisher was a lot busier however had a lot more space for the families to spread out. There were long toboggan runs, many ski and boarding trails and a field of fluffy white snow for snowman construction for families.
Note to families;
For those families thinking of hitting the snow, don’t forget, to access Mt Kosciusko you will need a National Park day pass. There is a manned ticket booth upon entry to the National Park grounds which you can purchase your 24 hr pass for $29 and gives you access to anywhere within the National Park grounds.
For those that don’t have a 4wd you will also need to carry chains in case of icy conditions. They can be hired from the service stations in Jindabyne for approx $30 – $45 per 24hrs. It can be an expensive ticket if you are caught running the risk, penalties up to $300.
Apart from the freezing temperatures expected in Jindabyne we thoroughly enjoyed our time here. We will definitely be revisiting this park with family in the coming years!