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  • DavinC
    Brisbane, Australia661 contributions
    We had lunch here today. The food was excellent - all sourced locally and the service was excellent. We sat out the back with a view across the farm to the mountains it was beautiful. Tried their schnapps and gin was all very good - even bought a few bottles
    Written 19 May 2022
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  • jjjfolley
    St Marys, Australia56 contributions

    Day 1

    Our pick-up location was Stand A, Everton Street, Strathfield at 8:30 am on a Saturday morning. I understand that the usual departure is on Sundays but our tour schedule was brought forward because of the upcoming Easter Holidays.

    We stayed at nearby Strathfield Executive Accommodation the night before leaving and had dinner at VN City (Vietnamese - see separate review). Both very good.

    We were welcomed on board by driver Matt from Port Stephens Coaches. He was a very likeable person. Matt was good company and conducted himself professionally throughout the trip.

    I was dissapointed to learn that after 19 people boarded the coach at Strathfield we had to travel all the way to Yowie Bay to pick-up a lesser number of passengers before returning nearly all the way back to Strathfield to get on the M5 heading south. The pick-ups should have been in the reverse order in my opinion or maybe the Yowies could have organised their own transport to Strathfield as my wife and I did from near Penrith and a family trio did from Newcastle. I am pretty sure that most people living in or near Yowie Bay could afford to do so.

    We travelled straight through for 3 and one-half hours without a toilet break until we stopped for lunch at the Big Merino at Goulburn. A bit too long I thought, but we were invited by Matt to use the on-board toilet if necessary.

    With just over 30 passengers on the coach, which I think had a capacity for about 50 people, there was plenty of room. Matt explained that a seat rotation policy was to be observed on the coach, with each person to move to the next highest seat number each day. The seat numbers were scattered, not sequential. So, for instance, you might be in seat number 3 towards the front of the coach one day then move to seat 4 the next day, which might be towards the rear of the coach. The exception was that the seat behind the driver was reserved on those days that a guide was on board. The system worked quite well with everybody cooperating until the last day when a couple of people decided to make up their own rules and take my wife’s seat directly behind Matt (no guide was on board) instead of the seat they were supposed to occupy under the rotation policy.

    In Trappers Bakery, adjacent to the Big Merino, people were queuing up like sheep themselves to use the single accessible toilet until it was pointed out to them that there were ample additional toilets for males and females around the corner inside the premises.

    The bakery was extremely busy so we went up the road a little way to ‘Curry in a Hurry’ to get some samosas and cheese naan for our lunch. Nobody else was in there. I had intended to get a chicken tikka wrap that I had seen on the establishments website, but it had been taken off the menu. Not the friendliest of persons serving, but the food was OK. There was also a kebab shop next to the Indian, which also has mixed reviews on Tripadvisor.

    We had an uncomfortable ‘comfort stop’ at Centennial Park in Cooma - it was raining. There were entertainers on the stage in the park in front of an audience trying to keep themselves dry. I later learned from the local papers that it was a regional qualifying event for the national buskers championship.

    After checking in at Lake Jindabyne Hotel Motel I took the short walk to BWS at nearby ‘Nuggets Crossing’ (origin of name unknown to me, probably of no real historical significance) shopping centre to collect a case of apple cider that I had pre-ordered online because the stock level was shown to be very low. I also bought a couple of bottles of Shiraz from the hotel bottle shop. I was overcharged on the shelf price at first but it was then rectified.(Overcharged again for the same wine 2 days later, but again rectified).

    Our room was clean and well maintained (except for a dripping shower head ) with a wonderful view of the lake and comfortable beds. I was pleased that there was actually a bar fridge in our room because it was not clear from the online facility checklists that this would be the case.

    Dinner was served at 6:30 pm each evening. Since most of the daytime activities were concluded by 3:30 to 4:00pm, I would have preferred dinning half an hour earlier. The bistro could be directly accessed via 2 flights of stairs - no good for me. I walked up the driveway of the hotel and then onto the public footpath and then onto the bottle shop driveway to access the bistro.

    Matt joined the tour group for dinner each night, which was a pleasure, but came as a bit of a surprise. All of our previous coach tours have been overseas, where companies like Trafalgar and Cosmos have policies to discourage drivers and guides from mixing with passengers after the days travel is done (unless dinning at a ‘recommended’ restaurant where a commission might be on offer).

    The starter for the first night was a frittata which was OK except for the sauce which had a horrible artificial smoke flavour. A bread roll and butter was also served

    The main dish was a meat casserole (maybe goulash?) with peas, mashed potato. I did not hear the servers say what the meal was that we were given but I thought that it was OK. Others did not think so, apparently, from the amount of food that they left on their plates.

    The meals that we were served for dinner for the duration of the tour were not remarkable, but I thought that they were all quite OK. Some peoples expectations seemed to be a bit unrealistic for a budget priced all-inclusive holiday. Having said that, I think that it would have been nice to have a choice between alternate main dishes, as was the case with the starters one night.

    I have never seen such hard-working multi-tasking team members in a hotel before. One minute a staff member would be serving in the bottle shop, then the next they would be serving your dinner.

    First-aid was even given in a kind and comforting manner to one of our fellow travelers who had taken a tumble one night.

    It is not advertised as part of the tour package, so no guarantee that you will get it, but we were given 2 complimentary carafes of wine for each of 2 tables that the group occupied every night. Wine by the glass was very reasonably priced at the bar in any case.

    Desert was ice-cream and something else (I forget - maybe too much wine).

    Day 2

    A good range of food was served in the breakfast room including the standard items: cereals; fruit; orange juice; apple juice; toast; jams; spreads; bacon; sausages; eggs; hash browns; baked beans; mushrooms; tomatoes; tea, and coffee.

    The eggs were served poached every morning, but that’s OK by me because that is how I like them. Sometimes perfect, sometimes a bit overcooked.

    In the absence of the usual guide, who was apparently stranded in Queensland somewhere, we were led by Riley himself. Well, not the original ‘Riley’ but at least a real Riley - Garth, the Managing Director of LJH.

    He was a likeable, down-to-earth type of character who was obviously knowledgeable of the region, but not excessive in his commentary.

    We visited the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre at Cooma then went for a bit of a drive around the town.

    After that we visited the Snowy Scheme Museum at Adaminaby across the road from the Big Trout.

    We enjoyed a picnic lunch outside the museum before a quick drive around the town and a visit to the Eucumbene Dam Wall. Back to the hotel just after 3:30 pm.

    For starters for dinner there were alternate servings of Chinese style dumplings and chicken satay, plus a bread roll.

    The main was a piece of chicken breast served with Thai red curry sauce? and mashed potato.

    Crepes and ice cream for desert.

    Day 3

    After breakfast we went to the Gadens Trout Hatchery for an interesting audio-visual presentation followed by a guided tour of the operations.

    Apparently the trout hatchery is due to have a major upgrade sometime soon. Hopefully they will put in some footpaths or walking tracks so that staff and visitors don’t have to trudge through wet grass on uneven ground a we did.

    Morning tea was served by Matt after the tour in a covered outside area at the hatchery. Cake with tea and coffee.

    Then we were off to visit the Wild Brumby Distillery, a very well planned and maintained establishment with beautiful grounds and art works.

    We were given generous samples of at least 5 different flavoured schnapps to taste: pear; sour apple; butterscotch; lemon-cello, and chilli. To my taste the pear and sour apple were the best because of acidity offsetting the sweetness.

    My wife bought a couple of bottles as did a good number of people from our tour group. I was pleased that our hosts generosity was not abused.

    A quick tour around Jindabyne on the coach before returning to the hotel for lunch, which consisted of steak; chicken drumsticks; sausages; chips, and a variety of salads.

    No vinegar for the chippies on the condiment table! A shame to your Irish/ Great British heritage Garth Riley, a shame to be sure.

    Free-time after lunch to visit the shopping centre, watch some shows on my computer and have a nap.

    A light dinner was served after the big lunch, which was baked ham with a variety salads, some free wine (and ice cream again?)

    Day 4

    Itinerary said that a (group?) photo was to be taken over the lake at Tyrolean Village on the way to Cooma. Did not happen - do not care.

    A new tour guide joined us today, Richard Mould, a long-time resident of the region with extensive knowledge of its history

    We visited Corrective Services NSW ‘Crime Through Time’ Museum at Cooma for a tour guided by an administrator from the gaol.

    Inmates’ arts and crafts were available for purchase while we had morning tea after the tour.
    Next on the itinerary was a visit to Cooma Car Club’s Motor Museum. Amazing vehicles and good facilities.

    I met Ross Johnson whose green 1973 LJ Torana GTR XU-1 was on display. As the club’s oldest member Ross, was given the honour of unveiling a commemorative plaque at the official opening of the club on 19 February 2022.

    Our host at the club kindly allowed our tour group to have our lunch on the premises. Again, there was variety of individually packed sandwiches that Matt had brought from the hotel with juice, fruit, tea and coffee etc.

    After lunch we enjoyed the views from Mt Gladstone then a tour of Berridale. We went to an old church and cemetery from which there was extensive views of the surrounding countryside.

    A quick visit to Dalgety before returning to LJH.

    The starter for dinner was Chicken & Broccoli Soup followed by fish and chips with salad.

    Day 5

    A little bit of a sleep-in before boarding the coach at 8:50 a.m. to go to the Snowy Region Visitors Centre. It was walking distance from LJH, but safer to travel in the coach because of the varying degrees of agility and spacial awareness of the members of the tour group.

    Watched a good audio-visual presentation on arrival then had the opportunity to look at the well-presented and informative exhibits. The facilities were clean and well maintained.

    Went to Bullocks Flat to view the Ski Tube rack rail train station. The trains were not in operation, so not very interesting.

    Enjoyed the views at Dead Horse Gap then off to Thredbo with the option of taking a chairlift ride up to Eagles Nest. Not much to see in the village except for lots of stairs!

    Lunch was served in the park by the river opposite the Visitor Information Centre.

    Scenic tour after lunch to Perisher Valley, Charlotte's Pass and Smiggin’s Hole.

    For dinner we had pumpkin soup, frittata and salad, with butterscotch pudding to finish.

    Day 6

    Our trip home was spoiled at kick-off by a couple who decided that they did not want the seats that they were supposed to occupy under the rotation policy on the coach. Instead they took the seat immediately behind Matt where my wife was scheduled to sit.

    Deb had intended to offer her seat to a very nice older couple that we dined with each night, so she was very disappointed that she was unable to do so because of the bad manners of the the seat snatchers.

    The husband in the partnership eventually offered to vacate my wife’s seat at the morning tea break, but the damage had already been done. It is not easy to put poor behaviour back in the box and pretend that it never occurred. Morning tea was served at a spot overlooking Lake George, where the water level was quite high as a result of the heavy recent rainfall.

    Later, we had another picnic lunch of sandwiches, fruit, juice, cake and coffee at Market Place Park in Berrima. I was not expecting lunch to be provided on our last day, so it was a pleasant surprised after a bad start to the day.

    Finally back to Strathfield, via Yowie Bay (boo), just after 4:00pm.

    Overall a very enjoyable tour that was excellent value at $795 p.p.
    Written 27 April 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Mary T
    Farnborough, England, United Kingdom33 contributions
    The Jindabyne Brewery is a real gem! Situated close to the town centre the brewery has a great atmosphere. There is a great variety of beers and wines. The food is outstanding especially the chips!
    Written 8 April 2022
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  • Down Under
    16 contributions
    We went there in late afternoon and found this place was closed during Christmas - New Year holiday season.
    Then we walked around and found out very tranquil place by the Thredbo river.
    We went picnic with take away food the next day.
    You may swim in the river and have picnic as this place has BBQ area..... or do biking as this place has facilities for TVT bike track access across the bridge which you could bike to Thredbo if you would like too.
    Worth to visit if you are in the Jindabyne area.
    Written 7 January 2022
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  • Tuccamore
    88 contributions
    This place was super busy but staff still able to provide information we wanted about hikes without any fuss. Lots to look at and heaps to buy. Good brochure display on various topics. You should leave armed with the information you need. Cafe was very busy so can’t comment on that.
    Written 3 April 2022
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  • Road58298964770
    Greater Sydney, Australia2 contributions
    This visitors centre is well set up. Terrific 3 d map model of the region in the foyer. Terrific merchandise selection. The staff was very helpful. The centre is situated within an easy stroll of the main Jindabyne shopping precinct. Definitely recommend a visit. Oh, yes, the cinema is also located in the same building.
    Written 25 July 2019
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  • RDeane
    Australia105 contributions
    For a country town, Nuggets's Crossing is a fantastic little shopping centre. The Woolworths is excellent, as is the BWS, I loved the range of clothing stores and the newsagency is very well stocked.
    Written 18 January 2020
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  • Tony W
    Sydney, Australia4,210 contributions
    The actual brewery is housed in the Banjo Paterson Inn and as their pale ale is a favorite brew it was a perfect opportunity to taste it fresh and first hand. The nice thing was it was cold and seemed to taste better at the brewery.
    Written 11 January 2020
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  • John O
    4 contributions
    Celebrating thecontribution made by the Irish workers involved in the Snowy Hydro scheme. Along the lake not far from the bowling club.
    Written 23 February 2021
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  • pandd1946
    Batemans Bay, Australia7,356 contributions
    While staying at Rydges Jindabyne, we took a stroll in the park along the lakefront area. In the middle of this park area is an interesting monument of Sir Paul Edmund Strzelecki, an explorer and scientist. This park is opposite the Jindabyne shopping area which includes Woolworths Supermarket. It is quite a good vantage point to take in the lake views.
    Written 22 February 2021
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  • Dawn3847
    Traralgon, Australia556 contributions
    Good walking paths through the park with interesting historical markers to give some history of the area. Seating available and lovely views of the lake.
    Written 27 November 2020
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  • JordanHansen
    Newcastle, Australia7 contributions
    We hired from BP Ski Hire this ski season (2020). The staff were incredibly helpful and accommodating when fitting our family. Their professionalism and expertise was outstanding in providing us tips for how to get the best out of our time on the mountain.
    We purchased a ski snow pack for three people and the quality of their products was fantastic. We were lucky enough to have 70cm of snow whilst we were here and the pants and jacket hired were outstanding and we were dry and warm for the entire time. I was most impressed at the overall level of quality and the price point...a top notch service and product at incredible prices! We will only hire from here now!
    Written 14 July 2020
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  • PB21
    4 contributions
    We were lucky to have a week at the snow a few weeks ago and used Snowy Mountain Shuttles from Jindabyne to Perisher and back. Really appreciated a really well organised service and good communications. Special thanks to Louise for great driving skills and local knowledge!
    Written 17 August 2021
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  • Tanya F
    Batemans Bay, Australia113 contributions
    Overall, this full day horseriding adventure is unforgettable. The guide was fantastic & very knowledgeable about horses & the Snowys. The scenery is absolutely stunning & brumbies add to the spectacular scenes you will encounter.
    We were mostly novices & the full day, in my opinion, is a tad long for completely untrained riders. One couple joined us for the arvo only - I personally would have preferred that although the feeling of accomplishment was great after a whole day on horseback. My horse Dingo was supposedly appropriate for a novice. Dingo was sure-footed & clearly experienced. However, our group was warned of his tendency to bite his rider if unhappy with other horses coming too close. Dingo also seemed to get more annoyed by the end of the day. In the arvo he yanked his reins, took off on me at one point, did a shake-down that my friends thought would surely throw me off, & repeatedly bit me when he was sick of other horses or waiting for slower & more nervous riders particularly at creek crossings. Dingo had been reasonable before lunch, but increasingly pissed off over the arvo. Understandable with a numpty rider, but his well known cranky traits, told to us at the start of the day, make me question why he is given to new riders. By the arvo riders are also pretty tired from the concentration & physicality of a brand new activity & although reasonably fit, I was busted by those last couple of hours (5-5.5hr total). With a tired & increasingly petulant Dingo, & a quite buggered rider, that last hour was not enjoyable at all & something to endure...
    I am also only 5 ft/156cm & short leg length & right knee with missing cartilage & no ACL - adds to physical challenges of riding long hours.
    Overall a very good & memorable day, but be warned & you'll be better prepared... although maybe it was better I wasn't warned... lol.
    Lunch was fresh sandwiches, fruit, drinks, water - I thought perfectly good for the ride. They went to much trouble making GF sandwiches for one of our group. Excellent service from staff.
    Written 6 June 2021
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  • Gizo-1
    Bomaderry, Australia34 contributions
    My bike lost a part on the way down, went into sacred ride to get replacement part, excellent service, top staff great prices.
    Written 11 December 2021
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