Berridale in the NSW Snowy
Mountains offers a wide range of accommodation
to suit your budget family winter ski and snowboard
holiday or summer trout fishing on Lake Eucumbene,
bush walking and mountain biking vacation accommodation
Berridale is a small town located between Cooma and Jindabyne in
the New South Wales Snowy Mountains region. Commonly
known as the 'Crossroads of the Snowy', Berridale
is ideally located for accessing either the family
ski resort of Selwyn Snowfields or the larger ski
resorts of Thredbo and Perisher.
Berridale was first settled in the
early 1860s by William Oliver. It is named after
his home in Scotland. Oliver selected land and in
1863 built a house which later became an inn. Many
gold rush miners passed through Berridale on their
way to the goldfields at Adaminaby and Kiandra from
the port at Twofold Bay. The Snowy Mountains Authority
established a work camp in the town although there
is little evidence of Snowy Mountains Authority housing
Berridale caters for skiers and snow
boarders in winter and is a popular summer base for
fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, horse riding,
boating and other activities. Berridale is close
to both Lake Jindabyne and Lake Eucumbene making
it the ideal accommodation centre.
Places to Visit
The Poplar Drive
A feature of Berridale, is the historic row of poplars running along its main
street, Jindabyne Road. In autumn, Berridale can boast one of the finest displays
of autumn leaves with stands of yellowing poplars.
Snowy River Winery and African Violet
The town also boasts a winery which is actually located on the Snowy River
and probably the highest vineyard in Australia. A cellar door has been established
in the centre of town on the Jindabyne Road.
Eucumbene Trout Farm
The Eucumbene Trout Farm offers trout fishing opportunities and tours of the
facility. Relax and enjoy a picnic. BBQ facilities are available to cook
your freshly caught trout.
Granite Out Crops
Surrounding the township, are unusual granite boulders unique to the Monaro
area. Formed around 400 million years ago deep below the earths' surface
magma crystallised in a large mass, over time the granite was eroded and
uplifted to become exposed at the surface.
The facilities in Berridale include:
- ATM (located at the Berridale Inn)
- general store
- a cosy country pub
- several restaurants/eateries
- ski and snowboard hire
Berridale has very reasonably priced accommodation ideally suited to families
or traveller on a budget. Accommodation ranges from motels to bed and breakfasts.
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