Brisbane, QLD

Monday, January 14, 2019


Our daughter Sonya found a holiday house on the lake at Jindabyne for our whole family to stay for a week over New Year. Jindabyne is a mountain village in the Snowy Mountains. Lake Jindabyne is one of 16 dams built for the Snowy Mountain Scheme in the 50's to 70's.
 Photo from the net. three bedrooms downstairs and two bedrooms upstairs and huge living area in the middle.
The view from the deck of the living area.

 It didn't take long for the boys to be swimming in the lake. Even though it snows in winter it was 33°C/91°F while we were there.
 I enjoyed a paddle in a kayak which belonged to the holiday house. Son in law, Bernie, kept a watch out for me .

 The next day we were to walk to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in Australia, but Carol and David checked the weather and there were high winds expected on the mountain. They have walked it before and said it is difficult and unpleasant when it is very windy. So we postponed the walk for another day.

 Instead Carol said we know of a more sheltered shorter walk in Perisher Valley to Rainbow Lake. So off we went.

 It was a pretty walk with little streams and wild flowers.

 and artistic trees 

After nearly 2k we were there. Sonya, Bernie, Banjo and Fox. David and Carol were up ahead.

"There's the lake Grandma!" calls Banjo.


  1. oh no, I know what is coming.. I love that house on the lake, glad you got to kayak before the break. it is a beautiful place...

  2. Leaving us in suspense..... It looks idyilic and a perfect place for christmas instead of in the North where we are!!! Take care, t'other Diane

  3. I'm sure I could hear Banjo saying "There's the lake Grandma!"
    That's the sort of thing my Grandson would say ...
    Lovely pictures again.

    All the best Jan

  4. Sounds like the kind of week we will have with daughters and their families but come August!

  5. What a beautiful setting, and an impressive house. Looks like a great place to spend time with family and out in nature. I'm sorry you broke your ankle and were not able to climb that mountain mentioned in your previous post.

  6. Broken ankle eh! You should be more are not that hockey player of ASOPA days anymore!!
    Cheryl's younger son and family now live in Jindabyne. The daughter-in-law, Sharon, is the deputy at the Primary School and the son, Greg, somehow works from home for some Sydney IT company.
    They seem to love the area.........even in winter!

  7. that holiday house is gorgeous and the surrounding country side looks lovely. yes, i know what's coming too.

  8. Even not yet knowing ‘the rest of the story’ I am pretty sure I’m safe in saying I’d like this walk better than the one up the mountain. Beautiful countryside and how wonderful to have the whole family together for the holiday.

  9. I have only done it once but aren't kayaks fun. I really like Jindabyne when we were there a couple of years ago. The photos make it look very pretty and quite alpine.

  10. The house looks fabulous and the view too. I've done kayaking and it's fun :)
    Great photos Diane.

  11. I think the Snowies are lovely in summer ... give them a total miss in the winter. Isn't there a chair lift to the top of Kosciuszko . If so, that is the way I have done it ... would never walk up a big hill if I could help it. It is quite a long time since I have been there ... the march flies for awful the last time I was there.

  12. Pretty place for a walk, I fear what was happening to you...

  13. A beautiful home for you all to be together in and pretty view, too. I love kayaking!

  14. You certainly hd a beautiful place in which to stay for your holiday. I've always wanted to try kayking, but never have. Perhaps it's time to change that!

  15. That looks a beautiful holiday home. How wonderful to spend a week together there.

  16. what a wonderful spot for you all to holiday together!
    Beautiful family photo too :D)

  17. This must be prebreak. What a great location - so scenic. I also love the looks of the house - plenty of space for everyone. Those boys are sure growing.