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Jindabyne  New South Wales

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Donít expect to find much history in the Snowy Mountains town of Jindabyne. The original village, settled in the first half of the 19th century, lies beneath the waters of Lake Jindabyne which was formed in the mid-1960s when the Snowy River was dammed to create a vast water storage for the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme.

Relocated to a hill that overlooks the lake, the new Jindabyne is a staging post for winter snow-skiers and for anglers, watersport enthusiasts and bush-walkers in the warmer months.

The man-made lake is well stocked with trout and is a popular playground for summer water-skiers. Shuttle buses operate in winter to the local snow fields.

The new town hasn't yet developed its own identity, but some of the character of old Jindabyne is retained through the St Columbkillies Catholic Parish Church and the Uniting Church which still looks out over the lake from the hillside.

The Australian Polish community has also added a touch of the dramatic through a massive, lakeside statue of Snowy explorer, Count Paul Strzelecki, who, of course, named Australia's highest mountain after Polish patriot Tadeusz Kosciusko.






 

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