Ever considered camping in the Snowy Mountains in spring? Discovery Holiday Parks Jindabyne ticked all the boxes for me recently, with its convenient location making the top of my list.
Discovery Parks Jindabyne
Discovery is only two hours from Canberra and an easy thirty minute drive from the ski fields, making it a perfect base camp.
I was nervous about camping in sub zero temperatures, but a warm spell kept the temperature between 5 and 17 degrees for the duration of our snowy weekend, so I needn't have worried.
[ADVERT]Even so, a hot shower was a welcome treat after a day of spring skiing, as was the 'drying room', where we rented secure cages to dry out our wet ski gear for only $5 per cage.
After a comfortable night's sleep in a warm (air) bed, I put on my toasty ski gear and was ready for day two on the mountain. There was plenty of slushy snow to have fun in, and I even got a little too warm thanks to incessant sunshine and blue skies.
Purists might have lamented the lack of fresh snow, but this ski bunny was happy to navigate the slopes minus all the crowds you find in peak season. After all, I managed to get hit in the head on the chairlift on my first run – and no one else needed to see that! That helmet I hired quickly paid for itself.
The potential for injuries aside, a spring trip to the Snowy Mountains is worthwhile. From our campsite at Discovery we enjoyed the view over man-made Lake Jindabyne – at the bottom of which is the 'old Jindabyne'. How must the locals have felt when they were told their town was to be turned into a lake?
Wildflowers are starting to bloom and there's plenty of entertainment off the ski fields. We were challenged to a game of table tennis in the games room by a group of precocious ten year-olds, before I started nodding off in one of the comfy armchairs in the TV room.
Families would do well keeping kids entertained at Discovery, with a tennis court, indoor heated spa, play equipment and an oversize 'jumping cushion' that I would have loved to have done a few belly flops on.
Choose from backpacker-style accommodation, villas, camping or bring your caravan, make use of the comfortable facilities at Discovery, then spend your day carving up the slopes - or the slush. You'll love it.