Road Tripping the Snowies, a Foodies Guide

Dec 8, 2022

Mandy Lamont

Mandy Lamont

Starting your day with breakfast at Birchwood, the foodie hub of Jindabyne is a must. Laura, Kane and team have been creating the most incredible looking and tasting food around, with a seasonal menu and ever changing specials board the kitchen is bursting with the freshest, wholesome ingredients, creating unique dishes with bags of flavour.

Head down The Barry Way and The Snowy River Way to Dalgety (population 252). The once proposed location for the Nations Capital is only 30 minutes away. Stretch your legs enjoy a stroll on the banks of the Snowy River. Heading north to Berridale, the Dalgety Brewing Company (opp top right) is just 10 minutes from Dalgety. Enjoy lunch and a local brew on the deck or choose some share plates and a sampler of the many beers available made with the freshest water direct from the Snowy River. Take in the expansive Monaro views of snow capped mountains and endless horizons on the leisurely drive, or If you don’t have time to drive, get flown in for lunch by chopper!

Moving on to Berridale, another 15 minutes away, Shut the Gate Cellar Door & Little Grocer (below) is open daily 10 am – 5 pm Sun – Thurs, 10 am – 6 pm Fri – Sat with tutored tastings until 4.30pm in the new tastings room. Enjoy a wine by the glass and everything you need for a DIY picnic, from cheese, dips and cured meats to smoked trout, locally baked bread and of course wine to take away or enjoy inside on premise or outside either in the garden or on the deck.

Head back to Jindbyne to watch the sun set over the lake from Jindabyne Brewing or sip inside surrounded by the huge fermenting vats and sample the selection of seasonal and regular beers on tap including golden ale, pilsner, red, veiss and Double Diamond black. All brewed in house on site and also available to take away in cans. A locals favourite, the microbrewery has estabilished itself as a mainstay of the town with a great atmosphere, share plates, snacks and mains with expanding premises and menu.

Or if the brewery isn’t your thing, try Jindabyne’s classy wine bar, Pinot’s, where you can finish off the day with a selection of cheeses, meats and other nibbles from a charcuterie grazing board as you make your way through the drinks menu. Established in 2021, Hannah and her dog Pinot have been at the helm. Keep an eye on socials for special evets over the summer including seafood long lunch, wine tastings, flower dome workshops and trivia.

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