The Snowy Trout Challenge is Back Again in 2021

The 2021-22 Snowy Trout Challenge will start on Friday 1 October after 500 large, tagged rainbow trout were released into 6 impoundments across the Snowy Monaro Region…

Trout have been release into:

  • Lake Eucumbene
  • Lake Jindabyne
  • Lake Crackenback
  • Black Lake, Bombala
  • Murrumbidgee Pumping Station, Cooma
  • Lake Williams, Nimmitabel

Now in its second year, the Snowy Trout Challenge (STC) is open to all anglers and is a region wide event across the Snowy Monaro that encourages visitation to the area and promotes the local waterways for fishing. The Snowy Trout Challenge runs from 1 October 2021 to 31 May 2022.

The rainbow trout were bred at the NSW Department of Primary Industries Gaden Trout Hatchery in Jindabyne…

“The NSW Government is pleased to support the 2021-22 Snowy Trout Challenge,” said an NSW Department of Primary Industries spokesperson. “This is a great initiative which showcases the Snowies region as our premier trout fishing destination and provides fantastic opportunities for families and kids to enjoy quality fishing for spectacular Rainbow Trout bred by the expert team at the DPI Fisheries Gaden Trout Hatchery at Jindabyne.”

Trout caught during the Snowy Trout Challenge

The idea of the event is that anyone can catch one of the large rainbow trout, plus then can register their catch and go into the draw for monthly prizes. Additional prizes can be won for just registering for the event.

Each fish has been tagged with its own individual number on a White Tag for this year’s event.
To participate in the 2021-22 Snowy Trout Challenge, please register your details via the link at bottom. In return you will enter the draw to win a ‘Cash Prize’ generously sponsored by the Snowy Mountains Chambers Alliance. This prize will be drawn in June 2022 at the conclusion of the 2021-22 STC.

For every 2021* STC tagged Rainbow Trout you catch from 1 October 2021 to 31 May 2022, you are eligible to enter a monthly cash prize draw**.

To enter, you must register the details of your catch. Details on how to register your catch will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

 

*2021/22 STC tags are white. Pink 2020 STC tags are not eligible to enter in the monthly cash prize draw.
** Prize draws will commence once NSW is re-opened for regional travel.

 

The Snowy Trout Challenge is an initiative of local Chambers of Commerce and Snowy Monaro Regional Council and driven by volunteers who are eager to promote fishing in the region.
The participating chambers of commerce are:

  • Bombala and District Chamber of Commerce
  • Cooma Chamber of Commerce
  • Lake Eucumbene Chamber of Commerce
  • Jindabyne Chamber of Commerce

https://linktr.ee/snowytroutchallenge to register

To keep up-to-date on all things Snowy Trout Challenge, please follow the Snowy Trout Challenge Facebook page.

Hey Girl…are you a Mountain Biking Scaredy Cat?

Jindy Girl Riders Scaredy Cats Clinic Jindabyne
Do you want to make the most of the mountains this summer???
But you haven’t been that much into mountain biking before???
Does the Thredbo Valley Track sound like a scary nightmare to you???
Do you want to ride the trails with your kids but feel too nervous to take them?
Jindy Girl Riders will introduce the fundamentals of mountain bike riding, checking your own equipment and learning about body position, effective braking, gear selection. You’ll ride some basic single tracks and have fun in the Centre’s skills park.

The Bungarra Centre is located on the Barry Way in Jindabyne just 2kms past the Sport and Recreation Centre. Please get in touch for further directions if you’re not sure where to go. Be sure to ​arrive 15 minutes before and meet up by the big green shed on the right hand side, past ​reception.

Mountain Bike hire ​is ​available through Gravity Sports or​ Sacred Ride in Jindabyne or from Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa on the Alpine Way.​
Limited spaces are limited and clinics will run if minimum numbers are reached. Please get in touch with us if you would like us to run a private mountain biking clinic with up to 3 people. We also offer clinics up to advanced level so as to help you progress with your riding skills. Get in touch we would love to see you come back for more.
Here’s what to bring with you on the day…​
  • A mountain bike in good running order – contact Gravity Sports, Sacred Ride for bike rentals or bike tuning
  • An Australian approved bike helmet
  • Gloves – preferably full finger
  • Socks that cover ankle bones
  • Water and a snack – if you don’t have a water bottle cage on your bike, a hydration pack or backpack is a good alternative
  • Comfortable clothing suitable for riding and the prevailing weather conditions; bike shorts with a chamois are recommended
  • a rain coat if it is a wet day; please do not wear tank tops or sleeveless jerseys
  • sunglasses are recommended for eye protection
  • Suitable footwear (bike shoes or runners)
​So come along and arm yourself with some great new skills, loads of confidence and a burning passion to take on the mountains. The next Scaredy Cats A Clinic will be held on November 18th 2017 from 9:30-11:00am. There are so many great mountain biking tracks around Jindabyne and the Snowy Mountains to explore. Have a read here to discover the possibilities around you. Take some on and see for yourself what all the hype is about … it really is everything we rave about and more!
For further information on mountain biking please email on jindyriders@gmail.com or call Vanessa 0416 682 344 or  register here.

When You’re Ready To Thaw Out, We’ve Got Just The Place!

Thermal pool, Yarrangobilly CavesKosciuszko National Park Murray Vanderveer / OEH -35.73092, 148.48583

A free outdoor thermal spring that’s open year round? Grab your cozzies and head to Kozzie.

Think of the Snowy Mountains and swimsuits don’t spring to mind. But that’s probably because you’ve never heard of this natural pool in northern Kosciuszko National Park. In winter, it’s like slipping into a toasty bath that never gets cold, thanks to mother nature working her geothermal magic hundreds of metres below. Whether or not you’ve taken a couple of spills on the slopes, the heat will make that tension ooze out of your muscles. We’re not saying it’s like a setting for a winter rom com, but as steam fogs the surface and (if you’re lucky) snow dusts the valley floor, it’s pretty close.

This is one pool where relaxation is the order of the day. The water is dissolved with calcium, sodium and the hero of muscle relaxants, magnesium. A few laps and you’ll be feeling heavy and sedate as those sore muscles are soothed after your high country hikes, creaky joints from the desk job loosen up, and any hint of a headache vanishes.

The big pool is 20m long and 2.5m deep, ie. no shallow end, so if you’re in more of a jacuzzi mood, step into the kiddy pool. It means you can sit and relax, and the rushing water streaming connecting it to the main waterhole will act like a jet-spa massage.

Don’t be grossed-out if you see algae or even springtime tadpoles in the water. Algae and weed provide a breeding site for frogs, and frogs mean the water is clean and healthy. A local platypus has been known to make an appearance, too.

The hilly walk back up to your car may undo the effects of your thermal dip, so a better option is to stroll 1km along the River walk to gently wake up your limbs. From there, it’s a short scramble up to the path that heads back towards the carpark. Or, if you haven’t filled up on natural beauty yet, turn left and head around the corner to Glory Arch and the lofty chambers of South Glory Cave.

Fresh alpine air, mineral-rich waters to soak away everyday aches, and an absence of entry fees (unless you count the low daily parking fee), puts this leagues above the average day spa.

This article first appeared on the National Parks Blog Page and was written by

ELINOR SHEARGOLD

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Hot springs, cold snow, good times

The Snowy Ride: Registration Now Open

Motorcyclists pass by Lake Jindabyne in the Snowy Ride.

Registration for the 2017 Snowy Ride opened on Saturday 1 July. This year’s Snowy Ride is on Saturday 4 November 2017.

The Snowy Ride is a motorcycle event run annually in the Alpine Region of NSW since 2001 and has helped the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation (SWCCF) raise in excess of $6 million for research into a cure for childhood cancer.

It’s an opportunity for riders to enjoy a weekend away with friends and family and to ride some of Australia’s best and most picturesque roads. Snowy Ride checkpoints are located at Adaminaby, Dalgety, Berridale, Jindabyne, Cooma, Bombala, Charlotte Pass and riders are to be at the final checkpoint in Thredbo by 4pm on the Saturday.

All monies raised by SWCCF goes to childhood cancer research programs and support of children with cancer. The aim of the Snowy Ride was to involve the motorcycle riders of Australia into raising money for research into childhood cancer and its side effects and to give the local volunteer organisations of the Snowy mountains area the chance to raise money for their own communities.

There’s some awesome prizes up for grabs: the winner and runner up will each receive a Honda motorcycle, with a combined value of $25,000.

Register now for the Snowy Ride.


Plan the rest of your Spring visit to Jindabyne and check out other events in Jindabyne around the same time.

Local Charity Helps Men “Explore. Cast. Discover. Recover.”

A Group of men involved with The Fly Program

~ by Matt Tripet of The Fly Program

‘He had been sitting there with his legs shaking in the cold water, eyes wide open looking blankly through tears into a blue sky but nothing registered internally. His senses were numb.                                     

That moment on that mountain stream turned from minutes into hours as he continued to be attacked with feelings of insecurity, guilt and brokenness; feelings that were once sporadic after ‘those events’ but had now become a part of his everyday life. 

Many of those close to him tried to reach out but were only hurt as he continued to shut them out of his life. He hated the idea that something was wrong and any reference to the word ‘depression’ just seemed a total cop-out to his character.’

We have grown up with the idea that Australian men are an open book, and are pretty easily understood. However, even our mainstream health services struggle to understand and know how to engage successfully with our male counterparts. The most telling evidence of this is reflected in male suicide rates, with males accounting for nearly 78% of all suicides in Australia. A very real and staggering statistic that has not declined in the last 20 years.

Like many others, I learnt first-hand the impact mental illness can have on an individual and our community. I was that guy in the opening paragraphs, someone who had recently wrestled with the ‘black dog’ and was now digesting the news that a brother was gone because of suicide.

The heart-break and the pain of losing a family member is always difficult to grasp but losing a family member in these circumstances is impossible to comprehend. The weeks and months would pass and we would slowly learn to deal with the raw nature of the pain but the questions would never end.

Although we couldn’t always find the answers there was an enormous motivation to change the outcome for others, hence The Fly Program was founded.

The Fly Program is a registered Health Awareness Charity endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office entitled to receive income tax deductible gifts and deductible contributions seeking to raise the awareness and combat the impacts of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide in the Australian adult male community.

Our programs are aimed at facilitating environments where Australian men can find a release and increase their quality of life, whether directly, or indirectly touched by the threads of mental illness, instituting a new outlet – participation in the natural world through recreational fishing and mountain biking as a reprieve from the day-to-day challenges too many face in our community.

We are very proud to be located in the Jindabyne region and share our magical backyard with Australian men.

The restorative benefits of walking one of our trout streams, or riding one of the many mountain bike trails has the means to provide respite and support for those impacted by mental illness.

Community donations and fundraising initiatives are essential to help us continue the work we have started, facilitating world-class programs that are saving and improving the lives of Australian men.

For more information on our work in the community, or to make a tax deductible donation please visit our website www.flyprogram.org.au

To sponsor a man into a program, or to host a fund raising event from your outlet please email info@flyprogram.org.au

Matt Tripet – CEO and Founder

The Fly Program

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Snowtunes 2017: Twice the Tunes in Third Year

Australia’s only Snow music festival returns to the picturesque shores of Lake Jindabyne for the third consecutive year this September, announcing it will be bigger than ever with two nights of live music across two stages.

With a lineup featuring some of the hottest Australian and international artists, Snowtunes is sure to be Australia’s coolest music festival in 2017. Its evening schedule on Friday 1st and Saturday the 2nd September means you can ski or snowboard all day at Thredbo or Perisher, then party all night!

Canberra band SAFIA will headline Friday night, while Sydney indie rock outfit Gang of Youths will be Saturday’s main act. All up there are currently 23 acts scheduled across the two nights, with one stage delivering live music and the second serving up electronic beats from world class artists.

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FULL LINEUP:

Friday 1st September
SAFIA
Drapht
Elk Road
Jesse Bloch
Mashd N Kutcher
Northeast Party House
One Day Apart, Paces
Thelma Plum
Tigerlily
Trophy Eyes

Saturday 2nd September
Gang of Youths
DZ Deathrays
Enschway
Gldnsmk
DJ Horizon
Nina Las Vegas
Oski
Prime Circle
Ruby Fields
Skegss
The Dead Love
Tkay Maidza

Tickets are now on sale, with options of one-day, two-day, or VIP tickets, plus bundles including Thredbo lift tickets or all-inclusive travel and accommodation. So there’s no excuse not to pack your warm gear and head to the snowy mountains for a weekends with your mates some of your favourite Aussie artists.

Check out this video from Snowtunes 2016

DATE & TIME:

Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September 2017
5:30PM – 12:30AM
VENUE:
Open Air Stage, Jindabyne (Snowy Mountains) NSW.

GETTING THERE:

Snowtunes Music Festival is located at the Open Air Stage, off Barry way in Jindabyne opposite the Snowy Mountains Grammar School off Kosciuszko Rd.

MORE INFO:

Snowtunes is an 18+ licensed event.
Snowtunes.com.au