Jindabyne is the closest town to Kosciuszko National Park's major ski resorts, and more than 20,000 visitors pack in over winter. In summer, the town assumes a more peaceful vibe, and fishing in the rivers and lake – and increasingly excellent mountain biking – are the mainstay activities.
Cowra is a surprising town with a unique story. In August 1944 more than 1000 Japanese prisoners attempted to break out of a prisoner-of-war camp here (231 of them died, along with four Australians). Since the war Cowra has aligned itself with Japan and the causes of reconciliation and world peace.
Eden’s a sleepy place where often the only bustle is down at the wharf when the fishing boats come in. Around the surrounding area are stirring beaches, national parks and wilderness areas. Migrating humpback whales and southern right whales pass so close to the coast that experts consider this to be one of Australia's best whale-watching locations.
Deniliquin & Around
A quintessential inland Australian town, Deniliquin, or 'Deni' as it's known, lies along a wide bend of the Edwards River. Here you'll find an attractive river beach and some appealing riverside walks amid the red gums. There's also a famed and ever-growing festival dedicated to that curious Aussie obsession, the ute.
Tenterfield & Around
Tenterfield is the hub of a region boasting a smattering of villages and 10 national parks. In the town itself are dozens of charming heritage buildings, including the train station from 1886 (no longer in service, but home to a museum). The town is the birthplace of entertainer Peter Allen (the 'Boy from Oz').