Statue of the explorer Count Paul Edmund Strzelecki.
The township sits at the cross roads of Barry Way, the road that bisects the Kosciuszko National Park from the south, the road to the mountain, Kosciusko Road coming north west from from Cooma and the Alpine Way, going around the mountain and then heading north. It is the gate to the major ski fields of Perisher Valley and Thredbo.
The town is often used as an accommodation point for people attending both of the major ski resorts.
Lake Jindabyne was formed through the damming of the Snowy River as part of the large hydroelectric project, the Snowy Mountain Scheme. The original township formed in the 1820s as a small rural town and was completely flooded when the lake was formed and a new town built in its place.
The lake is now very popular for water sports and boating and is particularly noted for its excellent trout fishing.