"A town in season"
I often wonder just what people do in Jindabyne when it's not ski season or high summer bush walking. It does rely heavily on tourism though it originally flourished during the time of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, a massive engineering project to divert water away from the Snowy River and into to Murray system just after WWII.
Today tourism drives the place and there's heaps of accommodation here and all the rest that goes with it. It wasn't always so as this is a new town and the old one was drowned under the hydro-electric scheme and it wasn't a 100% popular move.
The poet Douglas Stewart was moved to write 'Farewell to Jindabyne' :
Let us lament for Jindabyne, it is going to be drowned,
Let us shed tears, as many as the occasion warrants;
The Snowy, the Thredbo and the Eucumbene engulf it,
Combining their copious torrents.