The tiny settlement of Berridale calls itself ‘Crossroads of the Snowy’ because, when miners were making their way to the goldfields at Adaminaby and Kiandra from the port at Twofold Bay, they passed through Berridale.
Today it is a small service town which, by an accident of history, lies conveniently between Cooma and the snowfields of Thredbo and Perisher Valley. Consequently each winter it becomes a popular stopover point for thousands of people who are heading to the snowfields.
Located 436 kilometres south west of Sydney and 35 kilometres from Cooma it has a population of 800 and is 860 metres above sea level (below the snow line). It is a small township with a winery, a small shopping centre and the Snowy River Shire Council Offices.