Home to one of Australia’s ‘big things’, Adaminaby also shines with an array of big outdoor activities. It is an adventure hub with more than enough things to do to fill a week. After all, it is located in the NSW Snowy Mountains, with Kosciuszko National Park at its heart.
Another very big thing in the area is the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme, one of the engineering marvels of the world. The town was actually moved 9km before damming work started on the Eucumbene River, creating Lake Eucumbene that we know and love today.
On the water
Lake Eucumbene is the largest lake in the Snowy Scheme, holding nine times the volume of water of Sydney Harbour. That is why it is such a fishing paradise, with anglers having plenty of room to fish for rainbow trout, brown trout and Atlantic salmon. They can also fish in the wild and beautiful rivers of this region.
One trout you cannot catch is the ‘Big Trout’, a 10m trout that pays homage to the wonderful fishing here. The lake is also home to the Snowy Mountains Trout Festival, a competition open to all anglers. In summer, it’s a popular spot for swimming, canoeing and water skiing.
Things to do
Explore the history and heritage of Australia’s greatest engineering project at the Snowy Scheme Museum, where you’ll discover design, construction and operation artefacts. The items on display include bulldozers, large and small, a snowplough, tunnel train and other vehicles used on the project. Stewarts Visitor Information and Gallery is also worth a visit, with photographs, clippings and documents on the scheme and the town.
Kosciuszko National Park is a veritable playground with skiing and snowboarding at Perisher, Thredbo and Charlotte Pass in winter. In the green season take to two wheels on the array of mountain bike tracks in the area or opt for two legs on the many bushwalking trails. For something less taxing, take a tour of Yarrangobilly Caves. After the tour soak in the thermal pool, with spring waters naturally heated at 27 degrees.
Four legs are also an option with the horse riding adventures available at Reynella Rides, who have been operating for 50 years, and Cochran Horse Treks. The rides will take you the high country immortalised in Banjo Paterson’s poem The Man from Snowy River. You can choose to do a multi-day tour and camp out in this magnificent environment. You might even see some wild brumbies.
Getting there & where to stay
Adaminaby is a 4hr 45min drive from Sydney, 6hr 40min from Melbourne and less than two hours from Canberra. Cooma is just 40min away. Qantas is offering direct flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Cooma during the 2021 ski season, while Rex flies between Sydney and Cooma twice a week. Rent a car or arrange a transfer to Adaminaby. There is a good selection of places to stay in Adaminaby, including farmstays, cottages, hotels, B&Bs and the historic Currango Homestead.