With fishing, horseriding, bushwalking and mountain biking, Adaminaby is great for outdoor adventure in the magnificent NSW Snowy Mountains. A convenient place to stay in the skiing and snowboarding season, the charming town is 40 minutes’ drive from the Mount Selwyn snowfields.
Adaminaby is home to one of Australia’s iconic ‘big things’ – the Big Trout, a symbol of the superb fishing in crystal-clear rivers and Lake Eucumbene, a lovely spot for water sports in warmer months. The annual Snowy Mountains Trout Festival is in spring and the competition is open to all anglers.
Teeming with fish, the lake is perfect for fishing all year. Adaminaby’s 20th century heritage is part of the hydro-electric Snowy Mountains Scheme, one of the engineering marvels of the world. The town was relocated 9km before the Eucumbene River was dammed in 1958 and Lake Eucumbene created.
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. At Stewarts Visitor Information and Gallery are photographs, clippings and documents on the scheme and the town.
You’ll find plenty more things to do and see, from bushwalking and horseriding in the spectacular Kosciuszko National Park to a scenic one hour drive to the marvellous Yarrangobilly Caves. A short walk from the caves is a year-round thermal pool of spring waters naturally heated at 27 degrees.
For wonderful tours in the high country immortalised in Banjo Paterson’s poem The Man from Snowy River, join Reynella Rides and Cochran Horse Treks on a horseriding adventure. You’ll see iconic brumby wild horses and Australia’s highest peaks as well as enjoy camping under the stars.
Getting to Adaminaby in the Cooma region is easy. The drive from Cooma is 40 minutes and from Canberra less than two hours. From Sydney it is 4h 45min and from Melbourne 6h 40min. You can also fly from Sydney to the Snowy Mountains Airport, near Cooma, and rent a car for your holiday.