A great base for exploring spectacular Kosciuszko National Park, Khancoban is a small lakeside town in the Snowy Mountains of NSW. Enjoy bushwalking, mountain biking, fishing and other adventures. In the skiing and snowboarding season, the Thredbo snowfields are only 85 minutes’ drive away.
In the heart of the high country, the town was established to house workers on the now heritage-listed Snowy Mountains Scheme – Australia’s greatest engineering project that began in 1949 and is one of the civil engineering marvels of the modern world, providing renewable hydro-electric power.
You can visit Murray Power 2 Station, just 5 minutes from Khancoban, and learn more about the hydro-electric power scheme. The Visitors Centre at the power station offers free inspection tours, at 11am and 2pm. The centre is open daily from October to April and closed on weekends in winter.
Khancoban Pondage is a 3km-long lake and part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme. The beautiful waterway has a boat ramp and is perfect for fishing, kayaking and water sports, with waterskiing and wakeboarding popular in warmer months. The backdrop of Australia’s highest peaks is breathtaking.
You can explore the mountain ranges on various walking trails, such as Major Clews Hut and Round Mountain Hut. On the picturesque Khancoban to Kiandra drive wind through Mount Kosciuszko National Park past scenic dams and mountain forests to the highest town in Australia, Cabramurra.
Other wonderful things to do and see in the Tumbarumba region include tasting elegant cool-climate wines at vineyards, savouring delicious festivals, and enjoying horseriding adventures. Places to stay in Khancoban range from lakeside camping and caravanning to cottages, apartments and a motel.
Getting to Khancoban is easy. South of Tumbarumba and on the scenic Alpine Way that connects Thredbo and Jindabyne, Khancoban is six hours’ drive from Sydney, five hours from Melbourne, and less than two hours from Albury, where flights arrive daily from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.