Whats Interesting around the Snowy Mounatins
This is a man-made lake created by damming the Snowy River in the mid 1960s as part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme. Lake Jindabyne sits on the eastern edge of Kosciusko National Park and rates as one of southern Australia’s best trout waters. The lake is stocked with rainbow and brown trout, and Atlantic salmon. Some of the fish are in the trophy class. The trout average about 1 kg but fish to 5 kg are caught every year. In summer, Lake Jindabyne also attracts many tourists who come to visit for popular activities like waterskiing, wakeboarding, canoeing, sailing and mountain biking. In addition, the parks around the lake have bbq facilities, cycle paths, picnic tables, public toilets and rubbish bins, making it a wonderful place to stop and take in the view for a while.
Kosciuszko National Park is named after Australia’s highest mountain at 2228m above sea level. The park contains some of the most unique environments in the world. The 690,000 hectare national park was declared a world bioshpere park in 1977 for its alpine, sub-alpine and mountainous areas. Kosciuszko National Park is made up of 6 wilderness areas consisting of a wide range of vegetation, landforms and animal habitats for visitors to explore. Kosciuszko National Park undergoes amazing transformations between seasons. From skiing and touring in a winter wonderland to bushwalking in summer amongst the alpine wildflowers, the region offers unlimited recreational activities for its visitors. The park also houses Perisher, Thredbo, Charlottes Pass and Selwyn ski resorts. A box to tick for many Australians and world mountaineers is climbing the summit of Mount Kosciuszko. Why not try it?
A scenic drive from Jindabyne through Perisher takes you this lovely place. You can start a walk to Mount Kosciusko and/or Blue Lake from here during summer. If you are not feeling that energetic, there is a board walk with magnificent views of the upper Snowy River. You will see many of Australia's highest peaks and superb views. The walk traverses sub-alpine woodland on the Guthrie Range. Signs identify the visible peaks. Mount Kosciusko is visible from the first lookout. Should the need for refreshment arise, the Kosciusko Chalet Hotel opens for January – call 1800 026 369 for information. During winter, Charlotte Pass turns into the highest ski resort in Australia. You can visit for the day or stay at ski in ski out accommodation. Access is by over snow transport only.
The NSW Government’s Gaden Trout Hatchery, on the Thredbo River, 10 km north-west of Jindabyne, is one of Australia’s main centres for breeding and rearing cold water sport fish. Four species, rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout, and Atlantic salmon are produced by NSW Department of Primary Industries and stocked into the dams and river systems of our trout fisheries in the snowy mountains, southern highlands, the central tablelands and New England areas. Currently operations are being funded by the Recreational Fishing Trusts. This has enabled the department’s fish stocking program to continue to provide many benefits and is recognised for its importance to the community in terms of quality recreational fishing, stock for the aquaculture industry, conservation activities, visitor education, employment opportunities and subsequent economic benefits in regional areas that have grown in response to the activity over many years. More about the hatchery
Visiting the hatchery
Visitors can view and sometimes partake in feeding of the big fish that come to the surface in some of the hatchery’s brood stock ponds, watch a 10 minute introduction video that outlines the hatchery’s purpose and operations, and go for a walk around the grounds with one of the experienced hatchery staff.
Gaden Hatchery has over one hectare of parkland on the banks of the Thredbo River. Coin operated barbeques and picnic shelters are available. Fishing is not permitted at the hatchery. Individuals, school and group visitors are all welcome.
We also have traditional wood smoked trout for sale which is grown, smoked and packed by Snowy Mountains Trout in Tumut.
Visitors’ Centre Open 10am - 4pm daily.
Guided tours daily at 10am and 2pm only.
Self Guided Tours available on selected days only - phone for availability.
Closed ANZAC Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Visitors’ Centre opening times and tours are subject to change due to operational requirements.
Child 4-14 years $7.00
Family (2 adults, 2 children) $28.00
Self-Guided (not available everyday) $5.00
Lake Eucumbene in the beautiful Snowy Mountains is located a short drive from Jindabyne. It sits at an elevation of 1200 metres above sea level making it a pristine alpine lake. The closest town to Lake Eucumbene is Adaminaby. The dam construction was finished in 1958, creating the largest of the Snowy Scheme lakes. It holds around nine times the volume of water that Sydney Harbour does. This lake is one of the best fisheries in the Snowy Mountains holding rainbow trout, brown trout and atlantic salmon, the lake is regularly re-stocked with trout by NSW Fisheries which makes it a mecca for trout fishermen
The Yarrangobilly Caves are located in the northern part of the Kosciuszko National Park, just off the Snowy Mountains Highway between Tumut and Cooma. While the caves are some of the most beautiful in Australia, the landscape above ground is truly awe inspiring and well worth taking the time for a wander, you never know what you will come across.
Caves House Heritage Accommodation
Experience the comfortable isolation of the picturesque Yarrangobilly valley in your own self-contained wing of historic Caves House. Caves House was built in 1901 when Yarrangobilly Caves was the most popular resort in southern NSW. Each wing has a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, lounge room, verandah and outdoor barbeque area.
It is a full day trip, but you can do a driving look and return to Alpine Habitats as shown in the map below. This will take you past “The Big Trout” at Adaminaby. You can grab a drink or something to eat in Adaminaby at the Snowgoose Hotel or at one of the Cafes. There are also several options along the way at Thredbo, Khancoban and Berridale.
Yarrangobilly Cave Fees
Self-Guided Cave Tour: $18 adults, $13 concession, $45 families
Guided Cave Tour: $22 adults, $17 concession, $55 families
Two-Cave Pass: $30 adults, $23 concession, $75 families
Three-Cave Pass: $45 adults, $35 concession, $100 families (Note: the family price includes 2 adults and up to 3 school-age children)
Park entry fees apply for vehicles without a Kosciuszko National Park day pass or NPWS All Parks annual pass.
Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre is open 9am-5pm (except Christmas Day). The self-guided South Glory Cave is open 9.30am-4pm. Jersey and Jillabenan cave tours run at regular intervals from the visitor centre.
Located on the Snowy Mountains Highway between Adaminaby and Yarrangobilly Caves, Kiandra was the scene of one of the shortest gold rushes in Australian history - from November 1859 to March 1861. It has been claimed that by March 1860 there were up to 10,000 people on the diggings. Within a few years, the population had stabilised at about 300. In the winter of 1861, Scandinavian miners introduced snow shoeing (skiing) to Australia. Over the following years, ski races were held annually on Township Hill at Kiandra and Australia's first ski club was established. There is a self-guiding track that begins at the RTA depot (former courthouse) and a number of signs along the way provide information about many of the major buildings and life in historic Kiandra.
Snowy Mountains Scheme
The Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme is one of the most complex integrated water and hydro-electric power schemes in the world.
The Scheme collects and stores the water that would normally flow east to the coast and diverts it through trans-mountain tunnels and power stations. The water is then released into the Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers for irrigation.
The Scheme took 25 years to build and was completed in 1974. More than 100,000 people from over 30 countries came to work in the mountains to make true a vision of diverting water to farms to feed a growing nation and to build power stations to generate renewable electricity for homes and industries.
Sixteen major dams, seven major power stations (two underground), a pumping station, 145kms of inter-connected trans-mountain tunnels and 80kms of aqueducts were constructed. Even before the Scheme was completed, it was named as one of the civil engineering wonders of the modern world.
The Scheme is operated and maintained by Snowy Hydro Limited.
Today, Snowy Hydro continues to play a vital role in the growth and the development of Australia’s national economy, by diverting water that underwrites over $3 billion in agricultural produce and by generating clean renewable energy.
Snowy Hydro currently provides around 32% of all renewable energy that is available to the eastern mainland grid of Australia, as well as providing fast response power to light up the morning and evening rush hours of Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide.