Fishing at the magical Lake Eucumbene
Boating is the perfect way to explore the beautiful Lake Eucumbene
Adaminaby's famous 'big trout' in summer
Historic grave sites at the old Kiandra Goldfields
A refreshing dip on a hot Lake Eucumbene afternoon
Water skiing on Lake Eucumbene
Cabramurra is Australia's highest township at 1488 meters
The northern and southern sections of Lake Eucumbene are surrounded by the beautiful Kosciuszko National Park
Old Adaminaby Cemetery - the final resting place of many of the regions pioneers
Yarrangobilly Caves and Thermal Pool - a stunning part of the Lake Eucumbene region
Brayshaw's Hut - on the Bobeyan Raod between Adaminaby and Canberra
Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme
Horse riding is a great way to explore Lake Eucumbene
Cooma - gateway to the snowy mountains
Canberra - the Nations Capital - just 1 and 1/2 hours from Lake Eucumbene
Selwyn Snowfields for affordable, family friendly snow fun
Foundations of an old farm house at Old Adaminaby - about to slip back under the waters of Lake Eucumbene
Steps to St Marys Catholic Church - just one of the many ruins you can see at Lake Eucumbene when the water levels drop
Yarrangobilly Caves and Thermal Pool - a great part of the Lake Eucumbene Region
Old Adaminaby Cemetery
Welcome to Lake Eucumbene
Australia's Premier Year-Round Alpine Water Resort
Old Adaminaby - Anglers Reach - Providence Portal - Buckenderra - Middlingbank - Braemar Bay
The Old Adaminaby cemetery sits on the eastern banks of Lake Eucumbene. The cemetery dates back to the late 1800's.
Things to do and see around the Lake Eucumbene Region
The cemetery contains the graves of many of the regions early pioneers, including David Brayshaw (read more under 'sightseeing' below), and is the final resting place of many well know local farming family names.
Sightseeing
The Worlds Largest Trout
Selwyn Snowfields
Selwyn Snowfields is widely regarded as the premier learn-to-ski, family snow recreation area in NSW. Located in the Kosciuszko National Park (just 35km from Providence Portal on Lake Eucumbene) Selwyn Snowfields is committed to providing the most affordable and friendly snow experience.
"The Big Trout", located in the Adaminaby Shopping Centre and easily visible from the Snowy Mountains Highway, is a must see when visiting the region.
Cabramurra - Australia's Highest Township
The Lake Eucumbene region has so many things to see you could visit a 100 times and still not see it all. One such little treasure is Brayshay's Hut (located on the Bobeyan Road that links Adaminaby and Canberra).
Cabramurra (at 1,488m) is the highest permanently inhabited town in Australia. It's home to workers of Snowy Hydro and their families. There are 48 houses, a general store, petrol station, primary school, wet canteen and indoor swimming pool. There's even a downhill ski slope (with lights for night skiing) and tennis courts.
At 10 metres high and weighing over 2.5 tonnes, it's arguably the most photographed attraction in the mountains.
In winter, Cabramurra can be covered by snow for 3-4 months. No overnight accommodation is available at Cabramurra but a day visit to this truly unique alpine town with leave you breathless.
The hut was built for David Brayshaw in 1903. David lived in the hut for 28 years. Brayshaw's Hut is one of only two timber slab and shingle farm dwellings remaining in the Namadgi National Park. Look for it as you head for Adaminaby.
Kosciuszko National Park
Historic Kiandra Goldfields
The famous 'Man from Snowy River' country is literally at your door step when you visit the Lake Eucumbene region.
Horse Trekking
The Kosciuszko National Park, one of Australia's largest and arguably most beautiful National Parks, surrounds the western and southern banks of the lake. Within the park you'll be able to visit local caves, waterholes, alpine huts and, of course, in winter - snow ski.
The Kiandra Gold Rush peaked in 1860 and, at the time, more than 10,000 people lived in Kiandra (making it bigger than present day Cooma). At the height of 'the rush' in 1960, 172,000 oz of gold was produced, and nuggets weighing 28 pounds were found.
Yarrangobilly Caves / Thermal Pool
You'll feel like the "Man from Snowy River" when you saddle up and head for the mountains around the Lake Eucumbene region.
Located in the northern end of the Kosciuszko National Park, the Yarrangobilly Caves are set inside the deep gorges & rugged bluffs of the Yarrangobilly River Valley.
The harsh climate, primitive living conditions and a declining gold production meant the population dwindled quickly. By the early 1930s all gold mining ceased in the area.

Today, little remains of the original town (the small, historic cemetery a must see) but the area is steeped in history and, if you listen carefully, you may just hear an old timer yell 'gold'.
Formed over thousands of years, the caves have stunning columns, underground pools and grand columns. Ranger guided and self guided tours are available daily. Yarrangobilly also has a natural thermal pool, which is always 27°C - so bring your swimmers!
There are several great horse riding and trekking businesses around the region, catering for beginners right through to the expert rider. Many offer day long rides or, for the more adventurous, 3 or 5 day mountain escapes - complete with damper and a boiling billy!
The Snowy Mountains Scheme
And this is just the beginning...

There's so much to do and see around the Lake Eucumbene region you'll never be bored.

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Cooma
The Snowy Mountains Scheme (constructed between 1949 & 1974) is the largest engineering project ever undertaken in Australia. It consists of 16 major dams (including Lake Eucumbene), 7 powers stations, a pumping station and 225km of tunnels, pipelines and aqueducts.
Located about 60km from Lake Eucumbene (Old Adaminaby), Cooma is the 'Gateway to the Snowy Mountains'.
Canberra
More than 100,000 people from over 30 countries worked on the Snowy Scheme.

Interestingly, only 2% of the entire construction is visible above the ground. Tours of some of the underground power stations are available. More about the Snowy Mountains Scheme.
Canberra is 110km from Adaminaby (via Bobeyan Road) and is a great stop over on your way to, or from the Lake Eucumbene region.
The town boasts a population of 8,000 and sits 823m above sea level. In winter, temperatures in Cooma can drop to as low as -11°C
Canberra has a population of over 340,000 and is home to some of Australia's most significant institutions - Australian War Memorial, National Library, National Museum and Parliament House.
The Lake Eucumbene region can provide you and your family with an unforgettable holiday experience. Whether you're staying for a day, a week or even longer, you'll be constantly amazed at the changing scenery and beauty of the area.

No other region in Australia can offer the holiday maker so much variety. Whether you like to fish, snow or water ski, bush walk, explore historic sites or simply relax and unwind, the Eucumbene region has it all.

Here are just a few things you could do while visiting this magnificent, alpine region.
Fishing
The biggest trout ever caught in the lake is believed to be a monster 10kg (22lbs) brown - come up and see if you can beat that.
When you think Lake Eucumbene, fishing is usually the first thing that springs to mind.
The lake is teeming with rainbow and brown trout and is highly regarded as one of the best trout waterways on the Australian mainland.
Boating
Please note, recent changes to legislation require life jackets to be worn at all times whilst on all mountain lakes, including Lake Eucumbene.
Launching a boat on Lake Eucumbene is easy and hassle free and, with recent upgrades to the launching ramps at both Old Adaminaby and Anglers Reach, you'll have your boat on the water in no time.
Swimming (summer only!)
Summer days in the mountains can get hot and there's nothing better than taking a refreshing dip in the cool, crystal clear waters of Lake Eucumbene or one of the many nearby rivers.
Water Skiing
Yes, you did read right - you can water ski and wind surf at Lake Eucumbene!

Ok, so the water is pretty cool for much of the year, but the wide open spaces and lack of people on the lake make it a great place to try and stay upright.
If you are venturing onto the lake, take care for submerged obstacles (eg trees), especially when the lake is low.
Exploring the ruins at Old Adaminaby
In more recent times, the waters of Lake Eucumbene have receded to levels not seen since the lake was created in 1958. As the water dropped, many of the original building foundations (left behind when the town was moved 7km away) 'resurfaced'.
Visitors to Old Adaminaby can currently see the steps to the original St. Mary's Catholic Church, ruins of the Adaminaby Convent and many more foundations.

NB: As at April 2012, Lake Eucumbene was over 60% full. Most of the ruins of the old town are now below the surface of the lake.
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