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
The Worlds Largest Trout
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.
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 -
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
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
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
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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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
More than 100,000 people from over 30 countries worked on the
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
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
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.
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.
Please note, recent changes to legislation require life jackets to be
worn at all times whilst on all mountain lakes, including Lake
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.
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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