Lake Eucumbene, Tourism New South Wales

Population 235

Over 100 buildings were moved in the 1950s to Adaminaby's current town site. The remaining town and surrounding valley were flooded to create Lake Eucumbene as part of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme. The lake is regularly restocked with trout and Adaminaby is now a haven for anglers. Due to its proximity to Selwyn Snowfields, Adaminaby is also a popular base in winter for skiers.

Visitor Information

Snowy Region Visitor Centre, Kosciuszko Rd, Jindabyne; (02) 6450 5600 or 1800 004 439

Nearby national parks

  • Namadgi National Park

    Rolling grassy hills unfold towards the horizon, hardy snow gums create woodlands on the subalpine slopes and higher still are alpine...more

  • Burrowa Pine Mountain National Park

    Declared a national park in 1978, this remote but scenic area close to the New South Wales border is named for its two peaks, Pine Mountain...more

  • Eurobodalla National Park

    This sliver of national park runs in three sections along the south coast between Moruya Heads and Tilba Tilba Lake, just south of Cape...more

Nearby towns

  • Berridale

    This charming small town calls itself the 'Crossroads of the Snowy' and is a popular stopover point in winter between Cooma and the...more

  • Cooma

    The regional centre of the Snowy Mountains, Cooma was once dubbed Australia's most cosmopolitan city, thanks to the thousands of...more

  • Jindabyne

    Jindabyne, adjacent to the south-eastern section of Kosciuszko National Park (see Adaminaby and Thredbo) and just below the snowline, was...more

In Town

The Big Trout The world's largest fibreglass rainbow trout. Read more

Snowy Scheme Museum: opened late in 2011, this facility houses equipment and machinery, photographs, memorabilia and stories from the building of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme; 10am–2pm, Sat–Sun; 5199 Snowy Mountains Hwy; (02) 6454 1643. 

Leigh Stewart Gallery: displays historical information including pictures and films; 3 Denison St; (02) 6454 2285.

Historic buildings: several buildings, including 2 churches that were moved from Adaminaby's original site; details from visitor centre.


Lake Eucumbene The largest of the Snowy Mountains artificial lakes. Its abundance of rainbow trout, brown trout and Atlantic salmon make it a popular spot for anglers. The Snowy Mountains Trout Festival draws hundreds of anglers every November. Fishing boats can be hired at Old Adaminaby, and for fly-fishing tours contact the visitor centre; access via Old Adaminaby; 9 km SW.

Selwyn Snowfields With 10 lifts spread over 45 ha, Selwyn Snowfields is a gentle, family-oriented ski resort, ideally suited to beginner skiers, snowboarders and tobogganers; Kings Cross Rd, Mt Selwyn; (02) 6454 9488; 30 km W.

Reynella Rides: join the long tradition of horseriding across the high country with this experienced outfit. There are homestead rides on the 1200 ha sheep and cattle property, or excellent multi-day safaris in Kosciuszko National Park; 669 Kingston Rd; (02) 6454 2386 or 1800 029 909; 5 km E

Kosciuszko National Park: on the road to Tumut is the historic goldmining site of Kiandra. North of the road, via Long Plain Rd, is historic Coolamine Homestead. All of NSWs’ ski fields exist inside Kosciuszko National Park; the focal point is Mt Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest mountain. The summit can be reached easily via the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift (operating all year), which drops you at the beginning of a 13 km return walk. Among a myriad of natural wonders in the park, the Yarrangobilly Caves are a highlight. The string of 70 limestone caves was formed from the shells and skeletons of sea animals around 40 million years ago. Six caves are open to the public, featuring underground pools, 'frozen' waterfalls, a bizarre web of limestone formations and a naturally formed thermal pool offering year-round swimming. For guided and self-guide tours, call (02) 6454 9597; more details from visitor centre.

Old Adaminaby Racetrack: featured in the film Phar Lap (1984); on the road to Rosedale, Cooma side of town.

Power Stations: tours and interactive displays; details from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Yaouk Valley 20 km

It was late autumn 1997 when I  arrived in Canberra to fish with  the late Chris Hole, fly-fisherman,  author and painter. Chris offered  to take me to some of his favourite trout streams that snake... Find out more

Lake Jindabyne 44 km

Lake Jindabyne sits on the eastern edge of Kosciuszko 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... Find out more

Khancoban 64 km

Many trout fishers, particularly those adept with the fly, regard Khancoban as home base for trout fishing. The biggest water in the area is Khancoban Pondage, fed by the Swampy Plain River and Khancoban Creek. The... Find out more

Geehi 68 km

If you like the bush and clear mountain streams where you can fish for trout, then the Snowy Mountains offers excellent opportunities. Rivers up this way are part of our fishing folklore, particularly among fly-fishers.... Find out more

Indi River 85 km

Take the Alpine Way out of Khancoban and head about 50 km towards Thredbo, and you’ll come to Tom Groggin station. Locals say the river flowing alongside the station is the Indi River, but it’s marked on some... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Canoeing in the Snowys 44 km

It is certainly not the best spot in the country for canoeing and kayaking, but peaceful days can be had enjoying these activities on Lake Jindabyne, or more exciting adventures are possible on overnight excursions down... Find out more

Snowy Mountains Touring Company 48 km

Based on an unusual concept, this company offers a personal tour guide who can accompany you, in your vehicle, explaining the history, heritage, flora and fauna of the area as you travel. Either you can drive, or they... Find out more

Cross-country skiing 56 km

A delightful winter pastime, cross-country skiing is a mix of walking, gliding and skiing, and the basics are much easier to pick up than those of downhill skiing or snowboarding. You can undertake the activity at... Find out more

Bushwalking in the Snowy Mountains 70 km

There is almost no end to the hiking that can be done in the Snowy Mountains. There are hundreds of kilometres of hiking tracks, and infinite ways to wander through the hills. The most popular walks are to the top of... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Royal Canberra Golf Club (Westbourne course) 82 km

When the site for the nation’s capital was selected in 1909, it was mainly rolling grassy plains with few trees. Little was known about what species might flourish in Canberra’s environment. The federal... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Snow Goose Hotel Motel

 Adaminaby isn’t known for it’s wide diversity of food, but this pub has plenty on offer. As well as local trout or whole snapper, there are pizzas, steaks, chicken breasts and a large variety of other... Find out more

Campsites around town

Denison camping area (northern section) 16 km

From this camping ground you can reach Eucumbene dam and river, where you can go fishing or motorboating. It’s off the Snowy Mountains Hwy north of Gang Gang Creek. Bring your own drinking water and firewood.... Find out more

Wares Yards camping area (northern section) 19 km

You can get to this horse-camping ground via Tantangara Rd off the Snowy Mountains Hwy, although the track in may be closed during the June–Oct long weekends. Bring drinking water and firewood, and check road... Find out more

Eucumbene camping area (northern section) 22 km

Camp near the Eucumbene River (no closer than 30 m) and try your luck with a fishing rod. There are no facilities or designated camping sites here. It’s 4WD dry-weather access only via Four Mile Trail off the Snowy... Find out more

Rocky Plain camping area (northern section) 24 km

This is a horse-camping area with loading ramp about 300 m off the Snowy Mountains Hwy just south of the Rest House (Sawyers Hill). The road is accessible by camper trailers and 2WD vehicles, but only in good weather and... Find out more

Mount Clear camping area 26 km

Access to this campground is via an unsealed road – it’s a good idea to check conditions before setting out. The campground is 42 km south of the visitor centre via Boboyan Rd. There are wood BBQs here, but... Find out more

Three Mile Dam camping area (northern section) 31 km

Three Mile Dam, 14 km north-east of Cabramurra, was built in 1883 to service gold mining in the Kiandra region. Come in early to mid-summer and you’ll catch a kaleidoscopic display of wildflowers; in winter, the... Find out more

Old Snowy Camp (northern section) 33 km

You can get to this horse-camping area from the Snowy Mountains Hwy – turn on to Tantangara Rd and then Pocket Saddle Rd. Note: Pocket Saddle Rd is apt to close during June–Oct long weekends, so check with... Find out more

Ghost Gully Horse Camp (northern section) 38 km

As its name suggests, this grassy camping ground allows horses, and provides a loading ramp and horse yard. You’ll find it 9 km south-east of Rules Point, via Port Phillip Fire Trail off Long Plain Rd. Note: Long... Find out more

Bush camping areas 39 km

Contact the Namadgi Visitor Centre for advice and information about bush camping in Namadgi National Park.... Find out more

Long Plain Hut camping area (northern section) 40 km

There are horse yards here, to the east of Long Plain Hut, and there’s another designated camping area to the north of the hut as well. It’s a great spot for the active camper, with horseriding,... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Rainbow Pines Tourist Caravan Park 7 km

This is a popular holiday park where trout fishing, sailing and canoeing are all available. It is on the shores of Lake Eucumbene, about 7 km from the Snowy Mountains Highway. A minimum-length stay applies in all... Find out more

Cooma Snowy Mountains Tourist Park 41 km

This park is located on the south side of town alongside the Monaro Highway. It is popular during the winter months with visitors to the Snowy Mountains and the ski fields. There are very good facilities and it is a good... Find out more

Canberra South Motor Park 82 km

This large, older-style park is on the south side just a few kilometres from Canberra. For those navigating with a GPS, the park has no street number but is opposite number 250. A minimum-length stay applies at Easter... Find out more

Queanbeyan Riverside Tourist Park 83 km

This park is set in a lovely location on the banks of the Queanbeyan River, just a short stroll from the heart of town. It is easily accessible from the highway and is often very busy.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

San Michele Resort

Tucked away on 68 hectares of secluded farmland, San Michele offers resort-style accommodation with a variety of options including bunk rooms (sleeping four), deluxe rooms and family rooms. Here you will find all the... Find out more

Snowy Mountains 
Alpine Cabins

Situated 8 kilometres north-west of Adaminaby, Snowy Mountains Alpine Cabins are perched high in the mountains and set on 140 hectares of rugged bushland complete with a creek, a natural stream brimming with trout and a... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Alpine Habitats, near Jindabyne 54 km

Opened in 2007, these 18 cleverly designed two-bedroom buildings are linked underground by massive worm farms that digest all the compostable waste on the site. Set amid gnarled black sallees and other snow gums, the... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Adaminaby park area

At Adaminaby

Adjacent to the highway in the middle of town.

The Rest House park area 24 km

28km W of Adaminaby (L) or 63km SE of Talbingo (R)

Adjacent to the highway at the Rest House.

Kiandra park area 28 km

35km NW of Adaminaby (R) or 56km SE of Talbingo (L)

Adjacent to the highway.

Mount Gladstone Lookout rest area 40 km

T/O 4km W of Cooma (L) or 47km SE of Adaminaby (R)

At the lookout 1.5km south of the highway via a steep access road.

Yarrangobilly Village camping area 47 km

65km NW of Adaminaby (L) or 26km SE of Talbingo (R)

Just off the highway on the banks of the Yarrangobilly River in Kosciuszko National Park.

Jounama Creek camping area 62 km

T/O opposite Talbingo turn-off

On the edge of a creek 300m (unsealed) east of the highway in Kosciuszko National Park.

Talbingo park area 63 km

At Talbingo

Well off the highway overlooking the lake.

Yolde camping area 67 km

7km NW of Talbingo (L) or 34km SE of Tumut (R)

Well off the highway surrounded by scrub in Kosciuszko National Park.

Yachting Point camping area 71 km

12km NW of Talbingo (L) or 30km SE of Tumut (R)

Open grassed area just off the highway on the shores of Lake Blowering in Kosciuszko National Park.

Humes Crossing camping area 73 km

16km NW of Talbingo (L) or 25km SE of Tumut (R)

Just off the highway on the shores of Lake Blowering in Kosciuszko National Park.

Nimmitabel park area 74 km

At Nimmitabel

Overlooking Lake Williams.

The Pines camping area 75 km

19km NW of Talbingo (L) or 22km SE of Tumut (R)

Just off the highway on the shores of Lake Blowering in Kosciuszko National Park.

Log Bridge Creek camping area 78 km

23km NW of Talbingo (R) or 18km S of Tumut (L)

Well off the highway in Kosciuszko National Park.

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