Population 279

Khancoban is a pretty town on the edge of the Snowy Mountains, just a few kilometres from the Victorian border. Perhaps best known for being part of the Snowy Mountains scheme, Khancoban is set among parks and gardens, rolling farmland and impressive mountains.

Visitor Information

Khancoban Visitor Centre, Scott Street; (02) 6076 9373 or (02) 6076 9382

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Corryong

    Welcome to authentic 'Man from Snowy River' country. This district offers superb mountain scenery and excellent trout fishing in the Murray...more

  • Thredbo

    Thredbo, a mountain village in Kosciuszko National Park (see Adaminaby), is a unique year-round resort, with some of Australia's best skiing...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

Khancoban pondage: This 3 km long pondage offers plenty of water-based recreational activities, from fishing to boating, as well as plenty of amenities; open year-round.

Khancoban National Parks and Wildlife Information Centre: has displays on both the history and natural beauty of the region; 9am–4pm every day; Cnr Scott and Mitchell sts; (02) 6076 9373. 


Murray 1 Power Station and Visitors Centre Explore the history and mechanics of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme at this excellent information centre; 9am–4pm Mon–Fri; Oct–Apr, 10am–4pm Sat–Sun, May–Sept, closed weekends; Alpine Way; 1800 623 776. 10 km E.

Kosciuszko National Park: home to Mt Kosciuszko, the highest mountain on mainland Australia, this national park is famous for its skiing in winter, but also offers a range of activities, including bikeriding, bushwalks and horseriding in the warmer months. Read More

Alpine Way: takes a picturesque route through the Snowy Mountains en route to Jindabyne and Cooma, past the ski resort of Thredbo.

Fishing spots near town

Khancoban 2 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 19 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

Nariel Creek 33 km

A favourite dry fly among fly-fishers casting to rising trout in the Snowy Mountains and north-east Victoria is the Geehi beetle. This marvellous pattern is named after a non- existent beetle. It’s a fly that trout... Find out more

Indi River 38 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

Lake Jindabyne 48 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

Lake Dartmouth 65 km

Lake Dartmouth holds self-sustaining populations of both brown and rainbow trout. The lake was formed in 1979 when an embankment was built on the Mitta Mitta River. Trout and the threatened Macquarie perch thrived in the... Find out more

Yaouk Valley 75 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

Lower Mitta Mitta 82 km

Wodonga-based fly-fishing guide Scott McPherson accompanied me on one trip on the lower Mitta Mitta. We were wading a stretch of river near Eskdale early in the morning. I recommend not only waders for this activity, but... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cross-country skiing 33 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 35 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

Burrowa–Pine Mountain National Park 40 km

Located near the New South Wales border, 430 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, and one of Victoria’s lesser-known national parks, this has some remarkable features. The granitic Pine Mountain is one of the... Find out more

Canoeing in the Snowys 48 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 50 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

Cafes & restaurants around town

Fairways Restaurant

 With views over the golf course, bowling green and dam, this restaurant provides a range of homestyle food for dinners. On the weekends it also offers pizzas.... Find out more

Shane O’s Cafe

With a cosy log fire in winter, and wifi available all year round, this little cafe is a great spot for a pot of tea, a coffee or to eat one of their trademark pizzas or burgers. Gluten-free meals available.... Find out more

Campsites around town

Bradneys Gap camping area (northern section) 5 km

Bradneys Gap camping area is 10 km north-east of Khancoban via the Cabramurra–Khancoban Rd. Bring drinking water and firewood.... Find out more

Indi Bridge Reserve camping area 9 km

The relaxed camping at Indi Bridge can be accessed via Upper Murray Rd, some 4 km south of Toowong Upper. If you have a hankering for a clear view of the neighbouring Kosciuszko Range, head up past Toowong and follow... Find out more

Towong Reserve camping area 12 km

Come and tickle the trout from this large, level, grassed area on the Murray River. It’s 2 km north-east of Towong village, which is in Victoria, near the bridge that crosses the Murray River. Bring your own... Find out more

Old Geehi Hut camping area (southern section) 16 km

The river here is a refreshing escape from the heat of summer; alternatively, you can drop a line in or go for a paddle. It’s off the Alpine Way; access unsuitable for 2WD vehicles. Bring your own drinking water... Find out more

Keebles Hut camping area (southern section) 17 km

Renowned as one of the best huts in the national park, Keebles Hut was built in 1942 and has been an extremely popular camping area since its amalgmation into the national park in the 1970s. It’s next to the Geehi... Find out more

Clover Flat camping area (northern section) 18 km

You’ll need to bring drinking water and firewood to this camping area, 26 km north of Khancoban via the Cabramurra–Khancoban Rd.... Find out more

Bunroy Junction camping area 18 km

This camping area is in the sleepy Biggara Valley, to the south of Indi Bridge Reserve and on the edge of NSW’s enormous Kosciuszko National Park. Bunroy Junction is popular with anglers, swimmers and canoeists, as... Find out more

Hairpin Bend camping area 20 km

South of Bunroy Junction in the Biggara Valley is Hairpin Bend, where campers enjoy access to the Murray River for refreshing swims, canoe trips and fishing sessions. From the stretch of the Murray Valley Hwy leading... Find out more

Geehi Flats camping area (southern section) 21 km

On the winding Alpine Way, 31 km south of Khancoban, Geehi Flats camping area isn’t recommended for large caravans and camper trailers. Despite this, the old Snowy Mountains Hydro camp spot is popular in summer for... Find out more

Nariel Creek Recreation Reserve camping area 27 km

This is a large and lovely camping area on a bank of Nariel Creek. You’ll be doing well to get a campsite here between Christmas and 2 Jan, which is when the annual, long-running Nariel Creek Folk Festival fills... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Colac Colac Caravan Park 26 km

We like this spacious park that is 7 km west of town, under large shady trees and alongside a popular trout stream. The budget-priced park in ‘Man from Snowy River’ territory has basic amenities and is ideal... Find out more

Rainbow Pines Tourist Caravan Park 56 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 88 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

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Arthur’s Cottage, Cudgewa 33 km

This historic mudbrick, two-bedroom cottage was built around 1897, but now has solar-powered lights and a gas kitchen. It sits quietly on the Cudgewa Creek, with platypus drifting past. You will need to bring your own... Find out more

Alpine Habitats, near Jindabyne 43 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

Kiandra park area 51 km

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

Adjacent to the highway.

The Rest House park area 51 km

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

Adjacent to the highway at the Rest House.

Adaminaby park area 63 km

At Adaminaby

Adjacent to the highway in the middle of town.

Yarrangobilly Village camping area 70 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.

Talbingo park area 72 km

At Talbingo

Well off the highway overlooking the lake.

Jounama Creek camping area 75 km

T/O opposite Talbingo turn-off

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

Yolde camping area 77 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 79 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 84 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.

Mount Gladstone Lookout rest area 85 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.

The Pines camping area 87 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.

Holbrook park area 88 km

At Holbrook

Just off the highway near the information centre and submarine display.

Log Bridge Creek camping area 90 km

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

Well off the highway in Kosciuszko National Park.

What's on around town

Khancoban TroutFest: Nov.

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