There’s plenty of things to see and do in the areas surrounding Cool Mountain Lodge. Have a look at some of the fantastic attractions below. For even more great ideas for excursions or day-trips, check out these Suggested Day Tours.
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Pop into the shop and benefit from expert knowledge of where the fish are, and what they are biting on. I offer a full guiding service, and our tackle store has all the tackle and bait you need to be successful on Lakes Eucumbene, Tantangara Reservoir, or the Eucumbene and Murrumbidgee Rivers. We are truly blessed in this area to have two of the best free stone trout rivers in the region, within a 30 minute trip from Adaminaby town.
Australia’s most friendly family ski resort. 11 lifts and runs of all standards. The base is at 1490 metres and the top is 1608 metres. Cool Mountain Lodge is the closest accommodation… only 25 minutes drive.
Only 35 minutes from Cool Mountain Lodge are some of Australia’s best caves. Discovered in 1834, there are now nearly 300 caves in the massive limestone block. 5 are open to the public. Most do the Glory Arch cave but my pick is the exquisite Jillabenan Cave. This cave at 2 million years old has more formations per square metre than just about any other cave. After walking through the caves, enjoy a swim in the natural thermal pool. It is a constant 27°C. This is an ideal area for bushwalks along the Yarrangobilly River or picnics near the visitor centre.
Australia’s highest mountain at 2228 metres. This can be seen from the Thredbo Resort after a chairlift ride and a 2km walk or do it the easy way by driving to Charlotte Pass and taking in the view from your window. For the more energetic, there is a 8 km round trip walk from the top of the Thredbo chairlift or an 18 km roud trip from Charlotte Pass. This is a “must see” for all visitors. Make a day of it by driving through Jindabyne to Thredbo. Take the chairlift to the top and walk 2 kms to the Kosciuszko viewing platform.
In the late 1950’s, with the building of Lake Eucumbene, over 100 buildings were moved from the old town to its current location. It is interesting to see the old buildings that were moved and to muse over whether it was worth it. Adaminaby is the site of the world’s largest trout statue. Also worth a visit is the magnificent Hall Curtain completed recently by the whole community. There are a number of events including the Easter fair, the Trout fishing competition in November and the Horse Cutting in January. The highlight of the year is the Adaminaby races held on the last weekend of November.
Snowy Hydro Scheme
Started in 1949, this massive project consisted of 16 dams, 130 kms of tunnels and 100’s of kms of roads through rugged mountain terrain. Taking 25 years to complete, it was completed on time and on budget. The scheme provides renewable electricity generated by 7 hydro power stations and irrigation water out west through the Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers. Main lakes include Eucumbene, Jindabyne, Blowering, Talbingo and Tantangara. These are all linked by tunnels cut through the mountains to bring water to the west. Tumut 2 and Tumut 3 power stations are open to the public and are well worth a visit.
Jindabyne was re-located in the 1960’s to make way for Lake Jindabyne. Rather than move the buildings as they did for Adaminaby, a whole new town was built. Rather than re-locate the town away from the lake like Adaminaby was, Jindabyne was re-located on the shores of Lake Jindabyne creating a town with beautiful views. With its close proximity to Thredbo and Perisher ski resorts, Jindabyne has grown dramatically since its re-location.
In late 1859, gold was discovered. By April 1860, over 10,000 people were living at Kiandra. Within 12 months, this dropped to 300. The town existed until 1972 when the NPWS bulldozed the remnants of the town. All that remains are a couple of derelict buildings and a history trail with plaques telling what was one there. The setting of Kiandra is beautiful. It is at 1400 metres on a vast treeless plain.
An old homestead on the road to Blue Waterholes. 4 wheel drive access only. Travel along the Long Plain Road to what was once a thriving farm. This collection of buildings is all that is left.
A beautiful place for hiking and taking a picnic lunch. Travel along the Long Plain Road past Coolamine Homestead. See caves and walk through the river into a spectacular gorge. 4 wheel drive access only.
Tumut 3 Power Station
The largest hydro power station in the southern hemisphere. 2 of its 6 turbines can generate enough power for Canberra. Take a tour inside the power station and learn first hand how hydro electricity is produced. After, drive to the top of Talbingo Dam for spectacular views. Tumut 3 Power Station is only open to public if it is a group and organised