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Distance & Driving times from major cities
Sydney to Adaminaby
450km - 5 hours
Canberra to Adaminaby
170km - 2.5 hours
Melbourne to Adaminaby
640 km - 7 hours
Closest Town:
Cooma 51km
Closest Airport:
Cooma 40km
Winter activities: Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Snow Boarding, Alpine touring, horse riding
Summer activities: hiking, trout fly fishing, horse riding, mountain biking, bird watching
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About Adaminaby

Adaminaby in the NSW Snowy Mountains has a wide range of accommodation to suit your winter ski and snowboard holiday at Selwyn Snowfields or summer trout fishing on Lake Eucumbene, bush walking and mountain biking vacation accommodation needs.

Adaminaby home to the "Big Trout" is a quiet town located in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains. It is popular destination for trout fly fishermen and an ideal location form accommodation for access to Selwyn Ski Resort.

First settled as the township of Seymour in the 1860's by John Cosgrove, Charles and Henry York Adaminaby was eventually named after one of their large land holdings.

The area around Adaminaby was sparsely populated until the discovery of gold at Kiandra in the end of the 1850's. Being located between Cooma and Kiandra, the town became a convenient stopover point for the constant stream of gold prospectors.

Adaminaby later achieved fame for the official launch of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme on 17 October 1949.

The new Snowy Mountains Scheme meant that as the new Lake Eucumbene filled the town of Adaminaby would be flooded. Adaminaby was moved to its current location in 1956. The drowning of Adaminaby forms a unique chapter of Australia's history along with the drowning of the original Jindabyne and the Snowy Scheme.

Things to see

Historic Buildings in New Adaminaby
The relocation of Adaminaby prior to the flooding of Lake Eucumbene was so complete that even the old churches were moved.

There are only four original buildings left in the town the Methodist Church which is now surrounded by attractive picnic grounds on the edge of the lake, the Old Schoolhouse which is the office and residence for the Caravan Park, St John's Anglican Church, located behind the shopping centre was originally built in 1906 and moved in 1956 and the Uniting Church, previously the Presbyterian Church, was built the first time in 1886. Over 100 buildings, including 75 houses, were removed from Old Adaminaby to the site of the new town but no longer remain.

In recent times people have built attractive fishermen's chalets and holiday houses on the foreshores and the area has been turned into a pleasant holiday retreat.

For film buffs the Old Adaminaby Race Track, on the road to Rosedale on the southern side of town was used in the film Phar Lap.

Lake Eucumbene
Lake Eucumbene is the largest of the man made lakes in the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme and was completed in May 1958. It is capable of containing 4 799 100 ML of water.

Lake Eucumbene is a haven for trout fishing. Regular competitions are held in the area and all the dams are kept well stocked.

Yarrangobilly Caves
Located at the northern end of the Kosciuszko National Park, the deep gorges of the Yarrangobilly River form the setting for the Yarrangobilly Caves. These stunning limestone caves with many features including columns, frozen waterfalls and underground pools are the perfect place to cool down on a hot summers day. Yarrangobilly also has a natural thermal pool which is a constant 27 degrees celsius. There are 6 caves usually open for inspection - North Glory Cave, Glory Hole Cave, Jillabenan, Jersey, Castle and Harrie Wood caves.


Adaminaby offers a range of accommodation including Cabins, Caravan parks, farm stays, motels and lodges.

Adaminaby area is broken into the following localities:

Town Centre
Adaminaby South
Providence Portal
Old Adaminaby
Anglers Reach

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