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The Rest House, Sawyers Hill
The Rest House, Sawyers Hill

One of New South Wales well known roads, the Snowy Mountains Highway is a great way to begin your exploration of the Snowy Mountain region.

The road climbs through mountain woodlands to the open, treeless plains of Kiandra and Long Plain and then drops into the picturesque valleys of Talbingo and Tumut. The drive also offers some interesting diversions include the historic Currango Homestead, Blue Waterholes and Yarrangobilly Caves.


Food and petrol are available at Adaminaby, Cabramurra and Talbingo. There is no services or facilities at Kiandra.
Take the turnoff onto the Khancoban-Cabramurra Road. Travel pass Three Mile Dam and walk the Goldseeker’s Track. Continue the road to Cabramurra, the highest town in Australia, and then wind your way down to Khancoban. From here you can return to Jindabyne along the scenic Alpine Way.

Park passes can be purchased at any of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Snowy Mountain offices in Khancoban, Jindabyne, Tumut and Yarrangobilly Caves.

Snowy Mountains Highway

81km Adaminaby
(about an hours drive) from Jindabyne. Home of the big trout.
90km / 100km Park Boundary Sign
1,180 m above sea level. 19 km from Adaminaby - this section of the road passes around the northern edge of Lake Eucumbene.
5.4km / 94.6km Turn-off to Tantangara Dam and Historic Currango Homestead
Turn off to Tantangara is 18 km and the Historic Currango Homestead is 40 km.
11.4km / 88.6km Alpine Creek Area
Extensive logging took place here from early 1900’s.
15.9km / 84.1km The Rest House, Sawyers Hill
This was a shelter for travellers on the old Kiandra Road in the early 1900s. The Four Mile Hill Trail, which ends at the Eucumbene River, starts here.
16.9-18km /
Alpine Ash Forest
This area was extensively burnt during the January 2003 bushfires, but is slowly recovering. Alpine ash is killed by fire and regenerates exclusively from seed.
23.7km / 76.3km Kiandra Township
1,390 m above sea level. This was a bustling and prosperous town in 1860. Miners flocked to the area in pursuit of gold. This rush was short-lived and by 1861 it was over. There is a historic self-guided heritage walk around the old township which begins at the RTA snow clearing depot. The buidling here was formerly the Old Kiandra Courthouse and gaol.
24.5km / 75.5km Turn off to Cabramurra
The rock pinnacles on the plain were formed from lava deosited in a shallow sea during the Ordovician. They have been turned on edge by later folding.
34km / 66km Mount Gooandra
1,440 m above sea level. Watershed of the Eucumbene and Murrumbidgee Rivers on the Great Dividing Range.
42.2km / 57.8km Rules Point
1,330 m above sea level. Turn-off to Long Plain Road to visit historic huts. Further along this road there is 4WD access to Blue Waterholes.
45.3km / 54.7km Yarrangobilly Caves
1,260 m above sea level. Now with improved wheelchair access and toilet facilities.
52.9km / 47.1km Yarrangobilly Village
53.7-55km /
Jounama Pine Plantation
58.1km / 41.9km Lobbs Hole Trail
4WD trail, leads to the site of an old settlement where extensive copper mining took place.
68km / 32km Black Perry Picnic Area
1,060 m above sea level. View of the granite Bogong Peaks and of Black Perry which is a metamorphosed blend of limestone and other minerals.
69-76km /
Talbingo Mountain
Steep descent.
76.7km / 23.3km Jounama Pondage
420 m above sea level. Turn-off to Talbingo and the Tumut 3 Power Station (guided tours available). Opposite is the turn-off to the Jounama Creek picnic/camping area.
78.4km / 21.6km Jounama Dam, Tumut River Valley
Settlement began in the late 1820s following Hume and Hovell’s 1824 expedition from Yass to Port Phillip. In 1968 the valley was flooded as part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme.
81.6km / 18.4km Yolde Boat Launching, Picnic/Camping Area
82.3km / 17.7km View of Blowering Reservoir
The reservoir is 18 km long and up to 4 km wide. In 1974 the eastern foreshores were included in the park. The western foreshore is managed by the Forestry Commission. Extensive grass flats and the protection of adjoining wooded areas have led to an abundance of eastern grey kangaroos in the area. Please take care when driving.
86.8km / 13.2km NPWS Works Depot
390 m above sea level. Boat ramp and picnic area.
91.1km / 8.9km Hume’s Crossing Picnic/Camping Area
Hume and Hovell’s group crossed the Tumut River here.
94.2km / 5.8km The Pines Boat Launching and Picnic Area
98.4km / 1.6km Log Bridge Creek Boat Ramp/Picnic Area
Start of Blowering Cliffs walk. The area was burnt by wildfire in 1985.
100km / 0km Park Boundary Sign
15km Tumut
15 km from the boundary of Kosciuszko National Park. The Tumut Region Visitor Centre has information displays.

Source: NSW Parks & Wildlife Service
Check out their free ‘Kosciuszko Today’ from the local Visitor Centre

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