Driving Lake Eucumbene and Adaminaby Region
There are many day and halfday trips from Adaminaby and Lake Eucumbene, exploring the Monaro region and Namadgi and Kosciuszko National Parks.
The Snowy Mountains Highway through Adaminaby links to scenic routes in all directions if you want to go further afield: the NSW South Coast, Canberra, Melbourne, Gippsland, Tumut, the Riverina...
The Grand Snowy Mountains Tour - 315km loop
This tour circles the Snowy Mountains and is the drive the locals do when they have family or friends visiting. From Adaminaby drive to Kiandra (40km), turning off to Cabramurra (20km), then Khancoban (60km), Thredbo (75km), Jindabyne (40km), Berridale (30km) and then back to Adaminaby (50km). Along the way there are views and points of interest that are the essence of the Snowy Mountains.
Bobeyan Road - Adaminaby to Tharwa - 80km (35km of gravel) one way
Locally known as the "back road" to Canberra. This picturesque road passes the Adaminaby Racecourse, crosses the Murrumbigee River at Bolaro Bridge and runs through farmland. It climbs into Namadgi National Park, passing the historic Brayshaws Hut, before descending steeply into the valleys near Tharwa and re-crossing the Murrumbidgee River on the historic Tharwa Bridge. The views are stunning.
Yaouk Valley Drive - Adaminaby, Yaouk Valley and Shannons Flat - 70km loop
The loop starts and finishes in Adaminaby and provides a great opportunity to see the spectacular upper Murrumbidgee River country, the Yaouk Bill Ranges and Shannons Flat. And before you go ask a local how to pronounce "Yaouk" - because it's nothing like it reads!
The Ravine Drive - 15km one way to Lobs Hole
The drive starts on the Elliot Way between Kiandra and Cabramurra. The gravel road is best suited to 4wd vehicles and is not for the fainthearted, as it follows the ridgeline and then dramatically descends 800 metres. At the bottom at "Lobs Hole" you will find the remnants of an old copper mine and hotel. If the Yarrangobilly River is very low, you can continue for a further 15km and climb the other side of the valley, to arrive at the Snowy Mountains Highway near Yarrangobilly Village.
Snowy Mountains Highway - Cooma to Adaminaby to Tumut - 190km one way
The Snowy Mountains Highway runs through Kosciuszko National Park
and the magnificent alpine environment. The road passes through alpine
ash and snowgum forests and high plains with snowgrass, herbs and
rushing mountain creeks. There is often wildlife to see: brumbies on the
high plains, emus between Talbingo and Tumut, kangaroos, currawongs and
black cockatoos. Walk around the remains of Kiandra, once a thriving
gold town: today it's rich in pioneering history. Cabramurra, just a
short drive off the highway, is Australia's highest town, with some of
Australia's best alpine views.
Canberra to Melbourne via Adaminaby
Tharwa (southern ACT) to Adaminaby along the Bobeyan Road, then via the Snowy Mountains Highway to the Cabramurra/Selwyn turnoff. Turn left and drive nearly to Cabramurra. Then take either the Elliot Way (via Tumbarumba) all year round, or the route "over the top" past the Round Mountain trail head and Tumut Ponds Reservoir (road closed in winter). From Corryong, you can follow the Murray Valley Highway to Wodonga and turn onto the Hume Freeway; or turn off towards Tangambalanga to take in the old goldmining towns of Yackandandah and Beechworth.