Big Trout and jumping castle at Adaminaby Easter FairAdaminaby

A great place to visit, a better place to live

Adaminaby brochure Community news

Vital Statistics

  • Altitude 1,017 m
  • Average Rainfall  690mm
  • Population of township 226, surrounding area 314 (2011 Census)
  • Located on the Snowy Mountains Hwy, Snowy River Shire NSW
  • Home of the 'Big Trout'
  • En route to Selwyn Snowfields and the northern end of Kosciuszko National Park
  • Close to Lake Eucumbene and trout rivers

Adaminaby and its smaller 'sister' townships of old Adaminaby and Anglers Reach are set among the rolling high plains in the NSW Snowy Mountains region, with Kosciuszko National Park on our doorstep.

The area has a unique history. The very first stone of the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme was turned in the 'old town' of Adaminaby in 1949.

The scheme saw Adaminaby 'move' across the Great Dividing Range to its present site on the Snowy Mountains Hwy.

Nowadays, Adaminaby and Lake Eucumbene offer residents and visitors a special high country lifestyle.

Enjoy horse riding, fishing, bushwalking and snow sports in the spectacular Kosciuszko National Park; the beauty of early morning frosts and azure skies; clean air and clear night skies.

The Big Trout looks like he's about to eat the moon Detail of Adaminaby handcrafted stage curtain Adaminaby Bowling Club


'People are friendly.'

'Where we were before, I didn't even know our neighbours.'

Living in a small town is a world away from suburbia. We stop when we shop, to greet the neighbours and catch up on the news.

Our kids ride their bikes around town to visit their friends, walk to the local school or swimming pool and go yabbying and fishing.

What to expect


Come prepared for cold weather at any time of year... and enjoy it.

Wear plenty of layers and enjoy the crisp air. Or curl up on the sofa before the fire, with hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows, and watch the snow swirling outside your window.

Shops & Services

Adaminaby has petrol/diesel supplies, a small supermarket, post office, cafes, ski hire and takeaway food. There's a great op shop for those forgotten parkas, lost beenies and dressing up for the kids' disco in the school holidays.

We're a tourist-friendly town, but a small one. Some stores operate later hours in holiday periods, especially during the snow season. Many businesses are owner operated, and we do need sleep and R&R. Don't expect 24/7 service; if you are arriving late, plan ahead on essentials like petrol, accommodation and food.

Adaminaby church in the snowClimate

There's always the chance of a winter snowfall in our own backyards. And the ski slopes are only 35 minutes from home.

Summers are mostly pleasant. We do get the odd cold snap, and maybe even a few snowflakes in December - this is the Snowy Mountains!

Precipitation on average is spread fairly evenly across the year. Cold climate gardening is a challenge, with a short growing season and the chance of late frosts.


Artists, writers and photographers find endless inspiration in the Snowy Mountains and surrounding areas. Adaminaby is an ideal base: a quiet and unhurried location close to rivers, bushland, farms, Lake Eucumbene and the mountains.

On the quiet side...

In the snow season, Adaminaby doesn't get huge crowds & traffic jams, or need extra police. The town retains its character and its friendly style.

The pub and bowling club, local clubs, churches, school and playgroup are all focal points for people to get together. So are the big annual events (race day, Easter Fair) and of course, the swimming pool in summer.

Flora & fauna

When was the last time your children met an echidna or a wombat at their school?

It's part of everyday life here, to see kangaroos, wallabies, eagles and in winter, currawongs and flame robins. Blue wrens and many other native birds make this region their home.

daisiesWildflowers abound in Kosciuszko National Park over summer. But you don't have to go that far: the roadsides and Adaminaby Common feature billy buttons, everlasting daisies and native bluebells.

See snowgums (aka black sallees and white sallees), alpine ash forests, bacon and egg bush and many more. Tantangara is home to the elegant weeping snowgum.

Kiandra wildflower display

If you love the mountains, why not live here?

Explore the in's and out's of moving to the Adaminaby - Lake Eucumbene area.

Blow-ins, locals & belonging in a small town

When my family first arrived in Adaminaby, some 'real' locals, born and raised in the Old Town, said to us:
'If you want to live here, then you're a local!'