- Snowy Mountains town with great trout fishing
- Scenic High Country views and vast artificial lake
- 450 km south-west of Sydney, population 465
Why go there
There are two Adaminabys. The original, dating from the colonial period, lies under the waters of Lake Eucumbene, which was created as part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme in 1958. About 100 buildings, including most of the historic landmarks, were moved to the site of the new town on higher ground.
European graziers arrived in the 1830s but there was little development in the area until the 1850s when gold was discovered. In 1885 the town was proclaimed and, against much local sentiment, was named Seymour.
A year later it was changed back to Adaminaby, the name it had been known by since early settlement.
Things to do
- Breathe the crisp, fresh mountain air in winter.
- Marvel at the wild majesty of the Kosciuszko National Park, the largest in the state and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
- Try out an active winter sport.
- Trout Festival, a major sporting tournament on the first weekend in November.
- Adaminaby Cup, a country race meeting held on the last Saturday in November.
- The remnants of old Adaminaby in the drought-lowered Lake Eucumbene.
- The historic buildings, such as the 1880s Uniting Church.
- The lakeside village of Anglers Reach.
- The Big Trout, a tribute to trout fishing in the Snowy Mountains.
- Horse-riding, bushwalking or fishing in summer.