Jindabyne to Khancoban to Kiandra circuit

Today was a heavy driving day – almost entirely through Kosciuszko national park. The section from Jindabyne to Khancoban to Cabramurra was so winding and curvy that I felt nauseous and had to drive myself rather than look out the window and search for places to stop for photos!

The trip from Jindabyne to the Murray 1 power station took about 2.5 hours for 108km. Admittedly, there were a few photo stops along the way… Such as Dead Horse Gap:

Dead Horse Gap, Kosciuszko National Park
Dead Horse Gap, Kosciuszko National Park
Dead Horse Gap, Kosciuszko National Park
Dead Horse Gap, Kosciuszko National Park
Dead Horse Gap, Kosciuszko National Park
Dead Horse Gap, Kosciuszko National Park

Pilots Lookout – the smell here is just divine!

Around Pilot's Lookout, Kosciuszko National Park
Around Pilot’s Lookout, Kosciuszko National Park
Around Pilot's Lookout, Kosciuszko National Park
Around Pilot’s Lookout, Kosciuszko National Park
Around Pilot's Lookout, Kosciuszko National Park
Around Pilot’s Lookout, Kosciuszko National Park
Around Pilot's Lookout, Kosciuszko National Park
Around Pilot’s Lookout, Kosciuszko National Park

And Scammell’s Lookout, where we were joined by a bunch of Harley Davidson riders. There were a lot of bikers around today they do love the winding roads!

Views at Scammell's Lookout, Kosciuszko National Park
Views at Scammell’s Lookout, Kosciuszko National Park

We finally arrived at Murray 1 and hoped to do the tour, but the next one wasn’t until 2pm – two hours away. So we just had a coffee and took a few photos and moved on:

Murray 1 Power Station near Khancoban
Murray 1 Power Station near Khancoban
Murray 1 Power Station near Khancoban
Murray 1 Power Station near Khancoban
Murray 1 Power Station near Khancoban
Murray 1 Power Station near Khancoban
Murray 1 Power Station near Khancoban
Murray 1 Power Station near Khancoban

We stopped briefly in Khancoban – such a tiny town and yet there’s an empty shop. I tried to find something with ginger in it for the nausea, but nothing – so I bought some sherbet lollies instead 🙂

Our next destination was Cabramurra. I stopped for a photo because the road there was quite picturesque:

Cabramurra Turnoff
Cabramurra Turnoff

But a little bit further down the road… The power lines inside the national park – so unattractive:

Powerlines inside Kosciuszko National Park
Powerlines inside Kosciuszko National Park

Tooma dam is looking quite empty. It’s part of the Snowy scheme:

Tooma Dam, Kosciuszko National Park
Tooma Dam, Kosciuszko National Park
Tooma Dam Spillway, Kosciuszko National Park
Tooma Dam Spillway, Kosciuszko National Park
Tooma Dam Spillway, Kosciuszko National Park
Tooma Dam Spillway, Kosciuszko National Park
Tooma Dam, Kosciuszko National Park
Tooma Dam, Kosciuszko National Park

There was another stretch of dead trees that fascinated me:

Between Tooma Dam and Cabramurra, Kosciuszko National Park
Between Tooma Dam and Cabramurra, Kosciuszko National Park
Between Tooma Dam and Cabramurra, Kosciuszko National Park
Between Tooma Dam and Cabramurra, Kosciuszko National Park
Between Tooma Dam and Cabramurra, Kosciuszko National Park
Between Tooma Dam and Cabramurra, Kosciuszko National Park

There were several huts that we passed today, including this one: Bradley’s and O’Briens hut

Bradley's and O'Brien's Hut, Kosciuszko National Park
Bradley’s and O’Brien’s Hut, Kosciuszko National Park
Bradley's and O'Brien's Hut, Kosciuszko National Park
Bradley’s and O’Brien’s Hut, Kosciuszko National Park
Bradley's and O'Brien's Hut, Kosciuszko National Park
Bradley’s and O’Brien’s Hut, Kosciuszko National Park

Just before we reached Cabramurra, we drove by another dam: Tumut pond reservoir:

Tumut Pond Reservoir, Kosciuszko National Park
Tumut Pond Reservoir, Kosciuszko National Park
Near Tumut Pond Reservoir, Kosciuszko National Park
Near Tumut Pond Reservoir, Kosciuszko National Park
Near Tumut Pond Reservoir, Kosciuszko National Park
Near Tumut Pond Reservoir, Kosciuszko National Park

We stopped for lunch at Cabramurra – fortunately, we’d packed something to have at the rest area there. But first we had to check out the views:

Cabramurra Lookout, Kosciuszko National Park
Cabramurra Lookout, Kosciuszko National Park
Cabramurra Lookout, Kosciuszko National Park
Cabramurra Lookout, Kosciuszko National Park
Cabramurra Lookout, Kosciuszko National Park
Cabramurra Lookout, Kosciuszko National Park
Cabramurra Lookout, Kosciuszko National Park
Cabramurra Lookout, Kosciuszko National Park
Cabramurra Lookout, Kosciuszko National Park
Cabramurra Lookout, Kosciuszko National Park
Cabramurra Lookout, Kosciuszko National Park
Cabramurra Lookout, Kosciuszko National Park
Cabramurra Lookout, Kosciuszko National Park
Cabramurra Lookout, Kosciuszko National Park

The buildings in the pictures are the ‘snowy hydro dormitories’, apparently. Not very attractive. The town is the highest in Australia, but only classified as a town because there’s a post office there. It seems to be more of a resort than a town.

Then it was onwards to Kiandra, past the Rest House at Sawyers Hill:

The Rest House Sawyer's Hill, Kosciuszko National Park
The Rest House Sawyer’s Hill, Kosciuszko National Park
The Rest House Sawyer's Hill, Kosciuszko National Park
The Rest House Sawyer’s Hill, Kosciuszko National Park

Kiandra didn’t have anything worth photographing, so we headed onwards towards Eucumbeene river:

Near Eucumbeene River
Near Eucumbeene River

Donald stopped in at Adaminaby, to buy a new fishing licence, which we made use of straight away at Frying Pan – a couple of houses on Lake Eucumbeene. Beautiful location, but we caught nothing at all! Don’t ask me what the chair is all about… It was there!

Frying Pan
Frying Pan
Frying Pan
Frying Pan
Frying Pan
Frying Pan
Frying Pan
Frying Pan
Frying Pan
Frying Pan
Frying Pan
Frying Pan
Frying Pan
Frying Pan
Frying Pan
Frying Pan

We went back to our model – it was 6pm by this time – and got ready to go out for dinner – we both wanted trout! There was a rainbow visible from our hotel room – pretty.

We went to Clancy’s Bistro at the Banjo Patterson Inn. It was packed! We got our trout – it was average but expensive, unfortunately.

When we got back, I noticed a bat by the staircase, which Donald rescued while I made tea. It ended up rescuing itself though, once it had warmed up.

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