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Nearby Places to Visit

  • The Snowy Mountains - This area is only a two-hour drive south of Canberra and, apart from skiing and snowboarding in the winter, offers bushwalking, hiking, camping, horse-riding, white-water rafting, climbing and trout fishing during the warmer months (November-March). Mt Kosciusko is Australia's highest mountain at 2,228 metres (7,310 ft). The relatively low altitude means that experienced walkers can easily achieve the summit. The area is both rocky and heavily forested and experiences heavy rain and snow during the winter (May-September), so always check conditions before you set out.

  • Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme – This ambitious scheme sought to alleviate the effect of drought, as well as provide electricity to the nation, by diverting the waters of the Murray, Snowy, Murrumbidgee and Tumut Rivers. Recognised as one of the world's great engineering feats, the Scheme was built with mostly immigrant labour from 1949 to its completion in 1974. The scheme consists of sixteen major dams, seven power stations (including the southern hemisphere's largest, Tumut 3), 145km of underground tunnels and 80km of aqueducts.

  • The Wineries – Winemaking is an increasingly-important tourism drawcard in Australia, and the cool region viticulture around Canberra is no exception. There are over 140 vineyards and more than 30 cellar doors, mostly within half an hour of Canberra. The varieties are many, the vineyards relatively small and the staff friendly and helpful.

  • Adaminaby – The original township of Adaminaby now lies under the waters of Lake Eucumbene. Over 100 of the town's buildings were moved to the new site prior to flooding. Adaminaby is home to the 'Big Trout' in honour of the excellent trout fishing to be had in this area. The annual Horse Cutting in January, the Easter Fair and the Trout Fishing Competition and Adaminaby Races in November are highlights of the local calendar.

  • Kiandra – Kiandra was the site of a mini gold rush in 1859, when over 10,000 people rushed to the area. However, the gold dwindled very quickly and in 1860 only 300 people remained. The ruins of the town were bulldozed in 1972, and all that remains are some plaques and a history trail.

  • Yarrangobilly Caves – First discovered in 1834, these numerous limestone caves, only a few of which are open to the public, are underrated due to their isolation. The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPSW) label this a day-use only area, but there are some facilities at Caves House and a visitor centre.

    • South Glory Cave: a huge cave, or perhaps more like a gigantic enclosed arch facing the Yarrangobilly River, this cave is self-guided through its 470 metres. It has 206 steps.

    • Jersey Cave: famous for its grey and black flowstone, the Jersey is 135 metres long, with 217 steps and has a regular guided tour.

    • North Glory Cave: there are no guided tours of this cave, but you can organise your own by forming a group and making arrangements in advance. It's worth the effort, as you enter through the amazing Glory Arch, and will see huge stalactites. North Glory has 191 steps and is 358 metres long.

    • Jillabenan: Perhaps the easiest, the Jillabenan is only 73 metres and 20 steps, and has regular guided tours. It's also regarded as the most beautiful, with an astonishing intensity of formations, built up (and down) over two million years.

    • The Thermal Pool: A naturally-heated pool (27°C) awaits you after your cave exploration. However, it's 700m down a fairly steep track, so be prepared. Other walks along the river are possible, and picnics near the visitor centre are a pleasant way to refresh.

  • Thredbo – The most 'European' of the alpine resorts, Thredbo is stylish and chic, with great shopping and accommodation throughout the year. Thredbo has the longest ski runs in Australia. Even if you're not a skier, this picturesque village offers a heated pool, gym and tobogganing, as well other activities.

  • Perisher Blue – Perhaps suited to the less serious skier, Perisher Blue has the largest area of interconnected groomed ski runs in the Snowies and is more 'casual' than Thredbo. Perisher's runs are longer, but not as steep, as those of Thredbo. Both resorts have snow-making to ensure good snow coverage every season.

  • Jindabyne – The largest town in the Snowies, 'Jindy' sits beside Lake Jindabyne on the junction of the roads leading to Thredbo and the resorts of the Perisher Valley: Smiggin Holes, Perisher Blue, Charlottes Pass and Selwyn Snowfields. It is a good place to be based for skiing holidays as it gives skiers a choice of resorts each day.

  • The Ski Tube – The Tube is 8.5km of railway winding through the mountains (incorporating over 6km of tunnels) and connecting the Alpine Way at Bullocks Flat to the Perisher Valley. When the road is impassable, this is the only way into the Valley and the resorts there.

  • Gold Creek Village – Just 11km from Canberra off the Barton Highway, Gold Creek hosts the National Dinosaur Museum and the Australian Reptile Centre. At the nearby Ginninderra is the miniature village of Cockington Green.

  • Cootamundra – Cricket enthusiasts will enjoy visiting the birthplace of the “greatest batsman the world has ever known”: Donald Bradman, who averaged almost a century in his Test cricket career www.bradman.org.au. The cottage where the great man was born, at 89 Adams Street, is preserved in his memory, while the house next door, number 87, houses a collection of memorabilia from the era. Bradman is associated with the New South Wales Southern Highlands town of Bowral, but Cootamundra can claim the fame of being his birthplace.

  • Queanbeyan - Queanbeyan (from aboriginal words meaning 'clear waters'), situated on the Molonglo River, is much older than Canberra. The town hosts a very good museum and various galleries, cultural centres and sporting activities. Mt Jerrabomberra offers spectacular views of the town and surrounding country.

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