Adaminaby in New South Wales has fantastic fishing, horse riding, bushwalking and mountain biking, It is great for outdoor adventure in the magnificent NSW Snowy Mountains.
Economic life is built around tourism and agriculture. The town serves as a service point for Selwyn Snowfields and the Northern Skifields. It is also a popular destination for horse riders, bushwalkers, fly-fishermen and water sports enthusiasts as well as a base for viewing aspects of the Snowy Mountains Scheme.
Adaminaby is one of the highest towns in Australia, with regular snowfalls that are occasionally heavy during winter. The historic Bolaro Station and scenic Yaouk Valley are located near the township and Charlie McKeahnie, said to be the inspiration for The Man From Snowy River, a poem by Banjo Paterson, lived and died in the district.
Adaminaby is a unique town because it is effectively two separate places: one is called Old Adaminaby and the other is now known simply as Adaminaby. Back in 1956 when the town was moved to higher ground, it was known as New Adaminaby. The present township is located on the Snowy Mountains Highway.
Located 1021 metres above sea level, Adaminaby’s uniqueness lies in its central importance to the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electricity Scheme. It was a town that was deemed dispensible and was duly drowned when the waters of Lake Eucumbene rose.
Today the modern town is known as an important destination for keen anglers and the old town has remnants of its former life. It is particularly interesting during times of intense drought when the waters of the lake fall and the old town is revealed and relics of the old valley re-emerge from under the water of the lake.
Adaminaby is home to one of Australia’s iconic ‘big things’ – the Big Trout, a symbol of the superb fishing in crystal-clear rivers and Lake Eucumbene. Each spring is the Snowy Mountains Trout Festival, a competition open to all anglers.