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Snowy Scheme Museum

From 1949 to 1975, thousands of workers from all over Australia and Europe came together to create one of the seven engineering wonders of the world. The Snowy Scheme grew by all that is most Australian: pioneering spirit, never-give-up in the face of difficulties and enduring mateship.

100 000 workers contributed.

Former enemies from a world war joined to work together.

Farming communities met with migrants from the war-torn lands & refugee camps of Europe.

The setting is the evocative landscape of the Kosciuszko National Park and the Snowy Mountains region of NSW.

The Snowy Mountains Scheme is a testimony to the Snowy workers’ skills and endeavour, as well as the birthplace of a uniquely multicultural Australia.

Where: 5199 Snowy Mountains Highway, Adaminaby, NSW
Phone: (02) 6454 1643

Adaminaby Town Walk and District Heritage Trail

The Big Trout at Adaminaby NSW

The Adaminaby Town Walk and District Heritage Trail begins at the Big Trout and proceeds through the retail precinct and on a short journey via the historic residential and cultural heartland of the township. Storyboards are located at key sites to interpret and explain the heritage trail.

After visiting seven stations, you return to the Big Trout, and are invited to visit storyboards at the satellite villages of Anglers Reach (central bus stop) and Old Adaminaby (visitor lookout, below Rainbow Pines) and at Old Adaminaby Cemetery.

We recommend that you walk the Adaminaby Town Walk (approx. 40 minutes), and visit the other sites by car (approx 45 minutes for a return visit).

The Town Plan

Adaminaby township is a purpose built village constructed in the early 1960’s to accommodate the residents displaced by the construction of Lake Eucumbene. Adaminaby’s layout follows closely the principles for the design of NSW towns first proposed by John Sulman in 1897 and widely used up until the late 1960’s. Professor Winston of Sydney University was commissioned with the design task and his design features include:

  • the main highway thoroughfare is removed to the south of the village
  • a green belt separates the highway and the town to buffer the impact of traffic and noise
  • a compact rectangular retail precinct with a central ‘green-space’ plaza
  • a main street rising to a higher elevation with premises for commerce, professional services, civic institutions, and churches removed from the retail centre but close to residential areas.