Why live in Lake Eucumbene?
Lake Eucumbene is located in the beautiful Snowy Mountains and is around 40 kilometres from Cooma. It sits at an elevation of 1200 metres above sea level making it a pristine alpine lake. The closest town to Lake Eucumbene is Adaminaby. The dam construction was finished in 1958 creating the largest of the Snowy Scheme lakes. It holds around nine times the volume of water that Sydney Harbour does. This lake is one of the best fisheries in the Australian Highlands holding rainbow trout, brown trout and atlantic salmon, the lake is regularly re-stocked with trout by NSW Fisheries which makes it a destination for trout fishermen.
Adaminaby and Lake Eucumbene have a rich history, from the first inhabitants, the Aborigines who moved through the mountains in the summer months, to the first European settlers with their livestock
seeking sweet high country pastures, the Gold Rush at Kiandra which brought fossickers seeking a fortune and the timber getters who helped build the townships. Adaminaby and Lake Eucumbene are also synonymous with the Snowy Mountains Scheme, with the very first stone being turned in 1949 and the creation of Australia’s largest hydro electric and irrigation scheme. Claimed as the birthplace of Australia’s multi-culturalism, the Snowy Hydro Scheme employed 100,000 people from many nations and saw the town of Adaminaby “moved” 9 kms to its present site, with the ensuing dislocation of families and friends. In the present day, Adaminaby and Lake Eucumbene are localities that offer both residents and visitors alike a range of lifestyle and recreational pursuits.
Real Estate and Design
The homes near Lake Eucumbene offer the best of lifestyle living. A majority of the homes are timber or brick, some being a combination. The designs are unique, with both country and contemporary styles and a-frame shapes. There is Western red cedar and cedar clad cottages, all complementing the surrounding bushland with scenic outlooks. The timber homes are a neutral colour and blend with the area’s pristine environment. Some features inside the properties include exposed beams, timber and floating timber floors, spacious living areas with views, established vegetable gardens and orchards double glazed windows and slow combustions heating and cooking.
The nearest shopping is in Adaminaby which has all the essential services, including a supermarket, grocery and hardware shop, a post office and service stations. Other shops in the area include an op shop, bait and tackle shops, a real estate and ski, snowboard and clothing hire and sales.
Sports and Fitness
This area is a freshwater fisherman’s paradise. The lake offers lake and river, fly, lure, trolling and bait fishing. There are a few places to fish, including the Eucumbene and Tantangarra Lakes, Three Mile Dam, the Murumbidgee and Eucumbene Rivers and in the numerous creeks and streams. Fishing is a wonderful activity for all age groups. There are bushwalks in the Kosciusko National Park, and easier walks along the shores of Lake Eucumbene where you can visit the site of the old town and see old roads and foundations. Tour the Yarrangobilly caves and swim in the thermal pools that are always 27o. In winter, there are many cross-country ski trails to be discovered and explored, or visit the winter playground at Selwyn Snowfields.
Distance from Cities and Towns
Lake Eucumbene is approximately 30 minutes from Cooma, 2 hours from Canberra, 5 hours from Sydney and 7.5 hours from Melbourne. There is no public transport, however, the Cooma area is serviced by CountryLink buses that make daily journeys to both Canberra and the Bega Valley, and there is the Cooma - Snowy Mountains Airport which is 15 kilometres from Cooma.
The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme is by far the largest engineering project ever undertaken in Australia. It is also one of the largest and most complex hydro-electric schemes in the world. The system's construction is seen by many as a defining point in Australia's history, and an important symbol of Australia's identity as an independent, multicultural and resourceful country. The Snowy Scheme is also considered economically important for Australia. It supplies vital water to the farming industries of inland New South Wales and Victoria. The system's power stations also produce up to ten per cent of all electricity needs for New South Wales. The Scheme is one of the most complex integrated water and hydro-electric power schemes in the world. It interlocks 7 power stations and 16 major dams through 145 kilometres of trans-mountain tunnels and 80 kilometres of aqueducts. The history of the Snowy Scheme reveals its important role in building post World War II Australia. The Scheme is in an area of 5,124 square kilometres, almost entirely within the Kosciuszko National Park and took 25 years to build, from 1949 to 1974.
Restaurants and CafesThere are restaurants and cafes in Adaminaby. The Snowy Mountains Hotel cooks home style meals in Winter, the Bowling club offers club style meals and the Snow Goose Hotel has pub style meals available. The bakery has a range of baked goods, sweets and coffee and the Snowy cafe sells coffee and snacks, eat in or take-away.
Schools, Education and Institutions
The nearest schools are in Adaminaby and Cooma. Adaminaby has a Public School, for primary aged children. The closest high schools are in Cooma. Monaro High School is Cooma's only public high school, it serves the town and seven of the neighbouring rural towns and villages such as Berridale, Jindabyne, Nimmitabel, Bredbo and Dalgety. There are also two public primary schools including Cooma Public School and Cooma North Public School, both providing education for students in kindergarten to year 6. There is a Roman Catholic school called St Patrick's Parish School providing education from kindergarten to year 10. Cooma also has a private Christian school known as Snowy Mountains Christian School. TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute Cooma Campus provides further education.
- Suburb:Lake Eucumbene
- Municipality:Cooma Monaro Shire Council