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Seven Things You Didn't Realise You Could Do in the Snowy Mountains

Adventure off the beaten track and explore higher ground during the warmer months of the year.
By Jasmine Crittenden
November 08, 2019
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Seven Things You Didn't Realise You Could Do in the Snowy Mountains

Adventure off the beaten track and explore higher ground during the warmer months of the year.
By Jasmine Crittenden
November 08, 2019
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Chances are, you think you know your Snowy Mountains adventures pretty well. In winter, they're all about skiing, snowboarding and apres. Come summer, you're thinking hiking, biking and white water rafting. But what about all the escapades you haven't thought of? Among the Snowies' thousands and thousands of hectares of snow gum forests, open plains, rugged peaks and waterfalls, there are surprises of many kinds. Get started with these ideas — from bobsledding at breakneck speed down a mountain in Thredbo to spotting wild brumbies in remote wilderness.

Here are seven things you probably didn't realise you could do in the Snowy Mountains at this time of year. And, after your adventures, you may as well reward yourself with a cold Kosciuszko Pale Ale, a beer that calls the Snowy Mountains its spiritual home.

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Man bobsledding in Thredbo summer

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HURTLE DOWN A MOUNTAINSIDE ON A BOBSLED

Skiing a black run isn't the only way to get your adrenaline hit in the Snowies. Come summer, you have the option of hurtling down the mountain in quite another fashion. From October each year, Thredbo's Alpine Bobsled opens for play. This twisting, turning feat of engineering travels down a steep slope for 700 metres, delivering thrills (not spills) all the way. Rides, available at Thredbo Sports Valley Terminal, are just ten bucks a pop. But, if you're a bobsled fiend, you'd best invest in a 20-ride pass for $120.

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Woman wearing backpack at Clarke Gorge walking track

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WALK THROUGH A LIMESTONE GORGE TO A WATERFALL

If you like your adventures with a side of spectacular scenery, the Clarke Gorge walking track is for you. This five-kilometre return journey takes you through a narrow gorge, carved out over millions of years by Cave River and flanked by sheer limestone cliffs. Reach the end to be rewarded with even more beauty in the form of the 15-metre-high Cave Creek Falls. You might well have wedge-tailed eagles and grey kangaroos for company along the way. The track begins at Blue Waterholes campground.

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Wild horses in the Snowy Mountains

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SPOT WILD BRUMBIES FROM LONG PLAIN DRIVE

Some of Australia's most beautiful — yet under-visited — summer landscapes are the Snowy Mountains' High Plains. Wherever you are, keep an eye out for herds of wild brumbies, galloping across open grass, like something out of an American Western. The most breathtaking views are along Long Plain Drive, an 18-kilometre route that, for the most part, is free of trees. Be sure to stop by Coolamine Homestead, an 1800s home with a shady verandah, where you can relax and contemplate times past. Several campgrounds are in the area, including Coleman Mountain and Cooinbil Hut.

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Group horse riding in the Snowy Mountains

GO ON AN OVERNIGHT HORSE TREK

If there's a classic Australian way to experience the Snowy Mountains wilderness, it's on horseback. You could, of course, settle for a one-hour trail ride. But an overnight trek is a much more epic adventure. On top of trotting and galloping through grasslands, snow gum forests and rocky terrain, you'll spend an evening in front of a roaring fire, sleeping beneath the stars, in the company of your trusty speed. To book an experience, contact Cochran Horse Treks or Reynella Rides.

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Person in Yarrangobilly Caves

Tourism Snowy Mountains.

GO CAVING, THEN SWIMMING IN A THERMAL POOL

You can live out your Goonies dreams in the Snowy Mountains. And, more specifically, at Yarrangobilly, a limestone cave network that formed hundreds of millions of years ago. Go on a self-guided tour of South Glory Cave, through the dazzling Ice Age Chamber and the 'Judge's Wig', to the Glory Arch: a dramatic rock formation that opens up to the sky. Then, in Jersey Cave, see Cleopatra's Needle, a four-metre-high column, among forests of stalactites and stalagmites, and, in Jillabenan Cave, delicate corals and shawls. Afterwards, warm up with a dip in Yarrangobilly Caves thermal pool, which is an inviting 27 degrees all year round.

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Boat in Lake Eucumbene Snowy Mountains

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CATCH A TROUT

Imagine if you could go fishing with a guarantee of making a catch. Imagine no more at Lake Eucumbene Trout Farm, on Rocky Plain, around 30 minutes' drive north of Jindabyne. Begin by throwing your line into Stony Lake's six hectares of tranquil waters. But, if you have no luck there, make tracks for the "sure-catch tank", where you can't go wrong. Even better, you can get it cleaned straight away at the Trout Farm's onsite kitchen, then cook it on the barbecue provided or take it home with you to show off your skills.

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WATCH A FILM IN A BOUTIQUE CINEMA

In the picturesque mountain village of Tumbarumba, you'll find Nest Cinema Cafe Books. And it does exactly what the name suggests — provides a cosy space with a cinema, cafe and lots of books. Fair warning: once you've settled into a couch with any of the above, you won't want to leave. The cinema is truly boutique with just 25 seats and, while you watch, waiters take care of your eating and drinking needs. Touring musicians often stop by here for gigs as they travel between Sydney and Melbourne.

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Once you've conquered caves and caught wild trout, reward your efforts with a Kosciuszko Pale Ale — a Beer With Altitude — that's honorary home is in Jindabyne, in the Snowy Mountains.

Top image: Tourism Snowy Mountains.

Remember to Drinkwise.

Published on November 08, 2019 by Jasmine Crittenden

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