Murray River and Snowy Mountains view, Towong, Upper Murray

Showcasing 'The Man From Snowy River' Country


upper murray towns
Khancoban ...indigenous for 'swampy plain'

Khancoban is the western gateway to the Snowy Mountains and a great place for a holiday.

Khancoban is the only town in the Upper Murray purpose built to supply housing and facilities for workers employed in the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme during the 1960s.

Huge white pipelines can be seen above both Murray 1 and 2 power stations. These pipes bring water under pressure to turn the turbines which help create electricity. These pipes can be seen from Waterfall Farm Road at Khancoban.Khancoban was built in 1960 to provide accommodation for around seven thousand people who came to work on the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme's infrastructure on the western side of the main range of the Snowy Mountains.

Part of the overall plan of this part of the Snowy Scheme was to build two power stations, Murray 1 and Murray 2, to harness the power of the water ultimately destined to flow into the upper reaches of the Murray River.

Dams at Geehi and Khancoban were constructed to help control the flow of water through these power stations and into the Murray River system.

Mitchell Avenue in Khancoban is the town's main street.TheTumut and Tooma Reservoirs on the Cabramurra Road were also built to service the Snowy Scheme, but they help to control the flow of water through the Tumut power stations and into the Murrumbidgee River system.

Workers representing thirty different countries were employed during the construction phase of the Scheme.

This cultural diversity introduced new ideas, activities and different cuisine to the resident Upper Murray population.

The large number of new people in the area also bolstered the number of participants in local sporting and community group activities.

Since the completion of the power stations and their related infrastructure, the population of Khancoban has significantly declined. It remains the home of a reduced number of Snowy Hydro Ltd. workers as well as many others who enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the quiet village atmosphere.

Khancoban now

Tourism is important business in Khancoban and it has plenty to offer visitors.A great spot for a picnic in October is the Lady Hudson Rose Garden on Mitchell Avenue in Khancoban.

The town itself has all the facilities required for a holiday anytime of the year and, for anything it doesn't have, it is only 26km from Corryong.

Khancoban has several accommodation options, hire facilities for snow chains, canoes, boats and fishing gear as well as a great choice of dining options. It also has one of the best scenic golf courses in the Upper Murray.

The town is the perfect place for those who love to ride bikes. One great place to ride is the spillway road, which is very picturesque, with views of the dam surrounded by the mountains.

Another suggestion is to ride out towards the Boat Ramp Area or Waterfall Farm Road. The views of the township and the Khancoban Dam are beautiful.

In Spring see and smell the beautiful roses in Mitchell Avenue at the Lady Hudson Rose Garden, named after the wife of Sir William Hudson, who guided the development of the Snowy Mountains Scheme for the majority of the construction phase. This park also makes a perfect backdrop for a picnic or barbeque.

Khancoban has some of the best tennis courts in the Upper Murray and if you would like a game obtain the key to the courts from one of a number of local businesses.

One of the best places to be on a hot summer's day is to be out on Khancoban Dam with friends From mid November to mid March, the Khancoban swimming pool is open for business. This is great for those who want to keep fit by swimming laps or just need to cool down.

A short walk or drive to the Boat Ramp picnic area will be rewarded with a beautiful shady parkland, perfect for a picnic, barbeque or a place just to relax.

The sunsets over the Khancoban Dam can be sensational. One of the best vantage points is the Boat Ramp picnic area. There are toilet facilities and an extensive children's playground. The Dam is perfect for fishing (NSW fishing license required), canoeing and other water sports such as waterskiing. Swimming at the Dam is always very refreshing!

Khancoban is located at thesouth western entrance to the Kosciuszko National Parkand is a short drive along the Alpine Way from several interesting attractions including the Murray 1 Power Station Visitor Centre (10 km away), Scammell's Lookout & picnic area (15kms), the Geehi cattleman's huts and camping reserve on the Swampy Plains River (30 km) and the Tom Groggin rest area and camping ground on the Murray River (50km).

The Alpine Way drive is an absolute must and is spectacular any time of the year, however it is especially stunning in Spring, when the weather is good and the snow can still be seen on the main range peaks. Wildflowers are abundant then too.

Khancoban makes a great base for day tripping to the snow in winter. It is 78 kilometres from Thredbo, one of Australia's premier ski fields. The journey takes just over an hour unless you stop along the way for a picture stop or a break.

Between mid June to early October, hire your snow chains in Khancoban as carrying snow chains is a requirement when in the Kosciuszko National Park during this winter period.

Khancoban, population of around 300, has an impressive list of facilities

*an airport
*a primary school
*a kindergarten
*a skate board park
*a rose garden & park
*a petrol station
*lawn bowls facilities

*a Catholic church
*a licensed club
*a hotel & restaurant
*a small shopping

*three cafes
*a Post Office
*a cricket oval

*a 9 hole golf course,
* four tennis courts
*a community hall
*a 25m swimming pool
*a technology centre
*secondhand clothing shop
*boat & canoe hire facilities

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