Khancoban ...indigenous for 'swampy
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
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
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
Dams at Geehi and
Khancoban were constructed to
help control the flow of water through these power stations and into the Murray
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.
cultural diversity introduced new ideas, activities and different cuisine to the
resident Upper Murray population.
number of new people in the area also bolstered the number of participants in local
sporting and community group activities.
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
Tourism is important business in Khancoban
and it has plenty to offer visitors.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
population of around 300, has an impressive list of
and a wide variety
of accommodation choices. Need more
*a primary school
*a skate board park
*a rose garden & park
*a petrol station
*lawn bowls facilities
*a licensed club
*a hotel & restaurant
*a small shopping
*a Post Office
*a cricket oval
*a 9 hole golf
* four tennis courts
*a community hall
*a 25m swimming pool
*a technology centre
*secondhand clothing shop
*boat & canoe hire