In early 2020, the stars aligned to give us a small window of opportunity in which to run our week long Snowy Mountains Adventure in conjunction with Liam and Alison of Connect Coaches in Gosford. And what a week it was….
Days 1 and 2
Liam and Alison drove the guests down from Gosford to stay in Cooma the first night. The next morning it was off to the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre in Cooma, then Adaminaby to the Snowy Scheme Museum and the Big Trout. We then headed into Kosciuszko National Park, past Kiandra and on to Tumut for the night.
Bernie, a park ranger from Yarrangobilly Caves, gave us a talk about the recent fires and their impact on the caves precinct and surrounding parts of Kosciuszko National Park. We then had a tour of the last millet broom factory in Australia before heading south through Batlow to beautiful Tumbarumba. The talented Tim and his daughter from Boggy Creek Shows wowed us with their amazing horsemanship, trained animals, sheep shearing, billy tea and lots of laughs.
We had a nice early start with a visit to the gorgeous Braymont Gardens, home to one of only a handful of ‘tree churches’ in the world. We then headed south to Khancoban and back into the national park with a stop to view Murray 1 Power Station. After lunch at Australia’s highest distillery, we headed into the alpine village of Jindabyne with ‘silly hats’ being the designated attire for our dinner of local high country cuisine.
Today was the day for some of our more energetic guests to hike the 4km return trip from the top of the Thredbo chairlift, to Kosciuszko Lookout. The weather was kind, so we did get to see Kosi! It was then back down the chairlift and into Jindabyne for a picnic lunch and tour of Gaden Trout hatchery. We drove the spectacular Kosciuszko Road past Perisher Resort to Charlotte Pass and walked along the short Snowgums Boardwalk (aptly named!) for views of Kosi and the headwaters of the Snowy River.
This morning we headed over the Snowy River and into Dalgety for a guided town tour. We also learnt a lot about platypus from Sue who runs the holiday park on the banks of the river. We had a delicious lunch at the Snowy Vineyard between Dalgety and Berridale, before heading back into Jindabyne for some well-earned free time. Three of our most adventurous guests took this window of opportunity to enjoy a scenic helicopter joy flight over the highest mountains in Australia! Our last night together at Jindy Inn consisted of Hawaiian shirts and ‘Grundy’s Undies’!?
This morning we said our sad goodbyes to our fabulous guests before they made their way back to Gosford. It was an amazing week full of wonderful personalities, interesting conversations, intriguing stories, new sights and sounds and experiences, lots of laughs and the making of great memories. It was certainly a tour I will never forget.
We have two Snowy Mountains tours (tentatively) scheduled for the Spring and Summer of 2020/21
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