group of people from behind jumping into the air on dirt roadGANG GANG TOURS BLOG

The Snowies are open!

The Snowy Mountains are as gorgeous as ever, and ready for visitors! Yes, the fires have affected parts of the Snowy Mountains and Snowy Valleys regions, but Jindabyne and surrounds are open for business! The roads are open and there are lots of quality accommodation providers such the Jindy Inn…
Janine Becker
January 18, 2020
view towards the sentinel from the main range trackGANG GANG TOURS BLOG

Our beautiful national park

At 690,000 hectares, Kosciuszko National Park is the state’s largest and attracts over 3 million visitors each year. It stretches 150km from the Victorian border in the south, to west of the ACT’s Namadji National Park. It is named after Mt Kosciuszko which is Australia’s highest mountain at 2228m. It…
Janine Becker
January 13, 2020
a very old photo of Cooma town, probably pre 1900GANG GANG TOURS BLOG

Old ‘Kuma’ on the ‘Maneroo’

Cooma (‘Kuma’), established in 1849, derives its name from the Aboriginal word coombah, variously meaning “lake,” “sandbank,” “one,” or “big swamp.” The town grew during the nearby Kiandra gold rush in 1860 and was proclaimed a municipality in 1879. In 1981 it became part of Cooma-Monaro Shire. The local Ngarigo…
Janine Becker
January 12, 2020
photo taken from dalgety bridge looking down onto the snowy river and weirGANG GANG TOURS BLOG

The town that nearly was…

Did you know that the tiny Snowy Mountains town of Dalgety, near Jindabyne, was named in 1904 as the site of the nation's future capital? Many other country towns in New South Wales were considered on the basis of location, water supply, fuel, climate, topography e.t.c. I have also read…
Janine Becker
October 10, 2019
a picture of the Avro X aircraft called the southern cloud circa 1930GANG GANG TOURS BLOG

The Southern Cloud

On 21 March 1931, the Southern Cloud aircraft took off from Sydney’s Mascot Airport bound for Melbourne. The plane, with its eight souls on board, did not arrive at its destination. Its disappearance was Australia’s first commercial airline disaster and remained a mystery for 27 years. The plane was one…
Janine Becker
July 1, 2019
herd of sheep in front of old parliament house canberra post 1927GANG GANG TOURS BLOG

Canberra then and now

When Australia became a federation in 1901, there became a need to establish a national capital. Both Sydney and Melbourne would have liked the honour, but in 1908, the site where Canberra now stands was chosen (despite Dalgety being a strong contester!). The traditional owners of the land on which…
Janine Becker
March 18, 2019
woman standing on rocky foreshore of small bay with tea tree forestGANG GANG TOURS BLOG

Bush ‘medicine’

I lived in Kings Cross in Sydney for 7 years – the most densely populated postcode in Australia at the time. On days off, I would often walk through Potts Point, around Woolloomooloo, and into the Botanic Gardens. Without fail, as soon as I found myself ‘in the trees’, I…
Janine Becker
January 8, 2019
close up of face of jersey cowGANG GANG TOURS BLOG

Champion Cows!

You haven’t lived until you’ve tried the amazing dairy products from Tilba Real Dairy. Their milk is second to none, their double cream is divine, and their vintage Bredbo black garlic cheese is to die for! Nic and Erica Dibden started their herd of Jersey cows 18 years ago, with…
Janine Becker
March 3, 2018
female park ranger on track pointing at a goanna climbing a treeGANG GANG TOURS BLOG

Holy Goanna!

We certainly got a surprise when we ‘stumbled’ across this healthy lace monitor specimen while hiking into Bittangabee in the spectacular Ben Boyd National Park on the unspoilt Sapphire Coast of New South Wales! Luckily, we had the fearless park ranger Wendy with us, who rightly advised us to give…
Janine Becker
February 12, 2018
snowy river sign on summit road kosciuszko national parkGANG GANG TOURS BLOG

The Summit Road

January in the Snowy Mountains is great for hiking in the high alpine. Long blue-sky days, crystal clear water, and wildflowers galore. Hiking from Charlotte Pass on the Summit Road, takes you over the headwaters of the famous Snowy River. From here, the river flows 430km south east, then west…
Janine Becker
January 10, 2018