Snowy Explorer Trip

27 to 29 October 2018 l







Love Shack




Disco D4

Bunker tent




Disco D2

Golf van




Disco D4

small van








Robyn and Evie


tent trailer







The meeting point for this trip was the Maccas carpark at Cooma.  Brown’s cows arrived at different times and different things.  I slept in and went via the Lott Food Store Bakery & Café at the Alpine end of the main drag for breakfast.  I met with Stu there and he advised my plan of enjoying a leisurely coffee was flawed as the convoy were not coming past there on the way to Adaminaby.  Ok…takeaway it was but I was last to arrive at Maccas as Oscar and his crew were going to meet us at Adaminaby…..or not.

From Maccas, we headed south around 10am except for me who had to head north the way I was pointed and then south, so I was Tail End Charlie (TEC).  Turned right at the first circle, turned right at the second circle and then hung a left onto Mittagong road towards Shannons Flat.  (I could have taken a short cut by continuing north and then turning left, instead of turning south). Mittagong Road turned into Shannons Flat Road to Shannons Flat where we took the road less travelled – Youak Rd (pronounced Yi-ak) through Youak over the mighty Murrumbidgee to Adam in a by, or Adaminaby as the locals call it.  Arriving there at 11:40am, Stu called on the radio for the elusive Oscar.  No answer so he approached all the strangers he saw and asked if they were Oscar.  Not one positive response but some useful bits of information were given.  It was decided Oscar would have gone straight to the campground as he had been given the directions.

We headed into the Adaminaby bakery and had lunch (or breakfast), a chat and a browse around town afterwards.  

Leaving Adaminaby around 1pm, we headed to Denison campground on the Denison Campground Road which is about twenty Kms up the road (Snowy Mountain Highway), just past Providence Portal and looks over the north western end of Lake Eucumbene.  If there had been any water in Eucumbene, we could have had water views.  This is a large grassed (and free) camp area with a single “long drop” providing a framed view of what might be a lake (if you leave the door open).  Half the camp is on sloping ground but adjacent to the trees while the other is flat and open.  There were already a couple of D4s with Ultimates so we decided to make them feel like part of the club by camping near them.  None of the campers already there were Oscar’s crew and Stu still could not raise them on the radio.

After setting up, we formed up to head off to Tantangra dam and Currango Homestead around half past two.  As we were forming up the convoy, a newish Pajero, towing a familiar looking camper, arrived.  I was able to confirm to Stu that Oscar had arrived and was the last to turn up…trip report!  That doesn’t appear to have had an impact.  Oscar and Robyn unhitched the trailer and joined the group heading to Tantangra.

Leaving camp, we headed back to the highway and turned back towards Adaminaby, driving back a couple of Kms before hanging a left onto Tantangra Road – a dirt road in good condition, as were most roads we travelled on the weekend.  Stopped for a gander at the dam from the wall, noting the low level of water.

After a short stop, we headed north along the eastern side of the dam.  There was a bit of climb up Pocket Saddle Road from the bridge crossing the Murrumbidgee River.   After that it levelled out and we were able to take a leisurely drive past the boat ramp and onto Port Phillip firetrail.  Driving past Currango Homestead, we headed down to the water’s edge to see where the firetrail enters the water and where it comes out on the other side.  Later in summer it is usually driveable.

After a short piccie pose or two, we headed back to the homestead and some of us had a wander around the grounds and looked some of the buildings and sheds.  This homestead is used as holiday and weekend accommodation, with a few different options within the homestead grounds.

Leaving Currango around 5pm, we headed back to camp….about an hour’s drive.  The campfire was lit and dinners were created and digested before the usual campfire socialising.  Fantastic clear night sky with lots of milk in the milky way and an abundance of shooting stars and/or satellites.  There was no moon before I went to bed Rick!


As it was a clear night it was also a cool night, but we woke to a glorious sunny and dry morning.  After breaky, we departed camp around half past (9) and headed via Kiandra, the Link Road and Kings Cross Road before turning into Mt Selwyn ski area for a look/see.  Kings Cross Road was closed beyond Selwyn so we returned to the Link Road and along the way we pulled in at 3 Mile Dam for a look/see.  The dam was created to service the gold mining at Kiandra.  This is a nice spot and still worth considering for a weekend camping and fishing trip (notes from a previous trip report).

We headed off from 3 Mile Dam and back out onto the Link Road.  At the junction with Goat Ridge Road, we headed south towards Cabramurra, a Snowy Hydro Alpine town, for mornos.  Some self-catered up at the lookout  while others had a caffeine intake at the café and information centre.  While there we were provided with a most informative chat about the Snowy Scheme and Snowy 2.0. Snowy 2.0 will directly join Tantangra Dam and Talbingo Dam with a pumping station to be built at Lobs Hole, depending on the outcome of Feasibility Studies.

Our ultimate destination for the day’s drive was Lobs Hole so we left Cabramurra around quarter to (12) back down the Link Road to the Lobs Hole Ravine Road.  Back on the dirt but quickly detained by traffic control person who stated the road had to be managed as they were undertaking feasibility study exercises in the area.  Our vehicle rego details were taken and we were the allowed to proceed with Stu having to advise our position at regular intervals (checkpoints). The drive down to Lobs Hole was quite easy and the trip from Cabramurra took about an hour. It is about 20 Kms from Link Road to Lobs Hole and this appears to be a nice spot for a bush camp on the Yarrangobilly River if you do not need any facilities. There are the remains of the old mud brick pub.

We stopped for lunch down there and watched the water flow onto the greater water reservoir of Talbingo. I guess if you want to have a camp there you better do it soon.

We departed Lobs Hole around 2pm and headed north on Lobs Hole Ravine Road towards Yarrangobilly.  This drive was not too bad with some reasonable climbs and descents and some narrow sections, but we were accompanied by good views over the Yarrangobilly River junction with the Tumut River and Talbingo Dam, through healthy trees.  We went past the traffic control at the northern end near the intersection with Blue Creek Trail before re-joining the Snowy Mountains Highway.  Another 20 Kms on the dirt.

We headed east along the bitumen and Rick lead us to Yarrangobilly Caves House and Thermal Pool.    Some of us went for a dip/wash although by the time we had walked back up to the carpark we needed another shower, which they do have in the carpark.

We departed Yarrangobilly around half past (4) and headed back to camp arriving there and hour later. Fire was lit and plenty of timber was brought out to keep us warm.  Another clear night with great astronomical views which may have led to some astrological musings.


Woke to a dreary, foggy morning which quickly cleared, after I fired up the diesel heater.  

We had a leisurely breaky and pack up before participants headed off on their separate journeys, some travelling in convoy back via Cooma and others via Tumut.

Thanks for a Stu-pendous trip Stu!  You are certainly holding a lot of power in your backyard!