Car Touring

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The world's most photographed snowgum at Charlotte Pass. You can see this without leaving your car.

The existence of several paved roads within the Kosciuszko National Park means that it is possible to visit several areas of the park by car.

Jindabyne - Kiandra - Cabramurra - Khancoban - Thredbo A good day's drive is a loop that starts at Jindabyne and proceeds via Berridale and Adaminaby to Kiandra. Adaminaby has the big trout. At Kiandra there are many relics of the gold mining days, and the remains of the old town and cemetery. After Kiandra you can go to Yarrangobilly caves or turn off onto the Cabramurra Rd past 3 Mile Dam and Selwyn Snowfields to Cabramurra, the highest town in Australia. In winter the road is closed here. After Cabramurra the road drops down to Khancoban via a couple of lakes created by the Snowy Mountains Scheme and some spectacular scenery. Beyond Khancoban stop off at Scammels Lookout for a view of the Western Faces of the Main Range. You can also divert onto a roughish dirt road to Olsens Lookout to get a close up view of the Geehi Gorge, Watsons Crags and the Sentinel. There are good views up the Western Faces from Geehi Flats where the road crosses the Swampy Plains River. There is a mob of kangaroos here that pose most obligingly for photographs. If you have a 4WD vehicle cross the ford (sometimes doable in a 2WD after a close look) and drive a short way to Keebles Hut.
Keebles Hut
A lovely spot for a camp, and great views of the mountains. A little further on, and across another ford, is Old Geehi Hut. The Alpine Way then comes close to the Upper Murray River at Tom Groggin before climbing back up the hill to Dead Horse Gap and Thredbo.

This route is a fullish day, but there is lots to see on the way, and passes through spectacular alpine scenery. Map

Charlotte Pass The drive up to Charlotte Pass beyond Perisher gets you into the high alpine areas, close to or above the tree line, without too much of a walk (and, incidentally, gives access to the world's most photographed snowgum). At Charlotte Pass there is a short boardwalk and viewing platform for views of the Main Range.

Barry Way You can also drive down the Barry Way from Jindabyne which gets you to the Snowy River and the thriving metropolis of Suggan Buggan. This eventually turns into a reasonable quality dirt road. You pass the Snowy Mountains Winery on the way.

Yarrangobilly - Tumut If you drive past the Selwyn turnoff on the Snowy Mountains Hwy you can get to Yarrangobilly Caves on a dirt side road, and if you go further you get to Talbingo and Tumut.

Blue Waterholes, Long Plain and Coolamine Homestead This a turnoff, marked Long Plain Rd, to the right (heading away from Cooma) between the entrance and exit of the Yarrangobilly Caves Rd. It is a reasonable quality dirt road that is fine for 2 WD in most conditions. There are a couple of short walks around the waterholes and the drive gives less mobile people a taste of the area away from the main drags.