Twenty-one kilometres west along the Snowy Mountains Highway from Tumut, Adelong is a haven for fossickers and goldfields history sleuths. A strike in the 1850s led to a rush of 20,000 or more prospectors on the area which produced more than 200 tonnes. The remains of Reefers Battery and diggings, complete with interpretive signs, at Adelong Falls just 2km out of town, rekindle the romance of the glory days.
Much of the town itself has been listed for protection by the National Trust. An hour-long, self-guided walk through the town will take you to such significant heritage buildings as The Royal Hotel, the oldest inn in Adelong, and, across the road, the two-storey, sandstone Bank of New South Wales, built in Classic Revival style in 1882. Several of the listed buildings hark back to the boom days.
Blowering Dam and the Kosciusko National Park are within comfortable driving range and tours can be arranged to the viewing centres of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme’s operation.