Although most of the original Snowy Mountains town of Adaminaby disappeared when the Eucumbene River was dammed in 1957 to create Lake Eucumbene, 130 existing buildings were moved to the new village before the great flood. Two of those buildings were churches which were dismantled and rebuilt stone by stone.
The new-old town is now the base for the constant stream of visitors who come to the mountains to fish for the lake’s trout or to cruise the placid waters. Mind you, the waters aren’t too calm off Providence Portal, where waters from one of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electricity Scheme’s spillway tunnel gushes into the lake.
A 53km drive north takes you to the Yarrangobilly Caves and attendant thermal pool. When the snows come, Adaminaby, which is 51km north-west of Cooma and which offers a wide range of accommodation, becomes a popular base for cross-country skiers. The closest ski runs are at nearby Mt Selwyn.