Just one hour from the Thredbo Ski Resort, the delightful, mountain village of Khancoban began in the 1830s as Swampy Plains, but took on new life and a new identity in 1956 when a new road, the Alpine Way, linked it directly to Jindabyne and into the Snowy Mountains Authority network.
Today it is the administrative centre for two of the SMA's largest power stations, Murray 1 and Murray 2. Completed in the late 1960s, the two stations produce a combined capacity 1.5 million kw of electricity. Tours of the stations can be arranged through Khancoban.
This is great outdoor country with challenging but rewarding bush-walking tracks and trout-rich lakes and streams which also attract their share of boaties and white-water rafters.
The Alpine Way is dotted with well-equipped picnic and rest areas and lookouts presenting spectacular mountain views. Both in spring and autumn the roadsides come alive with brilliant wildflower displays.