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In today’s world, it’s easy to feel apart from life’s natural rhythms– but not here. In Khancoban you can immerse yourself in nature– from a vibrant spring given life by freshly-melted mountain snow, summers cooled by waterfall mist, timeless autumnal hues to crisp alpine winters warmed by a crackling campfire. A place that still runs to the rhythm of the seasons and your gateway to reconnect with the space between moments.
Approaching Khancoban from any direction along the scenic Alpine Way, you’ll be greeted with wide open spaces that defy expectations of instant gratification yet endlessly reward ponderousness and idle wandering and curiosity about fine details. These are the hallmarks of a land that can’t be civilised, that keeps us in check to maintain the clarity of both its crystalline streams and dazzling night sky. But you don’t need to be intimidated by it. You just need to surrender to its own definitions of speed and space. Time to turn off and relax in Khancoban.
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Lying at the southwestern edge of Kosciuszko National Park on the Alpine Way, Khancoban provides an excellent base for exploring the surrounding wilderness areas, snowfields (Thredbo and Perisher to the south, Mt Selwyn to the north), and sensory delights of the nearby Tumbarumba wine region or Upper Murray, produce markets. Whether you seek wine or wild swimming, farmgate foraging or epic hikes, historic trails or some simple country hospitality, here you can unbridle your wanderlust and discover something you might not have known existed. Take your foot off the pedal to wander scenic paths, wade in mountain streams, take in some colourful goldrush tales or simply put your feet up and take in the stillness.
In 1824, explorers Hume and Hovell were the first Europeans to pass through the district and graziers soon followed, impressed by the abundance of potential grazing land and water as well as the area’s rugged beauty. Khancoban remained a sleepy hamlet until construction of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme began in 1949 and the town became a base for workers on the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme and their families.
During this time, the population reached its peak of around 2,000 people.
Although the number of residents in town is now a modest 340, it remains the headquarters of the Murray region of Snowy Hydro Limited, which oversees the nearby engineering wonders of the Murray 1 and 2 power stations and the picturesque Khancoban Pondage.
Although a gateway to some of the greatest wonders in Australia, the town itself has plenty to keep you occupied and your senses tantalized.
There is an abundance of outdoor activities on offer all year round to suit just about everyone such as fishing, hiking, swimming, kayaking, water skiing, horse riding, golf, tennis, mountain biking, cycling or just relaxing by the campfire.
Shop for local products and stay awhile to savour a carefully poured coffee from local foodie heroes Pickled Parrot Providore while you plan your next adventure.
Set to the backdrop of some of Australia’s highest peaks, the jewel in the crown is the turquoise waters of the Khancoban Pondage, a meeting place for locals and a haven for water sports enthusiasts of all kinds.
You might not strike gold, but a day trip in any direction from Khancoban is a priceless experience.