Some photos in the Snowy Mountains in summer.... there is still some snow!
01.01.2017 - 02.01.2017
We are staying in a quiet little town called Cooma, the capital of the Snowy Mountains.
On the map we spotted a town called 'Frying Pan' and decided to go there. the trip led us to a lake with an unpronounceable name, some lovely 4x4 tracks and rocky outcrops. We ended up in Adaminaby, where we had our lunch in the Lions park. Quite a large trout farm there that must be doing amazingly well breeding them fish if you look at the photo below!!
Yesterday we explored Mount Kosciuszko NP and what a glorious experience that was. Travelling via picturesque Jindabyne one could clearly see the alpine vegetation and slopes of the Alps. Thredbo itself is a tourist village only. Lots of cabins and chalets and everything geared up for the ski season.
Noelene had read about Eagles Nest being the restaurant with the highest altitude (6600 feet, or 2000 meters ASL) in Australia, so that's where we headed. Up the chair lift, which reminded us very much of the luge in Rototua - this one is a tad higher though!
Looking down from the chair lift we saw many cyclists traversing the bike tracks - a new addition to the summer activities at Thredbo. When we win that illusive jackpot we will send our grandson up there with all his friends!!
Mount Kosciuszko itself is a steep 13 km on the walking track, so us oldies made it only to the lookout to Mnt K - all on metal tracks and beautiful alpine vegetation along the way. Thredbo had its heaviest snowfall for years and very late too - the last snow fell at the end of October, so we were spoilt to be able to reach the last vestiges of snow. the mini-glacier formed the most interesting over-hang and it had been many years ago that we had our hands in snow. (It was in fact in Ceres in the Cape with our dear friends Brian and Teunie). So it was a real treat.
On the way down we stopped at Crackenback Resort on its own beautiful lake. So many activities on offer for the all ages - including Day Spa, mmm....
the bookend to our trip was passing the signpost to Iron Pot! So from frying Pan to iron Pot we hoped we wouldn't land in the fire!!
Unpronounceable name Lake at Frying Pan.
The big Trout
Chair Lift to the top!
Mountain Bike Track.
The Eagles Nest and the walks to Mount K.
The lookout to Mount K.
The way down.
Until next time, Stay safe!