Head out on the highway past Kiandra, site of the 1859 gold rush where 10,000 people spent a very cold winter under canvas. At one point there were over 60 buildings at Kiandra. Within a couple of years, the population was down to 300 with many disappointed miners. Continue on past Talbingo and Blowering Dam to Tumut for morning tea. After Morning tea, continue via Batlow to Tumbarumba.
The highlight of the day is the “Tribute to the Man From Snowy River” show. Both entertaining and educational, you’ll see sheep, dogs, pigs, whip-cracking, cattle mustering and shearing as well as have plenty of laughs. Sample real “billy-tea” during lunch. After the show we head back to Tumbarumba with its old-style charm and a number of beautifully preserved old buildings, which make it an attractive destination. The major attractions are the Court House and Police Residence These two single-storey buildings were constructed in the 1880’s.
Turn off on to the Elliot Way for a spectacular drive down a gorge to the Tumut river. As we go back up into the mountains, watch out for wild brumbies. Drive past Cabramurra, Australia’s highest town before returning to the Lodge.