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Snowy Mountain, NSW, Australia
We visited Snowy Mountains over Christmas 2010. Mt Kosciuszko is the highest peak in Australia at 2228 m above sea level. The alpine air is one thing I will keep coming back for more. Mt Buller in Victoria is where we last experienced the fresh alpine air in Easter 2010.
I would rate the walk to the summit as easy, very gentle uphill, not steep climbing as such. Some parents were pushing the young ones in strollers. The raised mesh pathway took 17 years to construct. Walking on the pathway helps to protect the vegetation. The walk is really pleasant and you will get to see the formation of creeks which form the Snowy River. My kids tasted the refreshing water from the creek - they didn't get sick.
The best part of the walk is where we get to play with snow. This is summer time in Australia and yes, there is snow to entertain both the young and old.
Other places of interest
Find out about how the Snowy Mountains Hydro electric scheme works at Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre, Cooma. The scheme is considered one of engineering wonders of the modern world. The children learnt how much work is involved if they were to generate electricity using power bike. To watch TV for 1 hour, they need to cycle for 1 hour at 70W.
Jindabyne is the town nearby where we get our grocery supplies. This whole town was completely relocated for the building of the hydro electric scheme.
Where we stay
We stayed at Lake Crackenback Resort. The apartment is right next to the lake. The resort is fully self-contained. We cooked most of our meal. The beef and lamb we bought at the local supermarket tasted so much better than the one we usually have in the city. The alpine air and the fresh grass must have made the difference to the quality of the meat.
At the resort, we spent quite some time canoeing at the lake. The kids love archery and trampoline.