The Alpine Way , a superb summer drive.
The Alpine Way is a superb summer drive, with splendid views and lovely walking trails and stirring overtones of The Man from Snowy River. The Alpine Way begins near the lakeside village of Jindabyne and runs south-west into a steepening valley of rocks and snow gums. After 33 kms the road passes Thredbo, tucked away at the foot of the mountains. In summer, the chairlift from the village to the heights of Mount Crackenback will add a couple of hours to your itinerary, but the trip is highly recommended. Beyond Thredbo the Alpine Way continues along the base of the Main Range, which includes Mount Kosciusko, although the peak is not visible from the road. About 20 kms past Dead Horse Gap is Tom Groggin, the highest point on the Murray that is accessible by road. The Alpine Way then turns north into rugged forests of mountain ash until just before Khancoban, where a set of giant steel tubes flashes down the hillside and into Murray 1 Power Station, part of the giant Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme. The town of Khancoban – which now stirs itself only when the trout are rising – was formerly a dormitory town for workers on the scheme. The Alpine Way ends just beyond Khancoban, from where you can either continue north or cross the Murray toward Corryong and thence Beechworth or Albury.