Jul 28, 2011

Providence Park and the Eucumbene river

For our snow holidays, we headed to Mount Selwyn on the recommendation of some friends. It is apparently more family friendly, has gentler slopes that are good for beginners, and is generally cheaper. The last bit sold me.

We stayed at a cabin in Providence Park, near Adaminaby town. We had to pack half our house, because the brief from the travel agent asked us to bring sheets, towels, toilet paper, tea towels, garbage bags and dishwasher. It is no frills, so may not be for those who like the comforts and service of a hotel. There is no TV and no mobile phone reception.

But we ended up happy with our choice.

The first major factor - $180 a night during winter season (sleeps 4)  is a pretty good rate.

Providence Portal, where the park is situated, is the nearest accomodation to Mount Selwyn. It's about 15 mins to Adaminaby and half hour to Mount Selwyn. One day, Hubs forgot to bring his jacket and only realised this after we had arrived at Mount Selwyn. He was surely glad the drive back to get it was only a half hour one way.

The electric heating is pretty good, I was a lot warmer there than in my own home. We overdid it at some points, because I broke a sweat for the first time in 5 months.

The kitchen is well-equipped, with grill, microwave, stove, pots, pans, plates, cutlery and a fridge. We cooked most of our own meals.

It's not far from Adaminaby if you wanted to hop into town to get supplies. It's also cheaper to rent stuff from town, we discovered.

Kangaroos are everywhere, and they hop right past your 'front yard'.

providence park  kangaroos

There's not much to do in the place itself during winter, but that's fine since everyone's tuckered out after a day at the snow.

We did explore the area one day - Providence Portal is supposed to sit at the edge of Eucumbene Lake, so we took a walk down the hill to find it. Ends up, we were walking on the 'lake'. According to the manager, after 12 years of drought, the water has receded so much there is not much left of the lake.

view providence park adaminaby

Kangaroos are thriving though. There was evidence of that everywhere, and we had to be super careful not to step on the evidence. Do you see the kangaroos in the plains? Here they are closer up.

providence portal kangaroos

Fishing is apparently a big activity during warmer seasons. Trout spawns in the area.

eucumbene-lake fishing

eucumbene river

We got right up to the river, but the sun set upon us as we were taking the stroll, so we headed back to the cabin mighty quick.

providence park  eucumbene lake

providence park  eucumbene

providence park  cabin

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