From Jindabyne to Melbourne by Alpine Way. Scamell's Lookout, SnowyHydro

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05.11.2013

We went back to Melbourne from Jindabyne by Alpine Way. This way is known as one of the best drives in Australia. Well, it might be, but since it was once a cattle trail the road is very narrow in many areas and skirts many high cliffs that has probably done away with many an inattentive driver over the years. Luckily for drivers the road has a number of scenic lookouts and rest areas.

We stopped at some of the lookouts (e.g. Scamell's Lookout) and near the SnowyHydro Information Centre. We spent almost 4-5 hours on this way (Google was saying that it will take only 3h), so be prepared and ready for an unexpected delays.

 

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This photo was taken somewhere in the beginning of our trip. We had no idea what will be there further :)

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One of the rest areas. Stayed there for lunch to give a rest to our's car brackes.

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To get Scamell's Lookout, follow the signs, as this lookout is not on the road (you have to drive to it for 200-300m).

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Mt Kosciuszko is not visible from here, see the explanation scheme below:

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Further along the road Murray 1 Power Station & Visitor Centre is located. Visitors centre explaining the Snowy Mountains Scheme. It is closed weekends from May to September, it was open when we were there, but as we had to get Melbourne as early as possible, we didn't visited it.

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Australia, New South Wales, Snowy Mountains, Из Jindabyne в Melbourne по Alpine Way. Scamell's Lookout, SnowyHydro, ,

The Snowy Mountains scheme is a hydroelectricity and irrigation complex in south-east Australia. The Scheme consists of sixteen major dams; seven power stations; a pumping station; and 225 kilometres of tunnels, pipelines and aqueducts that were constructed between 1949 and 1974.

We made a stop in Bright (which was not on our way at all, but we are explorers :) and after a while went back to Melbourne.

Travel well!

Katerina is an author and traveller. She is also a co-founder of 'LetsGoToAU.com' project, created specifically for those who are keen to see the best of Australia, but tired trawling forums for traveller feedback/sifting through hundreds of reviews or simply too busy to organize their trip. 

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