3. Alpine Way
The Alpine Way is a road that stretches through the Snowy Mountains in southern NSW, from Jindabyne to Khancoban. I was keen to travel through there to see the mountain scenery and drive the winding mountain roads.
It may just be my photography, but the photos I took don't seem to give any justice to the feeling of the area. I does feel mountainous, though in the summer the lack on snow on the peaks leaves it without the drama that you can get elsewhere in the world.
Driving in from Cooma, it was generally a fairy dry and open landscape, although some sections of large rocks in fields gave a distinctive touch. Then coming over a rise, the strong blue of Lake Jindabyne was a remarkable change. It is an artificial lake as part of the Snowy Hydro scheme.
Kosciuszko National Park
Continuing on to Threadbo, you enter into the Kosciuszko National Park. Entrance fees are pretty steep, but it does go into maintaining a quite large and difficult area. If you are driving straight through without stopping you can save money with just a transit pass.
At this point the scenery becomes distinctly more alpine in appearance, and the white markings on the road give way to yellow. At the time I went through, there had been fires in the area, and some sections of burnt out forest. It gives a reminder of just how hard it is to try to control nature.
Threadbo Village itself is quite small, and in the summer is rather sleepy looking. It's hard to take a picture of it, because the buildings are quite tight-packed around the streets on the slope facing the main range.
The main driving section of the Alpine way starts after Threadbo. It is then that it winds around the mountains and up and down through different vegetation types. Some of the long winding downhill sections had me wondering a bit about the health of my brakes, but they managed to do the job alright.
|Creek along Alpine Way|
This is one of the creeks just off the road, seemingly quite distant from civilisation.