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Khancoban lies at the south western edge of Kosciuszko National Park, on the Alpine Way, and provides an excellent base for enjoying a wide range of nature based activities.

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Khancoban’s History

In 1824, Hume and Hovell were the first Europeans to pass through the district and graziers soon followed, impressed by the abundance of fodder and water. Khancoban was a sleepy hamlet until construction of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme began in 1949. Khancoban was built by the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority as a town to house workers on the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme and their families. During this time, the population reached its peak of around 2,000 people. Today, the town has a population of around 280. It is the headquarters of the Murray region of the scheme, which is owned and operated by Snowy Hydro Limited, overseeing the nearby Murray 1 and 2 power stations and Khancoban Pondage.

The Alpine Way was constructed to give access to the scheme’s engineering features, and was not completely sealed until the 1990s, which immediately gave Khancoban quicker access to Thredbo, Jindabyne, Cooma and Canberra and has since provided travellers with a scenic connection from NSW through to Victoria.

Khancoban and surrounds…

Nearby Kosciuszko National Park is internationally recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, covering 1.5 million acres of magnificent alpine terrain. Kosciuszko is home to plant species found nowhere else on earth, as well as rare animal species such as the Corroboree Frog and Mountain Pigmy Possum. In summer, experience the unique and beautiful landscape by hiking the Park’s extensive network of bushwalking tracks.

At this time of year, the boat ramp at Khancoban Pondage is a popular meeting place for locals and lovers of water sports.  The picnic and swimming area is the ideal place to chill and relax on a hot day. Year round fishing is available at Khancoban Pondage, and budding anglers are reminded that a NSW recreational fishing licence is required to fish all local waterways, including the Murray River. A concrete boat ramp, free electric BBQs, picnic tables and shelters, playground and toilets are available for public use at the Khancoban Foreshore Reserve. In winter Khancoban is an ideal base for day trips to the snow fields at Thredbo, or cross country skiing in the back country.

Credit: Tourism Snowy Mountains

Places to Eat and Stay in Khancoban

The Pickled Parrot Providore is a must-visit in Khancoban for all of your essential supplies and lunch coupled with a hot coffee on a winters day!

Accommodation options include Khancoban Lakeside Caravan Park with cabins, motel-style units, powered and unpowered sites; the Khancoban Alpine Hotel with 36 motel style rooms, Queens Cottage with 7 studio apartments, two cabins and two houses; and a range of B&B and self-contained cottage accommodation.

Free camping spots in the Khancoban area include Geehi Rest Area 34kms south of Khancoban beside the crystal clear Swampy Plains River, and Tom Groggin Rest Area 50km south of Khancoban next to the Murray River.

Khancoban Services

Services in Khancoban include a chemist, pub, service station, cafés, post office and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Information Centre (where visitors can obtain a National Parks Pass). Snow chain hire is available from Khancoban Lakeside Caravan Park.

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Alpine Café and Fuel

Khancoban Service Station and Alpine Café. Drop in a get some fuel for your car and fuel for your belly, eat-in or takeaway. Parking available

Bella Vista Khancoban

Bella Vista offers a home away from home style accommodation in the heart of Khancoban. The house can accommodate up to eight guests, perfect for the family. You will find...

Fishermen Cottage

Fishermen Cottage offers a home away from home style accommodation in the heart of Khancoban. The house can accommodate up to eight guests, perfect for the family. You will find...

Geehi Flats campground

Tucked off Alpine Way drive, Geehi Flats campground has flat, grassy sites by the banks of the Swampy Plain River. Pitch your tent or set up your camper or caravan...


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Khancoban Alpine Inn

The Khancoban Alpine Inn is a hotel/motel in the picturesque Upper Murray Valley, right on the Alpine Way on the edge of Kosciuszko National Park. The motel offers 36 motel...

Khancoban Family Home

This residence has been a loved family home for many decades, and comfortably meets the needs of any group wanting a stress free environment. Parents can relax and children can...

Khancoban Lakeside Caravan Park

They are a pet friendly Caravan Park, located on over six acres of land with magnificent lake and snowy mountains views! Their picturesque location makes for an ideal central base...

Khancoban Pondage

Khancoban Pondage is a three kilometre long lake that forms part of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme and around its foreshores lays the town of Khancoban, a town built specifically...

Khancoban to Kiandra Drive

Khancoban to Kiandra drive crosses central Kosciuszko National Park as it connects Alpine Way with Snowy Mountains Highway. As it winds up through mountain forest to the alpine plains, there...

Khancoban Visitor Centre

Khancoban Visitor Centre, on Alpine Way at the western entry point to Kosciuszko National Park, is a great place to pick up maps, information and buy a parks pass for...

Major Clews Hut Walking Track

Diversity’s the name of the game on this fantastic day walk. Lace up your walking shoes, fill up your drink bottle, and set off through a host of ever-changing landscapes...

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