Take to the powder

After throwing yourself into the powder this winter check out this eclectic mix of museums and galleries. This trail has everything from renowned art to skiing tragedies. You’ll see the biggest engineering project ever undertaken in Australia, and maybe witness a bit of criminal activity thrown in for good measure. This is a trail for the adventurous spirit.

Thredbo is a great resort town where the pace is entirely up to you. Whether you’re embarking on a cruisy romantic getaway, or skiing the hill with your mates, while you’re in Thredbo check out the Ski Museum. Along with plenty of retro fashion and paraphernalia from yesteryear, the Museum tells the tragic story of Laurie Seaman’s ill-fated trip to Mt Kosciuzsko.

From Thredbo head east through Jindabyne to Cooma and the Raglan Gallery and Cultural Centre. Along with showcasing prestigious exhibitions in a beautiful garden setting, this a place with a bit of history under its belt as well. The Raglan was built in 1854 by James Hain, and was licensed as the Lord Raglan Inn, named after Lord Raglan who commanded in the Crimean War. It was also Cooma’s first bank, a private hospital, and a family home before becoming an art gallery.

Next stop is the Corrective Services NSW Museum. Learn everything about the history of the prison system from early days through to today. This is a living Museum where serving offenders contribute to the daily operation and maintenance of the facility.

Then head east/north east along Snowy Mountains Highway into the mountains to the Snowy Scheme Museum Adaminaby. The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme is by far the largest engineering project ever undertaken in Australia. It is also one of the largest and most complex hydro-electric schemes in the world. The museum has plenty of impressive machinery on display and explains how the Scheme laid the foundations of a uniquely multicultural nation by giving migrants from a devastated Europe a fresh start.

You won’t break a leg on this trip but you’ll definitely experience something breathtaking. When you’re in the neighbourhood check out the Tumut Heritage Trail.

For accommodation and dining suggestions go to Visit NSW.

Museums & Galleries of NSW helps small-medium museums, galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres create exciting experiences for visitors and, through this, thriving local NSW communities. We don't run museums, galleries and cultural centres but we care about those who do. We develop their skills, connect them with others in the industry, provide funding, point visitors their way, and give them access to ground-breaking exhibitions.

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