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Boundary fences and old building foundations lay scattered along the banks of Lake Eucumbene as the water level in July 2007 fell to an all time low of just 10.1% of capacity.

The lake was filled in 1959.

Another photo of Lake Eucumbene taken at the time the lake sank to a record low of just 10.1% of capacity.

Foundations of old buildings and shops can be seen lining the edges of the lake - many, like this one, have been unseen since the lake was filled in 1959.

Looking towards the Old Adaminaby Cemetry across the waters of Lake Eucumbene.

With the lake at record low levels (just 10.1% of capacity) in July 2007, many of the old foundations and ruins have once again reached the surface - after being submerged for almost 50 years.

Another photo of Lake Eucumbene that I might not be able to take for another 50 years!

The lake was at a record low of just 10.1% of capacity on this day in July 2007. The foundations of a house from the township of Adaminaby (now Old Adaminaby) can be seen basking in the winter sunshine for the first time since 1959.

As I write this, these foundations are again under the water.

McKenzines Beach - just up the highway from Batemans Bay on the NSW South Coast - a great place to send a day with the family. With sun, surf and sand its a beautiful location.

McKenzines Beach is located just up the highway from Batemans Bay on the NSW South Coast.

It's a fantastic place for a swim or surf and, on a beautiful summmers day like this one in January 2007, it would be hard to find a prettier place in Australia.

Adaminaby (population 220) is located 52km NW of Cooma and sits at 1,021 metres above sea level.

Adaminby was originally located 7 km away and was moved to its present site to make way for the rising waters of Lake Eucumbene.

Old Adaminaby - looking towards Lake Eucumbene - on a cold winters day.

Snow falls at old Adaminaby are common between June and August, and snow can even fall in summer on rare occassions. In fact, it snowed here on Christmas day in 2007.

This mid-winter scene at Three Mile Dam shows just how cold the area can get. The surface water of the lake was frozen solid, although I wasn't game to try my luck and walk over it!

When I lived in the area there was a story going around about a guy on a ski-do who did push his luck and tried to cross the lake - the end result - 1 sunk ski-do and 1 very cold, went man!

The lake is home to some of the best trout fishing in the area.

A bit of history - Three Mile Dam, located a few kilometres along the Cabramurra Road and just past the turnoff to Mount Selwyn, was built by the Chinese in 1882 to provide water for the sluicing operations at New Chum Hill.

There is a walk (it is clearly marked on a map a few hundred metres off the road past the dam) which includes the old races and shows clearly how the water flowed from the dam to the Kiandra goldfields.

I took this photo of Australia's highest hut (Seamans Hut) on a trip to Australia's highest peak - Mt Kosciuszko (2,229m) in late spring.

The story of Seamans Hut (sourced from an external web site):

This hut commemorates Laurie Seaman, an American who died in 1928 while attempting to ski cross-country to Mount Kosciuszko. Laurie and a companion, Evan Hayes, became separated from the other members of their group, then became lost in a blizzard and eventually perished from exposure.

Seamans Hut was built in 1929 with money donated by Laurie's family as a refuge for others who might need shelter in the mountains.


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