The Snowy Mountains might just be one of the most iconic destinations between Byron Bay and Broome. Home to wild brumbies and wilder mountains, it’s the kind of place people literally write poetry about. But it’s got a big secret. A few years back, Pat loaded up the trusty steeds and headed down south to find out just what was hiding in those hills.
Navigating the Terrain
As Pat turned off Long Plain Road, he prepared his vehicle for the challenges ahead. He switched the Ranger into neutral and selected low range, allowing the engine to brake the vehicle as it descended the hills. This technique was especially crucial as Pat was towing a trailer. It’s an important approach to preserve the vehicle’s brakes and ensure a smoother ride in tough conditions.
A Springtime Spectacle
The timing of Pat’s visit was perfect. It was spring, and the area was bustling with wildlife. Kangaroos with joeys hopped around, creating a lively atmosphere. Pat was particularly fascinated by the landscape’s unique features, including the jutting limestone cliffs and deep gorges. He noted the underground springs, the largest in eastern Australia, which were exceptionally active due to the recent rains.
The Story of Adaminnaby
Pat’s journey also took him through historical sites. He shared the story of Adaminnaby, a town relocated to make way for a newly created lake during the construction of the Snowy Hydroelectric Scheme. He recounted the interesting tale of Bill Russell, a local farmer, and how the community adapted to these significant changes.
Off-Road and Camping Delights
The adventure continued with Pat exploring off-road tracks and uncovering hidden camping sites in the area. He demonstrated his off-roading skills by effortlessly navigating through muddy tracks. Once settled in a superb clearing among the gums, Pat set up his camper trailer and prepared for a relaxing evening.
A Delicious Dinner
No adventure with Pat is complete without a mouth-watering meal. He shared his recipe for a ‘Cheesy Bacon Bomb Explosion’, a delightful concoction involving mince, cheese, and bacon, cooked perfectly over a campfire. It was an explosion of flavours that perfectly capped off an exciting day.
Pat’s journey through the snowy mountains was a blend of adventure, history, and culinary delight. From navigating steep terrains, and exploring historical sites, to enjoying the tranquility of nature, it was an experience that showcased the beauty and versatility of the Australian landscape. For those seeking to follow in Pat’s footsteps, the full recipe and more details can be found in the latest edition of Pat Callanan’s 4×4 Adventures magazine at the link below