Snowy Mountains - Cabramurra
Cabramurra is a small township in the south eastern corner of Australia, in the state of New South Wales. At an altitude of 1480 metres, it is the highest township in Australia (but compared to world standards, not particularly high). It is situated in the Snowy Mountains which are a part of the 3,000km long Great Dividing Range.
The town is somewhat unique in that apart from its altitude and obviously much colder climate than the rest of Australia, it is also
Entirely within the boundaries of the Kosciusko National Park
Only exists for the staff and their families of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority - there are no private dwellings, and no real employment available outside of the Authority itself
Receives significant snowfalls during the winter months and has its own ski club and ski lifts (it was also the first ski run in Australia to have a ski slope fully lit for night skiing)
During the peak construction period of the Snowy Scheme, Cabramurra had a population of almost 2000.
A backup electricity power station is located at the township in the event that power transmission lines are brought down by high winds or snow build-up. The plant originally used two ex-submarine engines, but these were replaced in 1998 by modern gas turbines.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology site provides temperature/snowfall forecasts (see Snowy Mountains), and you can also obtain daily rainfall figures from the new Automatic Weather Station or older manual weather station. To convert the rainfall observations into a rough estimate of snowfall, use 1mm rain=1cm snow, although dry snow can dramatically increase the figure!
Population: approximately 160 (there has been a significant decline in the last 4 years due to cutting back of the SMHEA workforce and greater reliance on contracting out work)
Location: Latitude: 35.58 S, Longitude: 149.13 E, Altitude 1480m
Services: 1 school (primary-now down to about 8 students), 1 shop/service station, 1 pub, indoor swimming pool, tennis courts and ski slope.
Local Features: Apart from the generally untouched natural environment surrounding the area, there is also trout fishing, camping/walking, snow-skiing in winter, and two underground hydro-electric power stations (Tumut 2 is open to the public). Nights are also crystal clear for star gazing.