Nestled on the banks of the Adelong Creek, this is the heritage gateway to the Snowy Mountains. Its verandah-lined main street, classified by the National Trust (NSW), has buildings dating back to the gold rush era of the 1800’s.
The name ‘Adelong’ is believed to be derived from the local Aboriginal dialect, meaning ‘along the way’. It’s said to have been adopted from Adelong Station, which stretched from Tumblong on the Hume Highway, to Batlow.
The nearby heritage listed industrial site of Adelong Falls Gold Mill Ruins boasts a remarkable collection of stone ruins, the remains of the Reefer quartz crushing mill, and an impressive lookout and picnic area. The Adelong Falls Walk links the town to the falls, and provides an easy walk, alongside Adelong Creek, for locals and visitors alike.
With origins steeped in pioneer history and gold, and the preserved ruins of the gold mill open to exploration, the town makes for a wonderful base to explore the region’s nearby wineries, lakes, rivers, mountains, caves, forests and snowfields.
Places to stay in Adelong
A CMCA RV Friendly town, Adelong’s range of accommodation options includes B&Bs, pub-style rooms at Royal Hotel Adelong, the Adelong Golden Gully Caravan Park (powered and unpowered sites, and self-contained cabins), pet-friendly farmstay accommodation, and free RV parking at Adelong Showgrounds. In coming months, Highfield Farm and Woodland will complete their new Eco Hut on farmland at Yaven Creek, between Adelong and the Hume Highway, adding another accommodation option for the area.
Please note, the RV Friendly site at Adelong Showgrounds will be closed from 11th November 2019 until 11th January 2020 to protect the turf as new fencing is installed. Free overnight RV parking is available at Batlow Showgrounds, Tumbarumba Showgrounds, Mannus Lake, Henry Angel Trackhead or in Gundagai.
Things to do in Adelong
Explore the past at Adelong Falls Gold Mill Ruins, Adelong Cemetery, or a stroll down the NSW Heritage Listed main street. Visit Rustic Creations to browse handmade gifts or grab a gold pan to try your luck at fossicking. (Check out NSW fossicking regulations here.)
Enjoy the Adelong Heritage Walk, or the Adelong Falls Walk. As you stroll alongside the creek, see if you can spot an elusive platypus. Relax in the parks, or burn off some energy in the playgrounds. Grab a meal at the pub, club or cafe. In summer, take a dip at Adelong Pool – entry is free – check the website for opening times.
Services in Adelong include a service station, supermarket, doctors, chemist, takeaway, café, mechanic, library, pub and club. Adelong pool is open in the warmer months, and free WiFi is available in the main street. Playgrounds, basketball courts, a skate park, and accessible public toilets are available in Adelong’s parks.
Events in Adelong
Adelong Markets are held at the Adelonia Theatre, in the main street, on the first Saturday of each month. Visitors can enjoy local produce, food, craft, coffee and more, from 9am.
In 2019, Adelong played host to the inaugural Snowy Valleys Cycle Challenge that saw cyclists ride a 144km route from Adelong to Tumbarumba and back. Organised by the local Rotary Clubs, it features spectacular views, challenging climbs and long sweeping descents, and planning is already underway for the 2020 event.