The ghost town of Kiandra, 55kms south of Talbingo and 36kms north of Adaminaby, is said to be where the world’s first ski club was formed. As many as 10,000 gold seekers flocked to Kiandra in 1860 and by 1861, wooden skis (known as snowshoes back then) were being made and used on the snow covered landscape around the town. The Kiandra Pioneer Ski Club was based at Kiandra for around 100 years, until they moved to Perisher Valley in 1966. Kiandra is the perfect place to stop and learn the history of the area, taking a 30-45 minute walk along the Kiandra Heritage Track, through, what was, the old town. This informative, self-guided walk is one of the most fascinating experiences in all of the Australian High Country and you’ll often have the whole landscape to yourself. More information on the Kiandra Heritage Precinct & Walking Track can be found here.