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New South Wales
Khancoban aerial.jpg
Aerial photo from the west
Khancoban is located in New South Wales
Coordinates 36°13′12″S 148°07′37″E / 36.22000°S 148.12694°E / -36.22000; 148.12694Coordinates: 36°13′12″S 148°07′37″E / 36.22000°S 148.12694°E / -36.22000; 148.12694
Population 281 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2642
Elevation 337.0 m (1,106 ft)
LGA(s) Snowy Valleys Council
County Selwyn
State electorate(s) Albury
Federal Division(s) Riverina
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
20.5 °C
69 °F
7.1 °C
45 °F
973.1 mm
38.3 in

Khancoban /kæn.ˈkbən/ is a small town in Snowy Valleys Council, New South Wales, Australia. The town is located 567 kilometres (352 mi) from the state capital, Sydney and 13 kilometres (8 mi) from the state border with Victoria, in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, near the upper reaches of the Murray River. At the 2006 census, Khancoban had a population of 281.[1]

Khancoban Post Office opened on 7 November 1876.[2]

The town is a popular launching place for tourists exploring the Snowy Mountains area including Kosciuszko National Park. Khancoban is linked to Jindabyne and Cooma by the Alpine Way, a scenic route that takes travellers past the ski resort of Thredbo. The closest regional centre is Corryong, 20 kilometres (12 mi) to the west in Victoria.

Khancoban was constructed to house workers involved in the Snowy Mountains Scheme, Australia's largest engineering project, designed to provide hydro-electric power and water for irrigation to vast areas of the nation. The town is still mainly populated by workers employed by Snowy Hydro Limited working in places such as Murray 1 and Murray 2 Power Stations.



  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Khancoban (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 October 2007. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 June 2009 

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