Aglow in the setting sun, the Khancoban Pondage encircled with impossibly high mountains* was a calendar shot just waiting to happen**.
So picturesquely pleasing, the scene seemed perfect.
TOO perfect …
From the vantage point of our campsite in the Khancoban Lakeside Holiday Resort we wondered if instead of just crossing the border over the River Murray from Victoria into New South Wales, we’d inadvertently stumbled through a portal into another country.
Was this REALLY Australia?
Who knew what may have been unleashed when the tunnels deep beneath the Snowy Mountain Range towering behind us were blasted over 60 years ago??
Ahead of its time and considered one of the engineering wonders of the modern world, the complex series of tunnels, lakes*** and dams of the Snowy Mountains Scheme that harness and divert the Snowy River for irrigation and hydro-electricity flow ever downwards to the Khancoban Pondage.
Where in a setting so soporifically serene its hard to imagine what’s buried within the mountains behind, we fall asleep only to awaken to the rising sun, lighting the pondage from the other side.
Yes, it really IS too otherworldly.
BUT … there’s good reason for it.
Just a few kilometres up the road at the start of the Alpine Way traversing the Snowy Mountains to link Khancoban with the much higher skiing village of Thredbo, the Murray 1 Power Station viewing platform looks down to an astonishing sight.
Through its windows far below, we spotted them.
Yes, although they’re cunningly disguised as generators, their distinctive and unmistakeable shape wouldn’t fool a die-hard Dr Who fan for a moment!
Daleks? At Khancoban??
Did the Snowy Mountains Scheme blasting that tunnelled under the mountains apart crack open a portal? Maybe the influx of 100,000 overseas workers who helped build the Scheme include some aliens?? Or perhaps they’ve been enslaved – doomed forever to produce clean, green energy for Australia, the uncanny perfection of the Khancoban Pondage a distraction from what lies beneath …
Although the authorities will doubtless deny that the Snowy Mountains Scheme was just a front to contain a Dalek invasion of Earth, it’s surely not impossible.