Our first night on the road to Southern NSW was spent beside the stunning Lake Eucumbene in the Snowy Mountains. We found ourselves wishing for a ski boat behind the 4x4 as well as the caravan, as we gazed out over the glassy water of the lake early on Tuesday morning. But there was no time to dally and we hit the Snowy Mountains Highway bound for Tumut. The mobile phone came into service just as we were walking out to a mountain side lookout. It startled us all as a reporter from a Wagga Wagga newspaper set the phone a-ringing. Thank goodness it wasn't a Skype call as me red-faced from hiking isn't a good look.