- Destination NSW

Snowy Mountains

  • Thredbo chairlift
  • Lake Jindabyne


The NSW Snowy Mountains region is a true alpine wilderness, home to Mt Kosciuszko, the continent’s five highest peaks and its only glacial lakes. Australia’s ultimate snow sports playground offers plenty of action on and off the snowfields. Wander through historic towns, explore caves and go bushwalking and hiking through national parks. For unique Snowy Mountains experiences, go on a horseriding adventure, enjoy trout fishing and tackle mountain biking trails.

Must Do

Summer in the Snowy Mountains

Summer is a great time to escape the heat and head to the Snowy Mountains where you'll find a kaleidoscope of colour, Australia's highest point and breath-taking alpine scenery. 

Go bushwalking or hiking in Kosciuszko National Park. With glacial lakes, alpine meadows, snow gum forests and Australia's highest mountain, Mt Kosciuszko, bushwalking here is truly inspiring. The hike to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko is regarded as one of Australia's best one-day walks. Start from the top of the chairlift at Thredbo or from Charlotte Pass.

Explore the historic towns and villages of AdaminabyCooma, Dalgety, Nimmitabel and Tumbarumba on foot. Walk part of the 12 km Hume and Hovell Track to Tumbarumba Creek, or stroll along the 2 km path beside the Tumut River and past the pretty Riverglade Wetlands. 

Mountain bike enthusiasts can hurtle down the challenging Thredbo Downhill. More leisurely trails are plentiful with tracks around Thredbo village, Perisher, Lake Jindabyne, Lake Eucumbene, Tumut, Cooma and Tumbarumba.

High country horseriding is also a thrill for beginners and experienced riders. Guided horse treks are popular for day trips, overnight or longer. 

Throw a line into the crystal clear waters of a lake or quiet stream and discover the fun of fishing in the Snowy Mountains' pristine environment.


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  • Fishing in the Snowy Mountains


    The Snowy Mountains' various lakes, rivers and water catchments are prime for all classes of anglers, whether you're accustomed to bait, spinning, fly or trolling. Go fishing in the calm waters of Jindabyne or Thredbo, home to a range of trout and atlantic salmon.

  • Horseriding in the Snowy Mountains


    Experience the spectacular outback scenery of the Snowy Mountains on horseback. The Snowy Mountains' rugged terrain and gentle rolling hills offer ideal conditions for a horseriding adventure with guided rides from one hour up to a full day or multi-day treks.

  • Mountain Biking in the Snowy Mountains

    Mountain Biking

    Once the snow has melted, the Snowy Mountains becomes a network of superb dirt tracks and sealed roads ideal for mountain biking. Choose from a range of options for beginners and experienced riders on BMX, mountain or road bikes.

Local areas

  • Bombala Area Renowned for its inhabitants, the trout and platypus, on the Monaro Plains.
  • Cooma Area The largest town in the Snowy Mountains is also the gateway to the State's alpine area.
  • Jindabyne Area An adventure base camp for the Snowy Mountains, famous for its trout fishing and water sports.
  • Kosciuszko National Park Alpine snow resorts and Mount Kosciuszko, Australia's highest peak, can be found here.
  • Tumbarumba Area At the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, the area around Tumbarumba is a pristine wilderness.
  • Tumut Area The natural beauty of Tumut, heritage of Adelong, serenity of Talbingo, and taste of Batlow's apples

Explore Snowy Mountains

Geehi Horse Riders, Snowy Mountains. Image: Murray Vanderveer
Yarrangobilly Caves, Snowy Mountains. Image: Murray Vanderveer