Cooma Area

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A place for all reasons

Cooma is perfectly placed to provide fun for all seasons. From its local parks, creeks and rivers to great shopping and its close proximity to the recreational playground that is the Snowy Mountains, Cooma has something to suit all sensibilities. Be sure to stop by the Cooma Visitors Centre for inspiration to match your interests.

  • Cooma church
  • Example of exterior architecture in Cooma, Snowy Mountains

About Cooma

Set among the rolling Monaro Plains, Cooma is the largest town in the Snowy Mountains. Other towns in the area include Adaminaby, Bredbo, Nimmitabel and Michelago, where there are plenty of accommodation and restaurant options.

As you drive towards Jindabyne, enjoy the beautiful snow-capped peaks in the distance. Consider taking a detour to the top of Mount Gladstone to admire sweeping views of the mountains and the Monaro Plains. Horseriding and fly fishing for trout in the area are favourite activities.

Make sure you visit the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre. The centre provides insight into the incredible story behind the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme, the biggest civil-engineering project ever undertaken in Australia. More than 100,000 people from over 30 countries were employed in the region on a project that lasted from 1949 until 1974.

Tours include the Lambie Town Walk, a 5-km self-guided route through Cooma's heritage sites, including Victorian cottages, the Cooma Gaol, the courthouse and the post office.

Fly into Snowy Mountains Airport

Rex Regional Express

The Snowy Mountains airport is located just 15km southwest of Cooma. Flying to and from the Snowy Mountains is the fastest way to enjoy everything the region has to offer, from skiing the best slopes in the country, to enjoying spectacular scenery, nature and bushwalking in the warmer months. Flights between Sydney Airport and the Snowy Mountains Airport are operated by Rex Regional Express, which has a fleet of 34-seater Saab 340 aircrafts.

Fly in to Snowy Mountains Airport if you’re planning to visit Cooma, Berridale, Jindabyne, Adaminaby, Perisher Valley, Thredbo Village, Charlotte Pass, the Selwyn Snowfields or the surrounding towns and villages of the Snowy Mountains. Transfers to Jindabyne, Ski Tube, Perisher and Thredbo are available, and there is also a cafe and bar located in the airport.

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