Spot platypus in a special reserve in Bombala, a delightful riverside town on the beautiful southern Monaro Plains between the Snowy Mountains and the Sapphire Coast. You can also tour a grand colonial homestead, explore railway and agricultural heritage, and enjoy great outdoor adventures.
In the heart of platypus country, Bombala is a charming riverside town within easy reach of the spectacular Snowy Mountains and the sparkling Sapphire Coast. Outdoor adventures all year include kayaking, fishing, bushwalking and mountain biking. You can even spot platypus in a special reserve.
In the skiing and snowboarding season, the Thredbo and Perisher snowfields are less than two hours’ drive in good weather from picturesque Bombala. Accommodation options suit various budgets, from riverside camping and caravanning to hotels, cottages, guesthouses and a motel.
For a chance to see platypus in the wild, visit the Bombala Platypus Reserve in the early morning or late afternoon and look for a V shape in the water. A raised viewing platform and an information board are at the reserve. You’ll need to be quiet though, as platypus are incredibly shy creatures.
Pop into the Platypus Country Visitor Information Centre in Lavender House and pick up brochures and tips on the wonderful things to do and see in the region. You can explore fascinating heritage, including Bombala Historic Railway, Crankies Plain Bridge and Burnima, a grand colonial homestead.
The beautifully restored Early Settlers Hut from the 1840s offers a glimpse into pioneering life. Today, the region is known for grazing, timber and specialty produce, such as lavender. For country hospitality, the Bombala Show in March is a fun family day out and features the region’s produce.
The wilderness choices around Bombala are enticing, with Kosciuszko National Park to the northwest and South East Forests National Park to the southeast. You can enjoy bushwalking, mountain biking and horseriding in both of these magnificent parks - perfect for picnics too in the warmer months.
Getting to Bombala in the Cooma region is easy. The drive from Cooma is about an hour. From Sydney the drive is 4h 45min, Melbourne 6h 40min, Canberra 2h 20min and Merimbula 1h 15min. You can also fly into Snow Mountains Airport or Merimbula Airport and rent a car for your holiday.