Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre

The Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre is a state-of-the-art visitor facility showcasing the remarkable story of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme, from the days of early construction days to the pivotal role the  scheme continues to play today.

  • Hydroelectric dam, Cooma
  • Royal Hotel, Cooma

About Cooma

Known as the gateway to the Snowy Mountains, the idyllic town of Cooma provides a convenient base for visitors planning a trip to the nearby ski destinations of Thredbo or Perisher Valley during the winter months.

Throughout summer, Cooma isn't short of events and things to do either. Bushwalking trails are Cooma's specialty, with many walks available for you to enjoy the stunning landscape locally or just a short drive away. Between Cooma and the NSW coast, you'll find the Wadbilliga National Park, a rugged and remote forest. Set out for a day trip, and don't miss the Tuross Falls and the 5-km Tuross River Gorge walking track.

The Lambie Town Walk is a 5 km self-guided tour that introduces you to Cooma's history. You'll pass the town's heritage railway station, quaint cottages and Lambie Gorge, originally an Aboriginal women's site.

Cooma welcomes visitors with plenty of restaurant and accommodation options to suit any budget or lifestyle.

  • Coffee, Cooma

    Food and Wine

    The idyllic town of Cooma is a fantastic place to either stop and refuel during a day of skiing or to visit more romantic options at night. Several family-friendly pubs and bistros also cater to large groups and small children, many with high chairs, play areas and crowd-pleasing menus.

  • Hiking, Snowy Mountains


    The Snowy Mountains is an ideal backdrop for bushwalking and hiking along one of the custom built tracks in the area. Home to Australia’s five highest peaks and adorned with native wildlife, lush flora and breathtaking views, this sub-alpine region is primed for walking expeditions year-round.

  • Kosciuszko National Park

    National Park

    Less than 60 minutes from Cooma lies Kosciuszko National Park - 700,000 hectares of breathtaking wilderness often referred to as the king of national parks in Australia. The area also lays claim to the country’s highest mountain - Mt. Kosciuszko - and the historic Yarrangobilly Caves.

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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