Natural Attractions

Highlights

Spot platypus in a special reserve, explore the amazing Yarrangobilly Caves, and enjoy breathtaking wilderness views from the top of Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest peak in the NSW Snowy Mountains. You can experience the beautiful Snowy River on kayaking and whitewater rafting tours.

  • Cascade Hut multi-use trail, Kosciuszko National Park
  • Lake Jindabyne, Kosciuszko

Natural beauty in the Snowy Mountains

From a platypus reserve and prehistoric caves to Australia’s highest peaks and enchanting snow gum forests, the magnificent NSW Snowy Mountains are captivating. You can even enjoy a rejuvenating dip in naturally heated spring waters rising from the depths and surrounded by snow in winter.

There are many marvellous natural attractions, from the winter wonderland of the snow-covered mountains in the skiing and snowboarding season to pretty wildflowers in summer, a lovely time for bushwalking. Pristine waters from melting snow flow each spring into rivers perfect for fly fishing.

Kosciuszko National Park Hiking

Kosciuszko National Park is home to Australia’s highest mountain. In warmer months you can walk to the Mount Kosciuszko summit for breathtaking panoramic views. A great way to discover the natural beauty of the region is on walking tracks, such as Illawong through towering snow gums.

Keep an eye out for the locals - echidnas, wallabies and wombats. You can spot platypus at Bombala Platypus Reserve, near Bombala, which is 80 minutes’ drive from Jindabyne. For Aboriginal insights into the wilderness and animals, the Wiradjuri Aboriginal Cultural Tour in Tumut is fascinating.

Hiking in Yarrangobilly Caves - Snowy Mountains

About 40 minutes’ drive south of Talbingo are Yarrangobilly Caves, filled with wondrous formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and delicate cave corals and exquisite shawls. The limestone dates back 440 million years. Take the Thermal Pool walk to the naturally heated spring waters nearby.

You can join memorable outdoor adventure tours too, from whitewater rafting with Alpine River Adventures on the Snowy River to horseriding treks. In the colder months, K7 Adventures and Main Range Backcountry offer camping tours into the white wilderness for a magical snow experience.

Goobarragandra River - Tumut - Snowy Mountains

You’ll find plenty of accommodation options in the charming towns of the Tumbarumba, Tumut, Cooma and Jindabyne areas, as well as in the alpine villages and ski resorts of Thredbo, Perisher Valley, Charlotte Pass and Mount Selwyn. The snow season is from early June to early October.

Getting back to nature in the Snowy Mountains

Blue Lake, Kosciuszko National Park, Snowy Mountains

Kosciuszko National Park, the largest national park in NSW, is renowned for its magnificent mountain scenery, crisp alpine air and stunning views. Made up of numerous alpine lakes, including Blue Lake, Lake Albina and Hedley Tarn, this stunning terrain also features rugged mountain peaks, rolling grasslands and spectacular granite boulders. 

In the warmer months, pack a picnic and grab a walking map from one of the local visitor information centres, and choose from a range of walks around the region, including the Mount Kosciuszko Summit Walk. Make your way to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko, Australia’s tallest peak, and enjoy breathtaking views of the valleys and ranges that make up one of the world's most beautiful and unique ecosystems.

The clear waters of ‘The Snowies’ are ideal for fishing, with an abundance of atlantic salmon, and brook, brown and rainbow trout in the region’s lakes and rivers. Cast your line at the scenic Lake Eucumbene near Cooma, try your hand at fly fishing on the Tumut River, or see what’s biting at Lake Jindabyne. There's also the Thredbo River to explore, which runs from Thredbo to Lake Jindabyne. On the surrounding shoreline, the park’s resident flora and fauna include snowgrass, snow daisies, corroboree frogs, echidnas, wallabies, wombats, the elusive mountain pygmy possum and spotted-tail quoll.

Come winter, the Snowy Mountains lives up to its name, transforming into a winter wonderland from early June to early October. Besides skiing and snowboarding, you can learn to cross-country ski, snowshoe, or go tobogganing. Thredbo, Mount Selwyn and Perisher offer plenty of fantastic snow-based activities. During the winter months, join a local guide and don a pair of snowshoes to explore the areas walks. 

If you’re driving to the Snowy Mountains, take the Kosciuszko Alpine Way for spectacular scenic mountain views between Jindabyne and Khancoban. Equally scenic, the unhurried Snowy Valleys Way passes through the historic towns of Gundagai, Tumut and Tumbarumba.

  • Kosciuszko National Park

    Kosciuszko National Park, Australia's most extensive alpine region, is a paradise for nature lovers. With nine wilderness areas in the park, there are endless opportunities for exploring the wild and picturesque scenery of the Snowy Mountains.

  • Snowy Wilderness

    Enjoy a true Australian outback adventure. Bordering the Kosciuszko National Park and Snowy River, Snowy Wilderness is a sanctuary for wild brumby and offers 7,500 acres bursting with experiences for you to discover.

  • Bombala Platypus Reserve

    Head south from Jindabyne along the Monaro Highway to the Bombala Platypus Reserve. Wander quietly down the raised platform in the early morning or late afternoon for the best chance to see one of Australia's most unique native animals