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.
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 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.
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.
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.