This great drive is easily accessible from the nation's capital. Head south out of the city and follow the Monaro Highway until you reach historic Cooma, the gateway to the Snowy Mountains.
Cooma: First on the agenda is a trip to the Snowy Hydro Information and Education Centre, which documents Australia's biggest engineering project, the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electricity Scheme, from its 1949 beginnings to today. Next stop is lunch - the Lott Food Store is well worth a visit - then drive to Mount Gladstone, 3km west of Cooma, where you'll be rewarded with sensational views across the Monaro and Snowy Mountains ranges.
Finally, head back to Centennial Park for the Lambie Town Walk, which winds through 10km of historic township and picturesque bushland. Once you've had enough of walking, drop your luggage at your accommodation. There is plenty to choose from in this popular town - from chalets and hotels through to B&Bs, cabins and campsites. A bistro meal at one of the town's historic pubs or the Ex-Services Club is the perfect way to conclude the evening.