Snowy Valleys Way
Explore this scenic route that passes through the foothills of the NSW Snowy Mountains on the western side of Kosciuszko National Park. Historic towns that you'll pass through include Gundagai, Tumut, Tumbarumba, Cooryong and Beechworth.
Scenic drive through NSW Snowy Mountains
This scenic touring route passes through the foothills of the New South Wales Snowy Mountains, from Gundagai to Beechworth.
Explore the breathtaking scenery and small country towns along the 300 km drive. In NSW, you'll pass through Gundagai, Tumut and Tumbarumba before crossing the border to Victoria. With its meandering back roads, the Snowy Valleys Way is a leisurely alternative to the busy highways that link Sydney and Melbourne.
Along the way, you'll enjoy outdoor adventures, seasonal festivals and events, and quaint country towns. Don't forget to sample the delicious cool-climate wines of the Tumbarumba region, direct from the cellar door or at local pubs, cafes and restaurants. This easy drive is perfect to explore at any time of the year but autumn is when many locations are at their most colourful.
Venture into the rugged alpine landscape of Kosciuszko National Park and immerse yourself in the range of activities available through the year, including skiing, fishing, horseriding, mountain biking and bushwalking. Climb Australia's highest peak following the Mount Kosciuszko Summit Walk.
Discover excellent cool-climate wineries nestled in Tumbarumba. The region is surrounded by idyllic mountains, natural bushland, expansive vineyards and lush agricultural fields. Pick up a bottle from a local cellar door and relax with a glass of chardonnay or pinot noir while overlooking the Mannus Valley.
The Yarrangobilly Caves in the northern end of Kosciuszko National Park contain a range of natural wonders. Discover the deep gorges, grand columns, underground pools and hidden chambers of the caves. Guided and self-guided tours allow you to venture on walking tracks through the caves and admire the wildlife in the surrounding area.
Flyfishing in the Tumut River below Nimbo Fork Lodge, Snowy Mountains. Image Ross Honeysett
Gundagai countryside. Image Paul Foley
Grapevines in Tumbarumba, Snowy Mountains. Image Don Fuchs
Historic Prince Alfred bridge in Gundagai. Image Paul Foley
Lake Jindabyne, Kosciuszko. Image: Murray Vanderveer; Destination NSW
Yarrangobilly Caves. Image: Don Fuchs; Destination NSW
Avoid driving tired and reach your destination.
When driving, always consider how tired you are – fatigue is one of the top three contributors to Australia’s road toll.
Ensure you have had enough sleep before your trip and share the driving wherever possible. When driving on Australian roads take advantage of the many ‘rest areas’ available, regardless of whether it’s a long-distance or short-distance trip.
Easily locate rest areas and plan your rest breaks for your next journey by visiting www.rms.nsw.gov.au