Snowy Mountains

Discover an adventure wonderland in the magnificent NSW Snowy Mountains, from a summit walk to Australia’s highest peak and fly fishing in pristine mountain waters in warmer months, to skiing and snowboarding in colder months. You’ll enjoy delicious experiences too, such as wine tasting.

After the snow melts, a network of mountain biking and bushwalking tracks is revealed. Horseriding is popular too in the high country, portrayed in Banjo Paterson’s 1890 poem The Man from Snowy River as where ‘the hills are twice as steep’ and the ‘air is clear as crystal’, and this holds true today.

The best time for exploring the alpine walking tracks is December through March. Two paths wind to the top of Mount Kosciuszko, starting at Thredbo or Charlotte Pass. You can also explore a UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve and stroll through pretty wildflowers and majestic snow gum forests.

Kosciuszko National Park is home to the snow resorts of Thredbo, Perisher, Charlotte Pass and Mount Selwyn. Inside Yarrangobilly Caves are beautiful limestone structures. There are many more wonderful natural attractions, including the Tuross Falls and a special platypus reserve in Bombala.

Biking in the Snowy Mountains

You can fish all year in some well-stocked waterways such as Lake Jindabyne and Lake Eucumbene, both part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, Australia’s greatest engineering project that creates hydro-electricity. You’ll learn about the scheme at the Snowy Mountains Hydro Discovery Centre.

From Tumbarumba in the west to Tumut in the north to Jindabyne and Cooma in the east, you’ll find beautiful scenery, intriguing heritage and marvellous events. You’ll relish the Boggy Creek Show and thrilling rodeo, and country fairs and fun festivals, such as Tumbafest and the Batlow CiderFest.

Horse Riding - Snowy Wilderness Resort

The Snowy Mountains Trout Festival in spring is open to all recreational anglers. You can admire the 10-metre high Big Trout, one of Australia’s iconic ‘big things’, in Adaminaby. There are exhilarating outdoor adventure tours as well, including whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Snowy River.

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Fly into Snowy Mountains Airport

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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  1. Festival of the Falling Leaf

    Sunday 29 April 2018 , Tumut

    Autumn in Tumut offers one of the most spectacular display of seasonal colours to be found anywhere in New South Wales. In 1954 the local headmaster, Alf Wood, introduced the idea of a festival to celebrate the arrival of autumn and the f…

    29 Apr
  2. John Briscoe Art Award Exhibition

    Saturday 05 May 2018 to Sunday 27 May 2018 , Cooma

    The John Briscoe Memorial Art Prize is the Monaro's most prestigious art award and is sponsored by the Briscoe family in memory of their father, a prominent Monaro artist. There are a variety of categories recognising the artistic talent …

    05 May - 27 May
  3. Steampunk@Altitude

    Saturday 05 May 2018 to Sunday 06 May 2018 , Cooma

    A celebration of Steampunk, inspired by Victorian design and fiction, and influenced by 19th Century industrial steam-powered machinery, attire, architecture, and lifestyle both real and imaginary. The historic industrial setting of the Mon…

    05 May - 06 May
  4. Mothers Day at Cascades Restaurant

    Sunday 13 May 2018 , Thredbo

    Spoil mum this Mother’s Day at Cascades Restaurant. The team at Cascades Restaurant will be pulling out all the stops to make sure your mum fills special with delicious food, scenic mountain views, an extensive wine list and friendly servic…

    13 May
  5. Snowy Mountains Photography Weekends

    Friday 18 May 2018 to Sunday 20 May 2018 , Jindabyne

    Fill your viewfinder with stunning shots of Snowy Mountain landscapes, cascading rivers and streams, rugged countryside and majestic snowgums. Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa is excited to be offering Landscape Photography Weekends with …

    18 May - 20 May
  6. Batlow CiderFest

    Saturday 19 May 2018 , Batlow

    Batlow CiderFest is a full-on communal street party celebrating the end of the apple harvest and the best boutique ciders grown and brewed locally. Growers, producers, locals and their visitors enjoy some hard-earned down time after the lo…

    19 May
  7. Cooma Rotary Markets

    Sunday 20 May 2018 to Sunday 17 June 2018 , Cooma

    The Cooma Rotary Markets are held on the third Sunday of every month. The markets have up to 50 stalls supplying a variety of merchandise including craft, vegetables, nursery, garden implements, bric-a-brac, woodwork, second-hand books,…

    20 May - 17 Jun
  8. Bredbo CWA Village Markets

    Sunday 27 May 2018 to Sunday 25 November 2018 , Cooma

    Bredbo CWA Village Markets are held on the fourth Sunday of the month from 9am to 3pm in the Community Hall and grounds. The wide range of indoor and outdoor stalls has all manner of goods to buy. Local arts and crafts, woodwork, home wares…

    27 May - 25 Nov
  9. Perisher Peak Festival

    Friday 08 June 2018 to Monday 11 June 2018 , Perisher Valley

    Celebrate the opening weekend of the snow season at the Perisher Peak Festival which will feature over 120 concerts across several venues in the unique environment of the Perisher snowfields! Weekend festival pass and accommodation packag…

    08 Jun - 11 Jun