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.

Rex Regional Express

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.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Annual Bredbo Sheep Dog Trials

    Friday 16 November 2018 to Sunday 18 November 2018 , Cooma

    This is grazier country so dog trials are part of the scene. Held over three days there are a number of categories from novice through to open championships. Come and experience a taste of country life and watch the skills of owner and dog…

    16 Nov - 18 Nov
  2. Bombala Bike Show

    Friday 16 November 2018 to Saturday 17 November 2018 , Bombala

    If you are a bike enthusiast then mark the date on your calendar as the Bombala Bike Show is the event not to be missed! As always, the Show'n'Shine competition offers the chance for you to show off your beloved toy and maybe win one of…

    16 Nov - 17 Nov
  3. Tumut River Brewing - Brewery Tours

    Saturday 17 November 2018 to Sunday 28 July 2019 , Tumut

    See, smell and taste a craft beer manufacturing process in action. Tumut River Brewing Co offers two brewery tour options: Tour and Tasting includes interactive tour of the brewery beginning with overview of history, brewing process…

    17 Nov - 28 Jul
  4. Cooma Rotary Markets

    Sunday 18 November 2018 to Sunday 16 June 2019 , 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…

    18 Nov - 16 Jun
  5. Bredbo CWA Village Markets

    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…

    25 Nov
  6. L’Étape Australia by Le Tour de France

    Friday 30 November 2018 to Saturday 01 December 2018 , Jindabyne

    L’Étape Australia by Le Tour de France is a unique road cycle event that provides an experience as close to riding in the Tour de France as it is possible for an amateur to get. Staged in the Australian NSW Snowy Mountains on 170…

    30 Nov - 01 Dec
  7. Cannonball Mountain Bike Festival

    Wednesday 05 December 2018 to Sunday 09 December 2018 , Thredbo

    The Thredbo Cannonball MTB Festival 2018 celebrates six years as Australia’s biggest gravity inspired MTB festival, and once again will set the standard with an array of unrivalled events and nonstop entertainment. Cannonball will again…

    05 Dec - 09 Dec