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. Tumut River Brewing - Brewery Tours

    Saturday 15 December 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…

    15 Dec - 28 Jul
  2. Christmas Carols In the Park

    Saturday 15 December 2018 , Cooma

    Sing a song of Christmas cheer and warm up to your festive spirit at Googong’s special Christmas Carols in the Park, it’s always a favourite. Pick up your free song book and join The Sisters and Brothers Community Choir to sing along to…

    15 Dec
  3. Cooma Rotary Markets

    Sunday 16 December 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…

    16 Dec - 16 Jun
  4. Tumut Boxing Day Races

    Wednesday 26 December 2018 , Tumut

    Tumut Turf Club shows its colours at the annual Boxing Day Races, the biggest race meet for the year. Come down and discover the picturesque Tumut Turf Club. Tumut Turf Club is one of the oldest Race Clubs in NSW having commenced racing…

    26 Dec
  5. Jindabyne's Man From Snowy River Rodeo

    Friday 28 December 2018 , Jindabyne

    The annual Man From Snowy River Rodeo event has been running since 1943, originally in Old Jindabyne and now at John Connors Oval, Park Road, Jindabyne Sports Ground. The 2018 Rodeo will be bigger and better than ever with it being the…

    28 Dec
  6. New Year's Eve: Thredbo

    Monday 31 December 2018 to Tuesday 01 January 2019 , Thredbo

    The famous Thredbo New Year’s Party is a great way to welcome 2019. Thredbo will be the place to be with a big party and entertainment for all ages. The kids will warm up the Poolside, Thredbo Alpine Hotel from 5pm with a kids show and…

    31 Dec - 01 Jan
  7. Tumbarumba Rodeo

    Tuesday 01 January 2019 , Tumbarumba

    Tumbarumba Rodeo is held every year on New Year's Day. This is a full APRA Championship Rodeo with a host of fun-filled events including local barrel race, poddy ride, bucking ponies, stallion chute out, poly saddle ride, Aussie Rules…

    01 Jan
  8. Tumut Cycle Classic

    Sunday 13 January 2019 , Tumut

    Enjoy cycling through the picturesque Tumut tucked away in the Riverina. There is a ride for everyone starting from a 20 kilometre family fun ride, a 40 kilometre ride for the average cyclist, 75 kilometres for the adventure seeker and 100…

    13 Jan