Enjoy fun outdoor adventures, explore a world engineering marvel and taste delicious produce in the beautiful Cooma region of the NSW Snowy Mountains. You’ll find plenty of places to stay to suit various budgets, and in the skiing and snowboarding season the snowfields are within easy reach.
On the Monaro Plains in the high country, Cooma is the largest town in the Snowy Mountains and home to the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre. At this fascinating centre are interactive displays on the Snowy Mountains Scheme, Australia’s greatest engineering project that generates hydro-electricity.
There are many more wonderful things to do and see in the region, from bushwalking, mountain biking and horseriding in spectacular national parks to fishing in pristine rivers and lakes. There are adventure tours too, such as whitewater rafting on the Snowy River with Alpine River Adventures.
As well as Cooma, other charming towns to visit include Adaminaby to the northwest, Bredbo and Michelago to the north, Numeralla to the northeast, and Bombala to the south and Nimmitabel to the southeast. You’ll be thrilled with the vibrant festivals, markets and shows in the events calendar.
Try your luck casting a line in the annual Snowy Mountains Trout Festival, a competition in spring for recreational anglers. The Cooma Rodeo in February is a thrilling event, and traditional country shows in Cooma, Nimmitabel and Bombala are a delightful family day out and feature the region’s produce.
For lovers of Perigord truffles, join Macenmist Black Truffles and Wines in Bredbo for a truffle-hunting tour in the pretty countryside. Another marvellous way to experience the high country is on horseback with Cochran Horse Treks, Reynella Rides and Yarramba Horse Riding offering tours.
The wilderness experiences are unforgettable, with Australia’s highest peak in Kosciuszko National Park. To the east are more magnificent national parks and the sparkling Sapphire Coast. You can spot platypus in the early mornings and late afternoon in the Bombala Platypus Reserve, near Bombala.