Think of the Cooma region as the gatekeeper to the wonders of the Snowy Mountains that lie beyond. Stop here and relish the country town flavour that imbues everything from the cafes to the historic train station, from the galleries to the larger-than-life attractions (we’re looking at you, Big Trout). Fishing, ambling, horse riding, hot-air ballooning and plenty of off-leash walking with your favourite four-legged friend all await.
The Cooma region has a vast array of things to do, from bushwalking and mountain biking in spectacular national parks to fishing in crystal clear mountain rivers and lakes. Tackle white water rafting on the Snowy River with Alpine River Adventures or slip into the saddle to further explore the high country, with multi-day rides through Cochran Horse Treks, Reynella Rides and Yarramba Horse Riding.
The snow fields of Thredbo, Perisher and Charlotte Pass are around 90 mins away, and Cooma is the place to pick up your hire gear and tyre chains. In summer, the lakes of the region are playgrounds for canoeing, swimming, water skiing and wakeboarding, with fly fishing a great activity on beautiful rivers and streams.
The Snowy Mountains Travellers Restis a collection of historic buildings being lovingly restored, including a heritage inn built during the gold rush in 1861. Enjoy a Devonshire tea or barista-made coffee and browse the huge range of homewares, collectibles, and gifts. Truffle lovers should head to Bredbo and enjoy the ultimate truffle and wine experience at Macenmist Black Truffles and Wines.
Adaminaby is home to the Snowy Mountains Trout Festival, the thrilling Cooma Rodeo is on in February and in Nimmitabel, Steampunk at Altitude is a great event in May. The Cooma Show is held in March each year, while the incredible Bredbo Sheep Dog Trials are held in November. The Bombala Showis also in March and highlights the region’s produce, as well as offering all the fun of a traditional country show.
The drive from Sydney is a little over four hours. From Canberra the drive is about 80 mins and from Bega on the Sapphire Coast it’s 90 mins. You can also fly into the Snowy Mountains Airport with Regional Express and Qantas offering flights in the winter months. From the airport, hire a car and explore the high country. The Cooma area has a range of accommodation including motels, hotels, farmstays, remote cottages and caravan parks.
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