Cooma Area

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.

Cochran Horse Treks - Snowy Mountains

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.

Trout fishing in the Snowy Mountains

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.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Numeralla Folk Festival

    Friday 25 January 2019 to Sunday 27 January 2019 , Cooma

    The Numeralla Folk Festival is held over three days and takes in Australia Day. 2019 is the forty-fifth year of the Numeralla Folk Festival. The Festival is the last traditional 'free' folk festival left in Australia, there are no…

    25 Jan - 27 Jan
  4. Cooma Australia Day Celebrations

    Saturday 26 January 2019 , Cooma

    Head to Centennial Park in Cooma and celebrate Australia Day with a great day of music, exhibitions and displays of what's great in the region. Food will also be available. The official ceremony will commence at 12pm at the band shell in…

    26 Jan
  5. Nimmitabel Show

    Saturday 02 February 2019 , Cooma

    The Nimmitabel Show is a great country rural show with a variety of horse, sheep and dog events along with the produce competition, cooking competition, and the Art and Craft Exhibition. The Beaut Ute competition will also be held…

    02 Feb