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. Bredbo CWA Village Markets

    Sunday 28 April 2019 to Sunday 24 November 2019 , 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…

    28 Apr - 24 Nov
  2. Steampunk at Altitude

    Saturday 04 May 2019 to Sunday 05 May 2019 , Cooma

    A celebration of Steampunk, inspired by Victorian design and fiction, and influenced by 19th Century industrial steam-powered machinery, attire, architecture, and lifestyle both real and imaginary. The historic industrial setting of the…

    04 May - 05 May
  3. John Briscoe Art Award Exhibition

    Saturday 04 May 2019 to Sunday 26 May 2019 , Cooma

    The John Briscoe Memorial Art Prize is the Monaro's most prestigious art award and is sponsored by the Briscoe family in memory of their father, a prominent Monaro artist. There are a variety of categories recognising the artistic talent…

    04 May - 26 May
  4. Cooma Rodeo

    Saturday 18 May 2019 , Cooma

    Due to the cancellation of the Cooma Rodeo in February due to bad weather, the Rodeo has been re-scheduled for Saturday 18 May. Come to Cooma Showground to enjoy all that the Rodeo has to offer.…

    18 May