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 the NSW 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 which generates hydro-electricity.

Cochran Horse Treks tour group enjoying a horse-riding tour through Kosciuszko National Park

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. To the east are more magnificent national parks and the sparkling Sapphire Coast.

Activities

There are many wonderful things to do and see in the region, from bushwalking and mountain biking in spectacular national parks to fishing in pristine rivers and lakes. There are exciting adventure tours, such as white-water rafting on the Snowy River with Alpine River Adventures.

You can spot platypus in the early mornings and late afternoon in the Bombala Platypus Reserve, near Bombala. Another marvellous way to experience the high country is on horseback, with Cochran Horse TreksReynella Rides and Yarramba Horse Riding offering tours.

Find out more about horse riding in the Snowy Mountains.

Trout fishing in the Snowy Mountains

Events and festivals

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. Or visit for the thrilling Cooma Rodeo in February.