Bombala

In the heart of platypus country, Bombala is a charming riverside town within easy reach of the spectacular Snowy Mountains and the sparkling Sapphire Coast. Outdoor adventures all year include kayaking, fishing, bushwalking and mountain biking. You can even spot platypus in a special reserve.

In the skiing and snowboarding season, the Thredbo and Perisher snowfields are less than two hours’ drive in good weather from picturesque Bombala. Accommodation options suit various budgets, from riverside camping and caravanning to hotels, cottages, guesthouses and a motel.

 River activities in the Snowy Mountains area - Bombala

For a chance to see platypus in the wild, visit the Bombala Platypus Reserve in the early morning or late afternoon and look for a V shape in the water. A raised viewing platform and an information board are at the reserve. You’ll need to be quiet though, as platypus are incredibly shy creatures.

Pop into the Platypus Country Visitor Information Centre in Lavender House and pick up brochures and tips on the wonderful things to do and see in the region. You can explore fascinating heritage, including Bombala Historic Railway , Crankies Plain Bridge and Burnima , a grand colonial homestead.

Bombala Historic Railway - Snowy Mountains

The beautifully restored Early Settlers Hut from the 1840s offers a glimpse into pioneering life. Today, the region is known for grazing, timber and specialty produce, such as lavender. For country hospitality, the Bombala Show in March is a fun family day out and features the region’s produce.

The wilderness choices around Bombala are enticing, with Kosciuszko National Park to the northwest and South East Forests National Park to the southeast. You can enjoy bushwalking, mountain biking and horseriding in both of these magnificent parks - perfect for picnics too in the warmer months.

Getting to Bombala in the Cooma region is easy. The drive from Cooma is about an hour. From Sydney the drive is 4h 45min, Melbourne 6h 40min, Canberra 2h 20min and Merimbula 1h 15min. You can also fly into Snow Mountains Airport or Merimbula Airport and rent a car for your holiday.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Cooma Rotary Markets

    Sunday 20 January 2019 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…

    20 Jan - 16 Jun
  2. 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
  3. 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