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. In the skiing and snowboarding season, the Thredbo and Perisher snowfields are less than two hours’ drive away.

Bombala activities

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. You’ll need to be quiet though, as platypuses are incredibly shy creatures.

 River activities in Bombala, Snowy Mountains area

Visit the Platypus Country Visitor Information Centre in Lavender House and discover 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.

The beautifully restored Early Settlers Hut from the 1840s offers a glimpse into pioneering life. For country hospitality, the Bombala Show in March is a fun family day out and features the region’s produce.

Bombala Historic Railway in Bombala, Cooma Area

With Kosciuszko National Park to the northwest and South East Forests National Park to the southeast, you can enjoy bushwalking, mountain biking and horse riding. The magnificent national parks are perfect for picnics too in the warmer months. 

Find out more about horse riding in the Snowy Mountains.

Getting to Bombala

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 Snowy Mountains Airport or Merimbula Airport and rent a car for your holiday.

Bombala accommodation

Accommodation options suit various budgets, from riverside camping and caravanning to hotels, cottages, guesthouses and a motel.