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.


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  1. Bredbo CWA Village Markets

    Sunday 25 March 2018 to Sunday 25 November 2018 , 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 wares…

    25 Mar - 25 Nov
  2. Cooma Rotary Markets

    Sunday 15 April 2018 to Sunday 17 June 2018 , 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,…

    15 Apr - 17 Jun
  3. John Briscoe Art Award Exhibition

    Saturday 05 May 2018 to Sunday 27 May 2018 , 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 …

    05 May - 27 May
  4. Celebrating Delegate and District Heritage

    Saturday 27 October 2018 to Sunday 28 October 2018 , Bombala

    Two day event to celebrate the Delegate and District heritage. This year's event celebrates the 30 year anniversary of the Early Settlers Hut Bicentennial Project on Saturday and the Men From Snowy River March's return from WWI on Sunday. …

    27 Oct - 28 Oct
  5. Annual Bredbo Sheep Dog Trials

    Friday 16 November 2018 to Sunday 18 November 2018 , Cooma

    This is grazier country so dog trials are part of the scene. Held over three days there are a number of categories from novice through to open championships. Come and experience a taste of country life and watch the skills of owner and dog …

    16 Nov - 18 Nov