With adventure tours, fishing trips and monumental heritage, Cooma is a great escape and a gateway to the spectacular NSW Snowy Mountains. In the skiing and snowboarding season, you can hire equipment in town for fun on the snowfields – all a convenient 70 to 95 minutes’ drive away.
You’ll find places to stay to suit various budgets in and around Cooma. The largest town in the alpine region is home to the Snowy Mountains Hydro Discovery Centre, where you can explore one of the civil engineering marvels of the modern world. The Snowy Mountains Scheme is an amazing story.
Discover more about the rich history and heritage of Cooma on the Lambie Town Walk, including three National Trust-classified areas and pretty Centennial Park, perfect for a picnic in the warmer months. At Nanny Goat Hill Lookout, marvel at town’s heritage and the natural beauty beyond.
The pristine rivers and lakes are popular for fishing. You can join Snowy Monaro Fly Fishing on guided tour – all equipment is provided. offers whitewater rafting on the Snowy River. With Yarramba Horse Riding, explore the high country on a horseback adventure.
Bushwalking and mountain biking in the wilderness are exhilarating too, with Kosciuszko National Park the home of Australia’s highest peak. Between Cooma and the sparkling Sapphire Coast is Wadbilliga National Park, where the Cascades walking track leads to the tumbling Tuross River.
On the rolling Monaro Plains in the high country, the Cooma region is fertile grazing land and part of the cool-climate Tumbarumba wine region. Check out the events calendar for traditional rural shows and markets, including the Cooma Rodeo in February and the Bredbo Sheep Dog Trials in November.
Getting to Cooma is easy, with the drive from Sydney a little over four hours. From Canberra the drive is about 80 minutes and from Bega, on the coast, is 90 minutes. You can fly from Sydney to the Snowy Mountains Airport, near Cooma, where you can rent a car and explore the high country.