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.

Cooma activities

The largest town in the alpine region is home to the Snowy Mountains Hydro Discovery Centre, where you can learn about the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme, considered one of the engineering wonders of the modern world.

Whitewater kayaking on the Snowy River 1 day trip with Alpine River Adventures, Cooma

Discover more about the rich history of Cooma on the Lambie Town Walk, which includes three National Trust-classified areas and pretty Centennial Park, perfect for a picnic in the warmer months. At Nanny Goat Hill Lookout, marvel at the town from above and the natural beauty beyond.

The pristine rivers and lakes are popular for fishing. You can join Snowy Monaro Fly Fishing on a guided tour – all equipment is provided. Alpine River Adventures offers white-water 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.  

Annual Bredbo Sheep Dog Trials in Bredbo, Cooma Area, Snowy Mountains

Cooma events

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. In March is Cooma Show, featuring show jumping, horse ring events, yard dog trials and tree felling.

Getting to Cooma

The drive from Sydney a little over four hours. From Canberra the drive is about 80 minutes and from Bega, on the coast, it 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.