Cooma

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.

Angelican Church - Cooma - Snowy Mountains

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. Alpine River Adventures offers whitewater rafting on the Snowy River. With Yarramba Horse Riding, explore the high country on a horseback adventure.

Cooma Monaro Railway - Cooma Area

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.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. 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
  2. Cooma Rotary Markets

    Sunday 18 November 2018 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…

    18 Nov - 16 Jun
  3. Bredbo CWA Village Markets

    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…

    25 Nov
  4. Cooma Sundowners Cup

    Saturday 08 December 2018 , Cooma

    Head to the Ti Tree Racecourse for the biggest race day in Cooma. Held annually, early in December, with the main race being the Sundowners Cup - named in honour of the movie The Sundowners which was filmed in and around Cooma, Adaminaby…

    08 Dec