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. Cooma Rotary Markets

    Sunday 20 January 2019 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…

    20 Jan - 16 Jun
  2. Numeralla Folk Festival

    Friday 25 January 2019 to Sunday 27 January 2019 , Cooma

    The Numeralla Folk Festival is held over three days and takes in Australia Day. 2019 is the forty-fifth year of the Numeralla Folk Festival. The Festival is the last traditional 'free' folk festival left in Australia, there are no…

    25 Jan - 27 Jan
  3. Cooma Australia Day Celebrations

    Saturday 26 January 2019 , Cooma

    Head to Centennial Park in Cooma and celebrate Australia Day with a great day of music, exhibitions and displays of what's great in the region. Food will also be available. The official ceremony will commence at 12pm at the band shell in…

    26 Jan
  4. Nimmitabel Show

    Saturday 02 February 2019 , Cooma

    The Nimmitabel Show is a great country rural show with a variety of horse, sheep and dog events along with the produce competition, cooking competition, and the Art and Craft Exhibition. The Beaut Ute competition will also be held…

    02 Feb
  5. Cooma Rodeo

    Saturday 09 February 2019 , Cooma

    Cooma Rural Australiana Championships Rodeo is an Australian Bushmen's Campdraft and Rodeo Association (ABCRA) affiliated rodeo. The event takes place in the rodeo arena at the Cooma Showground from 2pm, and will provide great…

    09 Feb