Getting to the Snowy Mountains

  • Driving: 2WD vehicles must carry snow chains from June to October
  • Bus services: All year and frequency increases in the snow season
  • Airports: Snowy Mountains in Cooma, Wagga Wagga and Canberra
  • Train and coach: Services to Tumut, Tumbarumba, Cooma and JIndabyne

Getting to the spectacular Snowy Mountains in southwest NSW is easy. You’ll find a range of options, including driving, bus services, train and coach services, plane and airport car rentals, or plane and airport transfers. Transport services increase in the snow season, from June to October.

Kosciuszko National Park is home to Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko, and snow resorts at Thredbo, Perisher, Charlotte Pass and Mount Selwyn. Surrounding the park are charming towns, with Tumbarumba in the west, Tumut in the north, and Jindabyne and Cooma in the east.

Snowy Valley Way - Lake Jindabyne - Snowy Mountains

Driving: All 2WD vehicles must carry snow chains between the June and October long weekends, and some roads are closed in winter. Please read these alpine-driving safety tips before your journey. Charlotte Pass is snowbound in winter, with access by the over-snow transport from Perisher.

Airports: Snowy Mountains Airport in Cooma is about 75 minutes’ drive from Thredbo, Perisher and Mount Selwyn. Wagga Wagga Airport in Wagga Wagga is 90 minutes from Tumut and Tumbarumba. Canberra Airport in Canberra is two hours from Jindabyne and 2.5 hours from Thredbo and Perisher.

Train and coach: NSW TrainLink rail and coach services between Sydney and Cooma, Jindabyne and Bombala, via Canberra. There are services between Sydney and Tumut and Tumbarumba too, via Cootamundra. From Melbourne, take a train to Bairnsdale for a coach to Bombala and Cooma.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Festival of the Falling Leaf

    Sunday 29 April 2018 , Tumut

    Autumn in Tumut offers one of the most spectacular display of seasonal colours to be found anywhere in New South Wales. In 1954 the local headmaster, Alf Wood, introduced the idea of a festival to celebrate the arrival of autumn and the f…

    29 Apr
  2. 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
  3. Steampunk@Altitude

    Saturday 05 May 2018 to Sunday 06 May 2018 , Cooma

    A celebration of Steampunk, inspired by Victorian design and fiction, and influenced by 19th Century industrial steam-powered machinery, attire, architecture, and lifestyle both real and imaginary. The historic industrial setting of the Mon…

    05 May - 06 May
  4. Mothers Day at Cascades Restaurant

    Sunday 13 May 2018 , Thredbo

    Spoil mum this Mother’s Day at Cascades Restaurant. The team at Cascades Restaurant will be pulling out all the stops to make sure your mum fills special with delicious food, scenic mountain views, an extensive wine list and friendly servic…

    13 May
  5. Snowy Mountains Photography Weekends

    Friday 18 May 2018 to Sunday 20 May 2018 , Jindabyne

    Fill your viewfinder with stunning shots of Snowy Mountain landscapes, cascading rivers and streams, rugged countryside and majestic snowgums. Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa is excited to be offering Landscape Photography Weekends with …

    18 May - 20 May
  6. Batlow CiderFest

    Saturday 19 May 2018 , Batlow

    Batlow CiderFest is a full-on communal street party celebrating the end of the apple harvest and the best boutique ciders grown and brewed locally. Growers, producers, locals and their visitors enjoy some hard-earned down time after the lo…

    19 May