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. Truffle hunting and dining

    Sunday 24 June 2018 to Monday 27 August 2018 , Cooma

    Situated eight kilometres from the village of Bredbo in the Snowy Monaro region, Macenmist Black Truffles and Wines offers you the chance to explore the hidden delights of the Perigord black truffle. Come and join the team at Macenmist wher…

    24 Jun - 27 Aug
  2. Bredbo CWA Village Markets

    Sunday 24 June 2018 to 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 wares…

    24 Jun - 25 Nov
  3. Thredbo Snow Series: Rail Jam

    Friday 29 June 2018 , Thredbo

    The Thredbo Snow Series is back. With a tonne of cash and prizes as well as the overall Snow Series title, there is a category for everyone. First stop, the Rails event at the new location of Cruiser Terrain Park. Grab your skis or snowboar…

    29 Jun
  4. First Tracks at Perisher

    Sunday 01 July 2018 to Sunday 30 September 2018 , Perisher Valley

    First Tracks Mornings are a special Perisher experience, offering a limited number of resort guests the chance to access a selected area in beautiful Blue Cow riding the Ridge Quad chairlift before anyone else. First Tracks will run from Ju…

    01 Jul - 30 Sep
  5. Truffle Hunt - Inspiration

    Sunday 01 July 2018 to Saturday 25 August 2018 , Cooma

    From start to finish immerse yourself in hours of black truffles during this inspirational All Day event. After a brisk start to the morning harvesting truffle with the truffle dogs Fahren and Tawdiffu you return to the truffle barn where t…

    01 Jul - 25 Aug