With its rocky alpine summits toiling down into stunning glacial valleys, lakes and rivers, the Snowy Mountains is one of NSW’s most exhilarating adventure playgrounds. Hit the trails, the greens, the water or the caves this summer for an adventure holiday in the Snowy Mountains.
Read on to discover some awesome adventure holiday activities in the Snowy Mountains sure to get your heart racing.
Stroll through relaxing nature reserves or tackle networks of hiking tracks in Kosciuszko National Park. There are walks to suit all levels of expertise and abilities.
- Mt. Kosciuszko: Strap on your hiking boots and seek some high altitude adventure, standing atop Australia’s tallest mountain! The walk can be a challenging hike, which can be quite steep in sections. You can choose to hike or ride the 18.6 km return route from Charlotte Pass to the summit of Mt. Kosciuszko.
- Bombala River Walk: In Wiradjuri language “Bombala” refers to a place where the waters meet, so unwind as you stroll through a sea of yellow daffodils and watch the platypus swim and play along in the rivers and streams.
- Dead Horse Gap Walking Track: Enjoy panoramic views of the Kosciuszko National Park sweeping beneath you, from 600m above the valley floor. Check out Ramshead Range to enjoy more diverse scenery from alpine heath to a forest of towering snow gums on this 10km return journey.
- Main Range Walk: The Main Range walk starts in the valleys of the Snowy River, and winds up the summit, allowing you to opt out at any stage depending on your fitness levels. The track winds through the summit, past spectacular lookouts – including Hedley Tarn and the glacial, Blue Lake. Continue up the summit for irresistible 360 views of the Snowy Mountains at Carruthers Peak.
- Illawong Walk: A comfortable 5km return walk from Guthega Village, along the famous Snowy River Valley. Pack your binoculars, as this track is frequented by many native birds including the crimson rosella and gang gang cockatoos. You’re also likely to run into wombats and echidnas.
- Jounama Creek Walk: Take this easy 6 km loop from the charming Jounama Creek camping grounds to witness stunning natural alpine waterfalls with dense bush, before arriving at a serene vast body of water – Jounama Pondage.
For the cycling enthusiast, the Kosciuszko National Park is filled with fun, thrilling and diverse trails, suitable for all levels of cycling experience. You can hire cycling equipment all around the Snowy Mountains, including Sacred Ride, based in Jindabyne. From mountain biking to road riding, explore the Snowy Mountains on wheels this summer.
- Thredbo Valley Track: A popular track connecting Thredbo Village to Lake Crackenback, passing through marvelling scenery of the Kosciuszko National Park. You can travel both uphill and downhill depending on the level of challenge you are seeking.
- Cascade Hut Trail: Starting at Dead Horse Gap, meander through the twisting roads through gorgeous snowgum forests and lush, green, mountainous surrounds. Make your way to the historic alpine hut via Bob’s Ridge, a scenic lookout with impeccable views, sweeping all the way across the Murray River Valley all the way to Victoria!
- Geehi Reservoir ride via Schlink Pass: To experience high altitude mountain bike riding head to this reclusive section of the Kosciuszko National Park, located between Geehi and Guthega. As you ride, you will notice a change in temperature as you move through the different alpine regions. Be sure to stop at Schlink Pass and take in the far-reaching views from an elevation of 1800m above valley level.
- Pilot Wilderness Mountain Bike Ride: Located in the lower Snowy River area, this challenging long distance trail is ideal for adrenaline seekers. Ride through remote wilderness, up steep climbs and down through native tall-standing cypress pines.
Snowy Mountains Water Sports
Due to the calm waters of the stunning glacial rivers, dams and lakes, boating and water sports are an extremely popular recreational activity in the Snowy Mountains all year round. Tourists travel from all around the country to wakeboard, waterski and jet around in the pristine waters of the Snowy Mountains.
- Boating Destinations: For sensationally smooth water, head to Talbingo Dam, Lake Jindabyne, Tooma Reservoir, Khancoban Pondage or Blowering Dam. These sublime bodies of water are scattered throughout the Snowy Mountains, and all offer their visitors perfect conditions to launch the boat and enjoy a great day out on the water. Whether you’re a water-skier, air-chair fanatic, knee-boarder or wakeboarder, the Snowy Mountains is your one stop destination for water fun all year round. Or if you are a learner, alpine tourism outlets near Lake Jindabyne can provide you with all the equipment and know-how to have you up on the water in no time.
- Kayaking: Head to Sacred Ride in Jindabyne to hire a diverse range of equipment for all your water sport activities, including kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards and water skis and wakeboards! Take part in all of the water-fun action at Lake Jindabyne.
- Swimming: There’s nothing better than having a refreshing dip in glacial waters, and there are a number of destinations suitable for swimming around the Snowy Mountains, including the charming Jounama Creek, Lake Jindabyne and the thermal pools at Yarrangobilly.
- White-water rafting and Water Sledding: Head out on a Snowy Whitewater day trip, and discover the glacial currents, with fast and thrilling white water rapids dispersed between calm contemplative pools of water. Or for a more relaxing experience, opt for a Thredbo River Sled Tour, to explore the regions beautiful waters.
The locals of the Snowy Mountains take their fishing seriously. From festivals to competitions, the clear alpine waters of the region are sublime for fishing all year round. Schools of fish are always swimming through the glacial waters of the Snowy Mountains region, including golden perch, trout and the iconic Murray cod.
- Jounama: The protected waters of the Jounama pondage open up once a year for the Jounama Classic – an annual fishing competition where an exclusive 55 boats may attend, by invitation only. The most prestigious fishermen launch their boats at sunrise and fish until 5pm to see who can claim the best catch!
- Snowy Mountains Trout Festival: a week-long competition spanning six categories including fly fishing and spinning, determined to find the best angler in the region who can reel in the largest rainbow trout and brown trout.
- River Fishing: the fast alpine currents in the Tumut, Bombala, Tuross and Snowy Rivers provide the perfect climate for trout to spawn and thrive. Cast a line and test your luck.
- Fly Fishing Tours: There are a number of fly fishing schools around the Snowy Mountains including Snowy Monaro in Cooma and Fly Fishing Tumut, both of which can teach you the basics in fly fishing the rivers and lakes of the Snowy Mountains.
- Lake Eucumbene: nestled in the Snowy Mountains at an elevated 1200m above sea level, Lake Eucumbene is an extremely popular and well renowned fishing destination for brown and rainbow trout and the impressive Atlantic salmon.
Explore the real High Country atop your noble steed and climb through picturesque terrain around the Snowys this Summer. There’s plenty of options from day tours, night stays and homestead experiences.
- Thredbo Valley Horse Riding: Climb on board the gentle, tamed brumbies and let the locals show you around. With 2,800 acres of sub-alpine wilderness to explore, you will learn about the history, the people and the majestic nature of the Snowy Mountains.
- Snowy River Horseback Adventure: Head to the home of Snowy River adventures, at Old Ingebirah Homestead, to enjoy unparalleled comfort whilst exploring the great outdoors. Snowy River Horseback Adventure offer two to five day homestead based treks where no two days are the same!
- Reynella Rides: The Rudd family have been operating for over 47 years, showcasing the region’s natural beauty, from the heart of the Snowy mountains, Adaminaby. Embark upon a horseback safari, climbing to the peaks of Mt. Selwyn. Reynella Rides offers a variety of tour lengths, stunning alpine terrain, and hearty family hospitality.
- Snowy Wilderness: For a real outdoor experience, stay campfire side, with Snowy Wilderness. Head out into the mountains for spectacular horse riding, impeccable scenery and then roll out your swag and boil your billy. Take the opportunity to partake in a genuine “Man from Snowy River” adventure.
Snowy Mountains Climbing Caving and Abseiling
The Snowy Mountains are perfect for all climbing, bouldering, caving and abseiling aficionados, seeking thrilling adventure in an exquisite alpine playground.
- Yarrangobilly Caves: Immerse yourself in gripping stalactites and stalagmites as you explore six caves of limestone tapestry. Take a guided Discovery tour of Jersey Cave, or 2 million year old, Jillabenan Cave, which is wheelchair accessible.
- K7- Kosciuszko Adventures: Step over the edge of the summit and take in the Snowy Mountains from a whole new perspective. Abseiling is an extremely popular adventure sport in the Snowy Mountains from either Blue Lake, 3 Amigos or Signature Hill.
Snowy Mountains Golf
Play a round of golf atop the highest golf course in Australia and enjoy the bewildering scenic surrounds of the Snowy Mountains, teeming with birdlife and an abundance of wildlife.
- Thredbo Golf Course: The air has never been clearer up on Australia’s highest golf course. This magnificent 9-hole golf course is located alongside the picturesque Thredbo River, and flaunts outstanding views of the surrounding Snowy Mountains.
- Coolamatong Golf Course: Located in Berridale, just halfway between Cooma and Jindabyne, the Coolamatong Snowy Mountains Country Club is an 18-hole course set in the lower ridges of the Snowy Mountains. Graced with laid back wildlife and beautifully kept greens, it is well worth the visit to Coolamatong.
- Cooma Golf Club: This 18-hole golf course is located just three kilometres from the Snowy Mountains Highway. The beautifully manicured fairways and gardens boast a sensational view out towards the sweeping mountains of Monaro.
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