Kosciuszko Alpine Way

Canberra
Cooma
Jindabyne
Kosciuszko National Park

The Kosciuszko Alpine Way drive is an unforgettable drive. Experience breathtaking views of the Australian Alps and exhilarating outdoor adventures, including a summit chairlift and walk to the rooftop of Australia.

Start in the lush pastoral area of Canberra and follow the road as it winds its way through beautiful alpine forests and high-country rich with historical significance.  Alpine Way takes you to the heart of the high country.

Discover an adventure wonderland in the magnificent NSW Snowy Mountains, from a summit walk to Australia’s highest peak and fly fishing in pristine mountain waters in warmer months, to skiing and snowboarding in colder months. You’ll enjoy delicious experiences too, such as wine tasting.

After the snow melts, a network of mountain biking and bushwalking tracks is revealed. Horseriding is popular too in the high country, portrayed in Banjo Paterson’s 1890 poem The Man from Snowy River as where ‘the hills are twice as steep’ and the ‘air is clear as crystal’, and this holds true today.

3 Days
219km
Driving
Vineyard in Kosciszko National Park - Snowy Mountains

Day 1

Depart Canberra

Arrive Cooma

The gorgeous drive from the nation's capital to Cooma takes you along the Monaro Highway, through fertile grazing land to the gateway to the magnificent NSW Snowy Mountains.

Enjoy fun outdoor adventures, explore a world engineering marvel and taste delicious produce in the beautiful Cooma region of the NSW Snowy Mountains. You’ll find plenty of places to stay to suit various budgets, and in the skiing and snowboarding season the snowfields are within easy reach.

On the Monaro Plains in the high country, Cooma is the largest town in the Snowy Mountains and home to the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre. At this fascinating centre are interactive displays on the Snowy Mountains Scheme, Australia’s greatest engineering project that generates hydro-electricity.

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.

For lovers of Perigord truffles, join Macenmist Black Truffles and Wines in Bredbo for a truffle-hunting tour in the pretty countryside. Another marvellous way to experience the high country is on horseback with Cochran Horse TreksReynella Rides and Yarramba Horse Riding offering tours.

Day 1
116km
Friends enjoying food and drink at Alpine Larder restaurant, Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa

Day 2

Depart Cooma

Arrive Jindabyne

From thrilling to delicious, Jindabyne is a perfect escape at any time of the year in the NSW Snowy Mountains.  The 62km drive west from Cooma along the historic Kosciuszko Road takes you to the edge of beautiful Lake Jindabyne, where this scenic town offers outdoor adventure, gourmet delights and vibrant nightlife, and is a great base near the snowfields in colder months.

In warmer months Lake Jindabyne is popular for water sports. The waterway is teeming with fish and is part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, Australia’s greatest engineering project that creates hydro-electricity. The town was relocated before the old township was flooded in 1967 to create the lake.

You can hire all kinds of equipment in Jindabyne for your adventure holiday. There are shops selling all the essentials too, from kit to fashion. You’ll find plenty of accommodation options in and around Jindabyne, from camping and caravanning to cottages, chalets, apartments, motels and eco-resorts.

Check out the exciting events calendar for festivals and shows such as the Snowtunes Music Festival in September and the Man from Snowy River Rodeo in December. Your tastebuds are in for a treat too, with casual cafes, chic restaurants and brew pubs. Just outside town is the Wildbrumby Distillery.

A short drive southwest is Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa, which offers a day pass for activities including golf, archery, mountain biking, fishing and canoeing. There are 25km of mountain bike tracks and a pump and flow track designed by mountain bike world champion Caroline Buchanan.

Day 2
62km
Mountain bikers taking a chairlift to the top of the Thredbo Valley Track with scenic views over Kosciuszko National Park

Day 3

Depart Jindabyne

Arrive Kosciuszko National Park

Winding through the spectacular forests and mountain ranges of Kosciuszko National Park, the dramatic Kosciuszko Alpine Way links Jindabyne to Khancoban, a 112km or two hour route historically used by the aboriginal people of the area.

Alpine Way takes you to the heart of the high country. As the snow melts in spring and pristine waters flow into mountain streams, the winter wonderland changes into alpine trails for bushwalking, mountain biking and horseriding. The crystal-clear rivers are perfect for fly fishing and kayaking.

One of the many memorable experiences is to walk to Australia’s highest point - an elevation of 2,228 metres - for a stunning panorama of the beautiful Australian Alps and beyond. The quickest way is Thredbo’s Kosciuszko Express Chairlift to the Kosciuszko walk, which is 13km return or four to five hours.

Thredbo’s exciting events calendar includes delightful summer festivals, such as the Thredbo Craft Beer Festival and Thredbo Blues Festival. Treat yourself to delicious experiences as well, including vibrant bars and tasty restaurants.

76km from Thredbo, Khancoban was established to house workers on the heritage-listed Snowy Mountains Scheme. On the way you can marvel at Western Fall’s wondrous peaks or picnic at Geehi Flats or at the Old Geehi Campground. Explore the mountain ranges on various walking trails, such as Major Clews Hut.

Explore further on the picturesque Khancoban to Kiandra drive, which connects Alpine Way with Snowy Mountains Highway and the Yarrangobilly Caves, or head back to Thredbo.  There are many great accommodation options in the area to explore.

Day 3
41km

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