Snowy Valleys Way
The Snowy Valleys Way is a 300km drive passing through the foothills of the spectacular NSW Snowy Mountains in Kosciuszko National Park, home of Australia’s highest peak. This beautiful alpine region is the backdrop for acclaimed poet Banjo Paterson’s 1890 epic The Man from Snowy River.
Scenic drive through NSW Snowy Mountains
The scenic touring route begins in Gundagai, where you’ll find the iconic Dog on the Tuckerbox. The statue commemorates a faithful pet that guarded its dead master’s food container. Gundagai is near Wagga Wagga and is about 3h 45min southwest of Sydney and less than two hours from Canberra.
On the Snowy Valleys Way, you’ll pass through Tumut and Tumbarumba before crossing into Victoria and ending at Beechworth. The lovely areas you’ll visit are full of stories about colonial bushrangers in the gold rush. Enjoy outdoor adventures too, including bushwalking, mountain biking and fishing.
Explore magnificent Yarrangobilly Caves, south of Talbingo. Treat yourself to tasty adventures, too. Gundagai wine region is recognised for shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay. In cool-climate Tumbarumba wine region, visit cellar doors at Courabyra Wines and Tumbarumba Wine Escapes.
As with other touring routes in NSW, from the splendid coast to the picturesque countryside to the magnificent high country, stop at farm gates and orchards for fresh produce shopping. You can pick your own blueberries at Jolly Berries in the Tumbarumba region between December and March.
Batlow in the Tumut region is home to one of Australia’s iconic ‘big things’ – the Big Apple. You can buy fresh apples in season at Mouat’s Farm and at the roadside stall of Wilgro Orchards. Join in the fun celebrations at Batlow Apple Blossom Festival in October and the Batlow CiderFest in May.
Tumbafest in February and Tumbarumba Tastebuds in October are two more delicious festivals. To watch the extraordinary skills of mountain horseman immortalised in poems and stories, check out the marvellous Boggy Creek Show. Enjoy thrilling annual rodeos as well in Tumbarumba and Tumut.
Avoid driving tired and reach your destination
When driving, always consider how tired you are - fatigue is one of the top three contributors to Australia's road toll.
Ensure you have had enough sleep before your trip and share the driving wherever possible. When driving on Australian roads take advantage of the many 'rest areas' available, regardless of whether it's a long-distance or short-distance trip.
Easily locate rest areas and plan your rest breaks for your next journey by visiting www.rms.nsw.gov.au