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Snowy MountainsAustralia’s highest peaks are in the Snowy Mountains, where there’s thrilling downhill skiing and snowboarding during the snow season. Lively towns and resorts in this alpine region in southwest NSW are also popular destinations in warmer months for hiking, horseriding, kayaking, mountain biking and fishing. When spring melts the snow into cascading waters and wildflowers bloom, streams shelter trout and attract many fly fishermen. Vineyards in this beautiful region produce excellent cool-climate wines, and fresh produce is on sale at farm gates.
Top things to do The towns of the Snowy Mountains Do and See Events Restaurants, cafés and bars Accommodation
Top things to doThe Snowy Mountains provide the ultimate outdoor escape - a true lure for nature lovers year-round.
The towns of the Snowy MountainsA rich cultural heritage that's helped shape the Australian identity, the Snowy Mountains are untameable high country dotted with charming townships. This is a very large area, even in Australian terms; Kosciuszko National Park itself covers almost 700,000 hectares, so allow time to explore the townships in this beautiful terrain.
Do and SeeHome to beautiful alpine wilderness, the Snowy Mountains present a stunning vista of rivers, mountains, valleys and glacial lakes. Enjoy great skiing and snowboarding in the cooler months, and bushwalking, mountain biking, horseriding and fishing in the warmer months.
EventsDiscover rural Australian culture with the wide variety of music, sports, art, wine, and food events held in the Snowy Mountains throughout the year.
Restaurants, cafés and barsTackling the mountains at any time of the year can work up an appetite. Whether you're seeking a casual bite or a gourmet experience, the Snowy Mountains' villages and towns offer tempting delights to suit a wide range of budgets and tastes.
AccommodationStay on-snow in winter, or rest and relax with a bush retreat in the warmer months. A vast selection of lodges, hotels, B&Bs and farm stays are dotted around the beautiful terrain of spectacular mountains, valleys, lakes and rivers.
From ski gear and chic boutiques to cool-climate wines and fishing equipment, shopping in the Snowy Mountains is easy. You'll find what you need to enjoy the glorious mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes - stunning whatever the season.
Alpine Sports is open year-round and offers a good selection of ski and snowboard equipment for hire or purchase. Browse a wide range of clothing, accessories and headwear in store or online.
Cooma Rotary Markets
Held on the third Sunday of each month, these markets offer a variety of crafts, pottery, clothing, prints, bric-a-brac and woodwork. Local lavender products, plants, and nursery and garden implements also feature alongside local produce. A jumping castle in the park keeps children entertained.
JK Gallery & Mountain Shop
Find exclusive pieces for your home décor including fine local artwork, original sculptures, hand-crafted wooden furniture, antiques, homewares, and exotic furs and rugs from around the world. The store also stocks clothing and accessories including Scottish cashmere sweaters, scarves, gloves, and wraps.
The cool climate of the Snowy Mountains produces high quality and intensely flavoured blueberries. Pick your own at this family owned farm or buy punnets in season between December and March. Other blueberry products available for sale include jams, sauces, toppings, port, wine, and sparkling wine.
The town of Bombala and the surrounding Monaro region are ideally suited to the growing of high quality lavender. Discover locally produced lavender products while you learn about the history of the area. Essential lavender oil distillations and talks can be arranged with prior notice.
Monaro Art Group Gallery
The Gallery is operated by the Monaro Art Group and displays paintings, photographs, crafts and sculptures by talented local artists and craftsmen. All items displayed are available for purchase.
Located on the farm of Ribbonwood Cottages, this antique store has a selection of restored antique furniture and collectables all sourced from the local area.
Snow City's retail range includes a wide variety of equipment including skis, boards, goggles, helmets, gloves, skate gear and more. Their Demo Service Van provides an on-slope mobile service for those wanting to swap or adjust their demo equipment.
Snowy Mountain Cookies
Baked with quality ingredients including couverture chocolate, free range eggs and real butter, these cookies are made without artificial colours, flavours or additives and no preservatives. Watch through the glass kitchen door to see how it all happens in the bakehouse.
The Snowy Mountains are easy to access by road, air and coach. With such a vast area covering so many spectacular natural attractions, take your time and explore the beauty of the splendid region and enjoy the many outdoor adventures.
Getting to the Snowy Mountains
A number of regular ski bus services run from Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra, to Perisher and Thredbo. From Perisher, travellers take a short trip on over-snow transport to Charlotte Pass. Jindabyne, the closest town to Kosciuszko National Park, is an excellent base for exploring the region. The town is a five-and-a-half-hour drive from Sydney, and…
Many bus companies operate from Canberra or Sydney to various towns and villages in the Snowy Mountains. Here are some options: Cooma Coaches • Provide a regular bus service linking the villages and towns of the Snowy Mountains. • Phone: +61 2 6452 4841 • www.coomacoaches.com.au Greyhound • Operate daily services, and extra on Friday,…
Most people travel to the region by car as this is the most flexible and rewarding way of exploring the mountains with its diverse and spectacular scenery. • The Snowy Mountains region is well-served by a network of good roads: the Alpine Way runs from Jindabyne to Khancoban; the Snowy Mountains Highway between Tumut and…
There are many daily flights to Canberra from Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne, with connecting flights from other capital cities Qantas • Phone: 13 13 13 (Australia wide) • Website: www.qantas.com.au Fly Pelican • Phone: +61 2 4965 0111 • Website: www.flypelican.com.au Virgin Blue • Phone: 13 67 89 (Australia wide) • Website: www.virginaustralia.com In…
Cooma Radio Taxis • Address: 24 Baron St, Cooma, NSW 2630 • Phone: +61 2 6452 7777 Jindabyne Taxi Service • Address: Alpine Way, Thredbo Village, NSW, 2625 • Phone: +61 2 6457 2444
Adelong Pharmacy • Address: 109 Tumut St, Adelong, NSW 2729 • Phone: +61 2 6946 2555 Central Chemist • Address: 155 Sharp St, Cooma, NSW 2630 • Phone: +61 2 6452 1599 Hooks Pharmacy • Address: 140-148 Sharp St, Cooma, NSW 2630 • Phone: +61 2 6452 1744 Jindabyne Pharmacy • Address: Nuggets Crossing, Snowy…