About Snowy Mountains
The Snowy Mountains
region in NSW has a wide range of accommodation
to suit your winter ski and snow board holiday
or summer trout fishing, bush walking and mountain
biking vacation accommodation needs.
The Snowy Mountains is home to trout-filled
mountain streams and lakes, exquisite bush land and
breathtaking mountain scenery. Climb Mt Kosciuszko
to the roof of Australia. Mount Kosciuszko is 2,229
metres high, and is the highest peak on the Australian
This region is well known for its winter
snow sports including resort and back country skiing
and snow boarding, cross country skiing and snow
shoeing. There are several resorts catering to the
snow sports enthusiast including Charlotte Pass,
Mount Selwyn, Perisher, and Thredbo.
In summer mountain hike across high
plains covered in a patchwork of alpine wild flowers,
enjoy the thrill of white water rafting, relax with
a little fly fishing or experience the legend of
the Man from Snowy River on a horse ride. These are
just some of the attractions of this region.
Food and Wine
From cafes to gourmet restaurants you will find it all in the Snowy Mountains
region. Local vineyards produce cool climate wines. A diverse variety of
international cuisine is to be found in this region due to the influence
of the many migrants who travelled to the region to work in the Snowy Hydro
Electric Scheme and the ski fields in the mid to late 1900s. Local produce
includes fresh mountain trout, fruit, tender lamb, and cherry brandy.
Art Galleries, Museums and
The snowy mountains have had a strong influence on many local painters, sculptors,
photographers and ceramicists. Art exhibitions and competitions are held year-round,
across the district. Numerous festivals are also held in the district around
the year including a jazz festival and a blues festival.
Places to visit
Adaminaby is popular destination for trout
fishermen and is home to the big trout. The original
town of Adaminaby now lies under the waters of Lake
Eucumbene. Not far from here are the Yarrangobilly
thermal pools and limestone caves. Read
Located between Cooma and Jindabyne, Berridale is an ideally located for accessing
either the family ski resort of Selwyn Snowfields or the larger ski resorts
of Thredbo and Perisher Valley.
Located on the Alpine Way next to the ski tube, Crackenback offers easy access
to both Perisher via the ski tube and Thredbo via the Alpine Way. Crackenback
offers many activities including golf, tennis, canoeing, trout fishing and
horse riding. Read more.
Jindabyne is a new town created after the original settlement was relocated
to make way for Lake Jindabyne, part of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric
Scheme. Lake Jindabyne was completed in 1967 and has a capacity of 689 790
ML. Jindabyne is located close to the major ski resorts and offers superb
facilities to trout fishermen. Read more
Perisher is one of the biggest and highest ski resorts in Australia. It
combines Perisher Valley, Blue Cow, Smiggin Holes and Guthega. The ski resort
has over 50 lifts across 7 peaks. Read
Thredbo is a year round resort holiday destination located in the Kosciuszko
National Park. Thredbo Village blends a unique mountain environment with
cultural events and activities to suit all ages. Read
Cooma is a large sub-alpine town about one hour's drive from the main ski resorts.
It is characterized by wide tree lined streets and highland plains and is
the main commercial centre for the Snowy Mountains region. Read
Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme
A notable attraction of the region are the many lakes, dams and hydro power
stations created as part of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme developed
during the 1950's. To date it is Australia's largest engineering works. Migrants
flocked here to work on the scheme thus creating the strong European influence
seen in the region today.
The Snowy Mountains region encompasses
the open plains of the Monaro through to a large
area of alpine landscape that includes the highest
point in Australia's Great Dividing Range, Mount
Kosciuszko. Much of the region incorporates the Kosciuszko
National Park. The flat expanse of the Monaro is
wonderful grazing country and its sheep are renowned
for the quality of their Merino wool.
The Australian Alps is covered in a wide range of vegetation due to numerous
mountain bogs, lakes and streams. These retain water from the spring melting
snow and rain. Gorgeous wild flowers including Billy Buttons, Silver Snow
Daisies, and Alpine Marsh Marigolds create a patchwork of colour during the
The Snowy Mountains is home to numerous
species of kangaroos and wombats. Spotted-tailed
quolls, pygmy possums, and the platypus are amongst
some of the more elusive inhabitants of the region.
The endangered yellow and black corroboree frog makes
its home in a few of the alpine bogs.
The bird life includes, brilliantly
coloured Crimson Rosellas and Flame Robins. Huge
wedgetail eagles are often seen hovering on the mountain
Trout were introduced to the mountain
streams of the Snowies in the late 19th century.
Since then they have prospered, especially in the
local dams of Lake Jindabyne and Lake Eucumbene attracting
thousands of fishermen each year.
The climate over the region can vary
greatly. The alpine areas are characterized by cool,
crisp air whilst the surrounding Monaro plains can
experience quite warm temperatures in summer.
Average Winter temperatures: -3 degrees Celsius to 13 degrees Celsius
Average Summer temperature: 9 degrees Celsius to 27 degrees Celsius
Temperatures as low as -11 and as high as +38 degrees have been recorded in
Average Winter temperatures: -7 degrees Celsius to 4 degrees Celsius
Average Summer temperature: 4 degrees Celsius to 17 degrees Celsius
Temperatures as low as -20 and as high as +34 degrees have been recorded in
Mountain weather can be extremely unpredictable
and anyone hiking through this area should be prepared
for all conditions as you can experience quite rapid
changes in weather.
The Snowy Mountains region is easily
accessed by road, air and coach.
Most people travel to the region by
car as this is the most flexible way of exploring
Regular bus services are available
and there is an airport located in Cooma. Daily air
services are available to Cooma and Canberra from
around Australia and car hire facilities are available
There is a daily fee for vehicles
using Kosciuszko National Park. During winter some
roads are closed due to snow and others may require
the carrying of snow chains which are available for
Tourism Snowy Mountains http://www.snowymountains.com.au/index.html
Useful Links To Shops, Services and other things
in Snowy Mountains
for an independent & unbiased report on conditions in Thredbo and the Snowy Mountains.
Harro's Snow Sports
Providng a wide range of ski, snowboard & clothing rentals, sales, repairs & tuning.
If you would like to display your business here,
click here to contact us.