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Distance & Driving times from major cities
Sydney to Cooma
410kms 5hrs
Sydney to Jindabyne
465kms 6hrs
Canberra to Cooma
125kms 2hrs
Canberra to Cooma
Jindabyne 180kms 3hrs
Melbourne to Cooma
635kms 8.5hrs
Closest Capital City:
Canberra ACT, 125km
Closest Airport:
Cooma
Winter activities: Alpine Skiing, Night Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Snow Boarding, Alpine touring, Snow shoeing
Summer activities: Bush walking, mountain biking, white water rafting, fishing, sailing, swimming, horse riding
 
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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 continent.

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 Festivals

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
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 more

Berridale
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.
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Crackenback
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
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
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 more

Thredbo
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 more

Cooma
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 more

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.

Environment

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.

Alpine Flowers
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 summer months.

Wild Life
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 up drafts.

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.

Climate

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.

Cooma
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 Cooma

Charlotte Pass
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 Charlotte Pass

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.

Getting there

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 the mountains.

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 in Canberra.

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 hire.

More information

Tourism Snowy Mountains http://www.snowymountains.com.au/index.html

Useful Links To Shops, Services and other things in Snowy Mountains

Richard's Report 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.
 

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