The spectacular Snowy Mountains are part of the Great Dividing Range and fall across both the NSW and Victorian high country areas.
Maps show the Snowy Mountains finishing at the NSW border however state borders are not known to nature.
The Snowy’s have the highest peaks in Australia, the highest being Mount Kosciuszko which is 2,223 metres high.
Australia’s top ski resorts, such as Perisher, Thredbo, and Charlotte Pass all lie within Kosciuszko National Park, they are easily accessible and have world-class facilities.
The Snowy Mountains are a popular destination for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts all year-round. Activities in winter include downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding. In summer people enjoy bushwalking, bird watching, hiking, climbing, water skiing, rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, and fishing.
Fly fishers seek trout in the pure rivers, lakes, and streams. Lake Jindabyne is a favourite and is one of Australia’s top fishing destinations.
SEVEN REASON TO VISIT THE SNOWY MOUNTAINS
- 1. CLIMB (OR WALK) TO THE TOP OF AUSTRALIA
- 2. SEE THE LARGEST FRESHWATER LAKE IN NSW
- 3. DRIVE ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S GREAT SCENIC DRIVES
- 4. EXPLORE THE SNOWY MOUNTAINS SCHEME
- 5. SAMPLE THE LEGENDARY MENUS
- 6. GO UNDERGROUND AT THE YARRANGOBILLY CAVES
- 7. TASTE HIGH COUNTRY WINES
- SNOWY MOUNTAINS REGION INFORMATION CENTRES
Mount Kosciuszko and the Etheridge Range – Photo © Trevar Alan Chilver
1. CLIMB (OR WALK) TO THE TOP OF AUSTRALIA
The Kosciuszko National Park covers 6,000 square kilometres of snow-capped peaks, alpine meadows, limestone gorges, snow gum forests, and is the headwaters of the Snowy River.
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Lake Jindabyne. Photo © Martin Kraft
2. SEE THE LARGEST FRESHWATER LAKE IN NSW
Lake Jindabyne is one of the state’s largest freshwater reservoirs and is the focal point of the resort town of Jindabyne. Walking and cycling tracks ring the lake and on the water, kayaking, canoeing, and power boating are enjoyed by locals and visitors.
The lake is said to be one of the best fishing spots in Australia for Atlantic salmon, brown trout, brook trout, and rainbow trout.
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3. DRIVE ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S GREAT SCENIC DRIVES
If you want to see the highlights of Australia’s only alpine region take the Alpine Way Scenic Drive that twists and climbs on narrow mountain roads between Khancoban and Thredbo, through southern Kosciuszko National Park.
The drive will take you past alpine lakes and rivers, flower-flecked meadows, and magnificent mountain scenery.
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4. EXPLORE THE SNOWY MOUNTAINS SCHEME
Explore and find out about one of the civil engineering wonders of the modern world consisting of 9 power stations, 16 major dams, 80 km of aqueducts and 145 km of interconnecting tunnels.
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Talbingo Dam. Photo © AYArktos
5. SAMPLE THE LEGENDARY MENUS
Now it’s time for you to discover the modern-day legends of the Snowy Mountains, the emerging and the famous chefs who are making the high country a must-experience destination for food lovers. Here is a selection of legendary and new eateries for you to try.
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6. GO UNDERGROUND AT THE YARRANGOBILLY CAVES
“The Yarrangobilly area is a highlight of northern Kosciuszko National Park. Explore jaw-dropping caves on a guided tour and swim in the thermal pool. Stay at historic Caves House and enjoy the walks and wildlife.” NATIONAL PARKS
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Yarrangobilly Caves. Photo © Colin Henein
7. TASTE HIGH COUNTRY WINES
We recommend taking a close look at the region’s award-winning sparkling wines as we think they are underrated. As a suggestion taste Courabyra’s NV Brut, a blend is 50/50 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that has a lovely dry finish and especially Coppabella Wines Cuvee Prestige NV an outstanding blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay producing a superb wine with a vibrant, long and complex finish.[maxbutton id=”1″ url=”https://nswvisitorguide.com.au/snowy-mountains-travel-guide/snowy-mountains-travel-wineries-brewers-distillers/”]
SNOWY MOUNTAINS REGION INFORMATION CENTRES
COOMA VISITORS CENTRE
119 Sharp St Cooma 2630
Ph 1800 636 525 or 02 6450 1742
Open 7 days a week 9am to 3pm.
“Cooma Visitors Centre has been providing information to tourists for over 50 years. Located in the centre of town next to the iconic Avenue of Flags and Man from Snowy River Statue. We also provide important services to our local community.” COOMA VISITORS CENTRE
KHANCOBAN VISITORS INFORMATION CENTRE
Corner Scammell Street and Alpine Way, Khancoban 2642
Ph 02 6070 8400
Open Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm (Closed 12:30 to 1pm for lunch)
“Based in the town of Khancoban, the Khancoban Visitor Information Centre provides local information, day and annual passes, NPWS products, books, maps, souvenirs, giftware and clothing. There are free displays and audio-visual presentations. Wheelchair access is provided.” KHANCOBAN VISITORS INFORMATION CENTRE
SNOWY REGION VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE
Kosciuszko Rd Jindabyne 2627
Ph 02 6450 5600
“Snowy Region Visitor Centre is conveniently located on Kosciuszko Road in Jindabyne. Jindabyne is located in the centre of the Snowy Mountains, situated around Lake Jindabyne. The resort town offers a range of accommodation, restaurants, cafes, shops, activities and attractions.” SNOWY REGION VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE
TUMUT REGION VISITORS CENTRE
5 Adelong Road, Tumut 2720
Ph 02 6947 7025
Open 7 days, 9am to 5pm. Closed Christmas Day
“Tumut Visitor Centre, on Snowy Mountains Highway, is the ideal starting point for a visit to northern Kosciuszko National Park, offering information, booking services, and souvenirs.” TUMUT REGION VISITORS CENTRE
TUMBARUMBA VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE
10 Bridge Street, Tumbarumba 2653
Ph 02 6948 3333
Open Monday to Thursday, 9:30am – 1pm, Friday to Sunday, 9:30am – 3pm
“Tumbarumba Visitor Information Centre can provide information on accommodation, attractions, events, road and weather conditions in the Tumbarumba Region. The Tumbarumba Museum is located in the Visitor Centre, with permanent displays on the gold mining and cattleman’s heritage, as well as a fascinating display on the history and events surrounding the Southern Cloud aircraft that crashed in the mountains near Tumbarumba in 1931. The Tumbarumba Visitor Centre provides DVD viewings of the Snowy Mountains region, and stocks local produce, a small range of merchandise, books on the Snowy Mountains region, and topographic maps.” TUMBARUMBA VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE
YARRANGOBILLY CAVES VISITORS CENTRE
Yarrangobilly Caves Entrance Road, off Snowy Mountains Highway, Yarrangobilly Caves 2720
Ph 02 6454 9597
Open 7 days, 9am – 5pm – Closed Christmas Day
“Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre is your one stop destination for information on cave tours and tickets, and top tips on where to stay and what to do in the Yarrangobilly and northern areas of Kosciuszko National Park.” YARRANGOBILLY CAVES VISITORS CENTRE
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