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.
Accommodations in the Snowys are some of the most diverse in the state. Here is a selection of things to see.
- KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK
- PERISHER SKI RESORT> The largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere.
- THREDBO VILLAGE> Featuring Australia’s ski longest run.
- CHARLOTTE PASS> The highest ski resort in Australia
- JINDABYNE> A lakeside base for skiing and exploring Mount Kosciuszko
- LAKE JINDABYNE> The largest freshwater lake in NSW
- COOMA> Gateway to the region’s alpine wilderness.
- ALPINE WAY SCENIC DRIVE > One of Australia’s great scenic drives.
- MOUNT SELWYN> The family ski resort
- SNOWY HYDRO DISCOVERY CENTRE
- WADBILLIGA NATIONAL PARK
- SNOWY MOUNTAINS REGION INFORMATION CENTRES
KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK
Mount Kosciuszko and the Etheridge Range – Photo © Trevar Alan Chilver
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.
PERISHER SKI RESORT
> The largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere.
One of the top ski resorts in Australia, Perisher Ski Resort has more than 1,200 hectares of skiable terrain for alpine and cross-country skiing and snowboarding and is 1,720 meters above sea level.
The resort includes Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Guthega, and Mount Blue Cow resorts, and together form the largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere.
Perisher has a range of accommodation, restaurants, cafés, and shops.
PERISHER SKI RESORT
Kosciuszko Rd, Perisher Valley NSW 2624
Ph 1300 655 822
> Featuring Australia’s ski longest run.
Thredbo Village is at the foot of the Crackenback Range in Kosciuszko National Park and has best steeps and vertical runs of all the state’s ski resorts, including the Supertrail which is Australia’s longest run.
In Summer Mountain bikers and hikers use the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift to access the summit of Mount Crackenback.
Friday Dr, Thredbo Resort, Thredbo Village 2627
Ph 1300 020 589
> The highest ski resort in Australia
Charlotte Pass is near the summit of Mount Kosciuszko and is the highest resort in Australia. It is the base for ski tours to the highest peaks in the Australian Alps and has the most reliable snowfall of all Australia’s ski resorts.
In the summer, hikers walk from Charlotte Pass the summit of Mount Kosciuszko, an 18-kilometer round-trip, or hike the Main Range Walk, which threads past glacial lakes and offers spectacular views.
> A lakeside base for skiing and exploring Mount Kosciuszko
Jindabyne across Lake Jindabyne Photo © Enoch Lau
On the shores of Lake Jindabyne, the village of Jindabyne is the ideal base for trips to Kosciuszko National Park.
For stunning views over the lake and its surroundings head to Waste Point Lookout.
In winter skiers and snowboarders make Jindabyne their base and catch a shuttle bus to the slopes of Perisher Valley and Smiggin Holes.
In summer, kayaking, bushwalking, mountain biking, white water rafting, and horseback riding are popular and anglers fish for trout in the lake.
> The largest freshwater lake in NSW
Lake Jindabyne. Photo © Martin Kraft
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.
> Gateway to the region’s alpine wilderness.
Cooma is at the junction of the Monaro and Snowy Mountains highways and is the largest town in the Snowys and is the gateway to the states alpine wilderness.
Construction of the Snowy Mountains hydro-electric scheme enables workers from 27 countries to come to Australia for the project. The Avenue of Flags in Centennial Park has flags of the nationalities of the workers.
For the best views of the surroundings, head to Mount Gladstone Lookout.
Make sure to visit the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre, to learn about one of Australia’s most important infrastructure projects.
ALPINE WAY SCENIC 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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> The family ski resort
An hour out of Tumut is Mount Selwyn. This skiing area is at the northern end of Kosciuszko National Park is ideal for beginners and families. It offers good value for families looking for an affordable first-time ski experience.
SELWYN SNOW RESORT
Kings Cross Road Cabramurra 2629
Ph 02 6454 9000
“Family friendly ski and snowboard resort in the Snowy Mountains of NSW. Share your snow story with us.” SELWYN SNOW RESORT
SNOWY HYDRO DISCOVERY CENTRE
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.
“Snowy Hydro is an Australian-owned asset. We welcome people to come and visit our Discovery Centre in Cooma, or Khancoban and the Talbingo Visitor Display centre.” SNOWY HYDRO
Talbingo Dam. Photo © AYArktos
Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre
Adjacent to Monaro Highway, Yulin Avenue, Cooma NSW 2630
Ph 1800 623 776
Open 8am – 5pm daily (cafe closes at 4pm) Weekend: 9am – 2pm
Closed Christmas Day and Anzac Day
WADBILLIGA NATIONAL PARK
Wadbilliga National Park is About 40 km from Cooma. It includes the unspoiled catchment areas of the Brogo and Wadbilliga Rivers. Waterfalls cascade over the rocky cliffs into the grand Tuross River Gorge in the northwest area of the park.
Wadbilliga National Park. Photo © Peter Woodard
Tall eucalyptus forests and great expanses of heathland cover the western area of the park. Many bush camping and hiking in the Brogo and Wadbilliga valleys with granite cliffs and rolling plateaus.
Abundant wildlife includes the endangered spotted-tailed quoll, pythons, sooty owls, and sugar gliders may be spotted at night.[maxbutton id=”1″ url=”http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/Wadbilliga-National-Park”]
Wadbilliga River at the crossing of the Wadbilliga Track. Photo © Peter Woodard
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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