Cooma

Anglican Church, Tourism New South Wales

Population 6587

The regional centre of the Snowy Mountains, Cooma was once dubbed Australia's most cosmopolitan city, thanks to the thousands of migrants who flocked to the region to work on the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme. It is a charming and bustling centre with visitors coming for the snow in winter and the greenery and crisp mountain air in summer. Motorists are advised to stop here to check tyres and stock up on petrol and provisions before heading into the alpine country.

Visitor Information

119 Sharp St; (02) 6450 1742 or 1800 636 525

www.visitcooma.com.au

Nearby national parks

  • Namadgi National Park

    Rolling grassy hills unfold towards the horizon, hardy snow gums create woodlands on the subalpine slopes and higher still are alpine...more

  • Eurobodalla National Park

    This sliver of national park runs in three sections along the south coast between Moruya Heads and Tilba Tilba Lake, just south of Cape...more

  • Bournda National Park

    Bournda National Park, on the state’s far south coast, is a magically beautiful place of sea and freshwater lakes, an extensive...more

Nearby towns

  • Berridale

    This charming small town calls itself the 'Crossroads of the Snowy' and is a popular stopover point in winter between Cooma and the...more

  • Adaminaby Intro

    Over 100 buildings were moved in the 1950s to Adaminaby's current town site. The remaining town and surrounding valley were flooded to...more

  • Jindabyne

    Jindabyne, adjacent to the south-eastern section of Kosciuszko National Park (see Adaminaby and Thredbo) and just below the snowline, was...more

In Town

Centennial Park Originally a swamp, Centennial Park was established in 1890. During WW II slit trenches were dug here in case of air attacks. The Avenue of Flags was constructed in 1959 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme with one flag for each of the 27 nationalities of the workers. The Time Walk depicts the district's history in 40 ceramic mosaics laid below the flags. There is also a sculpture of Banjo Paterson's famous 'Man from Snowy River'. Sharp St.

Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre: interactive displays, photographs, models and films on the scheme. Read More

NSW Corrective Services Museum: features unique displays of over 200 years of history, from convicts through to the modern prison system in the old Cooma Gaol; Vale Street; (02) 6452 5974.

Southern Cloud Park: features Southern Cloud Memorial, a display of remains of the aircraft Southern Cloud, which crashed in the region in 1931 and was found in 1958.

Bike path: picturesque path following Cooma Creek between Lambie St and Rotary Oval.

Historic railcar: trips from Cooma to Bunyan on weekends; bookings at visitor centre.

Lambie Town self-guided walk: designed in 1985, with over 5 km of easy walking. The tour incorporates 3 National Trust heritage areas including Lambie St, lined with huge oaks, pines and elms, and St Paul's Church, constructed with local alpine ash and granite and with striking stained-glass windows; brochure available from visitor centre.

Nearby

Tuross Falls Part of Wadbilliga National Park, the stunning Tuross Falls are a drop of 35m. A picturesque 2km walk from the camping area at Cascades leads visitors to the lookout platform, which affords views of the falls and the Tuross River Gorge. 30km E.

Kosciuszko Memorial: donated in 1988 by the Polish government commemorating Tadeuz Kosciuszko, a champion of the underprivileged, after whom Australia's highest mountain is named; 2.5km N.

Mt Gladstone Lookout: impressive views, mountain-bike trails and Austrian teahouse; 6.5km W.

Transylvania Winery: cellar-door tastings of cool-climate organic wines; Monaro Hwy; 14km N.

Whitewater Rafting: Snowy River tours from half-day to 2 day overnight trips; pick-up from Cooma, Jindabyne or Thredbo; bookings on 1800 677 179.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Jindabyne 47 km

Lake Jindabyne sits on the eastern edge of Kosciuszko National Park and rates as one of southern Australia’s best trout waters. The lake is stocked with rainbow and brown trout, and Atlantic salmon. Some of the... Find out more


Yaouk Valley 54 km

It was late autumn 1997 when I  arrived in Canberra to fish with  the late Chris Hole, fly-fisherman,  author and painter. Chris offered  to take me to some of his favourite trout streams that snake... Find out more


Geehi 87 km

If you like the bush and clear mountain streams where you can fish for trout, then the Snowy Mountains offers excellent opportunities. Rivers up this way are part of our fishing folklore, particularly among fly-fishers.... Find out more


Khancoban 91 km

Many trout fishers, particularly those adept with the fly, regard Khancoban as home base for trout fishing. The biggest water in the area is Khancoban Pondage, fed by the Swampy Plain River and Khancoban Creek. The... Find out more


Narooma Offshore 92 km

Narooma is one of those pleasant destinations that offers piscatorial delights most of the year, ranging from gamefishing offshore to rock, beach and estuary. Situated on Wagonga Inlet, the port is best known for its... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Canoeing in the Snowys 47 km

It is certainly not the best spot in the country for canoeing and kayaking, but peaceful days can be had enjoying these activities on Lake Jindabyne, or more exciting adventures are possible on overnight excursions down... Find out more


Snowy Mountains Touring Company 49 km

Based on an unusual concept, this company offers a personal tour guide who can accompany you, in your vehicle, explaining the history, heritage, flora and fauna of the area as you travel. Either you can drive, or they... Find out more


Cross-country skiing 67 km

A delightful winter pastime, cross-country skiing is a mix of walking, gliding and skiing, and the basics are much easier to pick up than those of downhill skiing or snowboarding. You can undertake the activity at... Find out more


Platypus-watching - Bombala 75 km

If you believe the hype, Bombala is the platypus capital of Australia and the locals stop just short of guaranteeing you a sighting. The best spot is the Platypus Reserve on the Bombala River (off Delegate Road) in the... Find out more


Bushwalking in the Snowy Mountains 79 km

There is almost no end to the hiking that can be done in the Snowy Mountains. There are hundreds of kilometres of hiking tracks, and infinite ways to wander through the hills. The most popular walks are to the top of... Find out more


Cycling - Bega Valley to Orbost 81 km

Back Pedal Cycle Tours is an eco-certified tour company that offers a great range of supported, safe and family-friendly cycle tours, from single-day excursions in the Bega Valley, through to the three-day ‘Border... Find out more


Golf courses around town

Narooma Golf Club 91 km

Narooma is a small coastal haven with world-class beaches. It has become renowned for the whales, seals and penguins attracted to the pristine waters offshore. But one of the town’s major attractions remains its... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

The Lott Food Store, Bakery & Cafe

The Lott has been awarded the title of ‘best pit stop on the journey north or south’. It’s a treasure trove of bakery treats and serves excellent coffee, plus there is a gift shop full of trinkets to... Find out more


Kettle and Seed

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Campsites around town

Numeralla camping area 21 km

Set beside the sparkling river of the same name, Numeralla is the site of an annual folk festival each Jan. The camping ground is in the village, 22 km north-east of Cooma. Camping here is basic – bring your own... Find out more


Nimmitabel Caravan Park 34 km

This caravan park is situated at the northern entrance to the small town of Nimmitabel, 40 km south of Cooma on the Monara Hwy. What the town lacks in size it makes up for with character: many of its buildings date back... Find out more


Cascades camping area 35 km

The stunning Tuross Falls are accessible via 2 easy walking tracks from the carpark and camping ground. The camping area is beside the Tuross River off Peters and Badger rds. Most of the sites are spread around a... Find out more


Mount Clear camping area 42 km

Access to this campground is via an unsealed road – it’s a good idea to check conditions before setting out. The campground is 42 km south of the visitor centre via Boboyan Rd. There are wood BBQs here, but... Find out more


Lake Creek camping area 48 km

To get here, head west from Cobargo along Wandella Rd, then Yowrie Bourkes rds. It’s dry-weather access only for 2WD vehicles, not suitable for caravans and only off-road camper trailers. Bring drinking water and... Find out more


Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat (southern section) 52 km

Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat offers a wide range of comfortable accommodation, from cedar cabins and chalets (some with spas) to caravan and tent sites. Facilities include a camp kitchen, drying room and laundry.... Find out more


Denison camping area (northern section) 57 km

From this camping ground you can reach Eucumbene dam and river, where you can go fishing or motorboating. It’s off the Snowy Mountains Hwy north of Gang Gang Creek. Bring your own drinking water and firewood.... Find out more


Nunnock camping area 59 km

It’s 2WD dry-weather access only to this camping ground. To get here from the north, follow the Snowy Mountains Hwy from Nimmitabel and turn onto Packers Swamp Rd. Turn left onto Cattlemans Link Trail, and follow... Find out more


Island Bend camping area (southern section) 60 km

This former Snowy Mountains Hydro camp is located near the Snowy River, 23 km north-west of Jindabyne. Sites here are either in clearings where the old camp buildings were on the hill, or lower down near the upper... Find out more


Wares Yards camping area (northern section) 61 km

You can get to this horse-camping ground via Tantangara Rd off the Snowy Mountains Hwy, although the track in may be closed during the June–Oct long weekends. Bring drinking water and firewood, and check road... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Cooma Snowy Mountains Tourist Park 2 km

This park is located on the south side of town alongside the Monaro Highway. It is popular during the winter months with visitors to the Snowy Mountains and the ski fields. There are very good facilities and it is a good... Find out more


Rainbow Pines Tourist Caravan Park 44 km

This is a popular holiday park where trout fishing, sailing and canoeing are all available. It is on the shores of Lake Eucumbene, about 7 km from the Snowy Mountains Highway. A minimum-length stay applies in all... Find out more


Bega Caravan Park 81 km

This well-managed park alongside the Princes Highway is on the southern approach to Bega. There are large grassy sites, modern amenities and pets are welcome. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Bermagui Tourist Park 88 km

Close to the centre of town, this good quality park is popular with holidaymakers. The park was so named because the American writer Zane Grey once had a fishing shack on this piece of land. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more


BIG4 Narooma Easts Holiday Park 90 km

This is a huge park complex on the waters edge in the heart of Narooma. It is a popular park and bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas, Easter and long weekends.... Find out more


Island View Beach Resort 91 km

Stroll to the beach or picnic on green lawns under shady trees at this quality park, located on the Princes Highway 5 km south of Narooma. With very good amenities and lots of appeal, it is ideal for a family holiday and... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Feathers B&B

Located 33 kilometres north of Cooma in the small town of Bredbo, Feathers is a purpose-built, couples-only B&B offering three guest rooms. Surrounded by cottage gardens that flower year-round, guests can enjoy... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Alpine Habitats, near Jindabyne 59 km

Opened in 2007, these 18 cleverly designed two-bedroom buildings are linked underground by massive worm farms that digest all the compostable waste on the site. Set amid gnarled black sallees and other snow gums, the... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Mount Gladstone Lookout rest area 5 km

T/O 4km W of Cooma (L) or 47km SE of Adaminaby (R)

At the lookout 1.5km south of the highway via a steep access road.


Nimmitabel park area 34 km

At Nimmitabel

Overlooking Lake Williams.


Adaminaby park area 41 km

At Adaminaby

Adjacent to the highway in the middle of town.


Fred Piper Memorial Lookout park area 49 km

14km W of Bemboka (L) or 62km SE of Cooma (R)

Adjacent to the highway at the lookout.


Bemboka rest area 60 km

At Bemboka

Just off the highway at the recreation centre. Camping and showers available for a fee.


The Rest House park area 65 km

28km W of Adaminaby (L) or 63km SE of Talbingo (R)

Adjacent to the highway at the Rest House.


Kiandra park area 70 km

35km NW of Adaminaby (R) or 56km SE of Talbingo (L)

Adjacent to the highway.


Quaama rest area 71 km

31km N of Bega (R) or 46km S of Narooma (L)

Just off the highway at the turn-off into Quaama.


Bega Lookout park area 77 km

5km N of Bega (R) or 72km S of Narooma (L)

Just off the highway at the lookout.


Bodalla Forest Park rest area 88 km

9km N of Narooma (L) or 32km S of Moruya (R)

Secluded well off the road in the forest.


Yarrangobilly Village camping area 88 km

65km NW of Adaminaby (L) or 26km SE of Talbingo (R)

Just off the highway on the banks of the Yarrangobilly River in Kosciuszko National Park.


Corunna Lake park area 90 km

71km N of Bega (L) or 6km S of Narooma (R)

Just off the highway on the shores of the lake.


Mystery Bay camping area 91 km

T/O to Mystery Bay

On the foreshore 2km east of the highway.


Yellowpinch Dam rest area 92 km

32km N of Eden (L) or 22km S of Bega (R)

Well off the highway surrounded by trees.


What's on around town

Market: Centennial Park; 3rd Sun each month. Snowy Mountains Showjumping Festival: Jan. 

Rodeo: Feb. Multicultural Festival: Mar. Wellbeing Festival: Mar. National Busking Competition: Nov. 

Cooma Races and Sundowner Cup: Dec.

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