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Cooma is your gateway to the Snowy Mountains region and Kosciuszko National Park. As the largest town in the Snowy Mountain region, Cooma is often the home base for campers, nature enthusiasts and skiers alike. Cooma is close to the Victorian border, south of Canberra and around a 5-hour drive from Sydney. If you were looking to drive from Cooma to Sydney, you could see Canberra along the way, or alternatively, drive down to Victoria’s ski mountains and north to continue your skiing holiday. There are so many fantastic drives on offer in the region around Cooma, with mountains and untouched wilderness right outside your window. Use the town to rest and reset before going out on another day of adventuring and sightseeing. A rental car is a great way to get around the area, with the only public transportation being a bus scheduled three times a day to the other regional towns that surround Cooma.
Cooma is also home to many heritage attractions, including art galleries, museums, visitors’ centres, restaurants and more. Cooma became a hub for different cultures after the end of the second world war, with many workers from overseas coming to the town to help build the Snowy Hydro-electric Scheme. More than 100,000 workers came from 30 countries around the world to build a new life, and one of Australia’s most ambitious engineering feats. There is now a festival held in Cooma that celebrates the multicultural nature of the region. The Snowy Hydro is available to tour with a discovery centre and different tours on site. The discovery centre is right in the heart of Cooma downtown.
You don’t have to drive off into nature to see some interesting sights and explore fun activities. There is plenty to do right here in Cooma. The Corrective Services NSW Museum, right next to the Cooma Gaol, offers an interesting insight into Australia’s penal history, with displays relating to crime and punishment. The tours are run by minimum-security inmates, with a shop on sight selling inmate art, it certainly is an interesting attraction.
Cooma has many other heritage-listed sites that offer a glimpse into Australia’s past. The Lambie Town Walk passes by 24 such buildings and places of interest, including courthouses, train stations and churches. The walk is 5 kilometres long, so depending on the activities set for the day, driving to some points of interest in your rental car is a great way to save time.
Cooma is surrounded by beautiful nature, with many fantastic drives along the well-maintained roads. Take the car to Kosciuszko National Park, home to the tallest mountain in Australia, Mount Kosciuszko. There are many fantastic walks on offer right from the car park. See the interesting cave formations in the Yarrangobilly Caves and take a dip in the thermal pool right outside. The heat from deep underground keeps the pool at a pleasant 27 degrees all year round. Kosciuszko offers many Aboriginal tours covering how the Ngarigo Aboriginal people used the area, its plants, and animals to survive. The Snowy Mountains Region is home to five different ski resorts, each offering its own unique packages and experiences. Book earlier in the season, and you might find some discounts. The ski season runs in the middle of the year, with the best months being July and August.
It doesn’t matter what type of holiday or trip you are looking for; with excellent food, incredible mountain experiences and pristine national parks, Cooma and the Snow Mountain region are sure to be a hit.