Snowy Monaro Region


Set amongst rolling plains, legendary rivers and snow capped peaks, Cooma is the largest town in the Snowy Mountains Region.  The first settlers brought cattle for grazing as early as 1827 and Cooma was surveyed in 1849.  Discovery of gold in Kiandra in the 1860’s brought a permanent increase in Cooma’s population.   The railway was opened in 1889 and by 1900 the town was booming and prosperous.

The mighty Snowy Scheme in 1949 changed the character of Cooma dramatically with the influx of many thousands of workers from post war Europe.  These influences have made Cooma a town rich in culture.  Why not discover the fascinating story of the Snowy Scheme or ‘Go to Gaol’ at the NSW Corrective Services Museum.  Be captivated by the unique views and vistas on a country drive, savour the delights of our coffee shops & restaurants and definitely don’t leave without sampling our very own locally roasted ‘Snowy Mountains Coffee’.

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The original town of Jindabyne was relocated in the 1960s when the Snowy River was dammed as part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme. Only a handful of houses were moved to their new location.

The remains of the old town lie submerged under Lake Jindabyne, they can occasionally be glimpsed when lake levels are low. For great views over the lake at any time head for the Waste Point Lookout on the Kosciuszko Road.

Modern Jindabyne is a year round holiday destination and is a very cosmopolitan place with its mix of new residents and pioneering families.

In winter, Jindabyne is a base for skiers bound for the major resorts in Kosciuszko National Park and for the rest of the year it’s a great place from which to go bushwalking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and canoeing, horse riding and kayaking. The lake provides superb opportunities for trout fishing and water sports.

In summer, Jindabyne becomes a world class destination for mountain biking with great rides from beginner to very technical and everything in between. Experienced extreme riders can feel the adrenaline rush of fast downhill trails, whilst those looking for a gentler trek can cruise along the many purpose built family friendly rides around Jindabyne Lake.

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Explore the rich history of one of the oldest European settlements on the Monaro and discover the close links the early pioneers had with the traditional owners the Ngarigo people or explore the magnificent old growth forests.

Indulge your senses with a visit to the Lavender Distillery or tantalise your taste buds with delicious cakes, pies and slices or delight in the antics of the platypus.

Enjoy the warm country hospitality on offer. Join in with regular activities like the full moon dinners at Delegate’s Cob Oven or the monthly Out and About in Platypus Country activities or join in any of our events or simply enjoy the tranquil beauty of the landscape.

Relax Platypus Country, Bombala Region just 90 minutes from the coast or the mountains.

Platypus Country, alive and humming… just waiting for you.

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