Backpacking Cooma

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    ONLY ABOUT 90 MINUTES DRIVE TO THE SKI SLOPES: Photo - Shannon Pawsey, courtesy of Perisher and Destination New South Wales
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    SEE SOME AMAZING SCENERY IN KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK: Photo - Jon Armstrong, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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    IN SUMMER THE KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK IS GREAT FOR ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES LIKE MOUNTAIN BIKING: Photo - Jon Armstrong, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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Cooma Highlights

  • Explore amazing scenery, or partake in a variety of activities such as bush walking (hiking), snow sports and water sports in the nearby national parks of Wadbilliga and Kosciuszko.

  • Only about 90 minutes drive from the ski slopes, which makes Cooma a good base for visiting the New South Wales ski fields.

  • Learn about the biggest civil engineering project ever undertaken in Australia, the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme.

About Cooma

Population 7,000

Cooma is located on the eastern edge of the Snowy Mountains region and was the base and construction centre for the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme, the biggest civil engineering project ever undertaken in Australia. The education centre provides a hands-on experience of the scheme, which employed more than 100,000 people from about 30 countries from 1949 until the completion of the project in 1974.

Cooma is only an hour's drive from the New South Wales ski slopes, and because of its close location, becomes a popular and busy destination in the winter months.

Wadbilliga National Park is about 60km away and Kosciuszko National Park is approximately 70km away. At both parks you can explore amazing scenery, or partake in a variety of activities such as bush walking (hiking), snow sports and water sports.

Other activities nearby include horse riding on the high plains or fly-fishing for trout in the streams and lakes around Cooma.

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Cooma Visitor Information Centre

119 Sharp Street
Cooma, New South Wales
Phone 1800 636 525
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