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Snowy Mountains ski fields

Whether you are a beginner or an expert or just there for après skiing, the Snowy’s have it all – and it is just an hour and a half from the Nebula!

Charlotte Pass – at 1760m, is the highest village in Australia and has the highest ski lift point at 1920m; trails cater for novices to advanced skiers and four lifts are on offer.
www.charlottepass.com.au

Perisher Valley, Guthega, Bluecow and Smiggin Holes form the “Perisher Blue Ski Resort”. They are connected by the Skitube, ski trail and chairlifts. The resort has more than 50 lifts, a downhill skiable area of more than 1250 hectares and 104km of cross country tails.
www.perisherblue.com.au

At Mt. Selwyn Snowfields staff are proud of their motto – Friendly, Family, Fun. Mt Selwyn has a gently progressing terrain and there are 45kms of marked Cross Country and Snow Shoe trails.
www.selwynsnow.com.au

Thredbo is the closest resort to Mount Kosciuszko, at an altitude of 1370m. The Kosciuszko Express Chairlift operates all year and the top station boasts Australia’s highest restaurant, Eagles Nest. Thredbo is famous for its village atmosphere and great restaurants.
www.thredbo.com.au

Formula for fun for families …

Cooma and its surrounding region offer so many opportunities for exciting family holidays,  all year round.

FORMULA: a bit of education + a bit of outdoor activity = a great family holiday.

Here are just a few suggestions you can mix and match:

EDUCATIONAL:

  • Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre, Cooma
  • NSW Correctional Museum, Cooma
  • Raglan Gallery and Cultural Centre
  • Gaden Trout Hatchery
  • Snowy Region Visitor Centre, Jindabyne
  • Murray 1 Power Station
  • History of Kiandra

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES:

  • Chairlift to Eagles Nest and walk to the top of Mt Kosciusko
  • Walks through the National Park
  • Trout Fishing
  • Horse Riding
  • Canoeing and Sailing
  • Cycling
  • Yarrongobilly Caves

For further information see:

www.visitcooma.com.au

Fishers of Australia get ready!

The Snowy Mountain rivers open for the trout fishing from the October long weekend to the June long weekend and there is no closed season on the lakes of the Snowy region.

The headwaters of the Murrumbidgee, Eucumbene and Snowy Rivers, the lakes of the Snowy Mountain Scheme; Eucumbene, Jindabyne, and Tantangara and the Three Mile Dam at Kiandra, as well as the numerous basalt streams of the Monaro, cater for all disciplines of angling in a myriad of fishing environments.

The NSW Government’s Gaden Trout Hatchery, on the Thredbo River, 10km north-west of Jindabyne, is one of Australia’s main centres for breeding and rearing cold water fish. Four species, rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout and Atlantic salmon are produced by Industry & Investment NSW and stocked into the dams and river systems of our trout fisheries in the snowy mountains, southern highlands, the central tablelands and New England areas.

This is a great trip for all fishers – in fact a great trip for everyone!

Trout fishing is a recreation that can be enjoyed all year. Here you will find hungry trout waiting to seize on any passing insect!

 

On top of a motorcycle – and Australia!

After winter it is time for the thousands and thousands of motor cyclists to get ready for the mountains and the Monaro Plains and Snowy Mountains offer some of the most magnificent bike riding experiences in Australia.

 

Travelling west from Cooma, the Snowy Mountains Highway provides riders with a route to either the Hume Highway and the Riverina or an alternative ride to Victoria.

 

You pass through Adaminaby then onto Kiandra, where you can head to Mt Selwyn and Cabramurra, the highest township in Australia, and on to Khancoban. Alternatively, from Kiandra you can head to Tumut.

 

Travelling west from Cooma, the Kosciuszko Road takes riders to Jindabyne and then into Kosciuszko National Park. Take a ride to Charlotte Pass travelling through the Perisher Valley and Smiggin Holes ski resorts. At the end of the road, view the Main Range of the Snowy Mountains including Mt Kosciuszko.

 

On returning to Jindabyne, take the Alpine Way to Thredbo. There is a spectacular road that takes you across the mountains into Victoria. It is a winding road with magnificent views of the New South Wales and Victorian Alps.

 

 

 

The Men and Women from Snowy River

Horse riding is big in this part of the Snowy world, unsurprising when you consider it’s the home of ‘The Man from Snowy River’. Guided treks through the mountains, lasting from two hours to two days or more, are a must for horse-fans.

Commercial horse treks through the Snowy Mountains date back to the 1940s. Nowadays, most start with a hearty campfire breakfast, then you saddle up and explore undoubtedly some of Australia’s most picturesque, inspiring and challenging countryside. At the end of the day, another campfire and wonderful bush meal awaits.

Both novices and expert riders should find something to suit them. Check out these local operators for lessons and horse riding information.

Cochran Horsetreks

Jindabyne Equestrian Resort

Reynella Kosciusko Rides

Snowy Wilderness

Snowy River Horseback Adventure