Containing Mount Kosciuszko which is the highest mountain range on mainland Australia, The Snowy Mountains locating in southern New South Wales are spectacular and a worth visit region during your visit to Australia. Especially, if it is the snow season, the Snowy Mountains become a paradise for nature lovers full of exciting winter activities. Also, the region has many fun attractions galore on offer. Skiing and snowboarding in the winters and mountain biking and horse riding when the snow has melted, later on, the Snowies are a destination of all seasons. With so many popular resorts around like Thredbo and Perisher and a lot of great places to visit, below is a list of the most exciting things to do in the Snowy Mountains if you are dreaming of a dramatic vacation full of adventure and tranquility.
Due to its geographic location, Australia experiences winter in the months of June and July. So if you are planning to escape the summer and are up for some real winter thrills in the months of summer, look no farther than the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales. The bedazzling landscape, the greenery, the lakes coupled with postcard-like villages like the Thredbo Village – there is no lack of sights and activities in this region. Whether you love adrenaline-pumping outdoor activities or are here for great food and wine, these are the best things to do in the Snowies for a fulfilling and memorable vacation experience.
Best Things To Do In The Snowy Mountains, New South Wales:
Visit Kosciuszko National Park:
The largest national park in New South Wales and home to Mount Kosciuszko, a visit to this park means you are just about to experience dramatic peaks, meadows, breathtaking gorges, and some of the best adventures of your life. The three main ski resorts – Perisher Valley, Thredbo, and Charlotte Pass, all are in this park and they will make you experience the best skin runs of your life for sure.
It is important to know that, the park is divided into 7 areas. The Thredbo-Perisher area is the gateway to Mount Kosciuszko. Skiing snowshoeing, and snowboarding in the winters, and hiking the trails, climbing the rocks, kayaking, and fishing in the summers to discover the unspoiled beauty of the region, visiting Kosciuszko National Park is a magical experience in all seasons. Camping is also a great activity to do here which can be best experienced by the Snowy River in the Lower Snowy River area.
In the winters, visit Charlotte Pass, and Mt Selwyn too for snow play and other snow activities.
Head To Yarrangobilly Caves:
These caves are located in the northern end of the Kosciuszko National Park along the Yarrangobilly River Valley and include several limestone caves that were formed over thousands of years. You get to see many karst formations like stalagmites, stalactites, caverns, and other rock formations inside the caves. Among all the caves, three caves are open for the visitors and can be explored with guided tours. There is also a thermal pool inside that is fed by natural warm-water springs. Visiting these caves and soothing your tiring body by taking a dip in this refreshing thermal pool is certainly one of the best things to do in Kosciuszko National Park.
Experience The One Of A Kind, Thredbo Village:
Locating at the base of the Crackenback Range and all dotted with cafes, shops, restaurants, and bars – this village has an authentic European charm and provides one with great mountain views and lively ambiance. Thredbo also is a year-round resort that offers you everything from skiing, hiking, fishing, and biking. It houses the 3.7 kilometer-long Super tail which is the longest run in Australia too. Apart from being Australia’s best ski resort, the village also has plenty of scope for indulging in other activities like hiking, swimming, and fly fishing.
The village is home to Kosciuszko Express Chairlift which is a 1.8 km long chairlift and it rises to a height of about 560 vertical meters that allows you to soak in some of the best views over the stunning valley.
Visit Pioneer Women’s Hut Museum:
A unique and very unusual small museum situated in Tumbarumba, the Pioneer Women’s Hut Museum is dedicated to the preservation of domestic objects that belong to rural families, mostly women. The concept is so unique and that so much hard works have been gone into arranging these objects truly deserves appreciation. The museum opened in 1985 and is run by community volunteers. How it beautifully tells the story of the ordinary life of Australian women and how innovatively the museum has been set in a serene bushland setting is surely ingenious. Also, there is a craft shop where you can buy many local crafts. Get to know about local history and get to see a lot of interesting artifacts, we truly recommend you to visit Pioneer Women’s Hut Museum during your trip to the Snowy Mountains.
Cooma is the largest town in the region of the Snowy Mountains and it is also the gateway to the surrounding alpine wilderness. It is a laid-back town that grew due to the 1860s gold rush and again got to thrive in the mid-20th century with the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme which is also considered one of the engineering wonders of the modern world.
Walk along the Lambie Town Walk and explore the beautiful 19th and 20th century buildings and cafes along this walk. Among the other attractions, the Snowy Hydro Discovery Center, the Corrective Services NSW Museum are some of the must-visit sights.
Want to have a great view of the town from a stunning vantage point? Head out to the Nanny Goat Hill Lookout and get a bewitching view of the surrounding and beyond that.
Locating at an elevation of 2,048 meters in the Kosciuszko National Park, this lake is the highest altitude lake in the Snowy Mountains region and also in the entire Australia. The beautiful panoramic view of this lake is enough to leave you awestruck. According to geological findings, the lake was formed around 20,000 years ago by glacial movements during the ice age. The meaning of the term ‘Cootapatamba’ is “icy waters where the eagle swoops to drink” which signifies that the area is frequented by bewitching wildlife too. Its secluded setup, chances of spotting different wildlife, and chances of spotting glacial flora and fauna make it a unique attraction of the region that you must not miss out on.
Outside the catchment of the lake, one can also camp if he feels like.
Drive Along The Long Plain Drive:
New South Wales takes pride in some of the most beautiful vistas and the Long plain Drive in the Snowy Mountains is surely one of the most promising among all of them. The drive is let open for the visitors after October Labour Day and along this drive, you will be able to see many flocks of wild brumbies and that is a dramatic sight to behold. For a memorable drive experience, enter the northern part of the Kosciuszko National Park from the Snowy Mountains Highway and the turn to Long Plain Road. This scenic drive will take you to many historically important homesteads too of which the Long Plain Hut and the Cooinbil Hut are of major significance. Continue on the drive to reach down to Blue Waterholes where you can explore the dramatic karst landscape and also can do camping and other outdoor activities.