Visit Cooma and Snowy Hydro, New South Wales

About 114 km south of Canberra on the Monaro Highway, you’ll come to a regular stop off for us – Cooma, New South Wales. It’s a great base for groceries, shopping and a top museum.

The Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre was hands on fun for our whole family. We really recommend visiting her before you explore the Snowy Mountains – as it gives you perspective on just how hydro power works. Displays really demonstrate the water flow, as well as the sheer scale of the project.

Construction took a whopping 25 years to complete, from 1949-1974, and over 100,000 workers involved – from all over the world. The incredible scheme is Heritage listed alongside other Australian icons like the Sydney Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef.

Plus you can see:

  • virtual flight in our state-of-the art immersive theatre, with its 14m-wide screen and floor projections
  • expansion mega project, Snowy 2.0 for renewable energy
  • life on the Snowy – the history 1949-1974 from the worker’s point of view
  • shop and cafe

You can also visit the Lake Eucumbene, Lake Jindabyne, Khancoban Pondage and Jounama Pondage – with picnic areas and toilets available. And in winter – the snowy Snowy Mountains aren’t far away!

Foreshore camping is not allowed but there are plenty of caravan parks – see the CAMPS AUSTRALIA WIDE App and guides. You can camp at the pet friendly Cooma Snowy Mountains Tourist Park.

I like to visit another Cooma gem, Birdsnest. This Aussie fashion house has their operations centre here, a nice stop for the ladies. Fellas, there are bakeries and pubs down the road. 

Also a surprise was my delicious lunch – yummy Pha’s Thai food. I hope it is still there when we are back, next time! 

Your kids can spot the snowmen in the main street. 

There is also a Distillery, Hatchery, Visitor Centre, lovely town park and retail precinct. 

And a public dump point! Also in the CAMPS App and guides

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