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Cooma is known as the Capital of the Snowy Mountains. It is the commercial hub of the Monaro and Snowy Mountains regions, the main gateway to all the NSW ski resorts, and the headquarters for Snowy Hydro.
Cooma and the surrounding district has a number of attractions to offer visitors.
The Lambie Town Walk takes you past many of Cooma’s historic sites.
The Transylvania Winery (10 minutes north of town) offers authentic Hungarian food, preservative-free wines and the most heavenly Cherry Brandy.
The Canberra Gliding Club soars at Bunyan (15 minutes north of town) every Sunday.
The Raglan Gallery & Cultural Centre (on historic Lambie Street) is a regional gallery with a range of exhibitions throughout the year, displaying works by local artists and artisans.
Mount Gladstone (3 km west of town) affords stunning views, right across Monaro and to the Snowy Mountains ranges. Miss Heidi's Teahouse is situated just below the summit of Mount Gladstone and offers gorgeous hot chocolate, mulled wine (during winter), tortes and pancakes.
At the headquarters of Snowy Hydro (at the northern end of town) is the Snowy Hydro Information Centre. Open seven days (until 2pm on weekends and public holidays) the centre welcomes visitors to view videos about the magnificent Snowy Scheme and to enjoy the interpretive displays.
Past Times Country Craft Centre (5km west of town) is a large complex including a restored 19th century inn, beautiful gardens, a quaint chapel, and an enormous craft store (specialising in Ashford Spinning & Weaving products, among many other items).
Further afield are:
the Snowy Hydro Power Stations and dams,
the famous Snowy River Winery
the historic villages of Nimmitabel and Dalgety
Bombala’s Lavender House and Platypus Sanctuary
fly-fishing mecca Adaminaby
the picturesque lake-side township of Jindabyne (headquarters of Kosciuszko National Park)
the Skitube rack-rail train
the ghost town Kiandra
Yarrangobilly Caves (including the most decorated limestones caves in Eastern Australia) and thermal swimming pool
and many more wonderful destinations.
For information about all these attractions, plus details on accommodation and local events, as well as snow and road reports – call the Cooma Visitors Centre (open seven days) on 1800 636 525.
One delight which is free is the beauty of the countryside around Cooma, especially during the Autumn months when the colours are truly spectacular.
The Cooma Monaro Railway looks forward to greeting you as part of your stay in the area.