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Monaro Highway: Heading North, on the way to Canberra. These mountains began to form 800 to 400 million years ago.
Photo: Monaro Highway: Heading North, on the way to Canberra. These mountains began to form 800 to 400 million years ago.
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Touring Australia: The Monaro Highway

Touring Australia: The Monaro Highway links Cann River in Victoria with Canberra in the north. It offers dramatic changing scenery as it travels past farming country and the Cann River in Victoria, then through deep forests, up to the Monaro Plains in NSW and then to Canberra, past peaks of the Snowy Mountains.

It passes through country towns such as Bombala (Victoria) Cooma (NSW) and Bredbo before ending in Canberra, the capital of Australia. See the Victoria and NSW Touring Map: NSW and Victoria Touring Map. It is also linked to the South Coast of NSW via the Snowy Mountains Highway, passing through Bega and the Sapphire Coast.

Places to Visit

The highway also travels past a number of places to visit, such as the Coopracambra National Park, South East Forest National Park and the Kuma Nature Reserve. Cooma is also interesting, being an important intersection to the Snowy Mountains, a favourite snow resort area and winter playground. Actually, this region is great year round for those wishing to explore the alpine regions of Australia during the warmer months.

Queanbeyan is located at an old crossing of the Molonglo and Queanbeyan rivers, being conveniently located on the way to the snowfields it has virtually everything a skier would need. It also has a lot of heritage, you can explore the town on a Heritage Tour. At the nearby Googong foreshores, there is excellent fishing, canoeing and sailing.

Namadgi National Park

This park encompasses forests of alpine wilderness and vast grazing fields. Things to do in the park include fishing alongside sparkling streams, horse riding and bushwalking. There are trails for mountain biking with a number of picnic places and you can camp in designated areas.

Monaro Plains

The Monaro Plains region has been inundated by the ocean many times before. Much of the snowy mountains is made from alluvial deposits which have risen to the heights they are today through the wrinkling of the earth’s crust over time.

Volcanic activity did the rest, the remains of volcanoes and their plugs mark here and most of the east coast of Australia. The Glass House Mountains in Queensland are also remnants of this volcanic activity. The most recent volcanic activity in Australia happened at Mount Schank and Mount Gambier, some 5000 years ago.

Capital Country

Easily accessed from the South Coast is the tourism region surrounding Canberra Capital Country.

Canberra ACT

Most of the attractions mentioned here are within a days drive of Canberra ACT. Canberra itself offers National Museums of world class standard, devoted to the arts, culture, Australia history, industry and many more. It is also a popular place to stopoff for those on the Sydney to Melbourne Tourist Route. See the map - Snowy Mountains Map.

Canberra Tourist Information

Enquire at the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre about Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory. Most of the ACT is covered by national parks. They can also provide information about the many activities and things to do, camp sites and picnic areas, lakes, unique plants and animals in the Snowy Mountains and Capital Country. 330 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson ACT. Phone +61 2 6205 0044.

Snowy Mountains Things to Do

The national parks in the Snowy Mountains provide ample opportunities for things to do and adventure discovery. Explore majestic mountain ranges. Excellent fishing. Peaceful lakes. Wild rivers. Wildflower meadows. Snow and snowfields in the winter. See the Snowy Mountains map - Snowy Mountains Map.

Hotels and other Accommodation

Snowy Mountains resorts set in stunning locations, hotels, bed & breakfasts, caravan parks, serviced apartments, homesteads and other holiday lettings - just some of the many types of accommodation available here. Canberra has good quality accommodation and is only a few hours drive to the South Coast and-or the Snowy Mountains.

Main Photo: Monaro Highway: Heading North, on the way to Canberra. These mountains began to form 800 to 400 million years ago.

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