Touring Australia: Driving from the South Coast of New South Wales, through the Bega Valley and up the Great Australian Dividing Range escarpments that separates the east from the west of the country makes for varying and dramatic scenery.
The Snowy Mountains Highway takes you from the warmer Sapphire Coast, then on the Monaro Highway to Cooma. From there you can head further west to the alpine region of the Snowy Mountains.
You can even go further west, through Jindabyne and Thredbo via the Alpine Way, to explore the highest mountains in Australia and glacial lakes.
Winter months in Australia: June, July and August. There are snowfields in winter (June to August) with well equipped ski resorts. Here, you can take lessons, there are lifts and ski hire available and just about every snow sport is available for you to try.
During the spring and summer, the fields are covered with wildflowers and streams turn to white water rapids. Campers and Trekkers hike the mountains, Lake Jindabyne offers excellent fishing including trout and guided walks are available as is horse riding. More about the Snowy Mountains Snowy Mountains NSW - Ski Resorts Fishing Hiking.
Enquire at the Cooma Visitors Information Centre about the many national parks, activities, things to do, camp sites and picnic areas, lakes, unique flora and fauna in the Snowy Mountains and on the South Coast. 119 Sharp Street, Cooma NSW. Phone +061 2 6450 1742.
Note: Cars must be equipped with snow chains from the 1st of June to the 10th of October before entering snow prone areas.
Snowy Mountains ski resorts set in stunning locations, hotels, bed & breakfasts, serviced apartments, homesteads and other holiday lettings - just some of the many types of accommodation available here.
Main Photo: From the Sapphire Coast to the Snowy Mountains: the Monaro Plains between Nimmitabel and Cooma NSW
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