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Travel Guide – New South Wales

Cooma Travel Guide

Cooma is a town in the Snowy Mountains region of New South Wales. Cooma is located 800 metres above sea level and 114 kilometres south of Canberra. While the town is fairly close to the Australian capital, it is about 400 kilometres southwest of Sydney. Cooma is situated next to the Snowy Mountains Highway, so it is an excellent base for exploring in the region.

Things to do in Cooma

Bushwalking, skiing, kayaking, and fishing are some of the exhilarating activities that you can enjoy nearby. Explore the lowlands to see frost-covered hills before you climb to the highest peaks of the region.

Murrumbidgee River – Cooma, New South Wales

The sweeping bend of the Murrumbidgee River provides the perfect reflection of giant Red Gums.

If you enjoy intense natural challenges, visit Koscuiszko National Park. This 700,000-hectare park is the largest national park in New South Wales. During the winter months, you can enjoy a wonderful skiing adventure on Mt. Kosciuszko. Enjoy a warm meal at one of the park’s alpine lodges before you explore the subterranean secrets of Yarrangobilly Caves.

Cooma weather this week

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Cooma has an oceanic climate, but its high altitude brings cool conditions throughout the year. You can expect chilly winters and warm summers. The average minimum temperature during the coldest month is -3 degrees. During the warmest month of the year, the average maximum temperature is 27 degrees. If you venture to the alpine areas near Cooma, you should be prepared for colder conditions. Cooma receives about 533 millimetres of precipitation each year.


The areas around Cooma were sparsely populated until the arrival of European explorers in the 19th century. In 1823, the location of present-day Cooma was discovered by Captain Currie. Due to its proximity to natural resources, many people settled in Cooma. Since many of these settlers were from England and other areas of Northern Europe, they easily adjusted to the climate and terrain of the Snowy Mountains region. In 1879, Cooma became an official township of New South Wales. The town expanded rapidly after it was connected to Sydney by a railway.

The modern name of the town comes from ‘coombah’, an Aboriginal word that translates to English as ‘open country’.