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Cooma

Cooma is the major town of the Snowy Mountains region and a gateway to the State's alpine area. Enjoy sweeping views of the mountains from Mount Gladstone, horse riding in its surrounding bush land or fly-fishing for trout in the streams and lakes.

In 1949 Cooma became the headquarters for the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme, the biggest civil engineering project ever undertaken in Australia. More than 100,000 people from about 30 countries were employed in the region on a project that lasted until 1974. Visit the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre for insight into this amazing story.

Explore the town's National Trust classified sites including Victorian cottages, jail, courthouse and post office on the Lambie Town Walk. Or visit the surrounding Deua and Wadbilliga National Parks to see native animals and wildlife.

Cooma: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Mosaic Time Walk


The Cooma-Monaro Time Walk was a community project for the Bicentennial Year of 1988. Colour and design students of Cooma TAFE College created designs based on historical information supplied by Cooma-Monaro Historical Society. Many businesses, community groups and individuals assisted in this project.

The events represented in the mosaics include Monaro Aboriginals, the discovery of the Monaro by European settlers, the early squatters, law and order, Mount Kosciuszko, inns and accommodation, religion, health services, mining, business, transport, Nimmitabel, education, bush rangers, building, forestry, sheep, wool, cattle, snow sports, Dalgety-Berridale, mountain horses, Wragg's observatory, pastoral and agricultural pursuits, trout fishing, Adaminaby, Jindabyne, local government, the Snowy River march, mountain life style, communications, Michelago/Bredbo, armed services, tourism, Kosciuszko National Park, the Snowy Mountains Scheme, pioneer women and other organisations.




Centennial Park
Cooma, NSW, 2630

Located 0.1K from Cooma

Monaro Art Groups Little Gallery


The Little Gallery is operated by the Monaro Art Group and has on display paintings, photographs, crafts and sculptures by talented local artists and craftsmen. All items displayed are available for purchase.

Good parking is available and there are toilets, bakery and shops within the Hain Centre. Wheelchair access is available from the car park and street.




Hain Centre,
Sharp Street
Cooma, NSW, 2630

Located 0.1K from Cooma

Lambie Town Walk


Discover Cooma's rich history as you take this self-guided tour around some of Cooma's historic landmarks. You can walk, drive or bike, and maps are available from Cooma Visitor Information Centre.

This five kilometre walk takes you through residential and natural areas of scenic and historic interest, and was designed and constructed by the Goulburn Lands Office in 1985 and named for Commissioner of Lands, John Lambie.

The walk includes three Heritage Areas recognised by the National Trust: The Court House precinct, built in the 1860s, Lambie Street, the first commercial centre of Cooma and Church Hill, with examples of nineteenth and twentieth century religious and educational buildings.

Also included in the walk are Centennial Park, Cenotaph, Cooma Gaol and the Southern Cloud Memorial Park.







Centennial Park,
Sharp Street
Cooma, NSW, 2630

Located 0.1K from Cooma

Centennial Park at Cooma


The lush green Centennial Park is in the centre of town and was originally designated a market square in 1849 by the white settlers of the town. The park's music shell was built in 1959 and provides a sheltered entertainment area. Also in the park is the Avenue of Flags, representing the 27 nations from which workers on the Snowy Mountains Scheme came.

Centennial Park is also home to the Cooma-Monaro Time Walk, a series of mosaics depicting the history of the Monaro. The mosaics were created by local artist Chris Graham and students at the local TAFE College in 1988 (Australia's Bicentennial Year).

Shaded trees and picnic benches make it a lovely spot to take a break during your trip.




Sharp Street,
Corner of Bombala Street
Cooma, NSW, 2630

Located 0.1K from Cooma

New South Wales Corrective Services Museum


Are you curious about the rich penal history of NSW? Then the Corrective Services Museum in Cooma is just the place for you to visit.

Located between Cooma Court House and the Correctional Centre in Cooma, the Museum displays a collection of objects related to punishment and crime from the mid 19th century such as manacles and leg irons, convict and prisoner clothing, weapons and escape devices, photos and visual documentation.

The museum provides an insight into the daily routine of jails from early days through to modern times.

Minimum security inmates are the tour guides through the museum.

Inmate arts and crafts are for sale along with Aboriginal art.





1 Vagg Street
Cooma, NSW, 2630

Located 0.3K from Cooma

Cooma: Events

Australian National Busking Championships


The Australian National Busking Championships (ANBC) is now in it's fourth year. The event is held in the picturesque town of Cooma, gateway to the Snowy Mountains in Southern NSW.

The ANBC is a different sort of music festival for Australia. The ANBC is a celebration of all styles of music because the Buskers who perform bring a huge variety of music to the event.

Pre-registered Buskers are assigned special locations (Busking Hot Spots) at various times around the Central Business District of Cooma. Judges roaming throughout the day select a number of Buskers to perform at the finals concert held in Centennial Park later that afternoon.

Battle rounds are held and the judges and audience make their final decision on the winners.


Event Dates
2017
      4th Nov


121 Sharp Street,
Centennial Park and Sharp Street
Cooma, NSW, 2630

Located 0.1K from Cooma

John Briscoe Art Award Exhibition


The John Briscoe Memorial Art Prize is the Monaro's most prestigious art award and is sponsored by the Briscoe family in memory of their father, a prominent Monaro artist.

There are a variety of categories recognising the artistic talent in the Cooma Monaro and Snowy River Region. These include water colours, oils and more. Awards are given in the category sections, overall best entry and viewer's choice. Artists are invited to submit work to be judged for generous prizes.

This year the exhibition will open on Saturday, May 6. The Gallery will be open Wednesday to Sunday 9.30pm to 4.30pm.


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Raglan Gallery,
9-11 Lambie Street
Cooma, NSW, 2630

Located 0.2K from Cooma

Cooma Relay For Life


Relay for Life is a fun, outdoor fundraising event that brings communities together to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and to fight back against cancer. Register a team, fundraise and take turns to walk or run with them in this inspirational event that includes entertainment, activities and light ceremonies.




Sharp Street
Cooma, NSW, 2630

Located 0.2K from Cooma

Cooma Rodeo




Cooma Rural Australiana Championships Rodeo is an Australian Bushmen's Campdraft and Rodeo Association (ABCRA) affiliated rodeo. The event takes place in the rodeo arena at the Cooma Showground from 2pm, and will provide great spectator viewing.

Exciting events will include: Open Bronc Ride, Open Bull Ride, Open Bare Back, Steer Wrestling, Calf Roping and Ladies Barrel Race.


Event Dates
2018
      10th Feb


Cromwell Street
Cooma, NSW, 2630

Located 0.6K from Cooma

Cooma: Travel Tips

Cooma Visitor Information Centre


The Cooma Visitors Centre provides up to date local information on attractions, activities, roads and snow conditions, accommodation, events, dining, and history for the Cooma Monaro Shire and Snowy Regions.

Contact the professional and friendly staff, who can assist with booking accommodation, sell fishing licenses and national park passes, help you research your genealogy, or provide you with all the latest information on what to see and do.

A Level Two Accredited Visitor Information Centre, open daily for all enquiries.

For a free information pack on the Cooma region please call or email the centre.

Relax, unwind and enjoy.




119 Sharp Street
Cooma, NSW, 2630

Located 0.1K from Cooma

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