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Snowy Mountains Drive

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Driving through the Snowies is a cool thing to do in summer when you can leave the humidity of the coast behind and explore Australia’s highest region in comfort. Easily accessible in the summer months from the Hume Highway between Sydney and Melbourne, the Snowy Mountains and Kosciuszko National Park become a different kind of playground, transforming from snowscape to natural paradise with carpets of tiny, colourful alpine flowers.

This is Australia’s only true alpine habitat with its own distinctive flora and fauna including pygmy possums and tiny corroboree frogs. In the absence of snow the area comes alive with exciting activities including white water rafting, kayaking and fishing in the rivers, streams and lakes such as the Snowy River while horse riding and bushwalking are available throughout the region.

Drive or walk to some of the best lookout points for great views and photo opportunities and drop in at Cabramurra, Australia’s highest settlement, created for the building of the world famous Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme.

Among the area’s many stunning natural features are Yarrangobilly Caves, a string of limestone caves and underground pools including a thermal pool. Other areas to explore on the drive include the NSW Southern Highlands, Canberra and historic Cooma and Albury- Wodonga west of the mountains.

Activites and Experiences at Snowy Mountains Drive

  • Accommodation
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
  • Fuel
  • Public Bar
  • Medical Facilities
  • National Park
  • Newsagent
  • Police
  • Post Office
  • Public Telephone
  • Restaurant
  • Takeaway Food
  • Visitor Centres
  • Places of Worship
  • Snow

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