The Snowy Mountains region is a beacon for snow-loving travellers in winter. By spring, the snow has melted away and revealed an entirely different place, with many treasures to discover.
If you arrive in the Snowy Mountains in early spring, you might just catch the last of the snow before it melts away (so definitely pack warm, waterproof clothes and non-slip walking shoes, even if you don’t plan to ski). Activities during the snow season include snowshoeing, snowboarding, skiing, night skiing and a ride in a scenic chairlift. There’s nothing quite like a long walk in the snow-covered alps, with spectacular twisted snow gums for company and the unique peace of a winter landscape in early spring.
The Lambie Town Walk around Cooma is also a great way to spend a couple of hours and get to know the history of the area. Spanning more than five kilometres, the trail takes you through historic areas of the Cooma township, including three heritage-listed precincts: the Court House Precinct, Lambie Precinct and the Church Precinct. Take your time at Church Hill, which offers beautiful examples of 19th- and 20th-century buildings.
Kosciuszko National Park occupies a large portion of the Snowy Mountains, and you can stay in the park at one of four unique alpine resorts – Charlotte Pass, Perisher, Selwyn Snowfields and Thredbo. As the region shakes off the winter chill and gets ready for sunnier, warmer days, a hike to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko is a must for the spectacular views the peak boasts.
You can also go boating, fishing and four-wheel driving, as well as caving at the Yarrangobilly Caves. One of the most beautiful limestone karst systems in the country, the Yarrangobilly Caves comprises six caves full of stalactites, stalagmites and other decorations. Afterwards, take a dip in the thermal pool, which stays at a delightful 27 degrees Celsius all year round.
In a picturesque valley near Jindabyne and Thredbo sits Bullocks Hut, built in 1934, which looks like the ideal setting for a period film, or the picture-perfect front cover of an Australian novel. Dramatic mountains give Bullocks Hut a striking backdrop, with the Thredbo and Little Thredbo rivers meandering poetically by. Along with scenic walks, there are also mountain bike trails, fishing opportunities and plenty of spots for a picnic.