Travelling to the Snowy Mountains is easy with many ways to get here.
Most people who travel to the region choose to drive by car or motorcycle. It’s always inspiring when you first see the highest peaks in the distance from the road. And it all starts with an easy hour drive from Canberra to Cooma. Drive Now provides an excellent service for people wanting to hire a car or campervan and drive to the region.
For those wanting to fly, the Snowy Mountains Airport has regular Regional Express (REX) services year-round. It’s less than an hours flight from Sydney.
Canberra Airport has regular flights from all over Australia and now has direct flights from Singapore and Wellington. For details visit Canberra Airport website.
Most people travel to the region by car, as this is the most flexible and rewarding way of exploring the mountains. The region is well served by a network of sealed roads boasting diverse and spectacular scenery. The Kosciusko Alpine Way from Jindabyne to Khancoban, the Snowy Mountains Highway between Tumut and Cooma, The Snowy Valleys Way from just out of Khancoban through Tumbarumba to Tumut, the Monaro Highway running south from Canberra and the Elliot Way from Tumbarumba to Cabramurra, all pass through stunning landscapes.
A fee applies for vehicles using the Kosciusko National Park, with entry stations on three of the main roads entering the park. Summer Daily passes are $16 per vehicle. Winter surcharge daily passes are $27 (NSW Pensioner Card holders are exempt from this cost).
Driving here is a unique experience and there are some challenging conditions drivers should be aware of. If you’re travelling in the winter, make sure you’re prepared for driving in the snow.
Snow chains are required to be carried at all times for all 2WD’s and are recommended for 4WD vehicles too. Most service stations and equipment hire shops hire snow chains and will provide a demonstration for fitting them so if you’re required to pull into a chain bay, you’ll know how to put them on.
Any time of year you can experience wildlife on the highways and farmers moving stock along the road. Motorcycle riders, heavy construction vehicles and freight trucks are also common and some minor roads may also be unsuitable for caravans and hire cars.
The key to a great driving experience in the Snowy Mountains is to appreciate the journey. Slow down, be patient, drive to the conditions and share the road
Transport for NSW has more information and helpful resources for planning your journey and driving in the Snowy Mountains.
Snowy Mountains Airport
Regional Express (REX) conduct year-round return flights from Sydney into Snowy Mountains Airport (Cooma). Bookings are now open and service details are available through the Regional Express website.
A number of operators across the Snowy Mountains offer a year round private transfer service between the airport, Jindabyne and surrounding areas. In addition many of these offer customised tours of the National Park and Snowy Mountains Region. Snowy Mountains Airport
Tourism Snowy Mountains recommends Europcar rental cars (available at Canberra Airport), for the drive to the Snowy Mountains. In winter, transfers from Canberra Airport to the resorts, can be arranged through coach companies.
Canberra Airport is between 1.5 - 2.5 hours drive from the Snowy Mountains (depending on your local destination). There are daily flights to Canberra from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Newcastle and Perth. Connecting flights from some other capital cities are also available. Check flight information for scheduled flights into and out of Canberra Airport.
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Flights from Singapore and Wellington
On 21st September 2016, Canberra Airport will be welcoming international flights direct from Singapore and Wellington (NZ) four times per week.
Flights from Singapore to Canberra operate Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, departing 11.00pm and arriving 08.35am.
Flights from Canberra to Singapore operate Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, departing 11.30pm and arriving 05.50am.
For more information visit the Canberra Airport website.
The Snowy Mountains is a region of natural beauty, fresh clean air and a great place to ride a motorcycle, and the region provides some of the best motorcycling routes Australia has to offer. When riding through the Snowy Mountains, there are a number of routes you can choose from. Discover the Snowy Valleys Way, Snowy Mountains Highway, Monaro Highway, Cann River Highway, Alpine Way, Elloitt Way, Tooma Road and Batlow Road to mention a few.
The unique features of the area, combined with the friendly people and the scenic towns and villages, make riding this region a truly memorable experience. The Snowy Mountains also offers the rider with the challenge of riding on varied road conditions that requires skill and care.
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