Known as the gateway to the Snowy Mountains, the idyllic town of Cooma offers ready access to Australia’s winter wonderland while still being in easy reach of the city of Canberra.
The population of Cooma is 6,664 and is comprised of approximately 50.4% females and 49.6% males. Cooma has a population of 210 (3.2%) indigenous people and a median age of 42.
Cooma is located 114km (1 hr 20 minutes) south of Canberra, via the Monaro Highway. It is also on the Snowy Mountains Highway, connecting Bega with the Riverina.
Regional Express (REX) conduct year-round return flights from Sydney into Snowy Mountains Airport (Cooma).
The main industries people from Cooma work in are:
- Retail trade
- Health care and social assistance
- Public administration and safety
- Accommodation and food services
- Education and training
Cooma District Hospital is a regional public hospital (less than 50 beds) with an emergency department and maternity ward.
The closest major referral hospital is Canberra Hospital just under an hour and a half to the north.
Cooma is supported by an ambulance service.
There are two medical practices in Cooma.
There are five pre-school, day care or child care options in Cooma. For more information on child care options click here.
There is a Coles, Woolworths and Aldi supermarket and a Target in Cooma as well as an array of speciality outlets. Extensive shopping opportunities are available in Canberra which is 1 hr and 20 minutes to the north.
There are a number of places of worship in Cooma including Catholic, Anglican, and Uniting churches. The nearest Buddhist Temples and Muslim Mosques are located in Canberra (1hr 20 minutes to the north).
Points of Interest
In Cooma and the nearby Snowy Mountains, there’s lots to do all year round. In winter you can enjoy the nearby snowfields, while in the warmer months the region comes to life with adventure activities, events, festivals and attractions for everyone.
The snowy mountains region offers fabulous food and wine and photo opportunities at every turn. You can also go swimming, kayaking, sailing or water skiing in our magnificent lakes and waterways or relax with a glass of cold climate wine, beer or schnapps whilst taking in the amazing sights.
If you enjoy a night out at the movies, Cooma has its own twin cinema, while nearby Canberra offers a broad range of dining and entertainment options.