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The town of Cooma is in easy each of Canberra and the Snowy Mountain ski fields.

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Location

Cooma is located 110 km (80 min drive) south of Canberra via the Monaro Highway. It is also on the Snowy Mountains Highway, that connects Bega with the Riverina.

Cooma is known as the gateway to the Snowy Mountains and Kosciuszko National Park, it is also the largest town in the Snowy Mountain region and the major base for Snowy Hydro.

How to get there

Regional Express (REX) conduct year-round return flights from Sydney into Snowy Mountains Airport (Cooma).

Coach services operate between Cooma and Canberra.

Population

The population of Cooma is more than 6,ooo people, the median age is 45 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 3% of the population..

Cooma is located within the South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network, this Population Health Profile provides an overview of community health for the region.

Healthcare facilities

Cooma Hospital and Health Service is a 41 bed facility with 24 hour Accident and Emergency Department, and renal and oncology outpatient services.

The closest major hospital is located in Canberra (80 min drive from Cooma).

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Cooma.

Accredited GP practices

  • Ochre Health Medical Centre Cooma
  • The Bombala Street Surgery

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents of Cooma are: cafes and restaurants, hydro-electricity generation, hospitals, local government administration, and supermarket and grocery stores.
  • Education

In Cooma there are two public primary schools, a public high school and two private schools catering for kindergarten to year 10: Cooma Public SchoolCooma North Public SchoolSt Patrick’s Parish School (K-10)Snowy Mountains Christian School (K-10) and Monaro High School.
  • Childcare

For young families, Cooma has facilities offering a range of childcare, family day care, preschool, and out of school hours services.
  • Shopping

There is Coles, Woolworths and Aldi supermarkets and a Target in Cooma as well as an array of specialty outlets including organic health food outlets, butcher shops, bakeries, furniture stores, sporting gear, jewellery, books, and fashion stores including Birds Nest.
  • Places of worship

There are a number of places of worship in Cooma including Catholic, Anglican, and Uniting churches. The nearest Buddhist temple and mosques are located in Canberra (80 min drive).
  • Points of interest

In Cooma and the nearby Snowy Mountains, there's lots to do all year round. Apart from the snowfields in winter, Cooma is home to art galleries, craft stores and the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre. There is  fishing, mountain biking or horse-riding nearby, or head up to the Kosciusko National Park in winter or summer. Cooma also has its own twin cinema. Annual events include the Cooma Show and Cooma Rodeo.
  • Sporting activities

Cooma boasts a wide range of sporting facilities including: cricket, tennis, netball, golf, rugby league, soccer, and swimming at the local public pool. There’s also all the snow sports in the Snowy Mountains in winter.
  • Community groups and activities

In Cooma community groups and volunteer organisations include the Country Women’s Association, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Probus, and the Cooma Little Theatre Group.  Snowy Monaro Regional Council provides information on community groups and happenings in their area.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Cooma. Good places to start are the Facebook pages: Cooma Notice BoardCooma Buy and SellCooma Mums and The Monaro Post.