Cooma: the winter is cold but the welcome is warm

Published: June 16, 2015

Cooma in the south of New South Wales is the latest small town to recognise the potential benefit of attracting more grey nomads to stop for a while.

Situated 70 kilometres south of Canberra on the Monaro Highway, the gateway town to the Snowy Mountains and Kosciuszko National Park wants more of the estimated million tourists who pass through each year to pause and sample Cooma’s appeal.

As in many country towns, there has been mounting concern about empty shops and the Cooma-Monaro Shire Council decided to take action to promote future growth.

It recently launched a new marketing strategy using the slogan ‘So Much to Love’, and streetscapes, facilities and signage have all been upgraded.

The council’s director of corporate services, Stephen Molloy, told the Sydney Morning Herald that if more people stopped and supported local businesses – either in Cooma itself or the shire’s smaller towns – it would provide a significant boost to the regional economy.

“We are working with the regional tourism authority which has a focus on attracting people year round, not just in the winter months,” he said. “Cooma is lucky because in summer people from Canberra come through on their way to the far south coast so we do have quite a bit of traffic year round.”

Attractions already popular wt grey nomads include the Cooma Monaro Railway, the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre, and the Corrective Services museum.

The council now plans to build on Cooma’s reputation as home of the Australian national busking championships and will develop more events such as food festivals … with grey nomads one of the key target markets.

The SMH says people travelling through the town this year will see colourful banners and be able to access the website to access a range of information about the area.

  • Would you recommend Cooma as a place to visit? Comment below.
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Madelon Lane
7 years ago

Yes Cooma is a great place, but having a free camp 23 kms out doesn’t really cut it. We stayed a few nights at the big area behind the Kosciousko Memorial which they should make an official 48 to 72 hour free camp for self contained vehicles. The Snowy Discovery Centre over the road is great for allowing us to fill our water tanks, and get good coffee. There is a good dump point in town too near the Saleyards nod the Info centre is very helpful. Loved the Heritage walk, the railcards etc etc and all the great lookouts like NannyGoat. And the Gorge, which needs some signposting.

7 years ago
Reply to  Madelon Lane

Agee 100%

Bill Riches
7 years ago

Definitely not in winter. Just been there.


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