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Cave in Kosciuszko National Park

Yarrangobilly Caves

Yarrangobilly Caves is a complex of three caves, with the requisite stalactites, helictites and a remarkable 4m stalagmite, known as Cleopatra's Needle. At the site there is also a blissfully located 20m mineral the…
Japanese in Jindabyne


Takayama isn't your typical small-town Japanese restaurant; for starters there's very little sushi on the menu. Instead, expect heartier, weather-appropriate dishes such as gyoza (dumplings), karaage (fried chicken)…
Pub Food in Thredbo


Top-notch pub grub is served in the pleasant little wood-lined bar beneath this well-regarded midrange lodge. Only a handful of dishes are offered at a time; Bernti's is known for its steaks but we'd also highly rec…
Cafe in Cooma

Kettle & Seed

A coffee shop that wouldn't be out of place in an upmarket Sydney suburb, this place roasts its own beans. The light meals (sandwiches, wraps, ham-and-cheese croissants and spinach pies) are good, but almost inciden…
Museum in Cooma

NSW Corrective Services Museum

Next to the still-functioning Cooma Gaol, this interesting museum exhibits artefacts from convict days through to the present, following the theme Crime Through Time. Jump-suited inmates conduct tours and sell their…
Cafe in Thredbo

Central Road 2625

Occupying a prime spot on the Village Square, this cool corner cafe serves up an eclectic menu of hearty dishes, including buttered mushrooms with kim chi, breakfast burritos, curries and laksa. The coffee is excell…
Bakery in Cooma

Kuma Pies & Pastries

This cosy slip of a bakery has bar stools where patrons can munch on a 'bushman' pie (cheese, bacon and beef) or a 'drover' (beef, mushy peas and bacon). The sweets are equally enticing.
Persian in Jindabyne

Café Darya

Fill up on slow-cooked lamb shank in Persian spices and rose petals or a rustic trio of dips at this long-standing eatery. BYO beer and wine. Cash only.
Museum in Cooma

Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre

You don't have to be an engineering tragic to be fascinated by the gargantuan feat of human endeavour that is the Snowy Mountains Scheme. This centre, 2km north of town, tells the story of its creation by way of a s…
Austrian in Snowy Mountains

Wildbrumby Schnapps

Located in farmland midway between Jindabyne and Thredbo, this artisanal distillery serves Austrian-inspired cafe fare such as goulash, schnitzel, dumplings and strudel. The setting is lovely, which distracts somewh…