About Cooma

Cooma – a town where there is “So Much to LOVE”

railway-sign-1Cooma is a country town in rural NSW, with approximately 6,500 residents.  It is the main service town for the region (approx. 20,000 residents).  Cooma is uniquely located, being a short one hour drive to the NSW snowfield, the Nations Capital, Canberra and the beaches of the stunning South Coast of NSW.

There’s a warm welcome waiting for you in Cooma, the capital of the Snowy Mountains region. You’ll love our vibrant and optimistic community and the many opportunities it has to offer – for you, your family and for your business.

“Cooma is a fantastic place to live, work and bring up a family. It also has so much to offer visitors and presents so many opportunities for investors. We want new residents to come to Cooma and we want more visitors to come here and stop, shop and stay. I invite you to come and experience this unique part of Australia and discover that there is so much to love in beautiful Cooma-Monaro Shire.” – Dean Lynch, Administrator of Snowy Monaro Regional Council.



Cooma is a friendly, home-iconproud and safe community where you get to know the locals pretty quickly. The whole shire has just over 10,000 residents with almost two-thirds living in Cooma.

Despite its size, Cooma has the services and amenities expected of a much larger town. As the largest town and “capital” of the Snowy Mountains region, Cooma is characterized by town and country vibrancy through the week and weekends filled with special events, sport and a rich array of recreational activities.

Sporting, cultural, business and service clubs play a large part in the life of this active community.

Cooma is also one of the safest places in New South Wales according to the Bureau of Crime Statistics.

Importantly, Cooma is a great place to buy your own home. Living in Cooma has many advantages, including housing affordability.

In the 12 months to 31 December 2014, freestanding house prices in Cooma were less than half those in Canberra and just 15% of Sydney’s house prices.

The lower mortgage required to purchase comparable housing in Cooma significantly lowers your cost of living, improving household budgets and gives more lifestyle opportunities to your family.


Cooma-Monaro Shire is a diversified economy when compared to other similar rural and regional areas.

Its position as a regional service centre is well established with over 60% of employment in service industry sectors.

This strong service orientation is led by retail, public administration and safety, health care and social assistance, accommodation and food services, education and training.

Public and utility services account for approximately 35% of employment. The allied industries of retail, accommodation and food services represent approximately 20% of employment.

This diversity gives Snowy Monaro Region many advantages over other regional areas.

Employment by Industry

Retail Trade 12.4%
Public Administration & Safety 12.0%
Health Care & Social Assistance 10.7%
Construction 8.0%
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing 7.6%
Accommodation & Food Services 7.4%
Education & Training 7.4%
Scientific & Technical 5.6%
Utilities 5.0%
Manufacturing 4.1%



“We have so many leisure options in Cooma. Sport and recreation clubs, arts, crafts, galleries, gourmet food, fine wine, theatre – it’s all here! And just a short drive from town, there’s mountain biking, trout fishing, the Southern Hemisphere’s best snow resorts, the South Coast and the sophistication of Canberra.” – Donna Smith, Tourism Manager

There is so much to do in and around Cooma, providing you with a playground rich in experiences. From adrenalin charged gravity sports to more refined pursuits, Cooma has recreation, events and attractions to suit all ages, interests and speeds.

Cooma is packed full of things to do. It has an extraordinary range of restaurants, cafés, hotels, motels, B&Bs, cottages, farmstays and caravan parks to suit all tastes and budgets.

And within an easy walk, there are attractions like Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre, Raglan Gallery and Cultural Centre, Lambie Street Historic Walk, NSW Correctional Services Gaol Museum and Cooma-Monaro Historical Railway.

Across the Monaro are historical hamlets like Nimmitabel, Bredbo, Michelago, Numeralla and Jerangle, and historic homesteads offering accommodation and intimate tours.

And close by are the fabulous alpine resorts and spectacular experiences of Kosciuszko National Park.

So when you come to Cooma, you’ll discover there is so much to love.




There are a growing number of entrepreneurial businesses across a range of industries that are based in Cooma with national and global commercial networks. They have found that the location coupled with the lower costs in Cooma-Monaro Shire can make a big difference to their business’ bottom line.

Cooma-Monaro Shire Council is proactive in encouraging business establishment in the Shire or relocation of existing businesses to the area.

A tailored package of incentives and assistance measures may be available to you in securing your investment in the Shire. The objective is to help you succeed and grow employment.

Depending on meeting various criteria, there are a number of potential assistance options including:

  • Land and Building Assistance
  • Infrastructure Assistance
  • Development Contribution Assistance
  • Planning Process Facilitation
  • Business and Industry Assistance Facilitation
  • Community Support Facilitation