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Snowy Mountains Drive, NSW

One of the most popular road trips for Australians and foreign tourists alike is the Snowy Mountain Drive in New South Wales.  This trip is not only great for those who want to make the most of their rental car and explore some of the most stunning Australian landscapes but it's also the best way to fulfil your dream of reaching the highest mountain summit in the country.

What to expect on the Snowy Mountains Drive

When making your way along this road should by no means be some kind of a race against time.  There is so much to see and enjoy on your way up and down that you wouldn't want to miss out.  In fact, you may just want to make the most of as many photo opportunities as possible by stopping off along the way.  This is especially important for the driver since driving takes concentration and they won't be able to enjoy the scenery as much as their passengers can.

The distance of the return route is 496km and it starts at Cooma.  You will need to enter the Kosciuszko National Park and make your way towards the chairlift ride.  In total, if you really want to make your trip worthwhile, you should consider parking the car, enjoying the chairlift and a 13km return hike to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko.

If you are planning a winter holiday, Cooma, Berridale, Adaminaby, Jindabyne and other local towns are popular ski resorts.  Alternatively, in the summer, Adaminaby is a great spot for angling.  Summer activities in  Jindabyne include bush walks, horseback riding, 4WD adventures, mountain biking and more.  The local lake is great for water activities much like Lake Eucumbene near  Adaminaby.

Even the smallest towns along the way are great to stop in and take a look around.  Pick up a souvenir in one of their quaint gift shops and enjoy a bite to eat at a cafe, restaurant or have a leisurely picnic before moving on.

Tips and advice

It's always a good idea to plan the timing of your trip.  Make sure that you allow for enough travelling time as well as time to complete the hike if you so choose.  Leaving early in the morning is usually the best choice.

Take a picnic lunch, snacks, refreshments and anything else you might need.  You are bound to get hungry along the way and there are picnic spots available in various locations.  This is the perfect opportunity for everyone to stretch their legs, enjoy a snack or meal and take in the views.

The snowy mountains area has plenty of accommodation to offer.  When making your travel arrangements, you should consider booking your rental car and accommodation, or Sydney motorhome rental online in order to benefit from additional savings.

Don't forget to pack extra clothing.  You wouldn't want to be stuck without a warm jacket or spare t-shirt, just in case.

On your way there and back, make sure that you keep your eyes open for impressive sights like the beautiful lakes and glaciers in the area as well as wild horses and kangaroos.