Cooma - gateway to the Snowy Mountains

Cooma is a skier’s paradise. With a population of around 7,000, Cooma is the main and largest town in the Snowy Mountains region.

Cooma is situated in the centre of two national parks with rugged mountains and deep, wooded river valleys. Canberra is 115km north (75-minute drive); the snowfields 95km south west (70-minute drive); and the coast, 120km south east, (75-minute drive).

Cooma may well have been just another quaint country town had it not been for the creation of the famous Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme in 1949. With the influx of over 100,000 immigrant workers over the years, it became the first multi-cultural rural town in Australia with an international appeal which continues to the present day. Cooma Tourism has further information about the region.


  • Medical practices are located in Cooma, Berridale, Jindabyne and Bombala with GP clinics at the ski resorts of Perisher and Thredbo in winter.
  • There are pharmacy outlets in Cooma, Berridale, Jindabyne and Bombala and a limited all year outlet at Thredbo.  The Perisher pharmacy operates in winter only.
  • There is a CT scanner in Cooma all year round; Jindabyne has access to imaging during business hours at the GP Super clinic. Imaging services are available in Perisher in the winter.
  • Capital Pathology operates in Cooma and Mansfield Pathology in Jindabyne.
  • There are dental surgeries in Cooma, Jindabyne and Bombala.

Cooma-Monaro Shire has one public hospital and one community health centre. The primary provider of health care services is the Southern NSW Local Health District. The Health Service also provides services to Snowy River Shire residents and visitors to the snowfields with outreach services to the residents of Bombala Council Area.

There is a range of services offered to residents of the Monaro through the Cooma Community Health Centre, including aged care services and mental health services.

Cooma has the closest acute level 2 care facility to the NSW snow fields and provides significant “front-line” support for treatment of skiing and related injuries.

The Cooma Health Service has two centres – Cooma and Jindabyne – these service the surrounding towns and villages of Nimmitabel, Adaminaby, Berridale, Cabramurra and Dalgety. Community Health Services extends to the north of Bredbo and also provides community health outreach services to the Bombala LGA and higher acute care including surgery and obstetrics support to the Bombala Hospital and Delegate Multi-Purpose Service.

Cooma Hospital has a 24 hour emergency department, inpatient services, maternity unit, operating theatre, day surgery, oncology and renal dialysis units, ACAT and aged care services, rehabilitation services including physiotherapy and occupational therapy, social work, cardiac rehabilitation programme, hydrotherapy, radiology, pathology and inpatient pharmacy service.

Health transport in the Cooma area includes an ambulance station co-located at the Cooma Health Service campus that includes a helipad. There is an ambulance station in Jindabyne and, in the winter months, at Perisher Valley.

Updated:  22 July 2018/Responsible Officer:  Dean, Medical School/Page Contact:  Webmaster, Medical School