Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre Cooma

This state-of-the-art visitor facility showcases the amazing story of the Snowy Mountains Scheme from the early construction days, to the role the Scheme plays today in the continuing development and growth of Australia.

The Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre houses a comprehensive exhibition hall that includes an extensive photographic collection, models, hands-on exhibits and interactive displays, which focus on aspects such as engineering, environment, the National Electricity Market, history, water management and power generation. Have a go on the “power bikes” and see how much energy you can generate.  Is it enough to power a TV or even boil the kettle? See what the Scheme is doing today, where the water is flowing and where our electricity is being sent, all in real time.

The centre has two theatres, which show a variety of short films about the Scheme throughout the day.

Our helpful staff can also assist you in organising your visit to the Scheme and give directions to dams and lakes. A range of souvenirs, official Snowy Hydro merchandise and maps are also available.

Safety is important at all times while visiting the Scheme.  For more  information on Scheme safety click here .


Cooma, Monaro Highway, 2kms north of Cooma CBD



7 days

8:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday

9:00am – 2:00pm Saturday and Sunday and Public Holidays

Coffee Shop

7 days

9:00am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday

9:00am – 1:00pm Saturday and Sunday and Public Holidays


Christmas Day, New Years Day and Anzac Day


Entry, films and all activities are free of charge.

The Centre is located only a couple of minutes from downtown Cooma and for those travelling south from Canberra we are a little over one hour away. There is ample car parking, disabled access and facilities, coach parking and long vehicle bays.

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Snowy Mountains Scheme Exhibition