The Discovery Centre showcases the amazing Snowy Mountains Scheme; from the early days of construction through to how it is operated by Snowy Hydro today. This is a must for any visitor to the Snowy Mountains region!

Snowy Hydro has been conducting school excursion educational programs for schools visiting the Snowy Mountains Scheme for over a decade. The programs offer a unique learning experience for students from Primary School to Year 12.

Our program includes:

  • A range of education classroom resources has been produced specifically for schools.
  • Tailored presentations to students about the Scheme which cover the environment, cloud seeding, renewable energy, history National Electricity Market and water.
  • Films showcasing Snowy Hydro operations and the history of the scheme.
  • Case studies
  • Education packs
  • Quizzes

Complete an education booking request form here:

Discovery Centre
The Centre houses a comprehensive exhibition hall including an extensive photographic  collection, models, hands-on exhibits and interactive displays. You will find information about the Scheme such as engineering, the environment, the National Electricity Market, history, water management and power generation. Take your turn on the “power bikes” and see if you can peddle hard enough to power a TV, make some toast or boil a kettle.

You will also find screens displaying the Scheme working in real time. See which generators are operating, how much electricity they are producing and the prices of electricity in the market.

What you can see and do
There are also two theatres in the Centre which show a variety of short films about the Scheme throughout the day.  Enjoy the outdoor picnic area which also displays two turbine runners from the Scheme, including the largest from our Tumut 3 Power Station weighing an incredible 47.7 tonnes!  Come and talk to our staff and find something amongst our selection of souvenirs, maps, DVDs and books to take home as a memento of your visit.

The Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre has a coffee shop serving freshly brewed espresso coffee, tea,  as well as a wide range of cakes and light refreshments to have in or take away.

We have an extensive range of STEM products for children of all ages.

Why not sit and enjoy a hot cup of coffee before taking a look around our displays?

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

Please note that around May and December Snowy Hydro closes each of its Centres for several days in order to complete compulsory training. When planning a visit, please don't hesitate to call us on 1800 623 776 to check opening times.

Where: Cooma, Monaro Highway, 2kms north of Cooma CBD
Open: 7 days: 8am–5pm Monday to Friday, 8am–2pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. (Note: Coffee Shop closes one hour earlier.) 7:00am - 4:00pm Winter
Closed: Christmas Day & Anzac Day
Cost: Entry is free of charge

Suitable for: 
Tertiary - Uni/TAFE
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
Year 12
All Ages
Special Needs
Wirelesss internet
Bus Parking
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Physical Address: 
1 Monaro Highway
Cooma NSW 2630
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Phone Number: 
1800 623 776
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Opening Timings: 
7 days: 8am–5pm Monday to Friday, 9am–2pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. (Note: Coffee Shop closes one hour earlier.)