28 July 2018

Canberra Day Trips: Where to warm up on your way to the snow

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Warm up on your way to the Snowy Mountains with our top picks. Photo: supplied.

Warm up on your way to the Snowy Mountains with our top picks. Photo: supplied.

So, you’re fired up to hit the slopes for some snow fun, but it’s a big day of driving and you need something to fuel you until you hit the snowfields.

Most of us will be familiar with what seems the easy option – pulling in to one of Cooma’s fast food outlets right on the main road. But that’s not your only option.

Finding a satisfying coffee and an excellent meal on the way to the snow is easy if you know where to look, and will make your drive to the snow nearly as enjoyable as your day in the mountains!


The Lott Food Store, Bakery and Cafe

This fabulous venue in the main street of Cooma (177 Sharp Street) offers everything from hot meals, rolls, sandwiches and coffee, to the chance to shop for homewares and quality pantry items. There’s a lovely ambience and the food is consistently fresh and interesting.

Miss Heidi’s Tea House

A stop at Miss Heidi’s Tea House is like an interlude in a little corner of Austria. Don’t miss the seriously delicious pancakes and heart-warming hot chocolate served with whipped cream. It’s all set in a delightful log cabin, complete with cuckoo clocks and Oktoberfest mugs. Find it just out of town at Mt Gladstone Lookout, off the Snowy Mountains Highway.

Red Thread Dessert Bar

Red Thread is a new and exciting venue that’s perfect for sweet-toothed travellers. You’ll find efficient service and great coffee. It’s not all about dessert either, with the menu serving up winter warmers like a barbecued bacon meatloaf burger and Mexican spiced chicken drumsticks on creamy mash. They’re at 100 Sharp Street.

Kettle & Seed

Award-winning boutique coffee roaster Snowy Mountains Café has its home here, at 47 Vale Street, so you can be sure your coffee at this lovely café will be fresh. Try a cold-pressed juice made to order or one of the sweet delights made in store.

Cooma's main street has plenty of offerings for hungry tourists. Photo: RiotACT.

Cooma’s main street has plenty of offerings for hungry tourists. Photo: RiotACT.


Snowy Mountains Gourmet Food

In the main street of Bredbo, this is the place to come in out of the cold and warm yourself with a bowl of piping hot soup, a home-made gourmet pie, or that old favourite, raisin toast. It’s easy to find a park, duck in, and be on your way quickly.

Pancake and Crepe Restaurant

If you love pancakes you won’t be sorry you pulled in to this quirky and quaint eatery right on the main road. The servings are generous and the coffee is good. For more about Bredbo, check out what Canberra Day Trips had to say about Bredbo in 2017.

Photo: supplied.

Photo: supplied.


Birchwood Café

Birchwood is the place to grab a fresh, healthy and delicious treat that’s packed with flavour and is open for breakfast or lunch seven days a week. There’s something for every appetite – including gluten free, dairy free and vegan. Their tagline is No one leaves Birchwood hungry, so why not put them to the test! It’s in Gippsland Street, just off the Kosciuszko Road.

Wildbrumby Distillery and Café

Wildbrumby’s kitchen is all about its continental roots, fresh local produce and its commitment to sustainability. With a menu that includes spinach and ricotta dumplings, German smoked sausages and some excellent desserts made with schnapps, it’s worth waiting until you get to Jindabyne to enjoy a fabulous meal. Schnapps ice-cream anyone? It’s just off the Alpine Way past Jindabyne.

Getting there

If you’re heading to the Snowies from Canberra along the Monaro Highway, you’ll come to Bredbo about an hour out of the CBD. From there, it’s around another half an hour’s drive to Cooma, and finally, Jindabyne is another 45 minutes along the road.

Do you have a favourite place to stop and revive on the way to the Snowy Mountains?

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