Homelessness Resource Guides for Monaro NSW


Cooma is a town in the south of New South Wales, Australia, located 114 kilometres (71 miles) south of the national capital, Canberra, via the Monaro Highway.  It is also on the Snowy Mountains Highway, connecting Bega with the Riverina.  The town has a population of 6,301.  Cooma is the main town of the Monaro region. It is 800 metres (2,620 ft) above sea level.  The name could have derived from an Aboriginal word Coombah, meaning ‘big lake’ or ‘open country’.

In 1949, the town became the headquarters of the Snowy Mountains Scheme and grew rapidly.  Those working on the Snowy Scheme depended on the railway and during construction of the scheme, the railways were one of the largest employers in the region.  In 1959 the tenth anniversary of the scheme was celebrated with the erection of an avenue of flags representing the 27 nationalities of people working on the scheme.

Cooma has developed a growing tourism industry as it became the main rest stop for many travellers heading to the NSW snow fields during the winter months.  As a result, the town eas nicknamed the ‘Gateway to the Snowy Mountains’.


Jindabyne is a town in south-east New South Wales, Australia that overlooks Lake Jindabyne near the Snowy Mountains, in Snowy River Shire.  It is a popular holiday destination, especially in winter, due to its proximity to several ski resorts throughout the Kosciuszko National Park, including Thredbo and Perisher.

Originally situated on land that is now under Lake Jindabyne, the township was transferred to its present location in the 1960s due to the construction of Jindabyne Dam, as part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme.  At the 2006 census, Jindabyne had a population of 1,903 people.  The town’s name is derived from an aboriginal word meaning ‘valley’.

It is one of the highest settlements of its size in Australia, at 918 metres above sea level.  Light snowfalls sometimes occur during winter.  In mid-July in 2004 and 2005, snow fell up to half a metre following freak snowfalls over a large area of New South Wales.


Bombala is a town in the Monaro region of south-eastern New South Wales, Australia, in Bombala Council.  It is approximately 485 kilometres (301 miles) south of the state capital, Sydney, and 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the town of Cooma.  The name derives from an Aboriginal word meaning “Meeting of the waters”.  The town lies on the banks of the Bombala River.  At the 2011 census, Bombala had a population of 1,211 people.

Situated at 705 metres above sea level on the eastern edge of the Monaro Tablelands, Bombala is known for its cold winters with frequent frost and occasional snow.





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For further information please contact us at Southern Cross Community Housing, or Tel 02 4421 5145.

Emergency Contact Numbers



Cooma 02 6452 0099
Jindabyne 02 6456 2244
Bombala 02 6458 3444



Cooma Hospital 02 6455 3222
Bombala Hospital 02 6458 5777

National Hotlines / Helplines (24hrs)

Lifeline 131 114
Suicide Prevention Line 1300 659 467
Kids / Youth Helpline 1800 551 800
Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 656 463
Link2Home 1800 152 152
Parent Line 1300 130 052
Victims Support Line 1800 633 063
Life Goes On 1300 364 673
Alcohol & Drug Information Service 1800 422 599
Crisis Pregnancy Counselling 1300 737 732
Gambling Help 1800 858 858
Cannabis Information & Helpline (2-11pm) 1800 304 050
Dept. of Human Services-Centrelink 136 240
Men’s Referral Line 1300 766 491