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Kosciuszko National Park

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Alerts for Kosciuszko National Park: closed areas, upcoming closed areas

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Updated: 25/07/2014 10:21 AM

“We went to Kosci in summer and couldn’t believe how much there was to do - we went fishing, bushwalking and mountain biking – we can’t wait to go back for the snow.”

Explore the rugged alpine landscape of Kosciuszko National Park. This stunning park, offering winter snow and fresh clean air in summer, offers visitors an endless choice of activities.

Enjoy a skiing or snowboarding holiday or weekend getaway at Perisher or Thredbo; and for something more invigorating, try snowshoeing or cross country skiing among snowgum woodlands.

In the warmer months, climb Australia’s highest mainland mountain, go boating and fishing, enjoy the alpine flowers or take a guided tour. If you’ve missing the winter action, there’s rock climbing, caving and mountain biking to get your heart racing, and if you don’t want to go alone, you can take a tour with a recreation tour operator.

One visit will be enough to give you a taste of Kosciuszko’s riches and will have you planning your next trip.

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Why you should visit

Kosciuszko National Park is a special place, here are just some of the reasons why:

Diverse landscapes
Kosciuszko National Park is a huge park containing the highest mountain in mainland Australia and all the ski resorts in NSW. It offers incredibly varied landscapes of glacial lakes, alpine herb fields, spectacular caves and limestone gorges, the magnificent Snowy River and vast tracts of wilderness.

So much to do
Skiers and snowboarders will be familiar with the fabulous resorts of Thredbo and Perisher, but there are endless activities in Kosciuszko year round. If you’re an adrenalin junky there is rock climbing and abseiling at Blue Waterholes, Clarkes Gorge, the Blowering clifflines and the cirque wall at Blue Lake - where you can even go ice climbing. Not to mention horse riding, boating, fishing, canoeing, swimming, mountain biking, camping, bushwalking, picnicking and four-wheel driving. Plan your trip well and plan to return - you will never run out of things to do in Kosciuszko.

Views forever
Climb Mount Kosciuszko on a clear blue mountain day, enjoy the spectacular western fall of the Main Range from Scammell's Lookout, gaze across the Bogong Peaks Wilderness Area, marvel at the waterfalls, take in the spectacular 360 degree views from Big Talbingo Mountain and don’t miss the beautiful limestone cliffs at Blue Waterholes. Kosciuszko is heaven for photographers.

Life in all its splendour
In recognition of Kosciuszko’s unique value as a conservation area, it has been named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. More than half the area of the park, over 350,000 hectares, has been declared wilderness and includes the Byadbo, Pilot, Jagungal, Western Fall, Indi, Bogong Peaks, Goobarragandra, Bramina and Bimberi wilderness areas. It also contains Blue Lake, a rare cirque lake, formed by the head of a glacier. The park’s alpine and sub-alpine areas are home to rare plant species found nowhere else in the world, and form the habitat for the rare mountain pygmy possum and corroboree frog.

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Alerts

closed areas

Island Bend partial closure - Island Bend campground
The former Island Bend Township site has been recently surveyed for asbestos containing material (ACM) by NPWS. As a result of this surveying several areas have been identified where ACM is present in the soil. In order to delineate between the areas where there is a risk of ACM and the areas where visitors can camp NPWS will be erecting fencing, signage, gates and road closure barriers.
Camping will still be permitted in certain areas of Island Bend. View a map of the affected areas (PDF 165kb) or contact the Jindabyne Visitor Information Centre 02 6450 5600 for more information.
The risk to users of the Island Bend precinct remains low due to the low concentration of ACM present at the sites and the fact that the ACM is of a non-friable nature having originated from buildings that were demolished at the site during the 1970s. NPWS have undertaken air safety monitoring at the site and the results show that there is no evidence of asbestos fibres in the air. NPWS is working towards establishing a long term management plan for ACM in this area and would encourage visitors to the site to be patient while NPWS works through this process. In the interim we request that visitors to the Island Bend precinct comply with the relevant exclusion zones and signage. If you have any questions regarding ACM control measures at the site please contact Andrew Miller on 0427 437 391.
Munyang Bridge BEHIND Guthega Powerstation is closed until further notice
Snowy Hydro have advised that the Munyang Bridge behind the Guthega Powerstation at Munyang will be closed to all traffic including pedestrians until further notice.  As this bridge gives access to Disappointment Spur this means that there is no access to Disappointment Spur from the Munyang end.  Access is possible from the Whites River end but this requires then turning around & exiting the same way (via Whites River). 
For further information please call Martin Grant, Maintenance Manager Snowy Hydro on 0429382794
Winter Road Closures (Ends Monday 6 October)

Winter road closures are as followed:-
  • Kosciuszko Road closed at Perisher
  • The Link Road
  • Geehi Dam Road
  • Grassy Flat Trail
  • Murray Gates Trail
  • Davies Plain Track
  • Long Plain Road
  • Tantangara Rd locked at dam wall
  • Bullocks Hill Trail
  • Goobragandra Powerline Road
  • Landers Creek Trail
  • Four Mile Trail
  • Broken Cart Fire Trail locked at intersection of Boundary Road
  • Rocky Plain campground access road off highway
  • Quarry Trail (access to west Tantangara Dam)
  • Kings Cross Road
  • Cabramurra Khancoban Road (KNP 5)
  • Olsen’s Road from the Alpine Way Entrance due to heavy snow on the track until further notice
For further updates and information contact the Tumut Region Visitor Centre on 6947 7025 or Snowy Region Visitor Centre Jindabyne on 6450 5600.

upcoming closed areas

Closed areas: Closure of the Barry Way to all traffic at Wallace Craigie Lookout (42km from Jindabyne) (Monday 4 August to Monday 8 September)Snowy River Shire Council gives notice of its intention to carry out road works at The Pinch River Crossing, Barry Way (Lower Snowy River), Kosciuszko National Park during August 2014.
This work is essential and due to difficulties of moving heavy machinery and large quantities of materials through the National Park, Council believes closure of the road is necessary to maintain safety.
Road Closed:
  • 4 August – 8 September 2014. Closure of the Barry Way to all traffic (including weekends) at Wallace Craigie Lookout within the National Park (42km from Jindabyne) on the NSW side and at the Victorian border on the Victorian side (therefore it will be a 'no through road').
Failure to address the serious road issues during August 2014 will result in the closure of the Barry Way through the Kosciuszko National Park to the Victorian Border until such time that repair work can be rescheduled at a later stage.
Council understands that this closure may cause concern to some residents and visitors. For inquiries please contact Council's Manager Operations on 0408 692 624 or 02 6451 1007, or by email to records@snowyriver.nsw.gov.au

Getting there

 Car

From Canberra via Cooma to the central ski resorts and Mount Kosciuszko:

  • Travel 95km along the Monaro Highway to Cooma
  • Continue through Cooma for 7km
  • Continue onto Jindabyne Road (signs for Kosciuszko Road) for 45km
  • Continue along Kosciuszko Road through Jindabyne
  • Turn left onto Barry Way for the southern section
  • Turn left onto Alpine Way and take this road for 32km to Thredbo Village
  • Mt Kosciuszko is accessed from Thredbo via the chairlift
  • For Perisher stay on Kosiuszko Road
  • Access to Charlotte Pass Village during winter is by oversnow transport from Perisher Village

From Cooma to the northern section, including Kiandra, Yarrangobilly Caves, Mount Selwyn and Cabramurra:

  • Travel through Cooma
  • Turn right onto Snowy Mountains Highway and travel 51km to Adaminaby
  • Enter the park 14km from Adaminaby on the Snowy Mountains Highway

From the west to the northern end of the park:

  • Travel via Tumut on the Snowy Mountains Highway or from Tumbarumba via the Elliot Way and the Cabramurra to Kiandra link road (Please note that the Elliot Way is closed between Cabramurra and Khancoban in winter

From eastern Victoria to the southern end of the park:

  • Drive to Jindabyne via Bairnsdale through Buchan and Suggan Buggan on the Barry Way
  • The road is, steep, narrow and winding in sections and is unpaved in sections

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 Opening times

Kosciuszko National Park is open all year round but at times some roads and trails close due to weather conditions or other park management issues, for details click on the alerts button or select contact to get in touch with visitor centre staff.

 Fees

Vehicle entry fees

In this park, vehicle entry fees are as follows:

  • Start of the June long weekend to the end of the October long weekend: $27 per vehicle per day. Motorcyles: $11 per day. Bus passengers: $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child. Winter entry surcharge - find out more about the increase in vehicle entry fees for winter visitors.
  • Throughout the rest of the year: $16 per vehicle per day. Motorcyles: $6 per day. Bus passengers: $6.60 per adult, $2.20 per child. Day passes and multi-day passes can be purchased from local visitor centres, local agents and operating vehicle entry stations. You can buy an annual All Parks Pass from any of these locations as well as over the phone or online.
  • Annual pass: Save time and money -buy an All Parks Pass before you visit the park.
  • Short breaks pass: Available from the end of the October long weekend to the start of the June long weekend. $64 for five days access to Kosciuszko National Park for the price of four. (Cannot be upgraded to an annual All Parks Pass or upgraded from a day pass or multi-day pass.)
  • $3 per vehicle per day. This entry fee applies to Yarrangobilly Caves, unless the general park entry fee has already been paid.

 Annual pass

Save time and money - buy an All Parks Pass online before you visit the park. Annual passes take approximately 10 working days to be delivered to your nominated address.  Alternatively, contact the National Parks Contact Centre on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757) to arrange your purchase, or visit any of the Snowy Region visitor centres on arrival.

 Close to

Kosciuszko National Park is close to:

  • Jindabyne (10km)
  • Adaminaby (15km)
  • Tumut (15km)
  • Cooma (70km)
  • Canberra (190km)

 Bike

Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

Weather and climate

 Visiting through the seasons

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Kosciuszko National Park Here are some of the highlights:

 

Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov)

  • Spring is a great time for bushwalking as the wildflowers come into bloom in some areas and the days are not too hot.

 

Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)

  • In summer there’s alpine wildflowers in bloom and a wealth of special student excursions to join including climbing Mt Kosciuszko, bush banquets, learning about conservation and Aboriginal heritage. Contact the Kosciuszko Education Centre on 02 6451 3700 for details.

 

Autumn  (Mar, Apr, May)

  • Autumn is perfect for getting an adrenaline charge before winter—on your mountain bike. Boating and fishing activities are also great before the water gets cold again for winter.

 

Winter (Jun, Jul, Aug)

  • Stay at the ski resorts at Perisher, Thredbo and Charlotte Pass for skiing and snowboarding adventures in the beauty of the snow-covered mountains.

 Temperature

Charlotte Pass

Summer

  • The average temperature ranges between 3°C and  18°C
  • The area’s highest recorded temperature in summer is 33.5°C

Winter ­

  • The average temperature ranges between –5°C and 3°C
  • The area’s lowest recorded temperature in winter is –23°C

 

Khancoban

Summer

  • The average temperature ranges between 11°C and  29°C
  • The area’s highest recorded temperature in summer is 41.7°C

Winter ­

  • The average temperature ranges between 2°C and 13°C
  • The area’s lowest recorded temperature in winter is –8°C

 Rainfall

Charlotte Pass

  • The wettest month on average is October, the driest month on average is February
  • The area's highest recorded rainfall is 171mm in one day

Khancoban

  • The wettest month on average is August, the driest month on average is February
  • The area's highest recorded rainfall is 106mm in one day

Safety

Roads into Kosciuszko National Park can be busy, especially during peak season. Traffic delays should be expected on weekends and public holidays during summer. For up-to-date traffic information, we recommend you visit the Live Traffic NSW website.

Contacts

Jindabyne

Phone: (02) 6450 5600
Email: srvc@environment.nsw.gov.au
Street address: Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne
Opening hours: 8:30am-5:00pm, daily (closed Christmas Day)


Tumut

Phone: (02) 6947 7025
Email: tumutrvc@environment.nsw.gov.au
Street address: The Old Butter Factory, Adelong Road, Tumut
Opening hours: 9:00am-5:00pm, daily (closed Christmas Day)


Khancoban

Phone: 02 6076 9373 or 02 6076 9382
Street address: Scott Street, Khancoban NSW
Opening hours: 9:00am-4:00pm (closed 12:30pm-1:00pm), daily (closed Christmas Day)


Yarrangobilly Caves

Phone: (02) 6454 9597
Street address: Snowy Mountains Highway, Yarrangobilly Caves
Opening hours: 9:00am-5:00pm, daily (closed Christmas Day)


Alpine Resorts

Phone: (02) 6450 5555
Email: resorts@environment.nsw.gov.au


Perisher Range Resorts

Phone: 02 6457 4444
Email: perisher@environment.nsw.gov.au


Kosciuszko Education Centre

Phone: 02 6451 3700

Email: kosci.education@environment.nsw.gov.au

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Winter, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer