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Kosciuszko National Park

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Alerts for Kosciuszko National Park: closed areas


Updated: 19/01/2015 12:20 PM

“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.


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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closed areas

Island Bend campground partially closed due to maintenance - Island Bend campground (Ends Sunday 1 November)

Partial closure of Island Bend campground due to maintenance. Camp sites are now available at the lower camp at Island Bend in Kosciuszko National Park. Some sites have been fenced and will remain closed for 6 to 12 months following capping works to ameliorate the asbestos risk and to allow for revegetation. Other sites have been gated or fenced and will remain closed due to ongoing asbestos risks. Please observe all signs and closures. For more information, please contact Andrew Miller at the NPWS Jindabyne Office on 0427 437 391 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page. Download a map of the closed areas.
Munyang Bridge closed (behind power station)
Snowy Hydro have advised that the Munyang Bridge behind the Guthega Power Station 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 and exiting the same way (via Whites River). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Project Manager for repairs Mark Kofler from Snowy Hydro on 0418 297255.
Strzelecki Creek Headwaters
Closure for campers at the Strzelecki Creek Headwaters close to the Sentinel.  An infestation of Mouse-Ear Hawkweed (Pilosella officinarum) has been detected in the headwaters of Strzelecki Creek.  National Parks and Wildlife Service are actively treating this weed as well as searching for other infestation in the area. The closed area is marked with signage, posts and fencing. We apologise for this inconvenience, and we are doing all we can to ensure this weed does not become established in this beautiful area. Penalties apply for non-compliance . For more information, please contact Area Manager, Alpine-Queanbeyan , Anthony Evans on or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Getting there


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

Get driving directions


 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.


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)


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.


Charlotte Pass


  • 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




  • 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


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


  • 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


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.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services recommends that all bushwalkers and adventurers in Kosciuszko National Park doing off track or overnight adventures carry a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). PLBs are available as a free loan in Kosciuszko National Park when you register your walk with NPWS. Download the trip intention and PLB hire form. For more information please contact NPWS Snowy Region Visitor Centre on (02) 6450 5600 or NPWS Tumut Visitor Centre on (02) 6947 7025.



Phone: (02) 6450 5600
Street address: Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne
Opening hours: 8:30am-5:00pm, daily (closed Christmas Day)


Phone: (02) 6947 7025
Street address: The Old Butter Factory, Adelong Road, Tumut
Opening hours: 9:00am-5:00pm, daily (closed Christmas Day)


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

Perisher Range Resorts

Phone: 02 6457 4444

Kosciuszko Education Centre

Phone: 02 6451 3700


Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray van der Veer