Why you should visit
Kosciuszko National Park is a special place, here are just some of the reasons why:
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.
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.
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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)
Phone: (02) 6454 9597
Street address: Snowy Mountains Highway, Yarrangobilly Caves
Opening hours: 9:00am-5:00pm, daily (closed Christmas Day)
Phone: (02) 6450 5555
Perisher Range Resorts
Phone: 02 6457 4444
Kosciuszko Education Centre
Phone: 02 6451 3700