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Leatherbarrel Creek picnic area

Khancoban area in Kosciuszko National Park

Overview

Leatherbarrel Creek picnic area is a small basic site that offers birdwatching and a good rest stop for car tourists on Alpine Way.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Khancoban area in Kosciuszko National Park
Accessibility
Medium
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Please note

  • Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
  • We encourage you to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go bird watching.
  • There is limited mobile reception in this park.

As the scenic and meandering Alpine Way winds through Kosciuszko National Park, it’s a great idea to take advantage of the many rest stops along the way. One terrific spot can be found at Leatherbarrel Creek picnic area, where steep mountainsides covered in tall forest surround a small grassy flat with plenty of shade.

Pack lunch or afternoon tea (don’t forget the billy), and roll out a picnic blanket so you can lay back and listen to the serene sounds of the beautiful creek. A number of birds call Leatherbarrel home, so if birdwatching is an interest, bring some binoculars too, and keep your eye out for currawongs, kookaburras, rosellas and willy wagtails. Brush-trailed possums like to visit the area at night. 

If you find yourself fatigued on the road, Leatherbarrel Creek picnic area doubles as a small campground. Other camping options can be found in the nearby Thredbo Valley, Tom Groggin, or Geehi.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

Conservation program:

Iconic species - Southern corroboree frog conservation program

An iconic endangered species, the southern corroboree frog, found only in Kosciuszko National Park, faces the grave threat of extinction. Saving Our Species aims to prevent this from happening by battling chytrid fungus, protecting frog habitat from pests, and fostering a captive breeding program. 

Southern corroboree frog (Pseudophryne corroboree), Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Park info

  • in the Khancoban area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
  • The Khancoban area is open all year, but access along the Khancoban to Cabramurra Road is closed in winter (June to October long weekends).

  • Park entry fees apply on Alpine Way

    Winter (June to October long weekends): $29 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $12; bus passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child per day. Find out  more about the winter entry surcharge.

    Rest of Year: $17 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $7; bus passengers $6.60 per adult, $2.20 per child per day.

    Entry passes available from Khancoban Visitor Centre's 24-hour vending machines. 

    See vehicle entry fees for other areas in Kosciuszko National Park.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Khancoban Visitor Centre
      (02) 6076 9373
      (02) 6076 9382
      Contact hours: 9am-4pm (closed 12.30pm-1pm) Monday to Friday. Open daily during peak summer season and school holidays.
    • Corner Scammell Street and Alpine Way, Khancoban NSW 2642
    • Fax: (02) 6076 9567
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Leatherbarrel Creek picnic area, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer