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Old Mountain Road walking track

Kosciuszko National Park

Overview

A challenging short walk at Talbingo near Tumut in Kosciuszko National Park, Old Mountain Road walking track offers superb scenic views of Bogong Peaks.

Where
Kosciuszko National Park
Distance
4km one-way
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • You can also start this track from two access points along Snowy Mountains Highway. You'll need to arrange a car shuffle between start and end points if walking one way only.
  • It's a good idea to check out the Think Before You Trek website when planning your hike, and bring a topographic map and compass, or GPS.
  • There is limited mobile reception in this part of the park.

Set out along the trail from Jounama Creek campground, and you'll soon meet the trackhead for the short but heart-pumping Old Mountain Road walking track. This high-energy walk heads uphill above the creek valley, but is well worth the effort for the breathtaking views of Bogong Peaks, Jounama Pondage and Blowering Reservoir.

The track follows Talbingo Mountain's first road, built in 1860 during the Kiandra gold rush. Today, the only traffic you're likely to see is a colourful variety of birdlife, including yellow-tailed black cockatoos. In summer, wildflowers such as purple kunzea and white-flowered tea tree bloom on the lower slopes.

Return the same way (add 1hr), enjoying the downhill track and detour to pretty Jounama Creek, near the campground. It's an ideal spot for a picnic and to paddle your feet after the walk, or to simply sit quietly and watch for wallabies and eastern grey kangaroos.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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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 Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
  • 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 contact one of the park's visitor centres.

  • Park entry fees:

    Winter (Alpine Way, Kosciuszko Rd and Link Road) From start of June long weekend to end of October long weekend: $29 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $12; bus passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child per day(24hrs). Find out more about the Winter entry surcharge.

    Rest of the year (Alpine Way and Kosciuszko Road only) $17 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $7; bus passengers $6.60 per adult, $2.20 per child per day (24hrs).

    Yarrangobilly Caves (year-round): $4 per vehicle per day, unless park entry has been paid.

    Passes: Day passes (based on daily entry fees above), multi-day passes and annual All Parks Pass available from local visitor centres, local agents and operating vehicle entry stations. Read our Annual Pass FAQs for information on upgrades. Short Breaks Pass: $68 for five-days park entry at price of four days (not valid winter). Pensioners are exempt from park entry fees. Download the exemption form.

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    • Khancoban
      (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.
    • Scammell Street, Khancoban NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6076 9567
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    • Yarrangobilly Caves
      (02) 6454 9597
      Contact hours: 9am-5pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
    • Snowy Mountains Highway, Yarrangobilly Caves
    • Fax: (02) 6454 9598
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    • Perisher Office
      (02) 6457 4444
      Contact hours: Winter: 8am-4pm Monday to Friday, 8am-12pm and 1-4pm Saturday and Sunday. Summer: 8am-12pm and 1-4pm Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
    • NPWS Building, 9914 Kosciuszko Road, Perisher Valley
    • Email: perisher@environment.nsw.gov.au
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Old Mountain Road walking track, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer