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Kosciuszko National Park

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Kosciuszko National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

So much to do

Snowy Region Visitor Centre, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer

Skiers and snowboarders will be familiar with the fabulous resorts of Thredbo and Perisher, but there are endless activities in Kosciuszko year round. There's horse riding, boating, fishing, canoeing, swimming, mountain biking, camping, bushwalking, picnicking, stunning lookouts and 4WD-ing. 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 or Olsen's lookouts, gaze across the Bogong Peaks Wilderness Area, marvel at the waterfalls, take in the spectacular 360 degree views from Charlotte Pass lookout or Big Talbingo Mountain and don't miss the beautiful limestone cliffs at Blue Waterholes or underground tours at Yarrangobilly Caves.

  • Khancoban Visitor Centre Khancoban Visitor Centre, on Alpine Way at western entry point to Kosciuszko National Park, is a great place to pick up maps, information and buy a parks pass for your Snowy Mountains adventure.
  • Perisher Visitor Office Perisher Visitor Office, in the heart of Perisher Valley, is a handy last-minute stop for advice, maps, hiking essentials and important information before your alpine adventures in Kosciuszko National...
  • Snowy Region Visitor Centre Snowy Region Visitor Centre, in Jindabyne, is a great place for visitors to get information, brochures, maps and park entry passes before heading into Kosciuszko National Park.
  • Tumut Visitor Centre Tumut Visitor Centre, on Snowy Mountains Highway, is the ideal starting point for a visit to northern Kosciuszko National Park, offering information, booking services, and souvenirs.
  • Water in the world - protecting an alpine catchment Water in the world - protecting an alpine catchment is a school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park for Stage 4 (Years 7-8) geography students. Learn about the management of water quality at a ski r...

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Life in all its splendour

Lake Albina, Charlottes Pass, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer

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. Blue Lake is listed under the Ramsar Convention for the role it plays in the preservation of rare and threatened species. 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.

Alpine plants and animals

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

Kosciuszko National Park has over 200 species of alpine flowering plants, and is a significant home to nationally endangered species, including mountain pygmy-possums, southern Corroboree frogs, and spotted tree frogs. The area is also populated with wildlife like spotted-tail quolls, endangered broad-toothed rats, and smoky mice. Explore the area to experience the raw beauty of alpine plants, including ancient snow gums arranged into striking contortions alongside alpine ash.

  • Biodiversity survey The biodiversity survey school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park for Stage 4 (Years 7-8) students focuses on science. Investigate what 'biodiversity' means and use field equipment to assess the bi...
  • Biodiversity survey The biodiversity survey school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park for Stage 5 (Years 9-10) students focuses on science. Investigate what 'biodiversity' means and use field equipment to assess the b...
  • Sawpit walking track Sawpit walking track is short and easy scenic walk the children will love, as they look out for kangaroos along the way, from Sawpit Creek picnic area, in Kosciuszko National Park.
  • Water in the world - protecting an alpine catchment Water in the world - protecting an alpine catchment is a school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park for Stage 4 (Years 7-8) geography students. Learn about the management of water quality at a ski r...
  • WilderQuest WildThings Come on a WilderQuest WildThings excursion to explore the forest and alpine grasslands. Designed for Stage 1 students and focusing on science and technology, investigate the living world in this part ...
  • WilderQuest WildTracker Come on a WilderQuest WildTracker excursion designed for Stage 2 students focusing on science and technology. Carry out investigations to explore the living world in Kosciuszko National Park.
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Diverse landscapes

Snowy mountains in Koscuiszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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. 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.

  • Camp on the banks of the Snowy River Leaving from Jindabyne, you'll traverse fire trails overlooking the majestic Snowy River below. Travel by 4WD, or hike through native cypress and eucalyptus forest on this high country camping adventu...
  • Jersey Cave Step back in time on a guided tour of Jersey Cave. You'll be awed by some of the most colourful and diverse decorations at Yarrangobilly Caves in Kosciuszko National Park.
  • Jillabenan Cave Jillabenan Cave may be the smallest and most accessible of the Yarrangobilly Caves in Kosciuszko National Park, but it’s packed with incredibly delicate formations.
  • South Glory Cave Take a leisurely self-guided tour through the lofty chambers of South Glory Cave, and absorb the wonders of the largest cave in the Yarrangobilly area of Kosciuszko National Park.
  • Yarrangobilly geology for kids and adults Every rock tells a story! Come and experience Yarrangobilly Caves on a special guided tour through geological time. This is a fun tour for all the family.

What we're doing for Landscapes and geology in this park

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Common wombat. Photo: Ingo Oeland

    Common wombat (Vombatus ursinus)

    A large, squat marsupial, the Australian common wombat is a burrowing mammal found in coastal forests and mountain ranges across NSW and Victoria. The only other remaining species of wombat in NSW, the endangered southern hairy-nosed wombat, was considered extinct until relatively recently.

  • Eastern bentwing bat. Photo: Ken Stepnell

    Eastern bentwing-bat (Miniopterus schreibersii oceanensis)

    In colonies numbering up to 150,000, eastern bentwing-bats congregate in caves across the east and north-west coasts of Australia. These small Australian animals weigh around 13-17g and can reach speeds of up to 50km per hour. Eastern bentwing-bats use both sight and echolocation to catch small insects mid-air.

  • Yellow-tailed black cockatoo. Photo: Peter Sherratt

    Yellow-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus)

    The yellow-tailed black cockatoo is one of the largest species of parrot. With dusty-black plumage, they have a yellow tail and cheek patch. They’re easily spotted while bird watching, as they feed on seeds in native forests and pine plantations.

  • Brush tail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

    Common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)

    One of the most widespread of Australian tree-dwelling marsupials, the common brushtail possum is found across most of NSW in woodlands, rainforests and urban areas. With strong claws, a prehensile tail and opposable digits, these native Australian animals are well-adapted for life amongst the trees.

Plants

  • Billy buttons, Mount Kaputar National Park. Photo: Boris Hlavica

    Billy buttons (Craspedia spp. )

    Billy buttons are attractive Australian native plants that are widespread throughout eastern NSW in dry forest, grassland and alpine regions such as Kosciuszko National Park. The golden-yellow globe-shaped flowers are also known as woollyheads. Related to the daisy, billy buttons are an erect herb growing to a height of 50cm.

Winter snow and snow gums in Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer