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Kosciuszko National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Kosciuszko National Park.

Getting there and parking

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    There are 7 areas in Kosciuszko National Park. To get there:

    From Canberra via Jindabyne to Thredbo-Perisher and Lower Snowy River areas:

    • Travel around 100km along the Monaro Highway and through Cooma
    • Continue onto Jindabyne Road (signs for Kosciuszko Road) for 45km to Jindabyne
    • For Thredbo: follow Kosciuszko Road through Jindabyne for 3km then turn left onto Alpine Way. Thredbo Village is 33km on the right (park entry fees apply)
    • For Perisher: follow Kosciuszko Road through Jindabyne for 33km to Perisher (park entry fees apply).
    • Charlotte Pass is 8km beyond Perisher. Access during winter is by oversnow transport from Perisher Village.
    • For Lower Snowy River: follow Kosciuszko Road through Jindabyne for 1.5km, then turn left onto Barry Way and drive 37.3km to the park entrance

    From Cooma to Selwyn, High Plains, Khancoban, Yarrangobilly, and Tumut areas:

    • Travel through Cooma
    • Turn right onto Snowy Mountains Highway and drive 51km to Adaminaby
    • Enter the park 14km from Adaminaby on the Snowy Mountains Highway

    From the Hume Highway via Tumut to Talbingo, Yarrangobilly, High Plains and Selwyn areas:

    • Travel via Tumut on the Snowy Mountains Highway, or from Tumbarumba via the Elliot Way and Cabramurra to Kiandra Link Road.
    • Please note that Cabramurra-Khancoban Rd (KNP5) is closed from June Long weekend- October Long weekend.

    Roads into Kosciuszko National Park can be busy, especially on weekends and public holidays during summer. For up-to-date traffic information, we recommend you visit the Live Traffic NSW website.

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    Road quality

    Snow chains:

    The Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) recommends snow chains are carried by all vehicles driving in the park in winter, including 4WD and AWD, in the event of extreme weather. Visit the Live Traffic website for current conditions.

    It’s compulsory for all 2WD vehicles to carry snow chains in winter, between June and October long weekends, in the Thredbo-Perisher area. Read our snow driving in Kosciuszko tips.

    Facilities

    Amenities

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    Fees and passes

    Park entry fees:

    Winter peak (Alpine Way, Kosciuszko Rd and Link Road) From start of June 2016 long weekend to end of October 2016 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 5 days park entry at price of 4 days (not valid winter). Pensioners can download the exemption form (89KB pdf).

    • All Parks Pass - For all parks in NSW (including Kosciuszko NP) $190 (1 year) / $335 (2 years)
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    Safety messages

    All Kosciuszko National Park visitors planning a long hike, off-track or overnight adventure, or visiting a remote part of the park, are recommended to fill in the trip intention form and carry a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). Find out more about hiring a PLB and completing a trip intention form on the dedicated iPads available at Snowy Region Visitor Centre, Tumut Visitor Centre and the Perisher NSW National Parks office.

    All Kosciuszko National Park visitors planning a long hike, off-track or overnight adventure, or visiting a remote part of the park, are recommended to fill in the trip intention form and carry a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). Find out more about hiring a PLB and completing a trip intention form on the dedicated iPads at Snowy Region Visitor Centre, Tumut Visitor Centre and the Perisher NSW National Parks office.

    Alpine safety

    Alpine areas present special safety issues. Conditions can be extreme and may change rapidly, particularly in winter. It’s important to be prepared and find out how to stay safe in alpine areas.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit; it helps emergency services locate you, using your smartphone's GPS.

    Please note, there is limited mobile phone reception in this park. You’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Permitted

    Fishing

    You can fish in rivers and streams between the October and June long weekends. A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required to fish in all waters. Fishing in dams and lakes is permitted year-round, but some waterways may close temporarily or have restrictions. Refer to the NSW Recreational Freshwater Fishing Guide for information.

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the OEH pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas. The alpine resorts of Thredbo, Perisher, Charlotte Pass, Selwyn, Ski Rider and Kosciuszko Tourist Park are exempt, though some commercial and outdoor places within these resorts may have no smoking areas.

    Kosciuszko National Park

    Contact

    • in the Snowy Mountains region
    • Opening times

      Kosciuszko National Park is open all year but at times some roads and trails close due to weather conditions or park management issues. For details, click the local alerts or contact the park's visitor centres.

    • Park entry fees:

      Winter peak (Alpine Way, Kosciuszko Rd and Link Road) From start of June 2016 long weekend to end of October 2016 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 5 days park entry at price of 4 days (not valid winter). Pensioners can download the exemption form (89KB pdf).

      Buy an annual pass.
      • Snowy Region Visitor Centre - Jindabyne
        (02) 6450 5600
        Contact hours: 8.30am-5pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
      • 49 Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne NSW 2627
      • Email: srvc@environment.nsw.gov.au
        Fax: (02) 6456 1249
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      • 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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      • Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre
        (02) 6454 9597
        Contact hours: 9am-5pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
      • Yarrangobilly Caves Entrance Road, off Snowy Mountains Highway, Yarrangobilly Caves NSW
      • 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 NSW 2624
      • Email: perisher@environment.nsw.gov.au
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    Winter snow and snow gums in Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer