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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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    From Canberra via Cooma to the central ski resorts and Mount Kosciuszko:

    • Travel 95km along the Monaro Highway to Cooma
    • Continue through Cooma for 7km
    • Continue onto Jindabyne Road (signs for Kosciuszko Road) for 45km
    • Continue along Kosciuszko Road through Jindabyne
    • Turn left onto Alpine Way and take this road for 32km to Thredbo Village
    • Mt Kosciuszko is accessed on foot from Thredbo via the chairlift, or walk from Charlotte Pass turning circle on Kosciuszko Road
    • For Perisher stay on Kosiuszko Road
    • Access to Charlotte Pass Village during winter is by oversnow transport from Perisher Village

    From Cooma to the northern section, including Kiandra, Yarrangobilly Caves, Mount Selwyn and Cabramurra:

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

    From the west to the northern end of the park:

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

    From eastern Victoria to the southern end of the park:

    • Drive to Jindabyne via Bairnsdale through Buchan and Suggan Buggan on the Barry Way
    • The road is, steep, narrow and winding in sections and is unpaved in sections

    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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    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Kosciuszko National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Autumn is perfect for getting an adrenaline charge before winter—on your mountain bike. Boating and fishing activities are also great before the water gets cold again for winter.

    Spring

    Spring is a great time for bushwalking as the wildflowers come into bloom in some areas and the days are not too hot.

    Summer

    In summer there's alpine wildflowers in bloom and a wealth of special student excursions to join including climbing Mt Kosciuszko, bush banquets, learning about conservation and Aboriginal heritage. Contact the Kosciuszko Education Centre on 02 6451 3700 for details.

    Winter

    Stay at the ski resorts at Perisher, Thredbo and Charlotte Pass for skiing and snowboarding adventures in the beauty of the snow-covered mountains.

    Facilities

    Amenities

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    Boat ramp

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    Showers

    Electric power

    Maps and downloads

    Fees and passes

    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.

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

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    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) or use the Emergency + app.

    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.

    Kosciuszko National Park

    Contact

    • 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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    Nearby towns

    Jindabyne (8 km)

    For those heading to the Snowy Mountains snowfields, Jindabyne is a great place to hire or buy all of your skiing and snowboarding essentials from equipment to fashion.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Tumut (15 km)

    Tumut is a country town on the northern foothills of the Snowy Mountains. The Rolling valleys, mountain streams and alpine mountain ranges make it popular for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Cooma (65 km)

    The Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre is a state-of-the-art visitor facility showcasing the story of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme from the early construction days to the role the scheme plays today in the development of Australia.

    www.visitnsw.com

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