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Going up the mountain

Stage 4 (Years 7-8), Geography, Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Applies from Sun 27 Nov 2022, 12.05pm to Mon 26 Dec 2022, 12.07pm. Last reviewed: Sun 27 Nov 2022, 12.12pm

Safety alerts: High altitude walks - Snow covered and hazardous winter conditions

Many areas above about 1900m in altitude in Kosciuszko National Park are currently snow covered from recent snowfalls and post winter snow. Please note the following information when visiting these areas:

General:

Be prepared:

  • Low visibility, extreme winds, heavy snowfalls can all occur without warning.
  • Wear and carry appropriate clothing, carry navigation equipment and be prepared for extreme conditions.
  • Track surfaces and signs may not be visible.

Travel with care:

  • Choose your routes carefully
  • Steep and icy terrain and thin snow/ice cover over rivers and lakes can make travel very dangerous.
  • Deep soft spring snow can collapse underneath you - mind your steps.

Avalanche:

  • Even at this time of year there is a risk of avalanches in the higher areas of Kosciuszko National Park, particularly on Main Range.
  • Steeper, treeless slopes and the tops of ridges where overhanging cornices develop carry the greatest risk.
  • Snow stability varies with wind, temperature and the amount and patterns of snowfall.
  • Avalanches can occur at any time through winter or spring and can be fatal.
  • Back country travellers should check snow and weather conditions before departure and remain alert.

 

Main Range higher areas - areas above about 2100m, including: Higher parts of Kosciuszko walk, Main Range walk, Summit walk, Mt Stillwell walk and Hanells Spur walk:

Expect some continuous snow cover and long stretches:

  • Skis or snowshoes may make your trip easier and safer. Ensure footwear is waterproof, solid and with good grip.
  • Take a map and compass and know how to use them. All tracks are under snow and not visible. Most don't have above snow markers.
  • Take extreme caution when on all steep slopes.

 

Main Range lower areas - areas above 1900m, including lower parts of Kosciuszko walk, Main Range walk, Summit walk, Mt Stillwell walk and Hanells Spur walk

Expect short stretches of snow cover:

  • Ensure footwear is waterproof, solid and with good grip.
  • Take a map and compass and know how to use them. Sections of tracks will not be obvious and most don't have above snow markers.
  • Take extreme caution when on all steep slopes due to slippery surfaces.

 

For more information, call the NPWS Snowy Region Visitor Centre on 02 6450 5600.

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Applies from Tue 9 Aug 2022, 9.05am to Wed 8 Feb 2023, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 24 Nov 2022, 9.37am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 baiting

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between 9 August 2022 until 8 February 2023. These programs are part of an integrated pest animal control strategy, aimed at minimising the impacts of these animals on neighbouring stock.

Baiting programs will be conducted in Thredbo/Ingebyra, Dalgety/Paupong and Corrowong/Tombong/Merriangaah Wild Dog Plan Areas. This includes the following sections of Kosciuszko National Park;

  • Thredbo Valley
  • Moonbah
  • Ingebyra
  • Paupong
  • Numbla Vale
  • Corrowong

Baiting programs will also be undertaken in Paupong, Merriangaah and Quidong Nature Reserves.

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Please be reminded that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS Estate. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information, please call the Jindabyne office on 02 6450 5555.

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/education/stage-4-geography-going-up-the-mountain-kosciuszko-national-park/local-alerts

Park info

  • in the Thredbo-Perisher area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
  • The Thredbo-Perisher area is open all year, but some roads and trails may close due to weather conditions or park management issues. Kosciuszko Road is closed between Perisher and Charlotte Pass in winter (June to October long weekends).
  • Park entry fees apply on Alpine Way and Kosciuszko Road

    Winter (June to October long weekends): $29 per vehicle per day (24hrs from purchase); 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.

    Passes: Day passes, multi-day passes and annual All Parks Pass available from NPWS visitor centres, local agents and operating vehicle entry stations. Read our Annual Pass FAQs for information. Short Breaks Pass: $68 for 5 days park entry at price of 4 days (not valid winter). Eligible pensioners can apply for a complementary NPWS concession pass, to get free park entry. Download the exemption form (154KB doc).

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