Applies from Sun 1 Jan 2023, 1.08pm. Last reviewed: Sun 1 Jan 2023, 1.28pm.
Safety alerts: High altitude walks - difficult snowdrift crossings
There are still large snow drifts on the high sections of the high altitude walks (above about 2000m in altitude) in Kosciuszko National Park. With the existing snow and with alpine weather please note the following information when visiting these areas:
- Refer to our Alpine Safety page.
- Check the weather on the Bureau of Meteorology website Australian Alpine Weather page.
- Complete a trip intention form before your visit. This is a requirement for this winter.
- Refer to MSC Backcountry conditions report
- Low visibility, extreme winds, severe storms and 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 can make travel very dangerous.
- Deep soft spring snow can collapse underneath you - mind your steps.
Areas above 2000m, including higher parts of Kosciuszko walk, Main Range walk, Summit walk, Mt Stillwell walk and Hanells Spur walk
Expect short/ steep stretches of snow/ ice 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.