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Above the treeline

Stage 6 (Years 11-12), Geography, Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park

Affected by closures, check current alerts 

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 4 October 2022, 9.20am

Applies from Wed 8 Jun 2022, 11.34am to Tue 1 Nov 2022, 11.35am. Last reviewed: Tue 4 Oct 2022, 9.20am.

Closed areas: High altitude walks - Snow covered and hazardous winter conditions

Areas above 1600m in altitude in Kosciuszko National Park are typically snow covered in winter. 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.

Avalanche:

  • There is a risk of avalanches in the higher areas of Kosciuszko National Park, particularly on Main Range and around Mount Kosciuszko.
  • 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 and can be fatal.
  • Back country travellers should check snow and weather conditions before departure and remain alert.

 

Perisher/Main Range - areas above about 1600m, including: Kosciuszko walk, Guthega to Charlotte Pass walk, Main Range walk, Summit walk, Mt Stillwell walk, Snowgum boardwalk, Porcupine walk, Hanells Spur walk, Illawong walk, Schlink Hut walk and Dead Horse Gap track:

Expect continuous snow cover:

  • Skis or snowshoes recommended. 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.


Sub-alpine - areas above 1500m  - Rainbow Lake walk, Rennix walk, Thredbo River track:

Expect long stretches of snow cover with occasional continuous coverage:

  • Ensure footwear is waterproof, solid and with good grip. It is recommended that you carry skis or snowshoes.
  • 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.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Fri 27 May 2022, 11.04am. Last reviewed: Tue 4 Oct 2022, 10.23am

Closed areas: Thredbo Valley Track partial closure

Thredbo Valley Track is closed to cyclists until further notice between:

  • Thredbo Resort and Thredbo Diggings campground
  • Bullocks Flat to Gaden Trout Hatchery
  • Muzzlewood track

Emergency repairs are currently underway between Ngarigo campground and Thredbo Diggings campground. Please follow all signs and instructions from NPWS Staff.

The track remains open between Thredbo Diggings campground and Bullocks Flat.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Jindabyne NPWS office on 02 6450 5600.

Affects 1 park and 3 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Fri 23 Sep 2022, 1.54pm to Sat 26 Nov 2022, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Sep 2022, 4.39pm

Closed areas: Behrs Flat and Old Geehi campgrounds closed

The following campgrounds are closed for works from Friday 23 September until Saturday 26 November 2022:

  • Behrs Flat
  • Old Geehi

Do not enter closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS Khancoban office on 02 6070 8400.

Affects 1 park and 2 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Wed 8 Jun 2022, 11.34am to Tue 1 Nov 2022, 11.35am. Last reviewed: Tue 4 Oct 2022, 9.20am

Closed areas: High altitude walks - Snow covered and hazardous winter conditions

Areas above 1600m in altitude in Kosciuszko National Park are typically snow covered in winter. 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.

Avalanche:

  • There is a risk of avalanches in the higher areas of Kosciuszko National Park, particularly on Main Range and around Mount Kosciuszko.
  • 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 and can be fatal.
  • Back country travellers should check snow and weather conditions before departure and remain alert.

 

Perisher/Main Range - areas above about 1600m, including: Kosciuszko walk, Guthega to Charlotte Pass walk, Main Range walk, Summit walk, Mt Stillwell walk, Snowgum boardwalk, Porcupine walk, Hanells Spur walk, Illawong walk, Schlink Hut walk and Dead Horse Gap track:

Expect continuous snow cover:

  • Skis or snowshoes recommended. 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.


Sub-alpine - areas above 1500m  - Rainbow Lake walk, Rennix walk, Thredbo River track:

Expect long stretches of snow cover with occasional continuous coverage:

  • Ensure footwear is waterproof, solid and with good grip. It is recommended that you carry skis or snowshoes.
  • 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 Fri 24 Dec 2021, 2.18pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Dec 2021, 11.53am

Safety alerts: Bicentennial National Track - be aware of track conditions

Bicententennial National Trail (Tom Groggin to Murray Gates) has changed track conditions due to the impact from severe weather events.

Please take care and be aware of hazards when walking, horseriding or cycling in Kosciuszko National Park.

For more information, contact the NPWS 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-6-geography-above-treeline-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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Emergency services

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