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

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Applies from Tue 8 Sep 2020, 1.33pm to Fri 25 Sep 2020, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Sep 2020, 3.09pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting an aerial baiting program using wild dog baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison, for the control wild dogs and foxes.

The program will be conducted between Wednesday 23 September and Friday 25 September 2020 in the following areas:

  • Kosciuszko National Park (Lower Snowy, Paupong and Byadbo sections)
  • Merriangaah Nature Reserve
  • Quidong Nature Reserve

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. 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 NPWS Jindabyne office on 02 6450 5555.

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Applies from Tue 28 Apr 2020, 9.17am. Last reviewed: Mon 14 Sep 2020, 10.51am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 wild dog and fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using meat baits and canid pest ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dog and foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between Tuesday 12 May and Thursday 12 November 2020 in the following parks and reserves:

  • The north east precinct of Kosciuszko National Park (within the Adaminaby/Yaouk wild dog control area)
  • Yaouk Nature Reserve
  • Scabby Range Nature Reserve

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected, and 1080 is lethal to cats and dogs. Pets and working dogs in the vicinity must be restrained or muzzled and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information please call the NPWS Tumut office on 02 6947 7000.

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Applies from Tue 2 Jun 2020, 12.12pm to Mon 12 Oct 2020, 11.55pm. Last reviewed: Fri 11 Sep 2020, 11.32am

Closed areas: Kosciuszko National Park - Winter 2020

Park access

  • As always, temporary road closures or traffic restrictions may be implemented to manage safety on roads. Please ensure that you have planned ahead and keep up-to-date on relevant alerts on ski resort webpages and Live Traffic.
  • Roadblocks to control access from Jindabyne toward Thredbo and Perisher may be installed to manage road safety issues and COVID-19 capacity on peak visitation days during the snow season. The ski resort COVID Safe plans do not allow for snow play at the resort areas, and there is limited capacity for safe parking of vehicles on roadsides to undertake snow play outside of resorts. As a result, when these roadblocks are implemented, only visitors who can provide evidence of one of the following will be granted access:
    • A completed NPWS Trip Intention Form for snowshoe, cross country skiing and other backcountry activities
    • A pre-purchased resort lift pass
    • Pre-booked accommodation, campsite or other commercial booking that is located beyond the roadblock
    • A need to access to undertake work or resident living beyond the roadblock
    • A plan to transit through the Alpine Way to Khancoban or beyond
    • Emergency or other essential need

Access may be denied despite a visitor being able to provide evidence of the above if there is no car parking available, or if there are other road safety issues occurring.

  • When no roadblocks are implemented, the only requirement to enter Kosciuszko National Park is a valid NSW Parks Pass displayed on your vehicle, if you're visiting a location where park use fees apply. Trip Intention Forms or a resort lift pass are required if you are planning on-snow sporting activities. Note that if carparks are full or visitation exceeds capacity, a Trip Intention Form or a resort lift pass does not guarantee access to Kosciuszko National Park.
  • Payment at NPWS vehicle entry stations and the NPWS Perisher office will be by card only. Cash will not be accepted. Card payments are preferred at NPWS visitor centres.
  • All public carparks which are open throughout Kosciuszko National Park will operate as per previous snow seasons. Parking spaces cannot be reserved, and a pre-purchased resort lift pass or a pre-registered NPWS Trip Intention Form does not assure that a parking spot will be available when you arrive.
  • To cater for an increase in backcountry activities this snow season, Cascades trail head and Dead Horse Gap carparks are available, at this stage, for day parking only.
  • Should restrictions under the Health Order be amended, NPWS will also enact the appropriate changes.

Ski season on-snow activities

All on-snow sporting activities undertaken this year in Kosciuszko National Park will require a pre-purchased resort lift pass or registration with NPWS in advance, via a Trip Intention Form. Check the resort websites for current status and conditions.

  • If you intend to use the ski lifts, don’t leave home without a valid pre-purchased lift pass
  • Visitors wishing to undertake on-snow backcountry activities will need to register a Trip Intention Form (TIF) with NPWS prior to their arrival. Examples of on-snow backcountry activities which can be undertaken after a TIF is lodged include backcountry snowshoeing, cross country skiing, skiing and snowboarding.

Tobogganing

  • Tobogganing, sledding and snow-tubing are not permitted within Kosciuszko National Park in 2020.
  • The COVID-safe plan prepared by Perisher Resort does not allow for tobogganing, sledding and snow-tubing. Tobogganing is not permitted at Thredbo Resort by the lessee.
  • Selwyn Snow Resort, which has the only other dedicated tobogganing location, is closed due to bushfire damage.
  • There are no accessible areas in Kosciuszko National Park that will allow these activities to be safely undertaken or in accordance with the current COVID-19 physical distancing requirements.

Snow play

  • Examples of snow play activities include sightseeing, building a snowman, throwing snowballs, going for a short walk or other similar activities.
  • Due to capacity constraints with COVID-19, NPWS recommends that visitors do not visit for the purpose of snow play in 2020. Visitors wishing to undertake a snow-based activity who do not wish to purchase a lift pass may consider doing an activity such as snow-shoeing or cross-country skiing instead of snow play.
  • During peak visitation periods such as weekends, to manage visitor safety there will be roadblocks installed for access toward Thredbo and Perisher. Visitors entering for the purpose of snow play will be denied access on these days.
  • NSW Police, Transport NSW and NPWS are concerned about the safety of snow play user groups. This is due to areas along road corridors becoming crowded because snow play areas are not available at resorts.
  • On days where there are no roadblocks installed, visitors can enter Kosciuszko National Park to undertake snow play activities (excluding tobogganing) if they undertake these activities in a safe and suitable location outside of resort areas.
  • NPWS is supporting resort areas to manage visitor numbers for the winter 2020 season due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Personal safety

  • Visitors must take responsibility for their own personal safety, including staying well clear of roads, maintaining physical distancing, parking safely and obeying road safety signage such as 'No stopping' and 'No parking'.
  • Before going backcountry, lodge a Trip Intention Form, review advice at the NPWS Alpine Safety page, and it is recommended that you book a guided tour with a licensed tour operator.
  • For safe driving tips visit Transport NSW - Driving in the Snowy Mountains or How to Drive in the Snow.

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Applies from Mon 21 Sep 2020, 11.17am to Mon 2 Nov 2020, 11.18am. Last reviewed: Thu 10 Sep 2020, 12.19pm

Other planned events: Wild dog and fox aerial baiting program - Adaminaby / Yaouk Wild Dog Plan Area

From Monday 21 September to Tuesday 29 September 2020, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting aerial baiting programs using meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dog and foxes.

The baiting programs will be happening in:

  • the Adaminab /Yaouk Wild Dog Plan Area, including the Yaouk/Adaminaby area from Lone Pine trail to Lake Eucumbene in Kosciuszko National Park
  • Scabby Range and Yaouk nature reserves

There will be signs at all baiting locations.

Domestic pets are not permitted on NSW national parks and reserves. 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 call the NPWS Tumut office on 02 6947 7000.

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Applies from Tue 31 Mar 2020, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 4 Sep 2020, 11.01am

Closed areas: Closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park

A number of visitor facilities, attractions and sites in Kosciuszko National Park remain closed or may have other restrictions until further notice. This includes a number of areas closed due to recent bushfires.

Check this map to see if there are any closures before you set out.

Camping and accommodation

Some NPWS campgrounds and accommodation will need to remain closed. If you plan to stay at an NPWS campground that is open you'll need to make a booking first. This applies to campgrounds that did not require bookings previously. If you can't find your preferred Kosciuszko National Park campground on a webpage, check this list of lesser-known campgrounds in Kosciuszko National Park and make your booking from there. If you're still unable to find your preferred campground phone 1300 072 757.

Other closures

  • Bullocks Hut, including the access track from the Ski Tube Terminal, is closed due to maintenance works.

Fire-affected areas

Some sections of Kosciuszko National Park which have been burnt remain closed. This is because they still may pose a risk to visitors due to dangerous trees and damaged infrastructure.

Specific areas which are closed due to the fires include:

  • Areas within the park:
    • Kiandra Court House
    • Landers Falls lookout
    • Wolgal Hut
    • Buddong Falls
    • Bicentennial National trail. For more information visit the Bicentennial National Trail website.
    • Back country areas affected by fires. For more information please contact our visitor centres in Jindabyne, Tumut or Khancoban. 
  • Cabramurra township. Snowy Hydro's operational town suffered significant fire damage and, for safety reasons, is temporarily closed.

The following key roads in Kosciuszko National Park are closed due to annual winter or fire damage:

  • Alpine Way area:
    • Olsens Lookout Road
    • Geehi Dam Road
    • Geehi Walls trail
    • Major Clews trail
    • Grassy Flats trail
    • Murray Gates trail
  • Cabramurra area:
    • Link Road from Snowy Mountains Highway to Goat Ridge Road
    • Tooma Road - KNP5 (Khancoban to Cabramurra Road). 
    • Goats Ridge Road
    • Elliot Way
    • Kings Cross Road
    • Tumut Ponds trail
  • Snowy Mountains Highway area:
    • Goobragandra Power Line Road
    • Bullocks Hill trail
    • Cumberland trail
    • Long Plain Road
    • Pocket Saddle Road
    • Port Phillip trail
    • Broken Cart
    • Blue Waterholes trail
    • Four Mile trail
    • Kosciuszko Road Perisher to Charlotte Pass

These roads and trails will remain closed until the October Long Weekend or until hazardous trees are treated, debris is removed and repair work is completed.

Do not enter closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

Please check our COVID-19 update for more information. To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Kosciuszko National Park page alert. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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Applies from Wed 19 Aug 2020, 8.32am to Sun 31 Jan 2021, 8.33am. Last reviewed: Mon 24 Aug 2020, 12.57pm

Closed areas: Yarrangobilly Caves - closed areas

Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre, all walking trails, the thermal pool, Bluff and Jersey lookouts and the toilets are open to the public.

The following areas remain closed:

  • All caves, including managed show caves, adventure caves and wild caves. This means there are no guided tours running.
  • All accommodation is not available for bookings until February 2021. Book your stay in advance.
  • All Caves House accommodation
  • All barbecues

For further information and daily updates, email or call Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre on 02 6454 9597.

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Applies from Tue 21 Jul 2020, 7.08am to Fri 25 Sep 2020, 8.20am. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Aug 2020, 8.48am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using bait containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes.

The program will be conducted in areas adjoining Thredbo, Charlotte Pass, Perisher, Schlinks Pass and Guthega areas between Tuesday 21 July and Friday 25 September 2020.

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. 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 NPWS Jindabyne office on 02 6456 5600.

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Applies from Wed 20 May 2020, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 24 Aug 2020, 1.37pm

Closed areas: Thredbo Valley track closures

Thredbo Valley track is open for use between Bullocks Flat and Thredbo Diggings campground only.

The following areas remain closed due to icy and muddy conditions, as well as fallen trees and unassessed hazardous trees following recent storm events:

  • Thredbo Valley track between Thredbo Resort and Thredbo Diggings campground
  • Thredbo Valley track between Bullocks Flat and Gaden Trout Hatchery
  • Muzzlewood track and
  • Bullocks Walking track

This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Jindabyne area office on 02 6450 5600 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 29 Jul 2020, 9.43am to Mon 2 Nov 2020, 9.44am. Last reviewed: Sun 30 Aug 2020, 3.45pm

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

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: 

Refer to our Alpine Safety page.

Complete a trip intention form. This is a requirement for this winter.

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

Travel with care: Choose your routes carefully and 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 - Kosciuszko walk, Main Range walk, Summit walk, Mt Stillwell walk, Snowgum boardwalk, Porcupine walk, Hanells Spur walk, Illawong walk, 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. Most don't have above snow markers.
  • Take extreme caution when on all steep slopes


Sub-Alpine - Rainbow Lake walk, Rennix Gap, Thredbo River track, Schlink Hut walk:

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 and 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 Wed 7 Feb 2018, 10.06am. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 11.21am

Safety alerts: Hannels Spur track - difficult to follow

Hannels Spur track is difficult to follow and only suitable for experienced walkers. The track has been cleared but marking has not bee completed. Maintenance work is ongoing. For winter periods most of the higher altitude sections will be covered in snow.

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

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Applies from Mon 25 Feb 2019, 9.07am. Last reviewed: Mon 31 Aug 2020, 8.37am

Closed areas: Closed areas due to exploratory works

Some areas of this park are closed due to the Snowy 2.0 exploratory works from Monday 25 February 2019, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. The closed areas are:

  • Lobs Hole Ravine Road 4wd trail
  • Wallace Creek lookout
  • Lobs Hole Ravine campground

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Tumut area office on 02 6947 7000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 8 Jun 2020, 1.59pm to Mon 2 Nov 2020, 3.22pm. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 9.46am

Closed areas: Rawson Pass toilet

Rawson Pass toilet remains closed and will reopen when snow conditions allow. For more information, call the NPWS Jindabyne area office on 02 6450 5621.

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Applies from Mon 25 May 2020, 2.04pm. Last reviewed: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 9.43am

Safety alerts: Seamans Hut toilet closed

Seamans Hut toilet is still under construction and will remain closed for winter 2020. The construction site has several fenced compounds that will remain in place for winter. If using the area surrounding Seamans Hut or the new toilet construction site, please take care and use the area carefully as there are obstacles partly under snow. 

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6450 5600. 

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Applies from Tue 12 May 2020, 12.00am to Thu 12 Nov 2020, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Mon 27 Apr 2020, 12.23pm

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 wild dog and fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using meat baits and canid pest ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dog and foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between Tuesday 12 May and Thursday 12 November 2020 in the following parks and reserves:

  • Bogandyera Nature Reserve
  • Jingellic Nature Reserve
  • Clarkes Hill Nature Reserve
  • The southern Precinct of Kosciuszko National Park

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. 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 NPWS Upper Murray area office on 02 6070 8400.

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Applies from Mon 13 Apr 2020, 9.08am to Fri 30 Oct 2020, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 18 May 2020, 10.46am

Closed areas: Major Clews Cottage closed for repair

Major Clews Cottage is closed for repair. For more details, contact Khancoban Visitor Centre on 02 6070 8400.

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Applies from Fri 22 Sep 2017, 4.01pm. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Aug 2019, 2.59pm

Other planned events: Increased traffic in northern Kosciuszko National Park

There will be a gradual increase in truck movements on the Snowy Mountains Highway and Link Road over the coming months due to works associated with the Snowy 2.0 project. 

Your destination is still accessible and to assist in planning your journey safely and to avoid stress, please allow extra time in you travel plans.

For more information please call the NPWS Tumut office on 02 6947 7000.

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Applies from Tue 1 Aug 2017, 8.27am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Feb 2019, 2.40pm

Other planned events: 1080 Baiting Programs

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) conducts ongoing and seasonal 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) baiting programs in areas of Kosciuszko National Park. These programs are part of an integrated pest management strategy aimed at controlling wild dogs, foxes, feral pigs and rabbits. All baiting locations are identifiable to the public through signage erected around the baited area.

Domestic pets are highly susceptible to 1080 poison. Park visitors are reminded that dogs, cats and other pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted in Kosciuszko National Park.

For more information please contact the relevant NPWS office:

  • Tumut, call (02) 6947 7000
  • Jindabyne, call (02) 6450 5555
  • Khancoban, call (02) 6076 9373.

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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-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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Emergency services

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Pipers Creek trail, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer