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Pilot Wilderness mountain bike ride (Cascade Hut to Barry Way)

Lower Snowy River area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Applies from Tue 14 Jul 2020, 3.37pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Jul 2020, 3.58pm

Closed areas: Ngarigo and Thredbo Diggings campgrounds closed

Some parts of this park are closed while hazardous tree maintenance is undertaken due to heavy snowfalls in the areas. The closed areas are:

  • Ngarigo campground is closed from Tuesday 14 July to Sunday 19 July 2020.
  • Thredbo Diggings campground is closed from Tuesday 14 July to Tuesday 21 July 2020.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office. 

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Applies from Tue 31 Mar 2020, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 14 Jul 2020, 9.37am

Closed areas: Closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park

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

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

  • Yarrangobilly Visitor Centre and all caves remain closed to the public. The Yarrangobilly precinct is open for walks and the thermal pool only.
  • Individual businesses such as cafes and restaurants are making their own decisions about whether to open for business, ensuring they are compliant with current restrictions.
  • 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 Tue 2 Jun 2020, 12.12pm to Mon 12 Oct 2020, 11.55pm. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Jul 2020, 10.06am

Closed areas: Kosciuszko National Park - Winter 2020

Ski season

  • The ski season open dates are:
    • Thredbo: Open
    • Perisher: Open
    • Charlotte Pass: Open
    • Selwyn Snow Resort: Closed for 2020 due to bushfire damage

Ski season on-snow activities and access

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.

  • 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 is 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. 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

  • NPWS is supporting the resort areas to manage visitor numbers for the winter 2020 season due to COVID-19 restrictions. NPWS and the resorts are asking visitors not to visit the ski resorts in 2020 specifically for snow play activities. This is because there are no areas allocated for snow play or tobogganing in 2020 due to the COVID Safe Operating Plan prepared by the resorts and supported by NPWS and the emergency services
  • Visitors can undertake snow play activities (excluding tobogganing) if they undertake these activities in a safe and suitable location. Examples of snow play activities include sightseeing, building a snowman, throwing snowballs, going for a short walk or other similar activities
  • NPWS is concerned about safety management of snow play user groups, as unsafe areas along road corridors may become crowded. Visitors should ensure their activities are undertaken in a safe location

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

Park access

  • The only requirement to enter Kosciuszko National Park is a valid NSW Parks Pass displayed on your vehicle, if you are 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 but are not a condition of entry 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 car parks 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
  • 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
  • Should restrictions under the Health Order be amended, NPWS will also enact the appropriate changes

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Applies from Wed 20 May 2020, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Sun 5 Jul 2020, 1.22pm

Closed areas: Thredbo Valley track closed

The entire Thredbo Valley track is currently closed due to weather and track conditions. 

Track conditions will be reassessed following the current weather event, with a view to reopening sections if possible.

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 Mon 25 May 2020, 2.04pm. Last reviewed: Mon 25 May 2020, 3.07pm

Safety alerts: Seamans Hut toilet closed

Seaman's 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 Seaman's Hut or the new toilet when construction is complete, please take care and use the area carefully as there are obstacles partly under the snow. 

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

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Applies from Tue 28 Apr 2020, 9.17am. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Jun 2020, 9.08am

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 (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 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 Mon 25 Feb 2019, 9.07am. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Feb 2020, 8.50am

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 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/things-to-do/cycling-trails/pilot-wilderness-mountain-bike-ride-cascade-hut-to-barry-way/local-alerts

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Pilot Wilderness mountain bike ride (Cascade Hut to Barry Way), Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer/DPIE