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Kosciuszko – Alpine Way drive

Khancoban area in Kosciuszko National Park

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All the practical information you need to know about Kosciuszko – Alpine Way drive.

Getting there and parking

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    Alpine Way scenic drive connects the Khancoban area and Thredbo-Perisher areas of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there:

    • From Jindabyne, follow Kosciuszko Road west for 3km then turn left onto Alpine Way.
    • From Khancoban, Alpine Way heads south-east and enters the park around 1km from town.

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    Road conditions

    • Alpine Way is steep, narrow and winding between Khancoban and Thredbo, and subject to rockfalls after rain. This section is not recommended for vehicles towing large caravans.
    • It's compulsory for all for 2WD vehicles to carry snow chains in winter, between June and October long weekends, on Alpine Way between Thredbo and Tom Groggin.Snow chains are recommended for all vehicles driving in the park, including 4WD and AWD, in the event of extreme weather. Read our snow driving in Kosciuszko tips.
    • Roads can close in extreme weather, so it’s a good idea to check weather and road conditions before setting out.

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • Snow chains required after snow

    Parking

    Parking is available at various attractions along Alpine Way.

    Facilities

    Toilets and picnic facilities are located at various sites along Alpine Way Drive, including Bullocks Hut, Thredbo Alpine Village, Geehi Flats campground, Scammells lookout and Khancoban Visitor Information Centre.

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    Alpine safety

    Alpine areas present special safety issues. Conditions can be extreme and may change rapidly, particularly in winter. It’s important to be prepared and find out how to stay safe in alpine areas.

    Alpine Way is steep, narrow and winding between Khancoban and Thredbo. Watch out for minor rock falls, especially after rain.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Accessibility

    Wheelchair-accessible facilities are available at several locations along Alpine Way, including:

    • Khancoban Visitor Centre
    • Scammells lookout
    • Geehi Flats campground
    • Tom Groggin campground
    • Thredbo Alpine Village

    Permitted

    Camping

    Permitted at designated campgrounds accessed along Alpine Way.

    Fishing

    You can fish in rivers and streams between the October and June long weekends. A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required to fish in all waters. Fishing in dams and lakes is permitted year-round, but some waterways may close temporarily or have restrictions. Refer to the NSW Recreational Freshwater Fishing Guide for information.

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the OEH pets in parks policy for more information.

    If you're transiting through a national park or reserve on a public road, pets must remain within the vehicle.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas. The alpine resorts of Thredbo, Perisher, Charlotte Pass, Selwyn, Ski Rider and Kosciuszko Tourist Park are exempt, though some commercial and outdoor places within these resorts may have no smoking areas.

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    Alpine Way, Kosciuszko National Park Photo: Elinor Sheargold