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Lower Snowy drive (Barry Way)

Lower Snowy River area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Upcoming management events
Date Event Title
17 August 2020 Closed areas Lower Snowy River Area closed for aerial pest control operations Details

Applies from Mon 17 Aug 2020, 10.05am to Sun 23 Aug 2020, 10.27am. Last reviewed: Wed 5 Aug 2020, 12.50pm

The lower Snowy River area of Kosciuszko National Park is closed from 9am, Monday 17 August to 5pm, Sunday 23 August 2020 for an aerial pest control operation. Closures include all campground and picnic areas from the park entry on the Barry Way to the Victorian border. Traffic management will be in place to allow through traffic but plan for possible significant delays.

  • This program will target deer and is a part of broader post fire program. It aims to reduce the significant impact they have on native plants and animals including threatened species.
  • Other pest animals, including pigs, goats, foxes and wild dogs will be targeted if observed during the operation.

The closed areas include:

  • The lower Snowy Drive
  • Wallace Craigie lookout
  • Jacobs River campground
  • Halfway Flat campground
  • Pinch River campground
  • Jacks lookout
  • Running Waters campground
  • Willis campground and picnic area

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

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Applies from Tue 2 Jun 2020, 12.12pm to Mon 12 Oct 2020, 11.55pm. Last reviewed: Fri 7 Aug 2020, 6.40am

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. Note that if car parks are full a Trip Intention Form does not guarantee access to Kosciuszko National Park.

  • 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 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 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. Note that if car parks are full a Trip Intention Form 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.
  • 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 Tue 31 Mar 2020, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jul 2020, 3.44pm

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

  • The Yarrangobilly Visitor Centre, walks and the thermal pool are open but all caves remain closed to the public.
  • 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 29 Jul 2020, 9.43am to Mon 2 Nov 2020, 9.44am. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jul 2020, 3.40pm

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:

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: Wed 29 Jul 2020, 10.44am

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 Mon 27 Jul 2020, 10.41am to Fri 21 Aug 2020, 10.42am. Last reviewed: Mon 27 Jul 2020, 1.17pm

Closed areas: Waterfall track - part closure

Waterfall track in Kosciuszko National Park is partly closed from Monday 27 July to Tuesday 1 December 2020. The closure is due to damage to some platforms and stairs.

You can still access the western section of the track to the Waterfall (head clockwise from the track branch). The eastern section is closed. Signs will be in place to indicate the closed area. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Tue 28 Apr 2020, 9.17am. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Jul 2020, 4.40pm

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 Wed 20 May 2020, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jul 2020, 3.15pm

Closed areas: Thredbo Valley track closed

The entire Thredbo Valley track, along with Muzzlewood loop and Bullocks walking track, are closed to all visitation due to significant tree fall and unassessed tree risk to visitors following recent heavy snow fall.

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 Tue 21 Jul 2020, 7.08am to Fri 25 Sep 2020, 8.20am. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Jul 2020, 11.39am

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 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/things-to-do/driving-routes/lower-snowy-drive/local-alerts

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Lower Snowy drive, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Luke McLachlan/DPIE