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Snowy River wilderness experience

Lower Snowy River area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Overview

Paddle the iconic Snowy River on a 5-day adventure in remote Kosciuszko National Park. Camp in Byadbo Wilderness with your Aboriginal guide on this unforgettable experience.

When

Tours run for 5 days and 4 nights. Contact Alpine River Adventures for dates.

Where
Lower Snowy River area in Kosciuszko National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Grade
Medium. Suitable for people 12 years and over. We'll be paddling 70km over 5 days in grade 1 to 3 rapids.
Price

$1,980 per person.

Meeting point
Iona Gardens Cafe and Nursery, Dalgety
Bookings
Bookings required. Book online or call 0428 826 938 for more information.
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The famous Snowy River passes through some of the most breathtaking and remote wilderness in Australia. Your 5-day immersive journey with Alpine River Adventures starts with learning the skills you'll need to negotiate the whitewater in the days ahead. After that, you'll spend your mornings paddling the rapids and your afternoons exploring or relaxing. Go swimming, bushwalk the ridges or sprawl on your own private beach with a good book. Nights are spent under the stars at remote campsites with food and conversation around the campfire.

Your Aboriginal guide will provide cultural interpretation and local knowledge of the area. Much of the area is untouched by European occupation so there are many Aboriginal sites.

The river corridor supports a diverse mix of wildlife. Don't be surprised to see platypuses, kangaroos, emus and sea eagles as you paddle. With an undeniable spiritual quality, this stunning area is sure to captivate and inspire.

Alpine River Adventures is a licensed commercial tour operator with a Parks Eco Pass

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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    This tour starts from Iona Gardens Cafe and Nursery, 2 Barnes Street, Dalgety. The town of Dalgety is in the Snowy Mountains region. It's a 5-hour drive from Sydney and a 2-hour drive from Canberra.

    Flights from Sydney to Snowy Mountains Airport, Cooma, are available. Dalgety is a 40-minute journey by car from the airport.

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    Parking is available in Dalgety. Local parking regulations apply.

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    Disability access level - no wheelchair access

    Not wheelchair-accessible.

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    Snowy River wilderness experience is in Lower Snowy River area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    A sanctuary for wildlife

    Spotted-tailed quoll, or tiger quoll. Photo: Sharon Wormleaton/DPIE

    The Lower Snowy River is a haven for plants and animals, including rare species. While kangaroos, swamp wallabies and wombats are common, keep an eye out for the endangered spotted-tailed quoll, shy platypus, short-beaked echidna, and impressive wedge-tailed eagles. White box and cypress pine are common in the dry woodlands, as are grass trees - ancient flowering plants that have existed since dinosaurs roamed Australia.

    Drive the old drovers route

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

    In the 1800s, Lower Snowy drive (Barry Way) formed the stock route for sheep and cattle travelling from summer grazing, in the high alpine country, to Bairnsdale markets. The eagle-eyed can spot tree markers and the remains of old stockyards near Jacobs River campground. Before federation, a customs house stood at Willis picnic area, for the Victorian Government to collect taxes on cattle crossing the border.

    • Lower Snowy drive (Barry Way) Lower Snowy drive is a sprawling road trip that takes travellers past picnic spots, swimming holes, campgrounds and lookouts in the Snowy River valley.

    World-class wilderness

    Lower Snowy River valley, Kosciuszko National Park. Image: Murray Vanderveer/DPIE

    In recognition of Kosciuszko's unique value as a conservation area, it’s been named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. More than half of the park, over 350,000ha (almost 865,000 acres), has been declared wilderness, including Pilot Wilderness and Byadbo Wilderness in the Lower Snowy River area. Pilot Wilderness, which rises from just over 200m in the Lower Snowy River valley to 1830m at The Pilot mountain, makes up over 20 per cent of this protected area.

    Plants and animals you may see

    Animals

    • Yellow-tailed black cockatoo. Photo: Peter Sherratt

      Yellow-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus)

      The yellow-tailed black cockatoo is one of the largest species of parrot. With dusty-black plumage, they have a yellow tail and cheek patch. They’re easily spotted while bird watching, as they feed on seeds in native forests and pine plantations.

    • Wedge-tailed eagle. Photo: Kelly Nowak

      Wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax)

      With a wingspan of up to 2.5m, the wedge-tailed eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey. These Australian animals are found in woodlands across NSW, and have the ability to soar to heights of over 2km. If you’re bird watching, look out for the distinctive diamond-shaped tail of the eagle.

    • Emu, Paroo Darling National Park. Photo: John Spencer

      Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)

      The largest of Australian birds, the emu stands up to 2m high and is the second largest bird in the world, after the ostrich. Emus live in pairs or family groups. The male emu incubates and rears the young, which will stay with the adult emus for up to 2 years.

    • Swamp wallaby in Murramarang National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

      Swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)

      The swamp wallaby, also known as the black wallaby or black pademelon, lives in the dense understorey of rainforests, woodlands and dry sclerophyll forest along eastern Australia. This unique Australian macropod has a dark black-grey coat with a distinctive light-coloured cheek stripe.

    • Platypus climbing on to a submerged tree branch. Photo: Sharon Wormleaton/OEH

      Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

      One of the most fascinating and unusual Australian animals, the duck-billed platypus, along with the echidna, are the only known monotremes, or egg-laying mammals, in existence. The platypus is generally found in permanent river systems and lakes in southern and eastern NSW and east and west of the Great Dividing Range.

    • Short-beaked echidna in Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: Sharon Wormleaton/OEH

      Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

      One of only 2 egg-laying mammals in the world, the short-beaked echidna is one of the most widespread of Australian native animals. Covered in spines, or quills, they’re equipped with a keen sense of smell and a tube-like snout which they use to break apart termite mounds in search of ants.

    • Tawny frogmouth. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

      Tawny frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)

      Found throughout Australia, the tawny frogmouth is often mistaken for an owl due to its wide, powerful beak, large head and nocturnal hunting habits. The ‘oom oom oom’ call of this native bird can be heard echoing throughout a range of habitats including heath, woodlands and urban areas.

    • Brush tail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

      Common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)

      One of the most widespread of Australian tree-dwelling marsupials, the common brushtail possum is found across most of NSW in woodlands, rainforests and urban areas. With strong claws, a prehensile tail and opposable digits, these native Australian animals are well-adapted for life amongst the trees.

    • Common wombat. Photo: Ingo Oeland

      Common wombat (Vombatus ursinus)

      A large, squat marsupial, the Australian common wombat is a burrowing mammal found in coastal forests and mountain ranges across NSW and Victoria. The only other remaining species of wombat in NSW, the endangered southern hairy-nosed wombat, was considered extinct until relatively recently.

    •  Superb lyrebird, Minnamurra Rainforest, Budderoo National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

      Superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae)

      With a complex mimicking call and an elaborate courtship dance to match, the superb lyrebird is one of the most spectacular Australian animals. A bird watching must-see, the superb lyrebird can be found in rainforests and wet woodlands across eastern NSW and Victoria.

    Plants

    • Grass trees, Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

      Grass tree (Xanthorrea spp.)

      An iconic part of the Australian landscape, the grass tree is widespread across eastern NSW. These Australian native plants have a thick fire-blackened trunk and long spiked leaves. They are found in heath and open forests across eastern NSW. The grass tree grows 1-5m in height and produces striking white-flowered spikes which grow up to 1m long.

    • Old man banksia, Moreton National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

      Old man banksia (Banksia serrata)

      Hardy Australian native plants, old man banksias can be found along the coast, and in the dry sclerophyll forests and sandstone mountain ranges of NSW. With roughened bark and gnarled limbs, they produce a distinctive cylindrical yellow-green banksia flower which blossoms from summer to early autumn.

    • A red triangle slug on the trunk of a scribbly gum tree in Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Elinor Sheargold/OEH

      Scribbly gum (Eucalyptus haemastoma)

      Easily identifiable Australian native plants, scribbly gum trees are found throughout NSW coastal plains and hills in the Sydney region. The most distinctive features of this eucalypt are the ‘scribbles’ made by moth larva as it tunnels between the layers of bark.

    Environments in this area

    Jacks lookout, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer/DPIE