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Jacks lookout

Lower Snowy River area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Jacks lookout.

Getting there and parking

Jacks lookout is in the southern (Lower Snowy Mountains) precinct of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there:

  • From Snowy Region Visitor Centre, in Jindabyne, drive 1.5km to the Barry Way turn-off.
  • Turn left on Barry Way and continue for 60km south
  • Jacks lookout is on the left, just off Barry Way.

Road quality

  • For most of its length, Barry Way is unsealed. It’s steep, narrow and winding. Watch for minor rock falls and potholes - especially after rain.
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Jacks lookout can become boggy when it rains

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles (no long vehicle access)

Weather restrictions

  • 4WD required in wet weather


There's an informal hard-packed ground area close to the lookout where you can park your car.


Picnic tables

There's an accessible picnic table close to the lookout. You'll need to cross over hard-packed ground to reach it.

Barbecue facilities

  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)


Step-free access

There's step-free access from the carpark to the lookout along a 1.6m wide gravel pathway. Once you reach the lookout platform, the ground surface changes from gravel to wood.

The lookout platform has handrails all around it, but there are no handrails along the gravel path.

  • Step-free outdoor pathways

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

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.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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).


Disability access level - medium

The lookout is mostly flat and step-free, with a gravel pathway from the carpark to the lookout. The ground surface changes from gravel to wood once you reach the lookout.

There are handrails around the wooden section of the lookout, but not along the gravel path that leads to the lookout.

There's an accessible picnic table at the lookout, but it's set off the gravel pathway. You'll need to cross over hard-packed ground to reach it.



Flying a drone for recreational purposes is prohibited in this area. Drones may affect public enjoyment, safety and privacy, interfere with park operations, or pose a threat to wildlife. See the Drones in Parks policy.

This area may be a declared Drone Exclusion Zone, or may be subject to Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) rules for flying near airports, aerodromes and helicopter landing sites. See CASA's Drone Flyer Rules.

Commercial filming and photography

Commercial filming or photography is prohibited without prior consent. You must apply for permission and contact the local office.

Gathering firewood


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


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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