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Olsens lookout

Khancoban area in Kosciuszko National Park

Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

Olsens lookout is in the southern precinct of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there:

  • Turn off Alpine Way at the Olsens lookout/Geehi Dam tourist sign
  • Follow Olsen’s Road for 9.4 km
  • Turn right at Olsens lookout sign
  • Olsens lookout is at the end of this road (approximately 600m).

Road quality

All 2WD vehicles need to carry snow chains in winter, between June and October long weekends, on:

  • Kosciuszko Road (to Perisher)
  • Guthega Road
  • 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 and tracks can close in extreme weather, so it’s a good idea to check weather and road conditions before setting out.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather


Parking is available at Olsens lookout.



  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)


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 + 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

  • Assistance may be required to access this area



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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Olsens lookout, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer