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Scammells lookout

Khancoban area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Applies from Tue 2 Jun 2020, 12.12pm to Mon 8 Jun 2020, 11.55pm. Last reviewed: Tue 9 Jun 2020, 1.12am

Closed areas: Long weekend closures

The resort areas of Perisher, Thredbo and Charlotte Pass, and the Main Range of Kosciuszko National Park will be closed to the public for the June long weekend, from 4pm Friday 5 June to 5am Tuesday 9 June 2020.

  • This closure is to support NSW ski resorts in their preparations for the opening of ski season – and to protect local communities who are not yet prepared for an influx of visitors.
  • The closure is supported by Thredbo, Charlotte Pass, Perisher, NSW police, NSW Ambulance, the Department of Health and local community organisations.
  • Road blocks will be in place to prevent public access up Kosciuszko Road to Perisher, including Guthega and Smiggin Holes, and Charlotte Pass. The road will be closed at Wilsons Valley.
  • With the exception of through traffic, the Alpine Way will be restricted between the vehicle entry station and Dead Horse Gap. This includes access to Thredbo Village.
  • Employees, lodge managers, lodge owners, tradesman and club members who need to travel to the resorts to prepare their premises for the snow season will be permitted access. Evidence, such as authorisation from a club, or a utility bill will be required for access through the road blocks.
  • See a map of closed areas

Areas open

  • Walking tracks around the Thredbo Valley, including the Pallaibo and Waterfall tracks, plus the Lower Thredbo Valley track below Bullocks Flat are open for walking.
  • Thredbo River will be accessible below Bullocks Flat
  • The entire length of the Thredbo Valley track from Thredbo Village to Gaden Trout hatchery is closed for cycling, due to track conditions.

Ski season

  • The ski resort's lift operations are closed until the opening of the ski season. The ski season open dates are:
    • Thredbo: Monday 22 June 2020
    • Perisher: Wednesday 24 June 2020
    • Charlotte Pass: Friday 26 June 2020
    • Selwyn Snow Resort: Closed for 2020 due to bush fire damage
  • Accommodation may be open prior to the ski resort opening dates. Check directly with the accommodation provider.

Ski season on-snow activities

Commencing Monday 22 June, 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

  • If you are coming for skiing or snowboarding in resort areas of Kosciuszko National Park this winter, don’t leave home without a valid pre-purchased lift pass
  • From 9th June, visitors wishing to undertake on-snow back country activities will need to register a Trip Intention Form (TIF) with NPWS prior to their arrival. Examples of on-snow back country activities, which can be undertaken after a TIF is lodged, include back country snow shoeing, cross country skiing, skiing and snowboarding
  • Tobogganing, sledding and snow-tubing is prohibited throughout Kosciuszko National Park in 2020. There are no accessible areas in Kosciuszko National Park that allow these activities to be safely undertaken in accordance with the current Covid-19 physical-distancing requirements.

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Applies from Tue 31 Mar 2020, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Jun 2020, 11.52am

Closed areas: Closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park

A number of visitor facilities, attractions and sites in Kosciuszko National Park remain closed until further notice. This includes a number of areas closed due to the recent bushfires.

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 after 1 June 2020 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

  • Yarrangobilly Visitor Centre and all caves remain closed to the public. Yarrangobilly Caves is open for walks and the thermal pool.
  • Individual businesses such as cafes and restaurants are making their own decisions about whether to open for business, ensuring they are compliant with current restrictions.
  • Bullocks Hut, including the access track from the Ski Tube Terminal, is closed due to maintenance works.
  • Perisher office is currently closed until 15 June

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 northern section of the park:
    • Kiandra
    • Landers Falls lookout
    • Wolgal Hut
    • Buddong Falls
  • Cabramurra township. Snowy Hydro's operational town of Cabramurra suffered significant fire damage and, for safety reasons, is temporarily closed.

The following key roads in Kosciuszko National Park remain closed due to fire damage:

  • Alpine Way area:
    • Olsens Lookout Road
    • Geehi Dam Road
    • Geehi Walls trail
    • Major Clews trail
    • Grassy Flats trail
    • Murray Gates trail
    • Bicentennial trail
  • Cabramurra area:
    • Link Road from Snowy Mountains Highway to Goat Ridge Road
    • Tooma Road - KNP5 (Khancoban to Cabramurra Road). The road is expected to reopen in December 2020.
    • Goats Ridge Road
    • Elliot Way. The road is expected to reopen in May 2021.
    • Kings Cross Road
  • Snowy Mountains Highway area:
    • Goobragandra Power Line Road

These roads and trails will remain closed 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 Mon 25 May 2020, 2.04pm. Last reviewed: Mon 25 May 2020, 3.07pm

Safety alerts: Seamans Hut toilet closed

Seaman's 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 Seaman's Hut or the new toilet when construction is complete, please take care and use the area carefully as there are obstacles partly under the snow. 

For more information, contact the local NPWS office 02 6450 5600. 

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Applies from Wed 20 May 2020, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 27 May 2020, 12.04pm

Closed areas: Thredbo Valley track closed

The entire Thredbo Valley track is currently closed due to current weather and track conditions. 

Track conditions will  be reassessed following the current weather event, with a view of reopening sections if possible.

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 28 Apr 2020, 9.17am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Apr 2020, 12.22pm

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 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 Wed 19 Feb 2020, 1.56pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Mar 2020, 10.21am

Closed areas: Woomargama National Park - eastern end closed

The eastern section of Woomargama National Park is closed. The closure is due to the Green Valley bushfire which has resulted in damage to trails and fallen trees. This closed area includes:

  • All areas east of Tin Mines campground through to Lankeys Creek and Jingelic Road
  • Tin Mines trail east of the campsite
  • Philis trail
  • Cockatoo Creek trail
  • Mandaring trail
  • Mathewsons trail
  • Millers trail and any other trails into the reserves which enter via Lankeys Creek or the River road

Tin Mines and Samual Bollard campsites are still open and can be accessed by the Tin Mines trail off Tunnel road, Woomargama.

Please do not enter the closed area. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Mon 25 Feb 2019, 9.07am. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Feb 2020, 8.50am

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 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/lookouts/scammells-lookout/local-alerts

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Scammells lookout, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer