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Leatherbarrel Creek picnic area

Khancoban area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Leatherbarrel Creek picnic area.

Getting there and parking

Leatherbarrel Creek picnic area is in the Alpine Way precinct of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there from Jindabyne:

  • Drive for 3km to the Alpine Way turn-off
  • Turn left and drive 47.8km along Alpine Way
  • Alternatively, from Khancoban, drive 60.2km along Alpine Way.

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 can close in extreme weather, so it’s a good idea to check weather and road conditions before setting out.

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • Snow chains required after snow


Parking is available in a gravel carpark adjacent to Alpine Way, with a short walk to the creek, picnic area and toilet facilities.



There are accessible non-flush toilets at the picnic area. You can reach the toilets via a hard-packed ground path.

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

There are picnic tables set on concrete slabs and surrounded by grass. There may be a small lip from the grass onto the slabs that the tables sit on.

Barbecue facilities

  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)


Step-free access

The picnic area and campground is mostly flat and step-free, but there are no pathways. You'll need to cross over hard-packed ground and grass to reach the facilities.

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.

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

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).

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.


Disability access level - medium

  • The picnic area is mostly flat and step-free, but there are no pathways.
  • You'll need to cross over flat grass and hard-packed ground to reach the facilities.
  • There are accessible toilets located along a hard-packed ground path and accessible picnic tables set on concrete slabs.





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.

Leatherbarrel Creek picnic area

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Visitor centre

  • Khancoban Visitor Centre
    2 Scammel Street, Khancoban NSW 2642
  • Winter (June to September): Open 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 2pm on weekends. Rest of year: Open 9am to 4pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
  • 02 6070 8400