Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre
Yarrangobilly area in Kosciuszko National Park
Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre is your one stop destination for information on cave tours and tickets, and top tips on where to stay and what to do in the Yarrangobilly and northern areas of Kosciuszko National Park.
- Visitor centres
- 50 Yarrangobilly Caves Road, Yarrangobilly, NSW, 2720 - in Yarrangobilly area in Kosciuszko National Park in Snowy Mountains
- Entry fees
- Park entry fees apply
- Opening times
9am to 5pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
- Please note
There's limited mobile reception in the Yarrangobilly Caves area of Kosciuszko National Park.
Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre is located around 75km south of Tumut, in the heart of the Yarrangobilly Caves area of the park. Our friendly staff are on-hand to answer questions about things to do in the Yarrangobilly area, including cave tours, walks, and a range of accommodation options. They can also offer top tips on hiking, driving routes, picnicking, and hidden fishing hotspots.
As well as offering tickets to the caves, the visitor centre is the starting point for some of our popular guided cave tours, led by experts in the local environment. You'll be amazed by the magical cave decorations, ancient geology, Aboriginal history, and the wildlife that depend on caves for survival.
The visitor centre stocks a range of maps and information about nearby attractions, and has souvenirs, books and games to entertain adults and kids alike. There’s also yummy snacks on offer, plus nearby picnic tables with gas barbecues for a perfect day out.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/visitor-centres/yarrangobilly-caves-visitor-centre/local-alerts
- in the Yarrangobilly area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
The Yarrangobilly area is open all year. See individual show caves and guided tours for times and prices. Additional tours run during NSW school holidays. Contact Yarrangobilly Caves on (02) 6454 9597 to confirm the tour times for your visit.
Park entry fees apply in the Yarrangobilly area
$4 per vehicle per day applies at Yarrangobilly Caves for motor vehicles without a Kosciuszko National Park day pass or NPWS All Parks annual pass.
You’ll need to buy a ticket or cave pass from the Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre to visit all Yarrangobilly’s caves.Buy annual pass.
All the practical information you need to know about Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre.
Getting there and parking
Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre is in the Yarrangobilly area in northern Kosciuszko National Park. To get there:
From the Monaro Highway:
- At Cooma, take the Snowy Mountains Highway and continue for approximately 110km
- Turn left into Yarrangobilly Caves Entrance Road
- Follow the unsealed road for approximately 6km to Yarrangobilly Caves.
From the Hume Highway:
- At Gundagai, take the Tumut exit and follow Gocup Road to Tumut
- Continue on Snowy Mountains Highway south for approximately 75km
- Turn right into Yarrangobilly Caves Entrance Road
- Follow the unsealed road for approximately 6km to Yarrangobilly Caves.
- Yarrangobilly Caves entrance and exit roads are graded gravel. They're suitable for 2WD and 4WD vehicles up to 12.5m in length, however the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) advise that the roads are unsuitable for caravans.
- RMS recommends snow chains are carried by all vehicles driving in the park in winter, including 4WD and AWD, in case of extreme weather. Visit the Live Traffic website for road conditions.
- Unsealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- Snow chains required after snow
- Parking is available at the visitor centre and several carparks within the Yarrangobilly Caves area.
- Park entry fees apply for vehicles without a Kosciuszko National Park day pass or NPWS All Parks annual pass.
- Bus parking is available – contact the visitor centre on (02) 6454 9597 for access.
There are 2 toilet blocks with accessible toilets north-east of the visitor centre. There are also change facilities for parents.
You can reach the toilet blocks along a concrete pathway.
- Flush toilets
- Gas/electric barbecues (free)
There's step-free access from the carpark to the visitor centre and around the area outside the visitor centre along a concrete pathway. There's also a large, flat paved area next to the visitor centre with picnic tables.
To get inside the visitor centre, you'll need to navigate over one step. People with reduced mobility may need assistance in this area.
- Step-free outdoor pathways
Seats and resting points
There are bench seats with backrests in the outdoor area next to the visitor centre. There's also a bench seat with a backrest in the parking area.
Maps and downloads
Disability access level - medium
- The area around Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre is flat and step-free with concrete pathways.
- There is a single step to get inside the visitor centre – people with reduced mobility may need assistance to get through the doorway.
- There are accessible toilets and change facilities for parents to the north-east of the visitor centre. You can reach them along a concrete path.
- There are bench seats with backrests in the outdoor area next to the visitor centre.
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
NSW national parks are no smoking areas.
Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre
50 Yarrangobilly Caves Road, Yarrangobilly, NSW 2720
- 9am to 5pm daily. Closed Christmas Day
- 02 6454 9597
Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre is in Yarrangobilly area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:
Yarrangobilly’s karst landscapes were created from a belt of limestone laid down about 440 million years ago. Almost all cave formations can be seen here, from stalactites and stalagmites, hollow straws and delicate helictites, to shawls, cave coral, and massive flowstones. Karst environments are nature’s time capsules, preserving evidence of climate change, floods, droughts, fires, animal and human activity. Over the years, Yarrangobilly's caves have hosted researchers from universities, nuclear science organisations and the Snowy Hydro. You can now visit Harrie Wood Cave, which was closed from 2006-2016, to learn how stalagmites have growth rings, and find out about about climate change monitoring.
- Jersey Cave Step back in time on a guided tour of Jersey Cave. You’ll be awed by some of the most colourful and diverse decorations at Yarrangobilly Caves in Kosciuszko National Park.
- Jillabenan Cave Take a fascinating guided tour of Jillabenan Cave. It's the smallest and most accessible of the Yarrangobilly Caves in Kosciuszko National Park, but it's packed with incredibly delicate formations.
- North Glory Cave Explore North Glory Cave by guided tour to glimpse a rarely seen underworld in Kosciuszko National Park.
- South Glory Cave Take a leisurely self-guided tour through the lofty chambers of South Glory Cave at Yarrangobilly, near Tumut. It never fails to astonish.
Explore above and below ground
No visit to Yarrangobilly is complete without a visit to its marvellous caves, so stop by the Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre to get your tickets and tour times. The largest, South Glory Cave, allows you to explore at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Jersey and Jillabenan Caves offer guided tours that run 3 or 4 times daily - Jillabenan even boasts wheelchair-access. The visitor centre can also help with tours of other caves, meetings, weddings, custom tours for groups or students from 10 to 100 people. With caves, tours, walks, and the natural mineral waters of the thermal pool to tempt you, you’ll need to stay a few days. Book your own lovingly restored wing or a great-value room at Caves House. Enjoy the creature comforts of Lyrebird Cottage, or set up camp at Yarrangobilly Village campground, just off the Snowy Mountains Highway.
- Yarrangobilly Caves thermal pool walk Take the short Yarrangobilly Caves thermal pool walk and enjoy a swim in the spring-fed natural pool. It's easily combined with a picnic, bushwalk or cave tour in the Yarrangobilly area of Kosciuszko National Park.
- Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre is your one stop destination for information on cave tours and tickets, and top tips on where to stay and what to do in the Yarrangobilly and northern areas of Kosciuszko National Park.
A wonderland for wildlife
Karst environments are complex ecosystems containing highly specialised plants, animals and micro-organisms. The dense shrubs around Yarrangobilly River provide protection for the endangered smoky mouse, as well as being great for bird watching. At night you might be lucky to see a possum or sugar glider, forest bats, tawny frogmouth owl or even an endangered sooty owl. Don’t be put off if you see algae or even springtime tadpoles in the thermal pool. Algae and weed provide a breeding site for eastern banjo frogs, aka pobblebonks, because of their banjo-like ‘plonk’ or ‘bonk’, meaning the water is clean and healthy. School students can learn more about Kosciuszko National Park’s ecosystems and important biodiversity on a school excursion.
Discover Aboriginal culture
Yarrangobilly is the perfect place to experience the rich Aboriginal culture of the Wolgalu People. Join a NPWS Aboriginal ranger to see the tools and techniques of the Traditional Owners of this unique landscape. Take part in hands-on activities like string making, or learn how to start a fire without matches. Wolgalu culture tours run on select dates during school holidays, and start from the picnic area near Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre (bookings essential).
Plants and animals protected in this park
Bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus)
A large, squat marsupial, the Australian bare-nosed 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.
Eastern water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii)
The eastern water dragon is a subaquatic lizard found in healthy waterways along eastern NSW, from Nowra to halfway up the Cape York Pensinsula. It’s believed to be one of the oldest of Australian reptiles, remaining virtually unchanged for over 20 million years.
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.
Superb fairy wren (Malurus cyaneus)
The striking blue and black plumage of the adult male superb fairy wren makes for colourful bird watching across south-eastern Australia. The sociable superb fairy wrens, or blue wrens, are Australian birds living in groups consisting of a dominant male, mouse-brown female ‘jenny wrens’ and several tawny-brown juveniles.
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.
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.
Billy buttons (Craspedia spp. )
Billy buttons are attractive Australian native plants that are widespread throughout eastern NSW in dry forest, grassland and alpine regions such as Kosciuszko National Park. The golden-yellow globe-shaped flowers are also known as woollyheads. Related to the daisy, billy buttons are an erect herb growing to a height of 50cm.