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Illawong walk

Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 18 February 2020, 11.04am

Applies from Sun 19 Jan 2020, 5.17pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 11.04am.

Closed areas: Kosciuszko National Park - part closure

Sections of Kosciuszko National Park have been reopened, but areas which have been burnt or have ongoing fire suppression operations remain closed.

The following areas of Kosciuszko National Park are now open:

  • All backcountry areas south of Mount Jagungal which have not been impacted by fire are open to the public
  • Kosciuszko Road - Jindabyne to Charlotte Pass
  • Guthega Road - Kosciuszko Road to Guthega Village
  • Charlotte Pass, Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Guthega, Diggers Creek, Wilsons Valley, Sawpit Creek and Waste Point. Visitors need to check whether resort facilities and hospitality venues are open for business
  • Alpine Way (visitors should visit Live Traffic NSW to confirm status before travel)
  • Thredbo Village and Thredbo resort lease area
  • Thredbo Valley track – Bullocks Flat to Gaden Trout Hatchery 
  • Ngarigo, Thredbo Diggings and Island Bend campgrounds - for day use and overnight camping
  • Snowy Mountains Highway. Visitors must stay within the road corridor and be aware of hazards such as damaged buildings and burnt trees
  • Blowering campgrounds - Log Bridge, The Pines, Humes Crossing and Yachting Point
  • All walks on the Main Range, including to Mount Kosciuszko and surrounding the alpine resort areas
  • Barry Way – open to the Victorian border. Lower Snowy picnic and campgrounds are open and include Jacobs River, Halfway Flat, No Name, Pinch River, Jacks Lookout and Running Waters
  • Schlink Pass trail and associated huts (Horse Camp Hut, White River Hut, Schlink Hut, Valentine Hut)
  • Mount Jagungal. Access to this area must be from Guthega Power Station or Guthega. There is no access from Round Mountain, Tooma Dam or Snowy Plain. O’Keefes and Dershkos huts are accessible but areas further north remain closed
  • Rainbow Lake walk – Kosciuszko Road to Rainbow Lake
  • Rennix walk – Kosciuszko Road return
  • Waterfall walk – from Sawpit Creek
  • Pallaibo walk – from Thredbo River picnic area and Sawpit Creek

The following areas of Kosciuszko National Park remain closed:

  • All areas which have been burnt by the recent fires remain closed due to the risk of dangerous trees falling, and ongoing fire fighting operations.
  • All campgrounds between Thredbo and Khancoban
  • All areas north of Snowy Mountains Highway:
    • Yarrangobilly Caves. Accommodation is available to be booked for check-in from Wednesday 1 July 2020. The anticipated opening for day visitation is the 2020 NSW Easter School Holidays.
    • Long Plain Road
    • Long Plain Hut campground and Blue Waterholes campground
    • Yolde campground and Jounama Creek campground
  • The following public roads (for latest updates visit Live Traffic NSW):
    • KNP5 (Khancoban to Cabramurra Road)
    • Link Road from Snowy Mountains Highway to Goat Ridge Road
    • Goats Ridge Road and Elliot Way
  • Cabramurra township. Snowy Hydro's operational town of Cabramurra suffered significant fire damage and for safety reasons is temporarily closed.

RFS and NPWS will continue to assess bushfire risk and progress opening further areas of Kosciuszko National Park when it is safe.

Beware of changing conditions

  • All roads, resorts and other areas may close suddenly in response to changing bushfire risk
  • You should monitor advice from NSW Rural Fire Service and other emergency services frequently, regardless of whether you are inside or outside of Kosciuszko National Park

Current fire situation

  • Large fires have impacted the northern part of Kosciuszko National Park around Kiandra, Tantangara, Adaminaby and Eucumbene Cove
  • There are still fires in Kosciuszko National Park around Mt Youngal (In the vicinity of Geehi) and Cooleman Plain in Northern Kosciuszko
  • Other fires exist to the west of Kosciuszko National Park in Victoria
  • Lightning and ember attacks may result in additional fires

Stay up-to-date with the current fire situation in your area by: visiting the Rural Fire Service website, viewing the Fires Near Me website or app, listening to your local radio station, or calling NSW RFS Bushfire Information Line on 1800 679 737.

Do not enter closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

Applies from Wed 5 Feb 2020, 4.25pm. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Feb 2020, 8.33am.

Other planned events: Guthega to Illawong - helicopter operations

Helicopter lifting operations are planned from around 10am onwards on Thursday 6 February between Guthega carpark and Illawong. There are no closures, however vehicles accessing Guthega may be delayed for 5-10 minutes as helicopters land and take off.

Illawong Walk remains open, however walkers may be asked to wait for 5-10 minutes if the helicopter is unloading at the Illawong end.

Please follow all directions from the contractor and NPWS staff.

Applies from Tue 10 Dec 2019, 11.57am to Sat 29 Feb 2020, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Tue 11 Feb 2020, 11.14am.

Fire bans: Park fire ban - Southern Ranges

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Sun 19 Jan 2020, 5.17pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 11.04am

Closed areas: Kosciuszko National Park - part closure

Sections of Kosciuszko National Park have been reopened, but areas which have been burnt or have ongoing fire suppression operations remain closed.

The following areas of Kosciuszko National Park are now open:

  • All backcountry areas south of Mount Jagungal which have not been impacted by fire are open to the public
  • Kosciuszko Road - Jindabyne to Charlotte Pass
  • Guthega Road - Kosciuszko Road to Guthega Village
  • Charlotte Pass, Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Guthega, Diggers Creek, Wilsons Valley, Sawpit Creek and Waste Point. Visitors need to check whether resort facilities and hospitality venues are open for business
  • Alpine Way (visitors should visit Live Traffic NSW to confirm status before travel)
  • Thredbo Village and Thredbo resort lease area
  • Thredbo Valley track – Bullocks Flat to Gaden Trout Hatchery 
  • Ngarigo, Thredbo Diggings and Island Bend campgrounds - for day use and overnight camping
  • Snowy Mountains Highway. Visitors must stay within the road corridor and be aware of hazards such as damaged buildings and burnt trees
  • Blowering campgrounds - Log Bridge, The Pines, Humes Crossing and Yachting Point
  • All walks on the Main Range, including to Mount Kosciuszko and surrounding the alpine resort areas
  • Barry Way – open to the Victorian border. Lower Snowy picnic and campgrounds are open and include Jacobs River, Halfway Flat, No Name, Pinch River, Jacks Lookout and Running Waters
  • Schlink Pass trail and associated huts (Horse Camp Hut, White River Hut, Schlink Hut, Valentine Hut)
  • Mount Jagungal. Access to this area must be from Guthega Power Station or Guthega. There is no access from Round Mountain, Tooma Dam or Snowy Plain. O’Keefes and Dershkos huts are accessible but areas further north remain closed
  • Rainbow Lake walk – Kosciuszko Road to Rainbow Lake
  • Rennix walk – Kosciuszko Road return
  • Waterfall walk – from Sawpit Creek
  • Pallaibo walk – from Thredbo River picnic area and Sawpit Creek

The following areas of Kosciuszko National Park remain closed:

  • All areas which have been burnt by the recent fires remain closed due to the risk of dangerous trees falling, and ongoing fire fighting operations.
  • All campgrounds between Thredbo and Khancoban
  • All areas north of Snowy Mountains Highway:
    • Yarrangobilly Caves. Accommodation is available to be booked for check-in from Wednesday 1 July 2020. The anticipated opening for day visitation is the 2020 NSW Easter School Holidays.
    • Long Plain Road
    • Long Plain Hut campground and Blue Waterholes campground
    • Yolde campground and Jounama Creek campground
  • The following public roads (for latest updates visit Live Traffic NSW):
    • KNP5 (Khancoban to Cabramurra Road)
    • Link Road from Snowy Mountains Highway to Goat Ridge Road
    • Goats Ridge Road and Elliot Way
  • Cabramurra township. Snowy Hydro's operational town of Cabramurra suffered significant fire damage and for safety reasons is temporarily closed.

RFS and NPWS will continue to assess bushfire risk and progress opening further areas of Kosciuszko National Park when it is safe.

Beware of changing conditions

  • All roads, resorts and other areas may close suddenly in response to changing bushfire risk
  • You should monitor advice from NSW Rural Fire Service and other emergency services frequently, regardless of whether you are inside or outside of Kosciuszko National Park

Current fire situation

  • Large fires have impacted the northern part of Kosciuszko National Park around Kiandra, Tantangara, Adaminaby and Eucumbene Cove
  • There are still fires in Kosciuszko National Park around Mt Youngal (In the vicinity of Geehi) and Cooleman Plain in Northern Kosciuszko
  • Other fires exist to the west of Kosciuszko National Park in Victoria
  • Lightning and ember attacks may result in additional fires

Stay up-to-date with the current fire situation in your area by: visiting the Rural Fire Service website, viewing the Fires Near Me website or app, listening to your local radio station, or calling NSW RFS Bushfire Information Line on 1800 679 737.

Do not enter closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park. 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 27 Jan 2020, 1.49pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Feb 2020, 11.47am

Fires - Advice: Orroral Fire

There is a fire in this park called Orroral Fire. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 31 Dec 2019, 6.18am. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Feb 2020, 10.48am

Fires - Advice: Bondi

There is a fire in this park called Bondi. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 4 Feb 2020, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Feb 2020, 9.59am

Fires - Advice: Scabby Range

There is a fire in this park called Scabby Range. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sun 29 Dec 2019, 5.04pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 6.20pm

Fires - Advice: Green Valley, Talmalmo

There is a fire in this park called Green Valley, Talmalmo. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 4 Feb 2020, 2.17pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Feb 2020, 1.56pm

Fires - Advice: Rolling Ground

There is a fire in this park called Rolling Ground. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sun 16 Feb 2020, 1.14pm. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Feb 2020, 3.33pm

Closed areas: Thredbo Valley track closure due to weather conditions

Thredbo Valley track and Muzzlewood track are closed between Thredbo Resort and Bullocks Flat due to wet track conditions. These tracks will remain closed until conditions are assessed as suitable for reopening. Thredbo Valley track between Bullocks Flat and Gaden Trout Hatchery remains open for use.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Jindabyne area office on 02 6450 5555.

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Applies from Mon 17 Feb 2020, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 13 Feb 2020, 9.06am

Other planned events: Track diversions - Bullocks Flat precinct

Track diversions will be in place in and around the Bullocks Hut precinct and Skitube area while major track upgrade works are undertaken.

Tracks will remain open with diversions in place around construction zones to maintain access to Skitube, Lake Crackenback and Gaden Trout Hatchery. The affected tracks are:

  • Thredbo Valley track between Thredbo Diggings campground and Bullocks Flat
  • Bullocks walking track
  • Muzzlewood track

Be cautious when walking and riding in and around these areas due to construction activity. The works are expected to continue until May 2020. Maintain care as there will be construction and other maintenance vehicles in the area.

This construction project plans to upgrade the existing track from Skitube carpark D to the Bullocks Hut precinct to a low mobility path, and upgrade the existing toilet to a disabled-compliant facility.

For more information, please call the NPWS Jindabyne office on 02 6450 5555.

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Applies from Wed 5 Feb 2020, 4.25pm. Last reviewed: Thu 6 Feb 2020, 8.33am

Other planned events: Guthega to Illawong - helicopter operations

Helicopter lifting operations are planned from around 10am onwards on Thursday 6 February between Guthega carpark and Illawong. There are no closures, however vehicles accessing Guthega may be delayed for 5-10 minutes as helicopters land and take off.

Illawong Walk remains open, however walkers may be asked to wait for 5-10 minutes if the helicopter is unloading at the Illawong end.

Please follow all directions from the contractor and NPWS staff.

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Applies from Thu 24 Oct 2019, 9.00am to Fri 27 Mar 2020, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 17 Feb 2020, 8.42am

Closed areas: Major Clews Cottage closed for repair

Major Clews Cottage is closed for repair until Friday 27 March 2020. The closure does not affect access to Major Clews trail or Geehi Walls trail. For more further details, contact the Khancoban Visitor Centre on 02 6076 9373.

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Applies from Tue 10 Dec 2019, 11.57am to Sat 29 Feb 2020, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Tue 11 Feb 2020, 11.14am

Fire bans: Park fire ban - Southern Ranges

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Sat 8 Feb 2020, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 31 Jan 2020, 1.32pm

Other planned events: Take care on Summit Road and near Seamans Hut

Be cautious when driving on Summit Road and visiting Seaman's Hut due to construction activity. These works are expected to continue until May 2020. Maintain care as there will be extra trucks and other maintenance vehicles in the area. The construction project planned is a new toilet next to Seaman's Hut.

Summit walk and Seaman's Hut remain open. For more information, please call Jindabyne Visitor Centre on 02 6450 5600.

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Applies from Fri 31 Jan 2020, 11.50am. Last reviewed: Fri 31 Jan 2020, 1.25pm

Other planned events: Walking track works Charlotte Pass to Guthega

Expect short delays on Illawong walk and a short section of the Main Range walk from Friday 31 January to the end of May 2020. New track works will be underway adjacent to the existing tracks (New track between Charlotte Pass and Illawong Bridge). Trucks and and helicopters will be operating in the area and may result in some short delays. Follow the directions of  any signs and NPWS or contract staff.

For more information, contact the Snowy Region Visitor Centre on 02 6450 5600.

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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 Tue 12 Nov 2019, 12.00am to Tue 12 May 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Oct 2019, 2.57pm

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog control ground baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is doing 1080 ground baiting of wild dogs and foxes in Kosciuszko National Park, Jingellic Nature Reserve, Bogandyera Nature Reserve and Clarkes Hill Nature Reserve.

This baiting program will run from Tuesday 12 November 2019 to Tuesday 12 May 2020. It will reduce the impacts of wild dogs and foxes on wildlife and threatened species in the park and neighbouring stock.

There will be 1080 baiting signs at the entrance to baiting areas. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Some baits may be buried. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Domestic pets, including dogs, are not permitted in national parks or reserves. 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) baits are lethal to domestic dogs and cats. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For more information, contact Khancoban NPWS office on: 02 6070 8400 or 1300 072 757 after hours.

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Applies from Wed 18 Sep 2019, 3.02pm to Sun 22 Mar 2020, 3.02pm. Last reviewed: Wed 18 Sep 2019, 4.02pm

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog pest control program underway

NSW National Parks is doing a 1080 wild dog pest control program using baits and canid pest ejectors between Monday 23 September 2019 and Sunday 22 March 2020.

This program is happening in Kosciuszko National Park in the Yaouk/Adaminaby area, from Lone Pine trail to Lake Eucumbene. It is also being done in Scabby Range and Yaouk nature reserves.

There will be signs up around all the baiting areas. Pets and working dogs could be affected by 1080 poison, and must not enter the baited areas. For further information call the NPWS Tumut area office on 02 6947 7000.

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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/walking-tracks/illawong-walk/local-alerts

Park info

  • in the Thredbo-Perisher area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
  • The Thredbo-Perisher area is open all year, but some roads and trails may close due to weather conditions or park management issues. Kosciuszko Road is closed between Perisher and Charlotte Pass in winter (June to October long weekends).
  • Park entry fees apply on Alpine Way and Kosciuszko Road

    Winter (June to October long weekends): $29 per vehicle per day (24hrs from purchase); motorcycles $12; bus passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child per day. Find out more about the winter entry surcharge.

    Rest of Year: $17 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $7; bus passengers $6.60 per adult, $2.20 per child per day.

    Passes: Day passes, multi-day passes and annual All Parks Pass available from NPWS visitor centres, local agents and operating vehicle entry stations. Read our Annual Pass FAQs for information. Short Breaks Pass: $68 for 5 days park entry at price of 4 days (not valid winter). Eligible pensioners can apply for a complementary NPWS concession pass, to get free park entry. Download the exemption form (154KB doc).

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Emergency services

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Illawong track, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray van der Veer