Applies from Wed 28 Oct 2020, 9.40am to Fri 1 Jan 2021, 4.22pm. Last reviewed: Sun 29 Nov 2020, 12.52pm.
Safety alerts: High altitude tracks – steep snow drifts
High altitude walks partially snow covered and hazardous conditions
Areas above 1900m in altitude in Kosciuszko National Park are still partially snow covered. Please note the following information when visiting these areas:
Refer to our Alpine Safety page.
Complete a trip intention form.
Be prepared: low visibility, extreme winds, heavy snowfalls can all occur without warning, Wear and carry appropriate clothing, carry navigation equipment be prepared for extreme condition. Track surfaces and signs may not be visible.
Travel with care: Choose your routes carefully and steep and icy terrain and thin snow/ ice cover over rivers and lakes can make travel very dangerous.
There are still drifts about on the higher altitude parts of the main range. Please note the following information when walking in the areas listed below:
Main Range walk:
Please expect numerous snow drift crossings, and make sure that:
- Footwear is waterproof, solid (for stepping into steep snow drifts) and with good grip.
- You take a map and compass and know how to use them (sections of track are still not obvious under snow).
- You take extreme caution when walking over Muellers Peak as this drift is very steep.
The Summit trail/ Summit walk:
You will likely only encounter snow drifts above the ~6.5km mark (below Seamans Hut). Please make sure that:
- You're wearing good waterproof footwear for a more comfortable and safer walk.
- You have some idea of where you're going and/or have a map. The Summit drift presents a small risk of going off track.
- You take extreme caution when walking across snow drifts.
- You will encounter a few drifts before Rawson Pass snow drifts. Please take care when traversing these.
- Beyond Rawson Pass the Summit drift requires caution.
For more information, please call Snowy Region Visitor Centre on 02 6450 5600.