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Main Range walk

Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Fri 8 November 2019, 4.24pm

Applies from Sun 11 Nov 2018, 9.40am. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Nov 2019, 4.24pm.

Safety alerts: High altitude tracks – steep snow drifts

There are still many 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.

Kosciuszko walk:

  • 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.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Fri 1 Nov 2019, 12.18pm to Thu 30 Apr 2020, 12.19pm. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Nov 2019, 5.20pm

Other incidents: Thredbo Valley Track status

The Thredbo Valley track is open for cycling.

Cycling is permitted in the following areas:

  • Between Thredbo Resort and Gaden Trout Hatchery
  • Muzzlewood track

Note that cycling is not permitted on Bullocks Walking track.

Please report any incidents, obstacles or other feedback to thredbovalleytrack@environment.nsw.gov.au to ensure that they can be promptly responded to, and rectified where necessary.

Track conditions will continue to be monitored throughout the riding season. Any closures will be posted as soon as relevant information becomes available.

Track closures will also occur from time to time during non-peak periods to permit essential track upgrade and maintenance works. These will be advised as they are programmed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the Snowy Region Visitor Centre on 02 6450 5600 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sun 11 Nov 2018, 9.40am. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Nov 2019, 4.24pm

Safety alerts: High altitude tracks – steep snow drifts

There are still many 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.

Kosciuszko walk:

  • 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.

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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 Thu 24 Oct 2019, 9.00am to Fri 20 Dec 2019, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 21 Oct 2019, 1.07pm

Closed areas: Major Clews Cottage closed for repair

Major Clews Cottage will be closed for repairs from Thursday 24 October to Friday 20 December 2019. The closure does not affect access to Major Clews trail or Geehi Walls trail.

For more detailed information, contact Khancoban Visitor Centre on 02 6076 9373.

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Applies from Thu 19 Sep 2019, 5.30pm. Last reviewed: Fri 1 Nov 2019, 8.07am

Closed areas: Blue Waterholes closure

Part of Kosciuszko National Park will be closed for the trapping and removal of wild horses between Monday 30 September and Saturday 30 November 2019. There will be signage in place, indicating closed areas.

Blue Waterholes trail from Cooleman Mountain campground to Blue Waterholes campground will be closed. This is to allow National Park and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to manage interactions between wild horses and the public within the campgrounds by reducing the number of wild horses in the area.

The following areas will also be closed during this time:

  • Blue Waterholes campground
  • Magpie Flat campground
  • Blue Waterholes picnic area
  • Clarke Gorge walking track
  • Nichols Gorge walking track

Access to Magpie Flat and Blue Waterholes campgrounds will be prohibited during this time to ensure the safety of NPWS staff, visitors and welfare of horses during control operations. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Coolamine Homestead will still be accessible to walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Vehicle traffic will not be permitted beyond Cooleman Mountain campground from Friday 4 October until Saturday 30 November 2019.

Visitors are encouraged to use other campgrounds in the area during the closure period, including:

  • Three-Mile Dam
  • Cooinbil Hut
  • Long Plain Hut
  • Yarrangobilly Village
  • Bullocks Hill
  • Ghost Gully

Find out more information on wild horse management in this park. For further information please contact the NPWS Tumut office on 02 6947 7000.

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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 Wed 7 Aug 2019, 1.53pm to Thu 6 Feb 2020, 1.54pm. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Sep 2019, 3.16pm

Other planned events: Ongoing 1080 wild dog and fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is conducting ongoing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) wild dog and fox baiting programs from Wednesday 7 August 2019 to Thursday 6 February 2020. This includes the following sections of Kosciuszko National Park:

  • The Yaouk/Adaminaby area from Lone Pine trail to Lake Eucumbene
  • Denison
  • Eucumbene
  • Happy Jacks
  • Snowy Plain
  • Kalkite Mountain
  • Thredbo Valley
  • Moonbah
  • Ingebyra
  • Paupong
  • Numbla Vale
  • Corrowong

There will be signs around the baited areas to alert the public about the 1080 baiting in these locations.

These programs are part of an integrated pest animal control strategy, which also includes trapping and shooting, with the aim of minimising the impacts of these pests on neighbouring stock.

Baiting programs will be conducted in the Adaminaby/Yaouk, Snowy Plain, Thredbo/Ingebyra, Dalgety/Paupong, East Monaro/Far South Coast and Corrowong/Tombong/Merriangah wild dog plan areas.

Domestic pets are highly susceptible to 1080 poison. Dogs, cats and other pets and domestic animals are not permitted on NSW national parks, reserves and state conservation areas.

For more information please contact the NPWS Jindabyne area office on 02 6450 5555.

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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 Wed 7 Feb 2018, 10.06am. Last reviewed: Tue 7 May 2019, 2.27pm

Safety alerts: Hannels Spur track - difficult to follow

Hannels Spur track is difficult to follow and only suitable for highly experienced walkers. The track has recently been cleared but marking has not been completed. Maintenance work is ongoing.

For more information, call Jindabyne Visitor Centre on 02 6450 5600.

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Applies from Mon 25 Feb 2019, 9.07am. Last reviewed: Thu 21 Mar 2019, 9.28am

Closed areas: Lobs Hole Ravine Road - closed until further notice

Some areas of this park are closed due to 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 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 Wed 2 Jan 2019, 3.57pm. Last reviewed: Thu 7 Mar 2019, 2.14pm

Closed areas: Disappointment Spur trail closed due to bridge removal

Disappointment Spur trail is closed from the southern end, near Guthega power station, because the bridge has been removed. Therefore:

  • There is no access to Disappointment Spur trail from Guthega power station.
  • You can only access the Jagungal wilderness area and Whites River corridor from the southern end via Schlink Pass (Geehi) Road.

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

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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/main-range-walking-track/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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Hikers walk to Blue Lake lookout, Main Range walk, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: E Sheargold/OEH