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Porcupine walk

Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 29 November 2021, 11.04am

Applies from Mon 29 Nov 2021, 10.01am to Tue 30 Nov 2021, 8.02am. Last reviewed: Mon 29 Nov 2021, 11.04am.

Closed areas: Porcupine Track closure

The Porcupine track is closed from 10am 29 November 2021 due to track repairs and associated helicopter operations. The track is due to reopen from 8am 30 November 2021. 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 Mon 29 Nov 2021, 2.29pm to Fri 10 Dec 2021, 2.32pm. Last reviewed: Mon 29 Nov 2021, 2.41pm

Safety alerts: Port Phillip Trail Causeway Water Height

Port Phillip Trail Causeway currently has a rising water height. Please stay up to date via the Snowy Hydro link https://www.snowyhydro.com.au/generation/live-data/lake-levels/

Water is not over the causeway at 24% and lower. Plan your trip accordingly.

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Applies from Mon 29 Nov 2021, 10.01am to Tue 30 Nov 2021, 8.02am. Last reviewed: Mon 29 Nov 2021, 11.04am

Closed areas: Porcupine Track closure

The Porcupine track is closed from 10am 29 November 2021 due to track repairs and associated helicopter operations. The track is due to reopen from 8am 30 November 2021. 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 Fri 22 Sep 2017, 4.01pm to Sun 1 Jan 2023, 12.54pm. Last reviewed: Mon 29 Nov 2021, 10.21am

Other planned events: Ongoing increased traffic and roadworks - northern Kosciuszko National Park

There is an increase in heavy and light vehicle movements on the Snowy Mountains Highway (between Cooma to Tumut) and Link and Tantangara Roads within Kosciuszko National Park. This traffic will continue for a number of years and involves the use of specialised heavy vehicle combinations for transporting materials associated with the Snowy 2.0 project and other projects in the region.

There will also be ongoing maintenance and upgrades to roads in the area as part of the project, particularly along Link and Tantangara Roads. 

Your destination is still accessible. To assist in planning your journey safely, please allow extra time in your travel plans and drive to conditions.

For more information, call the NPWS Tumut area office on 02 6947 7000.

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Applies from Thu 25 Nov 2021, 5.03pm to Fri 10 Dec 2021, 5.04pm. Last reviewed: Thu 25 Nov 2021, 5.19pm

Closed areas: Long Plain Rd and Broken Cart Trail part closure

Sections of Broken Cart Trail and Long Plain Road in northern Kosciuszko National Park are closed due to poor road conditions. The closue will be in place until repair work can be completed on unsafe sections. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Tumut office on (02) 6947 7000.

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Applies from Thu 25 Nov 2021, 11.10am to Fri 10 Dec 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 25 Nov 2021, 11.43am

Closed areas: South Glory Cave closed

The South Glory Cave is closed to the public until 10 December 2021. 

For further information and daily updates, email or call 02 6454 9597.

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Applies from Mon 15 Nov 2021, 12.00am to Mon 6 Dec 2021, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 23 Nov 2021, 10.17am

Closed areas: Three Mile Dam campground closed

Three Mile Dam campground (east and west) is closed for road maintenance from Monday 15 November to Sunday 5 December 2021. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Tumut area office on 02 6947 7000.

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Applies from Thu 13 May 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Nov 2021, 11.52am

Safety alerts: Hazardous conditions on high altitude walks

Please note high altitude walks (above 1900m) are still covered in snow and conditions may be hazardous. More snow is forecast so please be aware of these conditions. 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. Please wear and carry appropriate clothing, carry navigation equipment and be prepared for extreme condition. Track surfaces and signs may not be visible.
  • Travel with care: Choose your routes carefully. Steep and icy terrain and thin snow and ice cover over rivers and lakes can make travel very dangerous. 

There is still continuous snow cover on the higher parts of the main range. Please note the following information when walking in the areas listed below: 

Main Range walk: Please expect numerous snow 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).
  • Take care and asses carefully before crossing the Snowy River. The river might be higher than expected and the stepping rocks slippery/icy. 

Summit trail/Summit walk: You will likely only encounter snow drifts along this walk.  Please note:

  • Make sure you're wearing good waterproof footwear for a more comfortable and safer walking
  • Snow along the walk presents a risk of going off track
  • You take extreme caution when walking across snow.

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

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Applies from Mon 3 May 2021, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Sat 20 Nov 2021, 1.07pm

Closed areas: Thredbo Valley track closed due to wet conditions

Thredbo Valley track is currently closed due to wet track conditions and continuing rainfall.

Conditions will be reassessed after this weather system passes, with track sections re-opened as track conditions permit. 

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 Fri 19 Nov 2021, 2.45pm to Fri 25 Mar 2022, 2.51pm. Last reviewed: Thu 25 Nov 2021, 11.15am

Other planned events: Illawong walk trackhead closed - diversion in place

Illawong walking track head and carpark will be closed from Friday 19 November 2021 until Match 2022 to allow for upgrades to the site. Multiple contractors will be working in this area over the summer months.

You can access Illawong walk via a diversion that will be in place. Please follow the temporary signs. Parking is available at the main Guthega carpark area on entry to Guthega. 

For further information please contact the NPWS Jindabyne Visitor Centre on 02 6450 5560.

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Applies from Tue 16 Nov 2021, 5.16pm. Last reviewed: Wed 17 Nov 2021, 10.33am

Closed areas: Hannels Spur track

The section of Hannels Spur track that cuts through the Western Fall wilderness area is closed until further notice to protect visitor safety.

The track is hard to navigate and blocked by trees, as a result of heavy winter snow and storm damage.

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Applies from Tue 16 Nov 2021, 8.06am to Fri 29 Apr 2022, 8.07am. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Nov 2021, 1.29pm

Other planned events: Short delays due to helicopter operations

Please be aware you may experience short delays from November 2021 to April 2022 due to helicopter operations in the following areas:

  • Main Range 
  • Charlotte Pass
  • Perisher
  • Guthega

For further information, please contact the Snowy Region Visitor Centre at Jindabyne.

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Applies from Mon 15 Nov 2021, 10.06am. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Nov 2021, 10.37am

Safety alerts: Hannels Spur track - Closed due to storm damage

Hannels Spur track is is now closed due to winter storm damage.  Most of the track is difficult to negotiate due to timber blocking access. This also creates a safety hazard and thus the closure. It is hoped to clear the track soon.

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

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Applies from Wed 17 Nov 2021, 3.52pm to Fri 3 Dec 2021, 3.53pm. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Nov 2021, 12.06pm

Other planned events: Aerial weed spraying program - Tumut River Corridor

An aerial weed spraying program will be underway in the Tumut River Corridor from Wednesday 17 of November to Friday 3 December 2021.

This operation will involve a low flying helicopter. There is no impact to visitors predicted.

 

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Applies from Tue 31 Mar 2020, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Nov 2021, 10.05am

Closed areas: Closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park

A number of sites in Kosciuszko National Park remain closed or may have other restrictions until further notice. This includes a number of areas closed due to 2019/2020 bushfires.

Fire-affected areas

Some sections of Kosciuszko National Park which have been burnt remain closed. This is because they still may pose a risk to visitors due to dangerous trees and damaged infrastructure.

Specific areas which are closed due to the fires include:

  • Areas within the park:
    • Selwyn Snow Resort 
    • Kiandra Court House
    • Wolgal Hut
    • Buddong Falls
    • Pattinson's Hut, Matthew's Cottage, Bradley/O'Briens Hut, Brooks Hut, Delaneys Hut, 4 Mile Hut, Happy's Hut, Harveys Hut, Linesman's No.3 Huts, Round Mountain Hut, Sawyers Hut and Vickeries Hut.
  • Cabramurra Township. Snowy Hydro's operational town suffered significant fire damage and for safety reasons is currently closed.
  • Selwyn Snow Resort is being rebuilt following fire damage, and is currently a construction site. For your safety, public access to this area is strictly prohibited and all signage in this area must be followed.

The following key roads in Kosciuszko National Park are closed due to fire damage:

  • Alpine Way area:
    • Murray Gates trail
    • Old Geehi
    • Behrs Flat
    • Grassy Flat trail
    • The National Trail - Geehi to Tom Groggin
  • Cabramurra area:
    • Tumut Ponds trail
    • Kings Cross Road from the Kings Cross Road and Link Road intersection to Selwyn Resort (closed to facilitate the Selwyn Resort rebuilding works).
  • Tantangara Road and Tantangara Dam access - Snowy 2.0 works:
    • Tantangara Road may be subject to short closures between Snowy Mountains Highway and the gate below Tantangara Reservoir Wall for maintenance and upgrade works. These closures are required to allow for upgrades to Tantangara Road as part of the Snowy 2.0 project. The schedule of closures is subject to design, and construction programs are yet to be finalised. Please check for alert updates a week before you travel.
    • Wares Yards campground will remain open during roadworks.
    • Access to the southern end of Tantangara Reservoir via Quarry trail will be closed to the public.
    • Access to the southern end boat ramp is open but may be subject to short-term closures.
    • Current boating and camping access to Tantangara Reservoir will still be available at access points on the northern end of the reservoir, via Port Phillip and Dam trails.
    • Access to Currango and Old Snowy Campground will remain open, with access via Port Phillip or Tantangara Road.
  • Elliott Way:
    • Currently open - motorists urged to drive with care. Construction activities still underway and some sections of road remain unsealed at present.
    • Completion of construction works and resealing of the road surface over the summer may require some brief, planned closures. These will be communicated well in advance and timed to minimise disruption.
    • The nature of the Elliott Way road corridor has significantly changed since the fires, and there may be further road closures at short notice due to slips or rockfalls.

Do not enter closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

Please check our COVID-19 update for more information. To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Kosciuszko National Park page alert.

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Applies from Tue 2 Nov 2021, 11.00am to Tue 30 Nov 2021, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 2 Nov 2021, 1.48pm

Closed areas: Manjar fire trail closed for maintenance

Manjar fire trail is closed for maintenance works until the end of November 2021.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Khancoban office on 02 6070 8400.

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Applies from Mon 18 Oct 2021, 1.42pm to Tue 30 Nov 2021, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 2 Nov 2021, 10.42am

Closed areas: Closed areas due to dangerous tree removal

Some parts of this Kosciuszko National Park are closed for ongoing dangerous tree removal works. The closed areas are:

  • Behrs Flat campground
  • Old Geehi Hut campground
  • National trail from Geehi Walls to Murray Gates fire trail

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office 02 6070 8400.

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Applies from Thu 1 Oct 2020, 5.46pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Oct 2021, 8.48am

Closed areas: Tantangara Mountain Hut (Harveys Hut)

Tantangara Mountain Hut (Harveys Hut) is closed for visitor use due to fire damage.

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Applies from Mon 8 Nov 2021, 5.05pm to Mon 30 May 2022, 5.06pm. Last reviewed: Mon 29 Nov 2021, 9.14am

Closed areas: Spencers Creek rest area closed

Spencers Creek Rest Area and carpark on Kosciuszko Road will be closed from Monday 8 November 2021 to Monday 30 May 2022 due to construction works in Kosciuszko National Park.

For more information, please contact the local office.

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Applies from Fri 12 Nov 2021, 11.00am to Thu 12 May 2022, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 27 Oct 2021, 5.26pm

Other planned events: 1080 baiting program

A baiting program using meat baits and canid pest ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison will be conducted from Friday 12 November 2021 until Thursday 12 May 2022 in the following parks:

  • Bogandyera Nature Reserve
  • Jingellic Nature Reserve
  • Clarkes Hill Nature Reserve

The program will also be conducted in the southern precinct of Kosiuszko National Park, which includes the following areas:

  • Geehi
  • Maragle 
  • Tooma
  • Indi Range
  • Yellow Bog
  • Everards
  • Spring Creek
  • Khancoban

Entry into baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information, please call the NPWS Upper Murray area office on 02 6070 8400.

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Applies from Mon 18 Oct 2021, 12.35pm to Sat 12 Mar 2022, 12.38pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Nov 2021, 10.45pm

Closed areas: Pallaibo walking track closures

The lower section of Pallaibo walk is closed between Gaden Trout Hatchery and Thredbo River picnic area for construction. Signs have been installed to direct walkers on Pallaibo walk to leave the walk at Gaden Trout Hatchery.

Visitors can access the open section of the Pallaibo walk in the following places:

  • Sawpit Creek picnic area on Kosciuszko Road
  • Gaden Trout Hatchery on Gaden Road

The following areas are closed to the public:

  • Lower Pallaibo walk, between Gaden Trout Hatchery and Thredbo River picnic area
  • Thredbo Valley track, between Gaden Trout Hatchery and Thredbo River picnic area

The following areas remain open to the public:

  • Upper Pallaibo walk, between Sawpit Creek picnic area and Gaden Trout Hatchery
  • Thredbo River picnic area

We anticipate that the track will re-open March 2022.

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Applies from Tue 28 Apr 2020, 9.17am. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Oct 2021, 8.39am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 wild dog and fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using meat baits and canid pest ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dog and foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between Monday 23 August 2021 and Sunday 20 February 2022 in the following parks and reserves:

  • The north east precinct of Kosciuszko National Park (within the Adaminaby/Yaouk wild dog control area)
  • Yaouk Nature Reserve
  • Scabby Range Nature Reserve

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected, and 1080 is lethal to cats and dogs. Pets and working dogs in the vicinity must be restrained or muzzled and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information please call the NPWS Tumut office on 02 6947 7000.

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Applies from Fri 6 Aug 2021, 12.00pm to Sun 6 Feb 2022, 1.04pm. Last reviewed: Tue 3 Aug 2021, 10.57am

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 baiting

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using baits and canid pest ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between 7 August 2021 until 6 February 2022. These programs are part of an integrated pest animal control strategy, aimed at minimising the impacts of these pests on neighbouring stock.

Baiting programs will be conducted in the Adaminaby/Yaouk, Snowy Plain, Thredbo/Ingebyra, Dalgety/Paupong and Corrowong/Tombong/Merriangaah Wild Dog Plan Areas. This includes the following sections of Kosciuszko National Park;

  • 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

Baiting programs will also be undertaken in Scabby Range, Yaouk, Paupong, Merriangaah and Quidong Nature Reserves.

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Please be reminded that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS Estate. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

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

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Applies from Thu 13 May 2021, 5.14pm. Last reviewed: Tue 27 Jul 2021, 12.51pm

Closed areas: Rawson Pass toilet closed

Rawson Pass toilet has been closed for winter.

Please carry out your waste or use the closest toilets at Seamans Hut, Charlotte Pass or Thredbo.

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Applies from Mon 25 Feb 2019, 9.07am. Last reviewed: Mon 3 May 2021, 9.52am

Closed areas: Closed areas due to Snowy 2.0 works

Some areas of this park are closed due to the Snowy 2.0  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 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/porcupine-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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