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Rainbow Lake walking track

Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Applies from Fri 4 Dec 2020, 7.00am to Fri 11 Dec 2020, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 4 Dec 2020, 1.40pm

Closed areas: Pallaibo walking track partially closed

Pallaibo walking track in Kosciuszko National Park is partially closed for trail construction works:

  • The walk is closed between Gaden Trout hatchery and Thredbo River picnic area
  • The walk is open from Sawpit Creek to exit at Gaden Trout hatchery (diversions are in place)

There is no access from Thredbo River picnic area.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6450 5555.

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Applies from Tue 31 Mar 2020, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 3 Dec 2020, 11.48am

Closed areas: Closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park

A number of visitor facilities, attractions and sites in Kosciuszko National Park remain closed or may have other restrictions until further notice. This includes a number of areas closed due to recent bushfires.

Check this map of northern Kosciuszko National Park to see if there are any closures before you set out.

Camping and accommodation

Some NPWS campgrounds and accommodation will need to remain closed. If you plan to stay at an NPWS campground that is open you'll need to make a booking first. This applies to campgrounds that did not require bookings previously. If you can't find your preferred Kosciuszko National Park campground on a webpage, check this list of lesser-known campgrounds in Kosciuszko National Park and make your booking from there. If you're still unable to find your preferred campground phone 1300 072 757.

Other closures

Bullocks Hut, including the access track from the Ski Tube Terminal, is closed due to maintenance works.

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:
    • Kiandra Court House
    • Landers Falls lookout
    • Wolgal Hut
    • Buddong Falls
    • Back country areas affected by fires. For more information please contact our visitor centres in Jindabyne, Tumut or Khancoban. 
  • Cabramurra township. Snowy Hydro's operational town suffered significant fire damage and, for safety reasons, is temporarily closed.

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

  • Alpine Way area:
    • Murray Gates trail
    • Major Clews fire trail
    • Geehi Walls trail
  • Cabramurra area (currently closed until fire damage repair works completed – expected opening late 2020 or early 2021):
    • Link Road from Snowy Mountains Highway to Goat Ridge Road
    • Tooma Road - KNP5 (Khancoban to Cabramurra Road)
    • Elliot Way
    • Tumut Ponds trail
  • Areas currently accessed from Snowy Mountains Highway remain closed (currently closed until fire damage repair works completed – expected opening end of January 2021):
    • Goobragandra Power Line Road
    • Cumberland trail
    • Rocky Plain campground

Tantangara Road and Tantangara Dam access - Snowy 2.0 works

Before Christmas 2020

  • Tantangara Road will be open to the public. Visitors should plan ahead for short delays and increased traffic required for essential road upgrades. Traffic management plans will be in place to provide public access along Tantangara Road during this time.
  • Access to the western foreshore of Tantangara Reservoir from Tantangara Road will be closed to the public, including Quarry trail.
  • Access to the southern end boat ramp will be maintained, although there will be some increased construction traffic around that area.
  • 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.

After Christmas 2020

  • Tantangara Road will be subject to closures between Snowy Mountains Highway and the gate below Tantangara Reservoir Wall for periods of time while it is being upgraded, until approximately June 2021. These closures are required to allow for more extensive upgrades to Tantangara Road as part of the Snowy 2.0 project. The schedule of closures is subject to design and construction programs yet to be finalised.
  • Wares Yards campground will be open to the public, but there will be no vehicle access to the campground during road construction works, meaning visitors wanting to camp must ride or walk in. Once road works have been completed, Wares Yards will be open and accessible by vehicle.
  • Access to the southern end of Tantangara via Quarry trail will be closed to the public
  • Access to the southern end boat ramp will be closed until the road upgrade is completed
  • 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 Camp will be open, via Port Phillip and Pocket Saddle Road

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 Wed 2 Dec 2020, 12.02pm to Fri 11 Dec 2020, 12.03pm. Last reviewed: Wed 2 Dec 2020, 1.10pm

Other planned events: Illawong walk repairs

Illawong walk is undergoing repair works until Friday 11 December 2020. There will be some minor delays and diversions in place during this time.

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Applies from Mon 23 Nov 2020, 9.00am to Fri 18 Dec 2020, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Nov 2020, 11.05am

Closed areas: Hoggs Hut closed for repair

Hoggs Hut in Kosciuszko National Park is closed for repairs from Monday 23 November to Monday 30 November 2020.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Khancoban Visitor Centre on 02 6070 8400.

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Applies from Wed 25 Nov 2020, 3.05pm to Wed 16 Dec 2020, 3.06pm. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Nov 2020, 7.44pm

Safety alerts: Perisher pest control program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a ground shooting program within the Perisher Range Resorts and Charlotte Pass Ski Resort areas between Thursday 26 November and Wednesday 16 December 2020. The areas targeted in this program include:

  • Charlottes Pass village
  • Perisher Village (all areas including Blue Cow)
  • Smiggin Holes Village
  • Link Road
  • Guthega Village

The objective of this program is to decrease the impacts associated with rabbits on both the environment and resort infrastructure within the resort areas of Kosciuszko National Park.

The program includes shooting operations undertaken by authorised NPWS officers and NPWS contractors. The operations will be carried out between the 6pm and 9pm each evening. However, no shooting will be undertaken as a component of this program on weekends, public holidays, NSW public school holidays or during public events.

Shooting operations will also be limited to times and areas of low visitation and lodge/accommodation occupancy.

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Applies from Tue 24 Nov 2020, 2.04pm to Thu 24 Dec 2020, 2.55pm. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Nov 2020, 7.26pm

Safety alerts: Seamans Hut toilet closed

The toilet at Seamans Hut is still under construction and will remain closed until complete. There will be increased traffic on Summit trail and also construction works around Seamans Hut.

Seamans Hut will remain open. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6450 5600.

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Applies from Mon 30 Nov 2020, 7.00am to Fri 18 Dec 2020, 8.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Nov 2020, 11.16am

Closed areas: Aerial pest control program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting an aerial shooting program from Monday 30 November to Friday 18 December 2020. The program is to assist in the control of pest animals including pigs, deer and wild dogs. No Horses will be targeted in this program.

The affected parks and reserves include:

  • Kosciuszko National Park
  • Bogandyera Nature Reserve
  • Jingellic Nature Reserve
  • Clarkes Hill Nature Reserves

Areas targeted in Kosciuszko National Park are:

  • Maragle area
  • Yellow Bog area, including the Spring Creek area
  • Jagungal area and surrounds, Tooma Dam and Emu Plain
  • Dargles and Bourkes Gorge area, including the Everards area
  • Spring creek and Whisky Flat
  • Geehi Walls and Major Clews areas and Section of the BNT that runs along Geehi Walls
  • Biggara Valley area, including indi range

The program may be postponed due to unfavourable weather or logistical problems.

Warning signs will be placed at access points into the National Park and Reserves. Please do not enter areas during this time.

For more information, please contact the Khancoban Visitor Centre on 02 6070 8400.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office.

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Applies from Fri 30 Oct 2020, 7.18pm to Fri 11 Dec 2020, 7.19pm. Last reviewed: Sat 21 Nov 2020, 9.58am

Closed areas: Bicentennial National trail partial closure

Bicentennial National trail, between Geehi and the Waterfall Farm Road is closed. The closure is due to fire affected trees making the trail unsafe, and planned maintenance works on Geehi Walls trail. This closure may be extended, and extensions will be posted as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Khancoban Visitor Centre on 02 6070 8400.

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Applies from Wed 19 Aug 2020, 8.32am to Sun 31 Jan 2021, 8.33am. Last reviewed: Mon 16 Nov 2020, 10.52am

Closed areas: Yarrangobilly Caves precinct open - most cave tours closed

The following Show Caves in the Yarrangobilly precinct in Kosciuszko National Park area reopening:

  • South Glory Cave and Arch self-guided cave
  • Jillabenan Cave (from Friday 20 November 2020)

All caves (including the self-guided cave) must be pre-booked. To book visit the NPWS Yarrangobilly tours page.

The following areas are also open to the public:

  • Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre
  • Thermal Pool area
  • River walk
  • Bluff walk
  • Castle walk
  • Old Yarrangobilly Homestead walk
  • Jersey and Bluff lookouts
  • Picnic area, barbecue, toilets and amenities

 

These areas remain closed:

  • Jersey Cave
  • North Glory Cave
  • Castle Cave
  • Harrie Wood Cave
  • All adventure caves and wild caves

All accommodation can be booked in advance:

  • Lyrebird Cottage is available for bookings from December 2020
  • 1901 East and West Wings are available for bookings from February 2021
  • 1917 Caves House is available for bookings from May 2021

For further information and daily updates, email or call Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre on 02 6454 9597.

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Applies from Tue 22 Sep 2020, 7.00am to Fri 18 Dec 2020, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 17 Nov 2020, 3.50pm

Closed areas: Thredbo Valley track

The area between Bridge 1 and Elevated Platform 104 will be closed from Tuesday 10 November to Friday 18 December 2020 due to upgrade works.

A detour is available around the work site. However this detour contains steep hills and rocky terrain, so is not as family friendly as Thredbo Valley track. Please follow the guidance signage to safely bypass the work zone.

The following areas will remain closed until Saturday 19 December 2020 for upgrade works that are planned to increase the sustainability, safety and durability of the track:

  • Thredbo Valley track between Bullocks Flat and Gaden Trout Hatchery
  • Bullocks Hut precinct

There is no public access to Skitube Carpark D, Bullocks Hut and Lower Thredbo Valley track for the duration of the works.

Detours and guidance signage will be in place from Thredbo Valley track, Muzzlewood track and Bullocks walking track to and from Skitube Carpark C, and onto Lake Crackenback Resort.

These closures may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Jindabyne area office on 02 6450 5600 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 12 Nov 2020, 12.00am to Wed 12 May 2021, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Nov 2020, 3.29pm

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 Thursday 12 November 2020 and Wednesday 12 May 2021 in the following parks and reserves:

  • Bogandyera Nature Reserve
  • Jingellic Nature Reserve
  • Clarkes Hill Nature Reserve
  • The southern precinct of Kosciuszko National Park, which includes:
    • Geehi area
    • Maragle area
    • Tooma area
    • Indi Range area
    • Yellow Bog area
    • Everards area
    • Spring Creek area
    • Khancoban area

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 Fri 30 Oct 2020, 6.45pm to Wed 30 Dec 2020, 6.46pm. Last reviewed: Mon 2 Nov 2020, 1.37pm

Closed areas: Major Clews Cottage closed for repairs

Major Clews Cottage is closed for repairs. For more information, contact Khancoban Visitor Centre on 02 6070 8400.

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Applies from Fri 30 Oct 2020, 2.34pm to Thu 24 Dec 2020, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 30 Oct 2020, 3.26pm

Other planned events: Restricted access to Island Bend fire trail

All public access to Burrungubugge Aquaduct trail is prohibited from Friday 30 October until the end of December 2020 due to Snowy Hydro maintenance on the Burrungubugge siphon structure.

Access to Island Bend fire trail (IBFT) during this time will only be possible by foot from Snowy Adit to the Island Bend fire trail junction. Snowy Hydro have a TRAFFX  traffic controller onsite adjacent to the Snowy River who can advise the public when the track up to IBFT is clear of construction vehicles.

No members of the public will be permitted to park vehicles at the IBFT Burrungubugge trial junction. Adequate parking is available next to the Snowy River on the northern side of the Snowy Adit bridge.

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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:

 

General:

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.

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 Thu 1 Oct 2020, 5.46pm. Last reviewed: Thu 1 Oct 2020, 5.54pm

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 Tue 28 Apr 2020, 9.17am. Last reviewed: Mon 14 Sep 2020, 10.51am

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 Tuesday 12 May and Thursday 12 November 2020 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 Wed 7 Feb 2018, 10.06am. Last reviewed: Fri 30 Oct 2020, 1.58pm

Safety alerts: Hannels Spur track - difficult to follow

Hannels Spur track is difficult to follow and only suitable for experienced walkers. The track has been cleared but marking has not bee completed. Maintenance work is ongoing. For winter periods most of the higher altitude sections will be covered in snow.

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

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Applies from Mon 25 Feb 2019, 9.07am. Last reviewed: Mon 31 Aug 2020, 8.37am

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 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/rainbow-lake-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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