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Khancoban area

Kosciuszko National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Khancoban area.

Getting there and parking

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    To get to attractions in the Khancoban area of Kosciuszko National Park:

    South of Khancoban:

    • Alpine Way connects Khancoban with Jindabyne via Geehi, Tom Groggin and Thredbo

    Northeast of Khancoban:

    • Follow the scenic Khancoban-Kiandra route along Swampy Plains Creek Road and Tooma Road to Cabramurra (road closed June to October long weekends)
    • Then connect with Link Road to Kiandra and Snowy Mountains Highway

    The nearest fuel and supplies are located in Khancoban and Tumbarumba.

    Park entry points

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    Road quality

    Alpine Way is steep, narrow and winding between Khancoban and Thredbo, and subject to rockfalls after rain. This section is not recommended for vehicles towing large caravans.

    Winter season road closures

    The scenic Khancoban-Kiandra drive, along Swampy Plains Creek Road and Tooma Road, is closed between Khancoban and Cabramurra from the June and October long weekends.

    Snow chains

    It's compulsory for all 2WD vehicles to carry snow chains in winter, between June and October long weekends, on:

    • Alpine Way between Tom Groggin and Thredbo
    • Kosciuszko Road (to Perisher)
    • Guthega Road

    The Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) recommends snow chains are carried by all vehicles driving in the park in winter, including 4WD and AWD, in the event of extreme weather. Visit the Live Traffic website for current conditions.

    Best times to visit

    The Khancoban area is packed with activities and experiences. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Enjoy the fresh air on a walk to Geehi’s many historic huts, or horse ride with the majestic Western Fall as a backdrop. Hike amongst the plains and snow gums of the Jagungal Wilderness back country, which rises over 1700m. If you’re lucky, there might be early snow on the mountains. Now’s your last chance to see what’s biting in the rivers and streams before fishing season closes for winter.

    Spring

    Snowmelt fills the rivers and the first wildflowers carpet the lower valleys, attracting plenty of animals - great for birdwatching. It's time to unpack the tent to camp under the stars and enjoy the show as the roos, red-necked wallabies, and wombats come out to graze and the sunset turns the Western Fall pink and orange.

    Summer

    Cool off on hot summer days with a swim in the Swampy Plains River at Geehi or Tom Groggin’s Murray River. You may even see young wombats with their mums between June and September. Lower water levels make this the safest time to explore by 4WD. Wildflowers peak in early summer in the high country along the scenic Khancoban to Kiandra drive. The short walks to historic Round Mountain Hut and Patons Hut are a perfect introduction to this remote area, if you’re not prepared to tackle back country hiking.

    Winter

    Stop by Scammells lookout as you drive Alpine Way towards the Thredbo ski fields. Take time to absorb the marvellous views of the Main Range’s Western Fall blanketed in snow. The 10km gravel road to Olsen’s lookout gets you even closer. It’s the ultimate wide-angle view of tall mountain ash forest giving way to jagged rock slopes that climb to the rooftop of Australia. Selwyn Snow Resort can be reached via the Elliott Way.

    Facilities

    Maps and downloads

    Fees and passes

    Park entry fees apply on Alpine Way

    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.

    Entry passes available from Khancoban Visitor Centre's 24-hour vending machines. 

    See vehicle entry fees for other areas in Kosciuszko National Park.

    • All Parks Pass - For all parks in NSW (including Kosciuszko NP) $190 (1 year) / $335 (2 years)
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    Safety messages

    All Kosciuszko National Park visitors planning a long hike, off-track or overnight adventure, or visiting a remote part of the park, are recommended to fill in the trip intention form and carry a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). Find out more about hiring a PLB and completing a trip intention form on the dedicated iPads available at Snowy Region Visitor Centre, Tumut Visitor Centre and the Perisher NSW National Parks office.

    Alpine safety

    Alpine areas present special safety issues. Conditions can be extreme and may change rapidly, particularly in winter. It’s important to be prepared and find out how to stay safe in alpine areas, including tips for exploring the back country.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    River and lake safety

    The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

    Permitted

    Camping

    Vehicle-based camping is only permitted at designated campgrounds. If you’re planning to go back country camping in the Jagungal Wilderness please read our back country safety tips. Huts are for emergency use only.

    Cycling

    Cycling is permitted on public roads, along fire trails in the Geehi and Tom Groggin areas. Please take care if road cycling along the narrow and winding Alpine Way. Within the Jagungal Wilderness Area, you can cycle only on Round Mountain trail, Dargans trail, Hellhole Creek trail, Valentine trail, and Grey Mare trail. Riders please give way to walkers.</p>

    Fishing

    You can fish in rivers and streams between the October and June long weekends. A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required to fish in all waters. Fishing in dams and lakes is permitted year-round, but some waterways may close temporarily or have restrictions. Refer to the NSW Recreational Freshwater Fishing Guide for information.

    Horses

    An upgraded section of the well-signposted Bicentennial trail runs from Tom Groggin, via Geehi, into the Selwyn area of the park.

    Prohibited

    Firearms, chainsaws and fossicking are not permitted in Kosciuszko National Park.

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas. The alpine resorts of Thredbo, Perisher, Charlotte Pass, Selwyn, Ski Rider and Kosciuszko Tourist Park are exempt, though some commercial and outdoor places within these resorts may have no smoking areas.

    Map of Khancoban area in Kosciuszko National Park. Image: OEH

    Contact

    Visitor centre

    Nearby towns

    Khancoban (3 km)

    Plan ahead for your Snowy Mountains getaway and check out what's on in Khancoban. Extreme athletes love the Upper Murray Challenge that consists of a 38-km bike ride, a 26-km paddle and a 25-km run. The annual Khancoban TroutFest takes place every November at several area fishing holes.

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    Tumbarumba (42 km)

    Olsens lookout, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer