Kosciuszko National Park
What we're doing
Park management and conservation activities
Khancoban area is in Kosciuszko National Park. Kosciuszko National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:
Understanding landscapes and geology
Geo conservation efforts play an important role in protecting the delicate ecosystems of Kosciuszko National Park. Rehabilitation and maintenance works to limit the impact of erosion and degradation, and monitoring the effects of climate change and visitation, are ongoing.
The Snowy Mountains rehabilitation program addresses the environmental damage in Kosciuszko National Park caused during construction of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme. Now in operation for more than a decade, the program’s remarkable results include a million new plantings, the removal of hazardous materials, and the revegetation of entire areas.
Kosciuszko National Park plays an important role in conserving NSW’s biodiversity by protecting its vulnerable, threatened and endangered species. Conservation activities, such as the Saving Our Species and Southern corroboree frog conservation programs, are carried out in this area of the park. These activities include monitoring species’ habitats, distribution and population.
Uniting technology with the vast collection of information on biodiversity in NSW, BioNet is a valuable database open to any user. From individual plant sightings to detailed scientific surveys, it offers a wealth of knowledge about ecology and threatened species in NSW.
Historic heritage in our parks and reserves
The historic heritage of Kosciuszko National Park is preserved through a variety of NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) programs that embrace its past. Heritage revitalisation and adaptive reuse projects are ongoing in this park. NPWS also works with the Kosciuszko Huts Association to preserve and maintain historic huts in the Khancoban area.
Are you a history buff longing for an outlet? Have you ever considered volunteering as a guide to share local heritage with visitors to your area? NSW National Parks invites you to join us in helping to keep our state’s precious cultural and historic sites open to the public. Becoming a historic and cultural heritage volunteer will give you an opportunity to offer guided tours and share local history with visitors.
Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats
Pests and weeds have a significant impact on the ecosystems and habitats within Kosciuszko National Park. Reduction of species such as deer and pigs, and invasive orange and mouse-ear hawkweed, are an important part of NPWS’ work to protect the integrity of the Khancoban area.
Wild dogs can have significant impacts on other animals and are regarded as pests. Our wild dog control program operates in many NSW national parks and reserves. When carrying out wild dog pest control, we aim to minimise the impact that they have on livestock and domestic pets, while maintaining dingo conservation in key areas.
Developing visitor facilities and experiences
NPWS is committed to developing facilities for the enjoyment and safety of visitors to Kosciuszko National Park. Visitor feedback and environmental sustainability are key considerations in park maintenance, and upgrades are ongoing. Horse riding trails and camps are continually maintained and upgraded, and NPWS regularly reviews the park’s recreational opportunities, identifying areas for improvement or addition. Hazard assessments are also ongoing.
Kosciuszko National Park has achieved Australia’s first Ecotourism Destination Certification, through Ecotourism Australia, recognising best practice sustainable tourism and visitation in protected areas.
NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world due to our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.
Managing fire-prone NSW national parks requires a multi-layered approach, including fire planning, community education, and fuel management. When it comes to reducing risks from fire-prone fuels, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) conducts planned hazard reduction activities like mowing and controlled burning to assist in the protection of life, property and the community.
- in Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
The Khancoban area is open all year, but access along the Khancoban to Cabramurra Road is closed in winter (June to October long weekends).
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.Buy annual pass
Khancoban Visitor Centre
02 6070 8400
Contact hours: 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Closed 12.30pm to 1pm. Closed Christmas Day.
- 2 Scammel Street, Khancoban NSW 2642
- Khancoban Visitor Centre
For all planned management events such as hazard reduction burns and pest control operations see the alerts page.
Do you enjoy volunteering in the great outdoors? Join the hunt for orange hawkweed and help eradicate this invasive weed from the Jagungal Wilderness Area in Kosciuszko National Park.
Donate to NSW National Parks
Valuable conservation work is being done in our national parks through the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to care for Australia’s native plants, animals and cultural heritage.