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Lower Snowy River area

Kosciuszko National Park


The Lower Snowy River area embraces the wild south of Kosciuszko National Park. Camp by the Snowy River, explore the scenic trails on a walk, bike or horse ride. See another side of the Snowy Mountains.

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The Lower Snowy River is only 40km south of Jindabyne’s Snowy Region Visitor Centre but feels a world away.

Find a secluded site at a campground by the banks of the fabled Snowy River, and enjoy the sense of solitude. Easy access to the river and its sandy beaches, plus a mild and dry climate, make this area perfect for fishing, paddling and swimming.

Set out on a bushwalk, horse or mountain bike ride along shady trails framed by towering eucalypts, cypress pine and yellow wattle. The long Pilot Wilderness mountain bike ride offers a challenge for well-prepared adventurers.

The best way to explore is along the sprawling Lower Snowy drive (Barry Way) from Jindabyne to the Victorian border. It follows the old stock route through the steep-sided Snowy River gorge. There are scenic stopping points along the way, like panoramic Jacks lookout and historic Willis picnic area.

There’s also plenty of bird watching and wildlife spotting. By day you might see red-necked wallabies, kangaroos and emus. Spot rainbow bee-eaters or peregrine falcons. As the sun sets, keep an eye out for wombats, possums and, if you’re lucky, the endangered spotted-tailed quoll.


Kosciuszko trip intention form

Are you planning a long hike, off-track and overnight adventures, or visiting a remote part of Kosciuszko National Park? We recommend you fill in a trip intention form and carry a personal locator beacon (PLB) for your safety. Find out more about the free trip intention form.

A walker on Illawong walk in Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray van der Veer

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Lower Snowy drive (Barry Way)

Lower Snowy drive is a sprawling road trip that takes travellers past picnic spots, swimming holes, campgrounds and lookouts in the Snowy River valley.

Lower Snowy drive, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Luke McLachlan


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Halfway Flat campground, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer