Kosciuszko National Park
What we're doing
Park management and conservation activities
Thredbo-Perisher 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:
NSW National Parks Visitor Infrastructure Program
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is undertaking a range of projects to enhance visitor facilities and create new, iconic visitor experiences in our national parks. These include world class mountain biking and multi-day trekking experiences in Kosciuszko National Park. These projects aim to increase nature-based tourism in NSW, to boost regional visitor economies and improve community wellbeing.
Understanding landscapes and geology
Geo conservation efforts play an important role in protecting the delicate ecosystems of Kosciuszko National Park's fragile alpine landscapes. 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 southern corroboree frog and mountain pygmy-possum conservation programs, are carried out in the Thredbo-Perisher area. 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.
Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats
Pests and weeds have a significant impact on the ecosystems and habitats within the Thredbo-Perisher area of Kosciuszko National Park. Reduction of pest species, such as deer and goats, is an important part of the work NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) does to protect the integrity of wilderness areas, water, and important biodiversity.
Orange and mouse-ear hawkweed are highly invasive weeds in Kosciuszko National Park. Small infestations of both species in the park's sensitive alpine and sub-alpine environments, and of orange hawkweed in nearby grazing land, threaten Australian native plants, biodiversity and agriculture.
Historic heritage in our parks and reserves
The historic heritage of Kosciuszko National Park is preserved through a variety of NPWS programs that embrace its past. Heritage revitalisation and adaptive reuse projects, such as Bullocks Hut, are ongoing in this area of the park.
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.
Developing visitor facilities and experiences
NPWS is committed to developing facilities for the enjoyment and safety of visitors in Kosciuszko National Park. Visitor feedback and environmental sustainability are key considerations in park maintenance, and upgrades are ongoing. Campgrounds, picnic areas, trails and lookouts 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 three-pronged approach, including fire planning, community education, and fuel management. When it comes to fuel like dead wood, NPWS conducts planned hazard reduction activities like mowing and controlled burning to assist in the protection of life, property and community.
- in 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).Buy annual pass
Snowy Region Visitor Centre
02 6450 5600
Contact hours: 8.30am to 5pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
- 49 Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne NSW 2627
- Snowy Region Visitor Centre
Perisher Valley office
02 6457 4444
Contact hours: Winter (June to October long weekends): Daily 8.30am to 4pm. Closed 12 to 1pm. Rest of year: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4pm. Closed 12 to 1pm weekdays, all day Saturday and Sunday.
- 9914 Kosciuszko Road, Perisher Valley NSW 2624
- Perisher Valley office
For all planned management events such as hazard reduction burns and pest control operations see the alerts page.
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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.