The Kosciuszko National Park covers over 6,000 square kilometres of snow-capped peaks, alpine meadows, limestone gorges, snow gum forests, and is the headwaters of the Snowy River.
In the park are Mount Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in Australia at 2,228 meters, and Cabramurra the highest town in Australia.[maxbutton id=”1″ url=”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabramurra,_New_South_Wales”]
Cabramurra the highest town in Australia Photo © Baileyfreestone.
The Park is north of the Alpine National Park in Victoria and south of the Namadgi National Park in the ACT. The towns of Cooma, Tumut, and Jindabyne are on the edge of the park and provide services to the Park.
Kosciuszko National Park abounds with snow sports walking trails and mountain biking tracks. There are caves to explore and you could climb Australia’s highest mountain, then stay in heritage accommodation or camp in the wild.
The highest ski and snowboard runs in Australia are at Thredbo and Perisher. There are exciting cross-country skiing trails too. If you want a change from the high country then you could descend underground to the magical Yarrangobilly Caves. https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/yarrangobilly-area
If you like bushwalking then you should try the popular Thredbo Valley track or for a real challenge take the Main Range challenge.
Horse riding across the High Plains and near Khancoban is very popular and carries on in the tradition of Banjo Paterson’s “Man from the Snowy River”
The Park has historic huts, dazzling wildflowers in springtime, and some of the most stunning lookouts in Australia.
The waterways and lakes in the Park provide great fishing and water sports. You can explore the lower Snowy and upper Murray rivers and throw a line in a mountain stream or in a reservoir such as Blowering, Eucumbene, and Tantangara.
The mountain drives are spectacular. The Alpine Way and Snowy Mountains Highway are worth taking and will give you a wonderful overview of the region. If you would like someone else to do the driving then ask about guided tours at any of the visitor centres.
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- SEVEN KEY AREAS OF THE PARK
- 1. HIGH PLAINS AREA
- 2. KHANCOBAN AREA
- 3. LOWER SNOWY RIVER AREA
- 4. SELWYN AREA
- 5. THREDBO-PERISHER AREA
- 6. TUMUT AREA
- 7. YARRANGOBILLY CAVES AREA
- KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK (NPWS)
- NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service – Perisher Valley Office
- SNOWY MOUNTAINS REGION INFORMATION CENTRES
- COOMA VISITORS CENTRE
- KHANCOBAN VISITORS INFORMATION CENTRE
- SNOWY REGION VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE
- TUMUT REGION VISITORS CENTRE
- TUMBARUMBA VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE
SEVEN KEY AREAS OF THE PARK
1. HIGH PLAINS AREA
The place for summer walks, horse riding, and trail biking on the way to mountain huts, caves, and gorges. You can camp or stay in Currango’s heritage cottages in this wild north-east section of the park.
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2. KHANCOBAN AREA
On the western side of the Park, the Khancoban is the place to discover Geehi and Tom Groggin’s camp spots, go fishing and horse riding, hike the Jagungal Wildernesstake and take in the views at Western Fall.
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3. LOWER SNOWY RIVER AREA
This is the wild south of the Park where you can camp by the Snowy River, and walk, bike or horse ride scenic trails.
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4. SELWYN AREA
A perfect base to explore the central walks, rides and fishing spots.
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5. THREDBO-PERISHER AREA
Home to NSW’s favourite ski resorts, top alpine hikes, mountain and bike trails.
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6. TUMUT AREA
Entrance to the northern area of the Park with water sports and wonderful wildlife at Blowering Reservoir where you can camp and explore then hidden walks and waterfalls in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains.
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7. YARRANGOBILLY CAVES AREA
The highlight of northern Kosciuszko National Park where you can explore spectacular caves, swim in the thermal pool, stay at the historic Caves House and enjoy the walks and nature at its best.
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KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK (NPWS)
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Snowy Region Visitor Centre
49 Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne NSW 2627
Ph 02 6450 5600
Open 8.30am to 5pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
“Kosciuszko National Park spoils you with snow sports, walks and mountain biking in the Snowy Mountains. Go camping, explore caves, climb Australia’s highest mountain, or stay in heritage accommodation.” KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service – Perisher Valley Office
9914 Kosciuszko Road, Perisher Valley NSW 2624
Ph 02 6457 4444
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.
SNOWY MOUNTAINS REGION INFORMATION CENTRES
COOMA VISITORS CENTRE
119 Sharp St Cooma 2630
Ph 1800 636 525 or 02 6450 1742
Open 7 days a week 9am to 3pm.
“Cooma Visitors Centre has been providing information to tourists for over 50 years. Located in the centre of town next to the iconic Avenue of Flags and Man from Snowy River Statue. We also provide important services to our local community.” COOMA VISITORS CENTRE
KHANCOBAN VISITORS INFORMATION CENTRE
Corner Scammell Street and Alpine Way, Khancoban 2642
Ph 02 6070 8400
Open Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm (Closed 12:30 to 1pm for lunch)
“Based in the town of Khancoban, the Khancoban Visitor Information Centre provides local information, day and annual passes, NPWS products, books, maps, souvenirs, giftware and clothing. There are free displays and audio-visual presentations. Wheelchair access is provided.” KHANCOBAN VISITORS INFORMATION CENTRE
SNOWY REGION VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE
Kosciuszko Rd Jindabyne 2627
Ph 02 6450 5600
“Snowy Region Visitor Centre is conveniently located on Kosciuszko Road in Jindabyne. Jindabyne is located in the centre of the Snowy Mountains, situated around Lake Jindabyne. The resort town offers a range of accommodation, restaurants, cafes, shops, activities and attractions.” SNOWY REGION VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE
TUMUT REGION VISITORS CENTRE
5 Adelong Road, Tumut 2720
Ph 02 6947 7025
Open 7 days, 9am to 5pm. Closed Christmas Day
“Tumut Visitor Centre, on Snowy Mountains Highway, is the ideal starting point for a visit to northern Kosciuszko National Park, offering information, booking services, and souvenirs.” TUMUT REGION VISITORS CENTRE
TUMBARUMBA VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE
10 Bridge Street, Tumbarumba 2653
Ph 02 6948 3333
Open Monday to Thursday, 9:30am – 1pm, Friday to Sunday, 9:30am – 3pm
“Tumbarumba Visitor Information Centre can provide information on accommodation, attractions, events, road and weather conditions in the Tumbarumba Region. The Tumbarumba Museum is located in the Visitor Centre, with permanent displays on the gold mining and cattleman’s heritage, as well as a fascinating display on the history and events surrounding the Southern Cloud aircraft that crashed in the mountains near Tumbarumba in 1931. The Tumbarumba Visitor Centre provides DVD viewings of the Snowy Mountains region, and stocks local produce, a small range of merchandise, books on the Snowy Mountains region, and topographic maps.” TUMBARUMBA VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE
YARRANGOBILLY CAVES VISITORS CENTRE
Yarrangobilly Caves Entrance Road, off Snowy Mountains Highway, Yarrangobilly Caves 2720
Ph 02 6454 9597
Open 7 days, 9am – 5pm – Closed Christmas Day
“Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre is your one stop destination for information on cave tours and tickets, and top tips on where to stay and what to do in the Yarrangobilly and northern areas of Kosciuszko National Park.” YARRANGOBILLY CAVES VISITORS CENTRE
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