Kosciuszko National Park is 673,500 hectares of rugged beauty and home to Mount Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in Australia. Here you can explore glacial lakes, limestone caves, grassy meadows and forests of ghostly snow gums. Look out for the locals - echidnas, wallabies, wombats, and flocks of native birds.
Getting back to nature in the Snowy Mountains
Kosciuszko National Park, the largest national park in NSW, is renowned for its magnificent mountain scenery, crisp alpine air and stunning views. Made up of numerous alpine lakes, including Blue Lake, Lake Albina and Hedley Tarn, this stunning terrain also features rugged mountain peaks, rolling grasslands and spectacular granite boulders.
In the warmer months, pack a picnic and grab a walking map from one of the local visitor information centres, and choose from a range of walks around the region, including the Mount Kosciuszko Summit Walk. Make your way to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko, Australia’s tallest peak, and enjoy breathtaking views of the valleys and ranges that make up one of the world's most beautiful and unique ecosystems.
The clear waters of ‘The Snowies’ are ideal for fishing, with an abundance of atlantic salmon, and brook, brown and rainbow trout in the region’s lakes and rivers. Cast your line at the scenic Lake Eucumbene near Cooma, try your hand at fly fishing on the Tumut River, or see what’s biting at Lake Jindabyne. There's also the Thredbo River to explore, which runs from Thredbo to Lake Jindabyne. On the surrounding shoreline, the park’s resident flora and fauna include snowgrass, snow daisies, corroboree frogs, echidnas, wallabies, wombats, the elusive mountain pygmy possum and spotted-tail quoll.
Come winter, the Snowy Mountains lives up to its name, transforming into a winter wonderland from early June to early October. Besides skiing and snowboarding, you can learn to cross-country ski, snowshoe, or go tobogganing. Thredbo, Mount Selwyn and Perisher offer plenty of fantastic snow-based activities. During the winter months, join a local guide and don a pair of snowshoes to explore the areas walks.
If you’re driving to the Snowy Mountains, take the Kosciuszko Alpine Way for spectacular scenic mountain views between Jindabyne and Khancoban. Equally scenic, the unhurried Snowy Valleys Way passes through the historic towns of Gundagai, Tumut and Tumbarumba.