Kosciuszko National Park

This magnificent national park is the largest in NSW and home to Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko. You’ll enjoy fun outdoor adventures, from a summit walk to the rooftop of Australia, mountain biking and fly fishing in warmer months, to skiing and snowboarding in colder months.

As the snow melts in spring and pristine waters flow into mountain streams, the winter wonderland of Thredbo, Perisher, Charlotte Pass and Mount Selwyn changes into alpine trails for bushwalking, mountain biking and horseriding. The crystal-clear rivers are perfect for fly fishing and kayaking.

Fishing in Goobarragandra River - Tumut - Snowy Mountains

One of the many memorable experiences is to walk to Australia’s highest point - an elevation of 2,228 metres - for a stunning panorama of the beautiful Australian Alps and beyond. You can begin this exhilarating journey from either Thredbo or Charlotte Pass – the major difference is duration.

The quickest way is Thredbo’s Kosciuszko Express Chairlift to the Kosciuszko walk, which is 13km return or four to five hours. The longer Charlotte Pass summit walk is 18.6km return or six to eight hours. Other great walking tracks include Main Range in a UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve.

Chairlift to the top of the Thredbo Valley Track with scenic views over Kosciuszko National Park

You can join various tours into the national park, including the Wiradjuri Aboriginal Cultural Tour from Tumut into the park’s northern wilderness. Another wonderful experience is to explore inside the Yarrangobilly Caves, filled with wondrous limestone structures created millions of years ago.

Pretty wildflowers such as golden-stemmed billy buttons, silver daisies and marsh marigolds blanket swathes of the Snowy Mountains in summer. On the Goldseekers track, near the mesmerising Wallace Creek lookout, you can spot endangered pygmy possums in hollow old snow gums.

You’ll find plenty of places to stay in the national park, which borders Tumbarumba to the west, Tumut to the north and Jindabyne to the east. Check out the exciting year-round events calendar, with summer festivals including the Thredbo Blues Festival and the Kosciuszko Craft Beer Festival.

You’ll find more information as well as downloadable maps on the NSW National Parks app.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Australian Alpine Ascent Ultra

    Saturday 23 March 2019 , Perisher Valley

    The Australian Alpine Ascent (AAA) Ultra Festival is specifically designed to be one of the world’s most gruelling challenges. The festival includes three trail runs - 12 kilometres, 25 kilometres and 50 kilometres. You’ll cross through…

    23 Mar
  2. Perisher Peak Festival

    Saturday 08 June 2019 to Tuesday 11 June 2019 , Perisher Valley

    It's their 10th anniversary! Celebrate the opening weekend of the snow season at the Perisher Peak Festival which will feature over 120 concerts across several venues in the unique environment of the Perisher snowfields! Weekend festival…

    08 Jun - 11 Jun