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. School Holidays Adventure Festival

    Saturday 22 December 2018 to Saturday 12 January 2019 , Thredbo

    The School Holidays Adventure festival has a mountain of activities the whole family can enjoy. Slack lining, trampoline sessions, treasure hunts, skate park workshops, mountain bike pump track sessions, arts and crafts, rock-climbing,…

    22 Dec - 12 Jan
  2. Christmas Eve Carols

    Monday 24 December 2018 , Thredbo

    Join them Poolside at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel on Christmas Eve for the free annual Christmas Eve Carols. From 6pm Thredbo will be filled with the sound of Christmas carols as the local community turns out for Christmas songs and cheer…

    24 Dec
  3. New Year's Eve: Thredbo

    Monday 31 December 2018 to Tuesday 01 January 2019 , Thredbo

    The famous Thredbo New Year’s Party is a great way to welcome 2019. Thredbo will be the place to be with a big party and entertainment for all ages. The kids will warm up the Poolside, Thredbo Alpine Hotel from 5pm with a kids show and…

    31 Dec - 01 Jan
  4. Thredbo Blues Festival

    Friday 18 January 2019 to Sunday 20 January 2019 , Kosciuszko National Park

    The Thredbo Blues Festival is bursting with talent in 2019 for its 25th year with another amazing program of exceptional Australian and International blues players getting up close and personal in a music festival like no other. With…

    18 Jan - 20 Jan
  5. Kosciuszko Craft Beer Festival

    Friday 08 February 2019 to Saturday 09 February 2019 , Thredbo

    Craft Beer – noun – a beer made in a traditional or non-mechanised way by a small brewery. Do you like beer? Do you want to know what is tops in hops and best in brewing? Celebrate the art of craft beer brewing in February at the…

    08 Feb - 09 Feb