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. Cannonball Mountain Bike Festival

    Wednesday 05 December 2018 to Sunday 09 December 2018 , Thredbo

    The Thredbo Cannonball MTB Festival 2018 celebrates six years as Australia’s biggest gravity inspired MTB festival, and once again will set the standard with an array of unrivalled events and nonstop entertainment. Cannonball will again see…

    05 Dec - 09 Dec
  2. New Year's Eve: Thredbo

    Event dates to be confirmed: December 2018 , Thredbo

    The famous Thredbo New Year’s Party is a great way to welcome the new year. Thredbo will be the place to be with a big street party and entertainment for all ages. The kids will warm up the Village Square from 5pm with an early street par…

    31 Dec
  3. Thredbo Blues Festival

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

    The Thredbo Blues Festival is back with another amazing program of exceptional Australian and International blues players getting up close and personal in a music festival like no other. With intimate bars and restaurants, spectacular outdo…

    18 Jan - 20 Jan
  4. 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 th…

    23 Mar
  5. Rocky Trail Gravity Racing Weekend Thredbo

    Event dates to be confirmed: April 2019 , Thredbo

    Rocky Trail brings you a whole weekend of Gravity Racing at the most popular downhill destination in NSW - Thredbo! Events include a Fox Superflow endur event on Saturday and a RedAss Downhill State Round on Sunday. Thredbo is the ideal …

    06 Apr - 07 Apr
  6. RedAss Downhill State Championships - Thredbo

    Event dates to be confirmed: April 2019 , Thredbo

    Rocky Trail will kick off their downhill state racing series with the ultimate weekend of Gravity Racing at one of THE most popular downhill destinations in NSW - Thredbo! Events include a Fox Superflow Enduro State race on Saturday and …

    06 Apr - 07 Apr