Kosciuszko National Park
Kosciuszko National Park in Winter
In the snow season a pristine white blanket falls on the Kosciuszko National Park, home to Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko, and four ski resorts – Perisher Valley, Thredbo, Charlotte Pass and the Selwyn Snow Resort.
Skiing and snowboarding in Kosciuszko National Park
For the 2020 ski season, Thredbo will open on 22 June, Perisher will open on 24 June and Charlotte Pass will open on 26 June. Find out more information here.
The winter wonderland is perfect for skiing, snowboarding and other fun snow activities. You can enjoy night skiing under the stars at Perisher and Thredbo, or take the over-snow Pisten Bully vehicle up the slopes for a sunrise ski in Charlotte Pass.
Please note that snow play is not permitted in the Kosciuszko National Park during the 2020 season. You must have a pre-purchased lift ticket to access the resorts or a pass from NPWS for backcountry activities.
The longest ski runs in Australia are in Thredbo, best accessed via the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift, which is nearly 2km long. The scenic ride takes 15 minutes and rises 560 metres to the closest access point to ascend Mount Kosciuszko.
Other adventures include cross-country skiing in the white wilderness dotted with majestic snow gums. Around the Perisher Valley there are uncrowded cross-country ski trails – both marked and backcountry trails.
Winter activities in Kosciuszko National Park
The summit tracks to Australia’s rooftop are generally snowbound from June to October. Experienced alpine adventurers can reach the top on cross-country skis or snowshoes. You can join a guided K7 Adventures tour to the summit, which stands 2,228 metres.
Accommodation in Kosciuszko National Park
You’ll find accommodation options to suit various budgets, from a youth hostel to hotels, inns, apartments, lodges and chalets. Alternatively, you can stay outside the park in the surrounding areas of Jindabyne, Cooma, Tumut and Tumbarumba.
You’ll find more information as well as downloadable maps on the NSW National Parks app guide.
Kosciuszko National Park in Summer
This magnificent national park is the largest in NSW and home to Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko. Enjoy fun outdoor adventures, from a summit walk to the rooftop of Australia to mountain biking and fly fishing.
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, hiking and mountain biking.
Hiking and bushwalking in Kosciuszko National Park
One of the many memorable experiences is to walk to Australia’s highest point – at 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 quickest way is to take 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.
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.
Other activities in Kosciuszko National Park
At the northern end of the national park is the Yarrangobilly Caves, which are filled with wondrous formations. The limestone dates back 440 million years. Bring your swimmers, as nearby you can take a rejuvenating dip in a thermal pool of naturally heated spring waters rising from the depths.
You can join various tours into the national park, including the Wiradjuri Aboriginal Cultural Tour from Tumut into the park’s northern wilderness. The crystal-clear rivers are perfect for fly fishing and kayaking, and there are plenty of trails for mountain biking and horse riding.