Kosciuszko National Park

In the snow season a pristine white blanket falls on the Kosciuszko National Park, home to Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko. The four ski resorts - Perisher Valley, Thredbo, Charlotte Pass and the Selwyn Snow Resort – are all inside the beautiful national park, the largest in New South Wales.

The winter wonderland of the Snowy Mountains is perfect for skiing, snowboarding and other fun snow activities. You can even enjoy night skiing under the Milky Way’s twinkling stars. And beginners will be thrilled to weave down the slopes after only a little tuition from instructors on the snowfields.

Snowboarder enjoying the view at Perisher in the NSW Snowy Mountains

The longest ski runs in Australia are in Thredbo. The easiest way to get to some of the runs is to hop on the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift, which is nearly 2km long. From the bottom to the top, the scenic ride takes 15 minutes and rises 560 metres to the closest access point to ascend Mount Kosciuszko.

The summit tracks to Australia’s rooftop are generally snowbound from June to October, and there are no snow poles marking the routes. 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.

Woman skiing in Perisher in the NSW Snowy Mountains

Before an off-piste adventure, please read these alpine safety tips carefully. 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.

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’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. If you’re driving, please read these snow-driving safety tips.

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

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. First Tracks at Perisher

    Sunday 23 September 2018 to Sunday 30 September 2018 , Perisher Valley

    First Tracks Mornings are a special Perisher experience, offering a limited number of resort guests the chance to access a selected area in beautiful Blue Cow riding the Ridge Quad chairlift before anyone else. First Tracks will run from Ju…

    23 Sep - 30 Sep
  2. Thredbo Pond Skim

    Saturday 29 September 2018 , Thredbo

    When the snow starts to melt, the sun comes out and it’s the perfect time to throw on boardies and come up to the Thredbo Pond Skim. Nothing beats a season ender party in the pond!…

    29 Sep
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Thredbo Blues Festival

    Event dates to be confirmed: 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 out…

    18 Jan - 20 Jan
  6. 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 two trail runs - 25 kilometres and 50 kilometres. You’ll cross through the scenic Kosciusz…

    23 Mar