Kosciuszko Alpine Way


Kosciuszko Alpine Way

This drive threads its way through picturesque mountain valleys, through Thredbo village and Dead Horse Gap to Khancoban. From here you'll see dramatic views of both the mountains and power stations tucked away into the gorges. Make sure you see all the highlights along the Kosciuszko Alpine Way by using this three-day itinerary.

  • Nature scenic, Alpine Way
  • Alpine Way Drive, Kosciuszko National Park.

Touring by car, Alpine Way

Linking Jindabyne in the southern region of Kosciuszko National Park to Khancoban, this drive takes you through the beautiful, rolling mountain vistas and forests of the Snowy Mountains region. The route itself was once used by Aboriginal people, before becoming a drover’s stock route and then finally for the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme.

The majority of this drive is through Kosciuszko National Park, recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Stop along the way to enjoy walking trails, fishing or mountain biking. Or simply enjoy the stunning drive as you travel between towns. There’s a wide range of accommodation choices, from riverside camping to luxury hotels.

Kosciuszko Alpine Way

This great drive is easily accessible from the nation's capital. Head south out of the city and follow the Monaro Highway until you reach historic Cooma, the gateway to the Snowy Mountains.

Cooma: First on the agenda is a trip to the Snowy Hydro Information and Education Centre, which documents Australia's biggest engineering project, the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electricity Scheme, from its 1949 beginnings to today. Next stop is lunch - the Lott Food Store is well worth a visit - then drive to Mount Gladstone, 3km west of Cooma, where you'll be rewarded with sensational views across the Monaro and Snowy Mountains ranges.

Finally, head back to Centennial Park for the Lambie Town Walk, which winds through 10km of historic township and picturesque bushland. Once you've had enough of walking, drop your luggage at your accommodation. There is plenty to choose from in this popular town - from chalets and hotels through to B&Bs, cabins and campsites. A bistro meal at one of the town's historic pubs or the Ex-Services Club is the perfect way to conclude the evening.

Start with breakfast at a cafe on Sharp Street, before driving west through stunning lake and mountain scenery to Jindabyne , a haven for nature-lovers all year round.

Take your pick of the countless outdoor activities on offer in this beautiful part of the state. Try your hand at trout fishing in what is arguably one of New South Wales' best locations, go horse riding and re-enact a scene from The Man from Snowy River or get on your bike and check one of the scenic cycle tracks.

You might chose to have lunch at one of the restaurants or cafes in Thredbo Village, take the chairlift ride from Thredbo to climb Mt Kosciuszko, or take a break and sample traditional locally-brewed schnapps at WildBrumby Distillery. If you're not too tired after your day outdoors, sample some of the nightlife in Jindabyne or Thredbo before returning to your choice of accommodation for the night.

Jindabyne to Khancoban: After breakfast, take a beautiful drive over the mountains and through the Kosciuszko National Park. Check out charming Khancoban near the Victorian border for coffee at an alpine cafe. You can even tour of one of Snowy Hydro's seven Power Stations.

Khancoban to Geehi Flats: After pausing to admire the area's natural beauty, head back to Geehi Flats for amazing views and a photo opportunity at Geehi Hut. Constructed from river stones and concrete in 1952, the hut was once used by mountain cattlemen.

Geehi Flats to Cooma: Return to the road and drive back to Cooma for lunch and perhaps a browse through some of the town's craft stores.

Cooma to Sydney: Continue north through Canberra, and take the Federal Highway past Goulburn - stopping for a look at the famous Big Merino if desired - and then join the Hume Highway which will lead you back to Sydney in time for dinner.

Avoid driving tired and reach your destination

Roads & Maritime NSW

When driving, always consider how tired you are - fatigue is one of the top three contributors to Australia's road toll.

Ensure you have had enough sleep before your trip and share the driving wherever possible. When driving on Australian roads take advantage of the many 'rest areas' available, regardless of whether it's a long-distance or short-distance trip.

Easily locate rest areas and plan your rest breaks for your next journey by visiting www.rms.nsw.gov.au

Find the NSW roadtrip adventure that suits you

  • Tumut, Kosciuszko National Park

    Kosciuszko Alpine Way

    Make your way through picturesque mountain valleys, along the streets of quaint country villages, past snow-capped peaks and amongst the many varied wilderness areas of the Kosciuszko National Park. Admire the dramatic and beautiful scenery that lines the roadside as you travel between Jindabyne and Khancoban.

  • Skywalk, Dorrigo National Park

    Waterfall Way

    Head from Coffs Harbour towards the New England region and discover several national parks, ancient rainforests, lush countryside and vast open plains. Stop along the scenic drive as you make your way from the coast to the tablelands and explore the many ethereal waterfalls scattered along the route.

  • Snow covered gum leaves in Perisher

    Snowy Mountains

    Make your way through picturesque mountain valleys, along the streets of quaint country villages, past snow-capped peaks and amongst the many varied wilderness areas of the Kosciuszko National Park. Admire the dramatic and beautiful scenery that lines the roadside as you travel between Jindabyne and Khancoban.

  • Blue Mountains lookout

    Blue Mountains

    Tour the 18 different discovery trails that branch off from the main route and enjoy world heritage-listed scenery along the way. Explore a selection of the many natural attractions of the Blue Mountains region, including Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens and the scenic lookouts and walking tracks of the Grose Valley.

  • Royal National Park

    Grand Pacific Drive

    Follow this scenic southerly route as it heads from the Royal National Park towards Wollongong, and further south to Kiama. Explore seaside villages, swim at quiet sandy beaches and marvel at areas of ancient rainforest along the way. Stop and enjoy the sweeping coastal views offered from Sea Cliff Bridge, Stanwell Tops and Bald Hill Lookout.

  • White Cliffs, Outback NSW

    Darling River Run

    Make your way alongside the Darling River, from Walgett to Wentworth, and experience life in Outback NSW. Savour the natural beauty and ancient formations along the length of the route and stop to learn more about the rich indigenous culture of the region. The riverside towns of Bourke, Louth, Tilpa and Wilcannia are scenic spots to stop, revive and survive.

  • Deniliquin

    Outback NSW

    Experience the wide open spaces, sun baked dunes and lush wetlands of Outback NSW as you make the journey from the twin towns of Echuca Moama on the NSW border towards Wilcannia. Discover the iconic rural towns of Bourke, Broken Hill and White Cliffs as you follow plenty of farmland along a stock route that is still in use today. 

  • Nimbin Rocks, Nimbin

    The Rainforest Way

    Travel through the ancient World Heritage-listed rainforests of Northern NSW and spot rare and endangered native animals along the way. Break the route up into short day trips departing from Murwillumbah, Lismore, Casino or Kyogle and stop and enjoy a spot of canoeing, bushwalking and bird watching in charming countryside settings.

  • Shaw Vineyard Estate, Capital Country

    Country NSW

    Make your way to Country NSW and enjoy the region’s food and wine - from flavoursome dishes and fine wines locally grown in Orange, Cowra, Dubbo and Mudgee. Sample wines direct from the cellar door, purchase produce straight from farmer markets or dine in fine eateries as you make your way through the rich cuisine and farming region.

  • Road trip, Bellingen

    North Coast

    Pass through the Central Coast, Port Stephens, Coffs Harbour, Ballina and Byron Bay as you make your way north on the iconic drive from Sydney to Brisbane. Passing miles of coastal scenery including many spectacular national parks, abundant state forests, golden surf beaches and friendly villages, there’s plenty of picturesque spots to stop and admire views on the coastal road trip.

  • Shaw Vineyard Estate, Capital Country

    Poachers Way

    Journey to the region surrounding Canberra and sample the fine food, wine and art produced by a range of talented local chefs, winemakers and artists. Visit the towns of Gundaroo, Yass, Hall, Bungendore and Murrumbateman along the way and enjoy the high quality produce and discover the handcrafts and local produce of local businesses and artisans.

  • Sea Cliff Bridge, Illawarra

    South Coast

    Explore the scenic South Coast on the coastal roads that connect Sydney and Melbourne. Travel past seaside towns and quaint villages while delighting in the ever-changing landscapes of the route, varying from pristine beaches, including Jervis Bay and Montague Island, to lush national parks. Stop and savour flavoursome local produce and fresh seafood along the way.