Kosciuszko National Park

There are alerts raised for Kosciuszko National Park as at Tue, 22 Sep 2020 19:04:15 +1000
Closed areas: Thredbo Valley track closures
Thredbo Valley track is currently open for use between Bullocks Flat and Thredbo Diggings campground only.
The following areas are closed due to fallen trees and suspended tree hazards above the track following recent storm events:
The following areas will remain closed until Saturday 19 December 2020 for upgrade works that are planned to increase the sustainability, safety and durability of the track:
Access from Thredbo Valley track to Skitube Carpark D will remain, with detours in place through the Skitube carpark for access to and from Lake Crackenback when work begins in the Bullocks Hut precinct.
These closures may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Jindabyne area office on 02 6450 5600 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Four Mile Hut walk
Four Mile Hut walk is closed because it is in a closed area of the park that has been affected by bushfire.
Do not enter the closed areas. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting an aerial baiting program using wild dog baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison, for the control wild dogs and foxes.
The program will be conducted between Wednesday 23 September and Friday 25 September 2020 in the following areas:
All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.
Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.
For further information please call the NPWS Jindabyne office on 02 6450 5555.

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 wild dog and fox baiting program
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using meat baits and canid pest ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dog and foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between Tuesday 12 May and Thursday 12 November 2020 in the following parks and reserves:
All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.
Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected, and 1080 is lethal to cats and dogs. Pets and working dogs in the vicinity must be restrained or muzzled and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.
For further information please call the NPWS Tumut office on 02 6947 7000.

Closed areas: Kosciuszko National Park - Winter 2020
Park access
Access may be denied despite a visitor being able to provide evidence of the above if there is no car parking available, or if there are other road safety issues occurring.
Ski season on-snow activities
All on-snow sporting activities undertaken this year in Kosciuszko National Park will require a pre-purchased resort lift pass or registration with NPWS in advance, via a Trip Intention Form. Check the resort websites for current status and conditions.
Tobogganing
Snow play
Personal safety

Other planned events: Wild dog and fox aerial baiting program - Adaminaby / Yaouk Wild Dog Plan Area
From Monday 21 September to Tuesday 29 September 2020, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting aerial baiting programs using meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dog and foxes.
The baiting programs will be happening in:
There will be signs at all baiting locations.
Domestic pets are not permitted on NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.
For further information call the NPWS Tumut office on 02 6947 7000.

Closed areas: Closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park
A number of visitor facilities, attractions and sites in Kosciuszko National Park remain closed or may have other restrictions until further notice. This includes a number of areas closed due to recent bushfires.
Check this map to see if there are any closures before you set out.
Camping and accommodation
Some NPWS campgrounds and accommodation will need to remain closed. If you plan to stay at an NPWS campground that is open you'll need to make a booking first. This applies to campgrounds that did not require bookings previously. If you can't find your preferred Kosciuszko National Park campground on a webpage, check this list of lesser-known campgrounds in Kosciuszko National Park and make your booking from there. If you're still unable to find your preferred campground phone 1300 072 757.
Other closures
Fire-affected areas
Some sections of Kosciuszko National Park which have been burnt remain closed. This is because they still may pose a risk to visitors due to dangerous trees and damaged infrastructure.
Specific areas which are closed due to the fires include:
The following key roads in Kosciuszko National Park are closed due to annual winter or fire damage:
These roads and trails will remain closed until the October Long Weekend or until hazardous trees are treated, debris is removed and repair work is completed.
Do not enter closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.
Please check our COVID-19 update for more information. To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Kosciuszko National Park page alert. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Closed areas: Yarrangobilly Caves - closed areas
Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre, all walking trails, the thermal pool, Bluff and Jersey lookouts and the toilets are open to the public.
The following areas remain closed:
For further information and daily updates, email or call Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre on 02 6454 9597.

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using bait containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes.
The program will be conducted in areas adjoining Thredbo, Charlotte Pass, Perisher, Schlinks Pass and Guthega areas between Tuesday 21 July and Friday 25 September 2020.
All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.
Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.
For further information please call the NPWS Jindabyne office on 02 6456 5600.

Safety alerts: High altitude walks - snow covered and hazardous winter conditions
High altitude walks snow covered and hazardous winter conditions
Areas above 1600m in altitude in Kosciuszko National Park are typically snow covered in winter. Please note the following information when visiting these areas:
 
General: 
Refer to our Alpine Safety page.
Complete a trip intention form. This is a requirement for this winter.
Be prepared: low visibility, extreme winds, heavy snowfalls can all occur without warning, Wear and carry appropriate clothing, carry navigation equipment be prepared for extreme condition. Track surfaces and signs may not be visible.
Travel with care: Choose your routes carefully and steep and icy terrain and thin snow/ ice cover over rivers and lakes can make travel very dangerous.
Avalanche: There is a risk of avalanches in the higher areas of Kosciuszko National Park, particularly on Main Range and around Mount Kosciuszko.
Steeper, treeless slopes and the tops of ridges where overhanging cornices develop carry the greatest risk. Snow stability varies with wind, temperature and the amount and patterns of snowfall. Avalanches can occur at any time through winter and can be fatal. Back country travellers should check snow and weather conditions before departure and remain alert.

Perisher/Main Range - Kosciuszko walk, Main Range walk, Summit walk, Mt Stillwell walk, Snowgum boardwalk, Porcupine walk, Hanells Spur walk, Illawong walk, Dead Horse Gap track:
Expect continuous snow cover:

Sub-Alpine - Rainbow Lake walk, Rennix Gap, Thredbo River track, Schlink Hut walk:
Expect long stretches of snow cover with occasional continuous coverage:
For more information, call the NPWS Snowy Region Visitor Centre on 02 6450 5600.

Safety alerts: Hannels Spur track - difficult to follow
Hannels Spur track is difficult to follow and only suitable for experienced walkers. The track has been cleared but marking has not bee completed. Maintenance work is ongoing. For winter periods most of the higher altitude sections will be covered in snow.
For more information, call the NPWS Jindabyne Visitor Centre on 02 6450 5600.

Closed areas: Closed areas due to exploratory works
Some areas of this park are closed due to the Snowy 2.0 exploratory works from Monday 25 February 2019, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. The closed areas are:
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Tumut area office on 02 6947 7000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Rawson Pass toilet
Rawson Pass toilet remains closed and will reopen when snow conditions allow. For more information, call the NPWS Jindabyne area office on 02 6450 5621.

Safety alerts: Seamans Hut toilet closed
Seamans Hut toilet is still under construction and will remain closed for winter 2020. The construction site has several fenced compounds that will remain in place for winter. If using the area surrounding Seamans Hut or the new toilet construction site, please take care and use the area carefully as there are obstacles partly under snow. 
For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6450 5600. 

Closed areas: Kosciusko National Park - Winter closures
Old Geehi Hut (YHA Hut) and Behrs Flat campgrounds in Kosciuszko National Park will be closed for winter and reopen on Thursday 1 October 2020.

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 wild dog and fox baiting program
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using meat baits and canid pest ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dog and foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between Tuesday 12 May and Thursday 12 November 2020 in the following parks and reserves:
All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.
Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.
For further information please call the NPWS Upper Murray area office on 02 6070 8400.

Closed areas: Major Clews Cottage closed for repair
Major Clews Cottage is closed for repair. For more details, contact Khancoban Visitor Centre on 02 6070 8400.

Other planned events: Increased traffic in northern Kosciuszko National Park
There will be a gradual increase in truck movements on the Snowy Mountains Highway and Link Road over the coming months due to works associated with the Snowy 2.0 project. 
Your destination is still accessible and to assist in planning your journey safely and to avoid stress, please allow extra time in you travel plans.
For more information please call the NPWS Tumut office on 02 6947 7000.

Other planned events: 1080 Baiting Programs
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) conducts ongoing and seasonal 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) baiting programs in areas of Kosciuszko National Park. These programs are part of an integrated pest management strategy aimed at controlling wild dogs, foxes, feral pigs and rabbits. All baiting locations are identifiable to the public through signage erected around the baited area.
Domestic pets are highly susceptible to 1080 poison. Park visitors are reminded that dogs, cats and other pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted in Kosciuszko National Park.
For more information please contact the relevant NPWS office: