Kosciuszko National Park

There are alerts raised for Kosciuszko National Park as at Sun, 29 Nov 2020 18:48:47 +1100
Closed areas: Hoggs Hut closed for repair
Hoggs Hut in Kosciuszko National Park is closed for repair from Monday 23 November to Monday 30 November 2020.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Khancoban Visitor Centre on 02 6070 8400.

Safety alerts: Perisher pest control program
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a ground shooting program within the Perisher Range Resorts and Charlotte Pass Ski Resort areas between Thursday 26 November and Wednesday 16 December 2020. The areas targeted in this program include:
The objective of this program is to decrease the impacts associated with rabbits on both the environment and resort infrastructure within the resort areas of Kosciuszko National Park.
The program includes shooting operations undertaken by authorised NPWS officers and NPWS contractors. The operations will be carried out between the 6pm and 9pm each evening. However, no shooting will be undertaken as a component of this program on weekends, public holidays, NSW public school holidays or during public events.
Shooting operations will also be limited to times and areas of low visitation and lodge/accommodation occupancy.

Safety alerts: Seamans Hut toilet closed
The toilet at Seamans Hut is still under construction and will remain closed until complete. There will be increased traffic on Summit trail and also construction works around Seamans Hut.
Seamans Hut will remain open. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6450 5600.

Closed areas: Bicentennial National trail partial closure
Bicentennial National trail, between Geehi and the Waterfall Farm Road is closed. The closure is due to fire affected trees making the trail unsafe, and planned maintenance works on Geehi Walls trail. This closure may be extended, and extensions will be posted as soon as possible.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Khancoban Visitor Centre on 02 6070 8400.

Closed areas: Yarrangobilly Caves precinct open - most cave tours closed
The following Show Caves in the Yarrangobilly precinct in Kosciuszko National Park area reopening:
All caves (including the self-guided cave) must be pre-booked. To book visit the NPWS Yarrangobilly tours page.
The following areas are also open to the public:
 
These areas remain closed:
All accommodation can be booked in advance:
For further information and daily updates, email or call Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre on 02 6454 9597.

Closed areas: Thredbo Valley track
The area between Bridge 1 and Elevated Platform 104 will be closed from Tuesday 10 November to Friday 18 December 2020 due to upgrade works.
A detour is available around the work site. However this detour contains steep hills and rocky terrain, so is not as family friendly as Thredbo Valley track. Please follow the guidance signage to safely bypass the work zone.
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:
There is no public access to Skitube Carpark D, Bullocks Hut and Lower Thredbo Valley track for the duration of the works.
Detours and guidance signage will be in place from Thredbo Valley track, Muzzlewood track and Bullocks walking track to and from Skitube Carpark C, and onto Lake Crackenback Resort.
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.

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 Thursday 12 November 2020 and Wednesday 12 May 2021 in the following parks and reserves:
Entry into 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: 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 of northern Kosciuszko National Park 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
Bullocks Hut, including the access track from the Ski Tube Terminal, is closed due to maintenance works.
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 fire damage:
Tantangara Road and Tantangara Dam access - Snowy 2.0 works
Before Christmas 2020
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.

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

Other planned events: Restricted access to Island Bend fire trail
All public access to Burrungubugge Aquaduct trail is prohibited from Friday 30 October until the end of December 2020 due to Snowy Hydro maintenance on the Burrungubugge siphon structure.
Access to Island Bend fire trail (IBFT) during this time will only be possible by foot from Snowy Adit to the Island Bend fire trail junction. Snowy Hydro have a TRAFFX  traffic controller onsite adjacent to the Snowy River who can advise the public when the track up to IBFT is clear of construction vehicles.
No members of the public will be permitted to park vehicles at the IBFT Burrungubugge trial junction. Adequate parking is available next to the Snowy River on the northern side of the Snowy Adit bridge.

Safety alerts: High altitude tracks – steep snow drifts
High altitude walks partially snow covered and hazardous conditions
Areas above 1900m in altitude in Kosciuszko National Park are still partially snow covered. Please note the following information when visiting these areas:
 
General:
Refer to our Alpine Safety page.
Complete a trip intention form
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.
 
There are still drifts about on the higher altitude parts of the main range. Please note the following information when walking in the areas listed below:
Main Range walk:
Please expect numerous snow drift crossings, and make sure that:
The Summit trail/ Summit walk:
You will likely only encounter snow drifts above the ~6.5km mark (below Seamans Hut). Please make sure that:
Kosciuszko walk:
For more information, please call Snowy Region Visitor Centre on 02 6450 5600.

Closed areas: Waterfall track - part closure
Waterfall track in Kosciuszko National Park is partly closed from Monday 27 July to Tuesday 1 December 2020. The closure is due to damage to some platforms and stairs.
You can still access the western section of the track to the Waterfall (head clockwise from the track branch). The eastern section is closed. Signs will be in place to indicate the closed area. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

Closed areas: Tantangara Mountain Hut (Harveys Hut)
Tantangara Mountain Hut (Harveys Hut) is closed for visitor use due to fire damage.

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 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.

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.

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: