Kosciuszko National Park

There are alerts raised for Kosciuszko National Park as at Tue, 21 Sep 2021 09:45:53 +1000
Other planned events: Snow Season 2021 – Kosciuszko National Park
Activities on offer
Kosciuszko National Park (KNP) remains open to those who can legally access KNP under the Public Health Orders. Check with resorts and commercial venues for updates. Some NSW snow resorts have recommenced ski lift operations after the stay-at-home orders were lifted in the Snowy Monaro LGA on Thursday 16 September 2021.
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Park access and carparking

Closed areas: Yarrangobilly Caves visitor access
The following areas are open to the public:
All accommodation is now open.
The following areas are closed to the public until further notice:
For further information and daily updates, email or call 02 6454 9597.

Closed areas: Geehi Flats picnic area and campgrounds closed
Geehi Flats picnic area and campgrounds are closed for ongoing dangerous tree works. The closed areas are:
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local Khancoban NPWS office on 02 6070 8400.

Other planned events: Increased traffic in northern Kosciuszko National Park
There is an increase in heavy vehicle and light vehicle movements on the Snowy Mountains Highway (between Cooma to Tumut), Link Road and Tantangara Road within Kosciuszko National Park. This traffic will continue for a number of years and involves the use of specialised heavy vehicle combinations for transport of materials used in associated with the Snowy 2.0 project and other projects in the region. 
Your destination is still accessible and to assist in planning your journey safely and to avoid stress, please allow extra time in your travel plans and drive to the conditions.
For more information, please call the NPWS Tumut office on 02 6947 7000.

Closed areas: Keebles Hut closed for works
The Keebles Hut is closed for works from Monday 13 September to Friday 1 October 2021. Please do not enter.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Khancoban Visitor Centre 02 6070 8400.

Other planned events: Notice of aerial baiting program
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting an aerial baiting program using baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison, for the control wild dogs and foxes. This program will be conducted in northern Kosciuszko National Park (Lake Eucumbene to Lone Pine Trail), along with Yaouk and Scabby Range Nature Reserves between Monday 13 September and Friday 17 September 2021.
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.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please call Tumut Office on 02 6947 7000.

Other planned events: Notice of aerial baiting program
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. This program will be conducted in Kosciuszko National Park (Byadbo Wildnerness area), along with Merriangaah and Quidong Nature Reserves on the following dates:
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.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please call Jindabyne Office on 02 6450 5555.

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting
Between Wednesday 25 August and Thursday 30 September 2021, NPWS will conducting 1080 pest baiting programs in targeted areas of northern Kosciuszko National Park. The programs use meat baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes, and carrots containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of rabbits.
All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.
Please be reminded that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS estate. 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 NPWS Tumut office on 02 6947 7000.

Closed areas: Geehi Hut closed for pest treatment and repair
Geehi Hut is closed for termite control and repair. Please do not enter the closed area.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Khancoban Visitor Centre on 02 6070 8400.

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 Monday 23 August 2021 and Sunday 20 February 2022 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: 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.
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.
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:
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.

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 baiting
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using baits and canid pest ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between 7 August 2021 until 6 February 2022. These programs are part of an integrated pest animal control strategy, aimed at minimising the impacts of these pests on neighbouring stock.
Baiting programs will be conducted in the Adaminaby/Yaouk, Snowy Plain, Thredbo/Ingebyra, Dalgety/Paupong and Corrowong/Tombong/Merriangaah Wild Dog Plan Areas. This includes the following sections of Kosciuszko National Park;
Baiting programs will also be undertaken in Scabby Range, Yaouk, Paupong, Merriangaah and Quidong Nature Reserves.
All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.
Please be reminded that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS Estate. 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 Jindabyne office on 02 6450 5555.

Safety alerts: Rising river alert Snowy River below Jindabyne Dam
Planned environmental flow releases from Jindabyne Dam into the Snowy River will occur in August and September 2021, with several high flow events scheduled.
Please be aware waterways can rise quickly and without warning. Conditions in and along the river could be dangerous. Please stay away from areas where flows are high and banks may be unstable.
A number of campgrounds and picnic areas are located close to the river and access may be impacted during high flows. Information on daily planned water releases can be found on the Snowy Hydro website.
For further information, please contact the Jindabyne Office on 02 6450 5555.

Safety alerts: Rising river alert Upper Murrumbidgee River
Planned environmental flow releases from Tantangara Dam into the Murrumbidgee River will occur in August and September 2021, with several high flow events scheduled.
Please be aware waterways can rise quickly and without warning. Conditions in and along the river could be dangerous. Please stay away from areas where flows are high and banks may be unstable.
The Bicentennial National Trail and a number of other trails cross the river. Access may be impacted during high flows. Information on daily planned water releases can be found on the Snowy Hydro website.
For further information, please contact Tumut Office on 02 6947 7000.

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed - Lower Alpine Way
The following areas are closed until further notice due to significant storm damage and potential tree risk to visitors:
Signs will be in place around closed areas. 
Please contact the NPWS Jindabyne area office on 02 6450 5555 for more information.

Closed areas: Hannels Spur walking track closed
Hannels Spur walking track is closed until further notice due to hazardous trees and storm damage.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.
 

Closed areas: Roads closures during winter
The following roads will be closed for winter, re-opening Friday 1 October 2021:
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Khancoban NPWS office 02 6070 8400

Closed areas: Camping area and walking track closed
The Island Bend fire trail is closed to the border of Kosciusko National Park due to wet weather damage.
The Gungarlin River campground is also closed due to this closure. There is no access to the campground. Please check back for updates on when these areas will be re-opened.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local office.
 

Closed areas: Geehi Dam Road closure
Geehi Dam Road is closed from 11 June 2021 to 1 October 2021. There is no access to Geehi Dam and Olsens lookout.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Khancoban NPWS office 02 6070 8400.

Closed areas: Thredbo Valley track closed to bikes
Thredbo Valley track is currently closed to bike riding due to wet weather, track works and hazardous conditions.
Sections of track open for walkers include:
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the Snowy Region Visitor Centre on 02 6450 5600 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Safety alerts: Hazardous conditions on high altitude walks
Please note high altitude walks (above 1900m) are still covered in snow and conditions may be hazardous. More snow is forecast so please be aware of these conditions. Please note the following information when visiting these areas:
There is still continuous snow cover on the higher parts of the main range. Please note the following information when walking in the areas listed below: 
Main Range Walk: Please expect numerous snow crossings, and make sure that:
Summit trail/Summit walk: You will likely only encounter snow drifts along this walk.  Please note:
For more information, please call Snowy Region Visitor Centre on 02 6450 5600.

Closed areas: Rawson Pass toilet closed
Rawson Pass toilet has been closed for winter.
Please carry out your waste or use the closest toilets at Seamans Hut, Charlotte Pass or Thredbo.

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting program
A baiting program using meat baits and canid pest ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison will be conducted from Wednesday 12 May 2021 until Friday 12 November 2021 in the following parks:
The program will also be conducted in the southern precinct of Kosiuszko National Park, which includes:
Aerial baiting will occur on the following dates:
Should the weather postpone this operation, it will be undertaken on a suitable day soon after. 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 due to Snowy 2.0 works
Some areas of this park are closed due to the Snowy 2.0  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: Tantangara Mountain Hut (Harveys Hut)
Tantangara Mountain Hut (Harveys Hut) is closed for visitor use due to fire damage.

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.

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: