Kosciuszko National Park Travel Guide

  • Spencers Creek
    Spencers Creek
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  • Unusual to see ferns up here
    Unusual to see ferns up here
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  • From any angle Blue Lake is a stunner
    From any angle Blue Lake is a stunner
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Kosciuszko National Park Things to Do

  • Trout fishing

    Actually, I should have used the term "fly fishing" but, do I really care?At Thredbo and I also believe Jindabyne you can get lessons on how to fly fish. Because most streams in Australia are stocked with fish you can usually get a bite somewhere.However, fly fishermen are a different breed and having a love of the environment comes along as part...

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  • Waterfall walk part three

    I started making up time on the way back but that got thwarted when I left my Christmas sunnies behind while changing lens on the camera. I managed to retrieve them but was sweating when I did so, perhaps more at the thought that I may have lost them than pure physical exertion.

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  • Waterfall walk, part two

    The walk was pleasant until just before the waterfall when it got warmer as the vegetation thinned out. The fall itself was higher than I expected and was the only time in 6kms you actually could see water except from where the trail commenced.I loved the tree in pic four, it seemed so photogenic

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  • Waterfall Walk

    After lunch I was let off the leash to do the Waterfall Walk. It was getting a trifle warmer because we had descended a few hundred metres and much of this walk was protected from the wind so there was no respite there. Still, it was a whole lot cooler than on the coast.I finally got up close and personal to some of the local cicadas, one of 237...

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  • Charlotte Pass

    The ever present wind got slowly worse. We’d left the storm clouds behind when we headed south from Jindabyne and climbed once again into the mountains. However, here at Charlotte Pass we could see fresh threatening masses moving in as the trees were buffeted and the last of the day walkers returned.During the night the rain, in the form of sharp...

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  • Threbo Creek walk

    The flora was abundant but the legacy of the 2003 bushfires was everywhere. Dead limbs still reached for the sky, slowly being overtaken by new growth but it had some way to go.I finished opposite the carpark and tried thumbing a lift back, striking it lucky at the fifth attempt in a nice Audi. Wouldn’t do to come back in a Ford or a Holden!

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  • Threbo Creek walk

    Still, the weather was the main thing to keep one’s eye on. Clouds were banking up on the horizon and it actually spat rain about three times but never dumped thank goodness.Towards the top of the 4 km track it crosses the river a few times, on well made bridges except for the last one right at Dead Horse Gap that has been washed away and never...

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  • The Thredbo experience

    It all started so well. There I was, wallet in hand, ready to buy an annual pass and, what did I hear? “If you have a pension card it’s free to get into the Snowy Mountains NP.” A wave of euphoria came over me. I was thinking skiing on the cheap, how good would that be, but, hey, it was summer and I was here to do other things.We parked in the...

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  • Rainbow Lake - part two

    This splendid establishment was the architectural feature of the mountains until it was destroyed by fire in 1951. Today all you can see is Sponars Chalet which was where the workers were housed during its construction.You could tell this was an easy walk because only old farts were using it and we were far and away the speediest group on the...

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  • Rainbow Lake - part one

    In lieu of the Blue Lake walk, we headed down the road and aimed for Rainbow Lake, an easier and more sheltered stroll. It turned out to be a lovely walk with the meadows laden with summer wildflowers. Purples, yellows, reds and whites were scattered in abundance wherever one looked, though at times, because they were so delicate, you had to strain...

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  • Visit one of the power stations

    Snowy Mountains scheme, which collects, stores and diverts water in the Snowy Mountains through a complex infrastructureIncluded are 16 major dams, 7 power stations, 1 pumping station, 145 kms of interconnected tunnels and 80 kms of aqueducts. Some power stations have a visitor centre which is open to the public, like this one, Murray 1 Power...

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  • See the wildlife!

    One of the very best things about staying at Geehi campsite was waking up the next morning to the sound of the birds and wildlife, and the footfalls of kangaroos hopping around nearby.We took a walk in search of them and found a whole mob of about 30 contentedly grazing in the long grass of the valley, not far behind our tent site.The Kangaroos...

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  • Explore the mountains!

    Simply seeing the breathtaking scenery was for us the biggest must see of Kosciuszko National Park (though all the wildlife came a very close 2nd)Little did we know at this point that later in the morning when we reached Thredbo, about 30-40 minutes drive further into the park, we would be seeing 1 week old snow on the top of the mountain peaks -...

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  • Lizards and wildlife

    Seeing wildlife such as lizards way up in the mountains was one of the best things for me about visiting Kosciuszko National Park. We saw several lizards on our walk up at Charlotte's Pass. By moving very slowly and carefully, I was able to get close enough to this one with my camera (perhaps 10 cm long) to be able to use the macro function that I...

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  • Walking at Charlotte's Pass (2)

    We could see snow all along the walk, on the peaks and in valleys below us. It was several kms along the walk before it was possible to walk in snow where bigger patches had lingered close to the track.

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  • Walking at Charlotte's Pass (1)

    Charlotte's pass is reached via Thredbo, turning off just before Jindabyne. Then the road does a bit of a backward loop, and in about 20 kms takes you to the top of the pass, where the walking trails are, including the one where you can have a view of Mt Kosciuszko itself (but note it's an 18 km return walk, and the mountain is hidden until you've...

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  • Mt Kosciuszko

    Mount Kosciuszko was the reason for our trip to the Snowy Mountains this April. At a modest 2280 metres above sea level, it really doesn't compare to the mountains of Europe and the America's. However as an Aussie it was a must to say I've been to the highest point in Australia.During the winter this would all be covered in snow, however in Autumn...

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  • Trek from Charlotte's Pass to Mount...

    There is a long but relatively easy loop trek from Charlotte's Pass (Australia's highest pass) to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko. This trek passes by many of the mountains in the Snowy Mountain range.

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Kosciuszko National Park Transportation

Kosciuszko National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware the trees

    It was all a bit bizarre. I was traversing between runs and slipped in the forest, doing about 2kph on skis. Sadly, for me, the slope and a slippery branch at ground level meant I started going downhill quite quickly and, at some stage, clipped another branch.Result - branch 1, Ian 0. Oh, and I got 7 stitches and concussion.The point is that whilst...

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  • Summit walk info (summertime)

    During summer time, the chairlift from thredbo closes at 4:30pm. We missed this by a good two hours, which meant a lousy 5km walk down a steep and wandering path, in near darkness. We had to fling around 4 snakes off the path with a stick we found, as all other attemps to shift them proved impossible. Also, the wind at the top is VERY COLD (8°C),...

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  • Fuel up before you enter the park!

    One danger we nearly got caught in was running out of fuel. We reached the town of Khancoban at the edge of the National Park at about 7 pm, running low on fuel, only to find a sign on the petrol station saying that it closed at 6.30 (or it could have been even earlier) and wouldn't reopen till 9 am or so....and the next petrol station was at...

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Kosciuszko National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Dead Horse Gap trail continued

    The Alpine Way was just across the other side and now motor vehicles contributed to the noise, though thankfully only occasionally, for it’s not a road for the fainthearted. Lorraine was keen to move further down the Thredbo Creek walk, for that was now the one we were on and, about 20 minutes later, we found a shady spot on some rocks in the river...

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  • Dead Horse Gap trail

    DEAD HORSE, DEAD TREES, DEAD ROCKS, IS THERE LIFE UP HERE?It was amazing how dog tired we were after each day and yet, in the morning, we felt revived enough to attack yet another walk. This time it was to be Dead Horse Gap from Crackenback and then down Thredbo Creek back to the motorhome which would take our total for the four days to about 40...

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  • Spring thaw

    We were on our way back from a day's skiing, having parked at Guthega. The latter is a critical point because, if you go to Perisher you may get caught a kilometre or more from the carpark on busy days, such as it was on this particular occasion.The down side of Guthega is that part of the road in is dirt, often badly corrugated, though it is only...

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Kosciuszko National Park Favorites

  • Blue Lake - the return

    Large bands of unmelted snow lit up under the fleeting rays of the sun and were contrasted by the harsh rock surrounding them; crashing waterfalls echoed across the wilderness, while straggling roots burst from beneath vibrant flowering plants, clutching rocks with their skeletal remains beside sphagnum moss and a myriad of tiny blooms, some less...

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  • Blue Lake continued

    We reached the Snowy River crossing and our first problem – Lorraine froze at the thought of this rock hopping exercise across the icy waters and had to be cajoled across the double span but she bravely fought her fears and scrambled across. From here it was uphill pretty much for the next 4 kms and the lovely brick became a broad gravel path that...

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  • Blue Lake

    If you only have time to do one walk in Kosciuszko NP, then this is the one I'd recommend. Here is the story of how Lorraine and I did it.We’d had such a hard time of it the day before that, by mutual agreement, we figured the 21 km hike via Main Range and Summit Trails to Mount Kosciuszko wasn’t going to happen. However, since one of my few goals...

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