Kosciuszko National Park

Lookouts and scenery

View of the Main Range from Charlotte Pass in Kosciuzko National Park (Image: Stuart Cohen/DECCW)Enjoy the views from many of the park’s lookouts – you can see spectacular limestone gorges, old mining settlements, along the Tumut River valley, across the Bogong Peaks Wilderness Area, waterfalls, spectacular 360 degree views of the Selwyn Snowfields and beautiful limestone cliffs at Cave Creek to name just a few.

 

 

Lookouts and scenic vantage points

Black Perry lookout

Wheelchair access: easy

  • This area is fully wheelchair-accessible.

View from Black Perry Lookout over Jounama Creek and into the Bogong Wilderness Area, northern Kosciuszko National Park, Snowy Mountains Highway, Talbingo Mountain northern Kosciuszko National Park (Image: Jo Caldwell/DECCW)Black Perry lookout is an excellent place for perspective, giving you a real sense of the expansive wilderness areas in Kosciuszko National Park’s north.

Pull in from Snowy Mountains Highway to enjoy breathtaking scenic views all year round. Bring your camera and binoculars for incredible panoramas, which are undoubtedly some of the best on offer in Kosciuszko National Park.

Located next to Talbingo Mountain, this lookout was recently built. It stands just metres from the carpark and is fully wheelchair-accessible. Kids will love the feeling of adventure as they step onto the viewing platform, which extends out over the trees.

Once you’ve finished pointing out Black Perry Mountain and Bogong Mountain Range, why not grab the thermos and stop for a cuppa on one of the benches? Or have a peek around for resident wallabies while listening carefully for a lyrebird’s call.

Natural setting: dry eucalypt forests

Location:  shown on Blowering Reservoir map

Getting there: Black Perry lookout is in the northern precinct of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there:

  • From Tumut Region Visitor Centre, drive south along Snowy Mountains Highway for 45km.
  • From Adaminaby, drive north along Snowy Mountains Highway for 84km.

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles.

Opening hours: Black Perry lookout is always open, but may have to close at times due to poor weather, snow conditions or fire danger.

Facilities: carpark, lookout

Other facilities: Benches

Contact: Tumut, Phone: (02) 6947 7025

Blue Waterholes campground

Blue Waterholes in Kosciuszko National Park (Image: Murray Vanderveer/Murray Vanderveer)This beautifully positioned campground is the perfect place to stay if you’re planning to hike the Clarke Gorge and Nichols Gorge walking tracks, visit the caves or want to see the spectacular limestone cliffs and turquoise waterholes in this part of Kosciuszko National Park.

From the campsite there are lovely views of the limestone cliffs of Clarke Gorge and Cave Creek and you’re surrounded by nature, with kangaroos casting a curious eye at the campsite and eagles soaring overhead.

Activities: walking, mountain biking, motor vehicle use, swimming, picnicking, playing and socialising, geological/geomorphological appreciation, educational activities, sightseeing, photography

Natural setting: grassy woodlands

Location:  shown on Blue Waterholes - Currango map

Getting there: Blue Waterholes campground is in northern Kosciuszko National Park, 25km north east of the Snowy Mountains Highway via Long Plain Road and Blue Waterholes Trail.

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles. 4WD required in wet weather.

Facilities: picnic tables, wood barbecues (bring your own firewood), non-flush toilets, carpark, lookout, trackhead/access point

Contact: Tumut, Phone: (02) 6947 7025

Charlotte Pass Ski Resort and Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel

Wheelchair access: hard

Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty.

Get away from the busy competitiveness of the mountains and enjoy the snow and outstanding accommodation at Charlotte Pass Ski Resort. With friendly and personalised guest service, no lift lines, uncrowded slopes, and unobstructed views of the snow gum-covered mountain peaks of Mount Kosziuszko, you’ll know why you’ve decided to stay.

After an action-packed day of skiing, snowboarding, and snow shoeing, rest your head in style at Kosciuszko Chalet, the resort’s premier ski-in ski-out hotel. All rooms offer spectacular valley or mountain views, and when it comes time to unwind, there are two bars, a bistro café, and a fine dining restaurant.

For more information, visit the Charlotte Pass Ski Resort website.

Activities: snow sports

Getting there: To get there:

Just 8km beyond Perisher Valley, Charlotte Pass Ski Resort is completely snowbound in winter, with access only by Oversnow transport.

Charlotte Pass Guest Services Office is located in the Perisher Valley Skitube Terminal, at the far end of the ground floor of the terminal building. Charlotte Pass Oversnow Transport departs from here.

Book Oversnow Transport by calling (02) 6457 5315.

Parking: summer only

Facilities: picnic tables, cafe/kiosk, carpark, drinking water, lookout, flush toilets

Bookings: Phone: (02) 6457 1555
Email: ski@charlottepass.com.au
Website: www.charlottepass.com.au

Charlottes Pass lookout

Wheelchair access: hard
There's a lookout here offering a roadside view of Mount Kosciuszko's summit, the Snowy River and the surrounding alpine scenery. The lookout ramp has two steps and is only open in summer – the road is closed at Perisher Valley in winter.

Location:  shown on Thredbo and the alpine area map

Facilities: non-flush toilets


Events, activities and alerts at this location
School excursion

Going up the Mountain

Difficulty: easy

Park: Kosciuszko National Park

Locations: Sawpit Creek picnic area, Perisher, Charlottes Pass lookout

Cost: $8.50 per student

More info: School excursion inquiries - Kosciuszko Education Centre, Phone: 02 6451 3700

by arrangement (summer only). Duration: 5 hours
School excursion

Going up the Mountain

Location

Kosciuszko National Park straddles the highest part of the Great Dividing Range and protects tableland and montane, sub alpine and alpine ecosystems, glacial landforms, limestone caves, the headwaters of major rivers, most of the NSW snow country and Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko. The park is home to rare, endangered and endemic plants and animals including the Mountain pygmy possum and Corroboree frog.

Objectives

Students will:

  • identify the key features of the montane, sub alpine and alpine ecosystems through direct observation and recording phenomena
  • understand the spatial and ecological dimensions of the alpine area of NSW
  • explore the geographical processes that form and transform environments
  • acknowledge the vulnerability of ecosystems to natural and human induced stress
  • accept the importance of ecosystem management and protection
  • describe how the alpine environment is changing in response to climatic variations
  • describe the geographical processes that form and transform the alpine environment
  • explain how current management strategies are contributing to the sustainable use of the sub alpine and alpine area
  • label a line sketch.

Program outline

Welcome, introduction to staff, safety briefing 15 min
Sawpit Creek - montane ecosystem 60 min
Morning Tea / Toilet 15 min
Drive to Dainers Gap - a legacy of grazing  45 min
Drive to Smiggin Holes - snow gum dieback  45 min
Drive to Perisher - Lunch (shelter & toilets available)  45 min
Perisher - a ski resort  30 min
Drive to Spencers Ck - a sub-alpine community 45 min
Drive to Charlottes Pass - an alpine community  60 min

Return to Kosciuszko Education Centre 

30 min

Difficulty: easy

Park: Kosciuszko National Park

Locations: Kosciuszko Education Centre, Sawpit Creek picnic area, Perisher, Charlottes Pass lookout

Meeting place: Kosciuszko Education Centre, located on Kosciuszko Road at Sawpit Creek, 14kms from Jindabyne towards Perisher

Cost: $8.50 per student (minimum booking fees apply)

More info: School excursion inquiries - Kosciuszko Education Centre, Phone: 02 6451 3700

6.5 hours, weekdays (November to May)

Jacks lookout

Wheelchair access: medium

  • Assistance may be required to access this area, as there’s a gravel path to the lookout.

Jacks lookout, in the Lower Snowy Mountains region of Kosciuszko National Park, a scenic drive from Thredbo, offers superb views across the southern Australian Alps. Located south of Jindabyne's Snowy Region Visitor Centre, this spectacular lookout is a perfect stop on a driving tour of the remote southern regions of the park.

It’s a gorgeous spot at any time of year, but is particularly striking on clear winter days when a bright blue sky makes the perfect backdrop to the surrounding peaks. It’s a perfect panorama fringed with towering eucalypts and cypress pines. In spring, the coloured wattles that bloom here are a delight to see.

There’s plenty of interesting wildlife to spot around this area too, so keep your eyes open for kangaroos, wallabies and emus during the day and wombats and quolls at night. If you’re keen to pitch your tent, it’s a short drive to Running Waters campground.

Activities: picnics and barbecues, walking

Location:  shown on Lower Snowy map

Getting there: Jacks lookout is in the southern (Lower Snowy Mountains) precinct of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there:

  • From Snowy Region Visitor Centre, in Jindabyne, drive 1.5km to the Barry Way turn-off.
  • Turn left on Barry Way and continue for 60km south
  • Jacks lookout is on the left, just off Barry Way.

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD (no long vehicle access). 4WD required in wet weather.

Facilities: picnic tables, wood barbecues (bring your own firewood), carpark, lookout

Landers Falls lookout

After a small steep climb from the 4WD carpark, you’ll reach the first of two lookout points. From here, you can see the steep cliffs and valley below as well as the serenity of Talbingo Reservoir. You’ll also see off to the left the second lookout point at the top of the escarpment, which takes another five minutes to reach. From this lookout you’ll have a fabulous view of Landers Falls emerging from the cliff. It’s a truly invigorating experience being so high and being able to see over such great distances - well worth the climb.

If you’re not travelling in a 4WD, you can park at the 2WD carpark and walk or ride the 10km return trail to the lookout.

Activities: walking, mountain biking, birdwatching, photography, motor vehicle use

Natural setting: dry eucalypt forests

Getting there: To reach the Landers Falls lookout, take the Snowy Mountains Highway from Talbingo or Yarrangobilly Caves, then take the Cumberland Trail. The 4WD car park is approximately 4.8km from the Snowy Mountains Highway.

Road access: Unsealed road/trail -

Facilities: carpark, lookout

Water supply: Drinking water collected from Landers Creek should be boiled for 5-10 minutes prior to consumption.

Contact: Tumut, Phone: (02) 6947 7025

Mount Kosciuszko

At 2,228 metres above sea level, Mount Kosciuszko is Australia's highest mountain.

Cultural heritage: Mount Kosciuszko was given its name by Pawel Edmund Strzelecki, a Polish-born traveller and researcher who explored Australia between 1839 and 1843. Strzelecki climbed and named the mountain after Andrzej Tadeusz Bonawentura, a national hero of both Poland and the USA.

Location:  shown on Thredbo and the alpine area map

Olsens lookout

Wheelchair access: medium

  • Assistance may be required to access this area

Head to Olsens lookout in Kosciuszko National Park for a unique, uninterrupted view of the western fall of Main Range. Here, the majestic tall mountain ash forest retreats to give way to jagged rock above the alpine tree line. The lookout is nestled in a tranquil bush setting, complete with picnic tables so you can sit and enjoy a bite surrounded by these spectacular views.

While you’re there, see if you can pick the call of one of the best mimics of all birds, the superb lyrebird. These birds are active during the day, and their tell-tale scratchings often cover the path with bush litter.

Activities: picnics and barbecues

Location:  shown on Khancoban - Geehi Flats map

Getting there: Olsens lookout is in the southern precinct of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there:

  • Turn off Alpine Way at the Olsens lookout/Geehi Dam tourist sign
  • Follow Olsen’s Road for 9.4 km
  • Turn right at Olsens lookout sign
  • Olsens lookout is at the end of this road (approximately 600m).

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles.

Facilities: picnic tables, wood barbecues (bring your own firewood), non-flush toilets, carpark, lookout

Scammells lookout

Wheelchair access: easy

  • This area is fully wheelchair-accessible

Scammels lookout is located centrally within Kosciuszko National Park, making it the perfect spot to get your bearings within the largest park in NSW.

The 1000m high lookout offers outstanding scenic views over Western Falls Wilderness and Main Range, including Mount Abbott, Mount Townsend, and Carruthers Peak. In winter and spring, these summits are snow-capped, creating a spectacular sight.

Remember to bring your binoculars if you enjoy birdwatching as there are gang gang cockatoos, crimson rosellas, king parrots and lyrebirds within the mountain gums surrounding the lookout. Keep an eye out around your feet as echidnas will even stroll across the clearing in search of termite mounds on the odd occasion.

Scammels lookout comes complete with all the necessities as it is just a short drive from Khancoban Visitor Centre, includes tables and also has an amenities block.

Activities: walking, motor vehicle use, birdwatching, picnics and barbecues

Location:  shown on Khancoban - Geehi Flats map

Getting there: Scammells lookout is in the southern precinct of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there:

  • From Khancoban, turn left onto Alpine Way and travel 20km south until you get to a turn-off sign-posted 'Scammells lookout'.
  • From Jindabyne, travel west along Kosciuszko Road for 3km and turn left onto Alpine Way.
  • Continue along Alpine Way for 90km, and turn left at the turn-off signposted 'Scammells lookout'.

Road access: Sealed road - 2WD vehicles.

Facilities: picnic tables, non-flush toilets, amenities block, carpark, lookout

Wallace Craigie lookout

Wheelchair access: medium

  • The toilet is accessed by a gravel ramp where assistance will be required.

A terrific place to break up a drive down along Snowy River can be found at Wallace Craigie lookout, just off the road. This vantage point over the most southern precinct of the park offers superb views along the river, and vistas of rugged ranges that are constantly changing throughout the shifting light of day. In winter, you may even see snow fall on the summits.

Bring a packed lunch and find a picnic table beneath the trees. This spot is popular with photographers, so don’t forget to bring your camera for some spectacular shots. Some on-site interpretative material will help you understand what you’re seeing.

Wallace Craigie lookout is good to visit at any time of year, though the best time for birdwatching is summer, when a variety of local species circle overhead. After having your fill of the view, continue south to find a series of riverside spots like Jacobs River campground, where you can get direct access to water for a refreshing swim in the summer months.

Activities: birdwatching, picnics and barbecues

Location:  shown on Lower Snowy map

Getting there: Wallace Craigie lookout is in the southern (Lower Snowy) precinct of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there from the Snowy Region Visitor Centre:

  • Drive 1.5km along Kosciuszko Road
  • Turn left onto Barry Way and drive 38.2km south
  • Turn right into the Wallace Craigie lookout parking area, immediately adjacent to Barry Way.

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles. 4WD required in wet weather.

Facilities: picnic tables, non-flush toilets, lookout

Wallace Creek lookout

Wheelchair access: medium

  • Assistance may be required to access this area.

For scenic views with altitude, Wallace Creek lookout, in the Kiandra region of Kosciuszko National Park, offers spectacular alpine scenery. Within easy access from the carpark, this cliff-top lookout is moderately wheelchair-accessible and ideal for travellers of all ages.

From the lookout, gaze across the grandeur of Great Dividing Range and the majestic Yarrangobilly River valley. In the distance, you’ll see the dramatic summits of the Talbingo mountains and Bogong Peaks. Keep your eyes peeled and you might see lyrebirds, or hear their call, echoing through the trees.

It’s a great spot to get your bearings before exploring the park. 4WD enthusiasts can drive along Lobs Hole Ravine trail or, if you prefer a bushwalk, there’s nearby Goldseekers track.

Activities: sightseeing, photography, motor vehicle use

Natural setting: dry eucalypt forests

Location:  shown on Kiandra map

Getting there: Wallace Creek lookout is in the Kiandra/Cabramurra area of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there:

  • Drive along Snowy Mountains Highway from Tumut or Cooma to Kiandra
  • Turn onto Link Road and continue for 8.5km towards Cabramurra
  • Turn right onto Lobs Hole Ravine Road and travel 2.2km to the lookout
  • The turn-off is also 11km from Cabramurra

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD (no long vehicle access). 4WD required in wet weather.

Facilities: carpark, lookout

Contact: Tumut, Phone: (02) 6947 7025

Yarrangobilly Caves

Wheelchair access: hard

  • Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty
  • The picnic area is wheelchair-accessible. Access to Jillabenan Cave is possible using a specially prepared wheelchair supplied on-site. Bookings are required - please contact Yarrangobilly Caves on (02) 6454 9597 for further information.

Scene within one of the caves at Yarrangobilly. (Image: DECC)Step into the depths of Yarrangobilly Caves and you’ll discover stalagmites, stalactites and delicate decorations like shawls and cave corals. Explore five caves created from a belt of limestone laid down about 440 million years ago in Koscuiszko National Park.

The largest cave, called South Glory, with its lofty chambers, presents a unique opportunity to explore on a self-guided tour. The other caves, including Jersey and Jillabenan, are guided Discovery tours that run three or four times daily (closed Christmas Day). Tickets can be purchased from Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre.

Come properly prepared for adventure: sturdy, enclosed shoes are a must and the caves are very cool, so bring a jacket even in the warmest weather. You’ll also want to bring your swimmers because once you’ve explored what’s below ground, you can take the short walk along Yarrangobilly Caves - River walk to the thermal pool above ground. Year-round, it stays at a toasty 27ºC, and there’s something quite magical about paddling here in the midst of winter when snow can lie around its edges.

There are also some other great walks, plenty of wildlife and birds to admire, and the beautifully restored Yarrangobilly Caves house or the the modern and spacious Lyrebird Cottage, where you can stay overnight.

Activities: show cave tours, picnics and barbecues, walking, photography, birdwatching, swimming, sightseeing, adventure caving

Getting there: Yarrangobilly Caves is in the northern precinct of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there:

From the Monaro Highway:

  • At Cooma, take the Snowy Mountains Highway and continue for approximately 110km
  • Turn left into Yarrangobilly Caves Entrance Road
  • Follow the unsealed road for approximately 6km to Yarrangobilly Caves.

From the Hume Highway:

  • At Gundagai, take the Tumut exit and follow Gocup Road to Tumut
  • Continue on Snowy Mountains Highway south for approximately 75km
  • Turn right into Yarrangobilly Caves Entrance Road
  • Follow the unsealed road for approximately 6km to Yarrangobilly Caves.

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles. Snow chains required after snow.

Opening hours: Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre is open 9am-5pm (except Christmas Day). The self-guided South Glory Cave is open 9.30am-4pm. Jersey and Jillabenan cave tours run at regular intervals from the visitor centre.

Facilities: picnic tables, gas/electric barbecues (free), carpark, drinking water, electric power, lookout, flush toilets, trackhead/access point

Vehicle entry fee: $3 per vehicle per day.

Other fees:

  • Self-Guided Cave Tour: $18 adults, $13 concession, $45 families
  • Guided Cave Tour: $22 adults, $17 concession, $55 families
  • Two-Cave Pass: $30 adults, $23 concession, $75 families
  • Three-Cave Pass: $45 adults, $35 concession, $100 families (Note: the family price includes 2 adults and up to 3 school-age children)

Contact: Yarrangobilly Caves, Phone: (02) 6454 9597

Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre

Wheelchair access: medium

  • Assistance may be required to navigate the one step in the centre.

Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre is a great place to start your journey when visiting this part of Kosciuszko National Park. The staff are well-equipped to answer questions about everything from Yarrangobilly Caves to the large range of accommodation options in the area. They can also offer advice on hiking opportunities, driving routes, places to picnic, even ideal fishing spots tucked away amid the waterways.

As well as offering tickets to the caves, the Visitor Centre is the starting point of our popular Discovery tours, led by experts in the local environment. Tag along to learn about geology, Aboriginal history, and the wildlife that depend on caves for survival.

The visitor centre also stocks a range of maps and printed information about nearby attractions. It also has souvenirs, books and games to entertain adults and kids alike. There’s snacks on offer, and picnic tables with gas barbecues to make your day an effortless one.

Activities: walking, paddling, liloing, swimming, fishing, astronomy and star gazing, picnicking, playing and socialising, birdwatching, snow sports

Location:  shown on Yarrangobilly - Long Plain area map

Getting there: Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre is in the northern precinct of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there:

From the Monaro Highway:

  • At Cooma, take the Snowy Mountains Highway and continue for approximately 110km
  • Turn left into Yarrangobilly Caves Entrance Road
  • Follow the unsealed road for approximately 6km to Yarrangobilly Caves.

From the Hume Highway:

  • At Gundagai, take the Tumut exit and follow Gocup Road to Tumut
  • Continue on Snowy Mountains Highway south for approximately 75km
  • Turn right into Yarrangobilly Caves Entrance Road
  • Follow the unsealed road for approximately 6km to Yarrangobilly Caves.

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles. Snow chains required after snow.

Opening hours: Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre is open every day from 9am – 5pm (except Christmas Day).

Facilities: amenities block, picnic tables, gas/electric barbecues (free), carpark, drinking water, electric power, lookout, flush toilets, trackhead/access point

Contact: Yarrangobilly Caves, Phone: (02) 6454 9597

Lookouts and scenery: events and activities

Commercial activity

Reynella Rides

Located near the town of Adaminaby in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, Reynella is a 2000-acre working sheep and cattle property.

This remote high country property is home-base for the world renowned Reynella Alpine Horseback Safaris through Kosciuzsko National Park (Australia's second largest national park and home to the 'Man From Snowy River').

With nearly 40 years' experience in operating mountain safaris, your hosts John and Roslyn Rudd will make your stay in Australia's 'Man From Snowy River' country a truly memorable one.

Our excellent guides and horses happily take beginners and experienced riders. Tuition is also available. Our philosophy is a 'bushwalker on horseback' enabling people less active to participate and enjoy the stunning high country. We offer three day/four night and five day/six night treks from November through to April.

More info: Reynella Rides, Phone: 02 6454 2386 (international +612 6454 2386)

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