Kosciuszko National Park

Show caves

Show caves to visit

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

Cooleman Mountain campground

Wheelchair access: medium

  • Assistance may be required to access this area. The pit toilet has wheelchair access.

Sheltered by a grove of mountain and snow gums, Cooleman Mountain campground is a quiet base for exploring some of Kosciuszko National Park’s most amazing natural formations. A walk from the campsite takes you to Cooleman Mountain karst system, a series of spectacular limestone gorges and caves, as well as Blue Waterholes spring.

Hike or go mountain biking along Clarke Gorge and Nichols Gorge walking tracks. Bring your camera, too, because you’ll want to photograph the incredible geological formations. Eastern grey kangaroos and many species of birds, including crimson rosellas, can also be seen around the campground and further afield.

The campground is just 3km from Coolamine Homestead, a residence built in the early 1900s and still in tact, and open between the October and July long weekends each year. It’s well worth the visit while you’re there.

Activities: walking, mountain biking, camping, exploring cultural heritage, sightseeing, wildlife watching

Natural setting: grassy woodlands

Cultural heritage: The campground is within walking distance (approximately 2 km) of Coolamine Homestead.  This homestead is an intact example of an early 1900 pastrol snow lease residence and complex.

Location:  shown on Blue Waterholes - Currango map

Getting there: Cooleman Mountain campground is in the northern precinct of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there:

  • From either Tumut Visitor Centre or Adaminaby, drive along Snowy Mountains Highway.
  • Turn right onto Long Plain Road
  • Drive north along Long Plain Road for about 17km, then turn right onto Blue Waterholes trail.
  • After 2.5km, you’ll arrive at the campground.

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

Opening hours: This campground is open from the October to July long weekends each year.

Facilities: picnic tables, wood barbecues (bring your own firewood), non-flush toilets, boat ramp, carpark, fire rings (bring your own firewood)

Water supply: A tank at the campground provides non-potable water.  Boil all drinking water for at least 5-10 minutes before using.

Camping fees: Fees are not applicable at this campground.

Bookings: Bookings are not available at this campground.

Contact: Tumut, Phone: (02) 6947 7025

Lyrebird Cottage (2 bedrooms, up to 4 people)

Wheelchair access: hard

Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty owing to the width of bathroom doorways.

'Going bush’ doesn’t have to mean going without. Lyrebird Cottage, tucked away in Yarrangobilly Valley within the remote northern section of Kosciuszko National Park, offers all the creature comforts of home with none of the distractions. This luxury eco-cottage, built in 2011, is a real find: intimate yet spacious, off a private road so away from the public eye, with two bedrooms sleeping four, and an extensive deck offering a picnic spot right on your doorstep.

Awaken to a chorus of lyrebirds and currawongs, or walk at night to glimpse possums and sugar gliders moving through the trees. You may be almost alone in terms of people, particularly in the evening, but the bush is bursting with wildlife.

Yarrangobilly Valley is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, or even a holiday with friends and family. Take advantage of cottage facilities, relaxing with a book on the verandah over a long barbecue, or use it as a base to strike out into the wilds of the park. As well as Yarrangobilly Caves to explore and Discover Tours, there are plenty of easy walks close by, and a heated thermal pool offers a natural spa to soak away the tension.

Activities: walking, liloing, adventure caving, swimming, fishing, birdwatching, picnicking, playing and socialising, snow sports

Getting there: Lyrebird Cottage 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
  • Continue past the visitor centre and turn into the first road on the left and continue for approximately 200m

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
  • Continue past the visitor centre and turn into the first road on the left and continue for approximately 200m

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

Vehicle entry fee: Please note vehicle entrance fees are not included in your accommodation or camping fees. Purchase at the Yarrabgobilly Caves Visitor Centre on (02) 6454 9597 when checking in or buy an annual pass online.

Accommodation fees:

  • Seasons: Peak - Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights, all public holidays and school holiday periods in NSW, QLD, ACT & VIC, plus all of July and August. Off-peak - Monday to Thursday. Minimum 2-night bookings (3 nights for long weekends).
  • Off-peak: $300 per night.
  • Peak: $350 per night.

Online bookings: use a secure payment facility to book online

Alternatively, please contact the Visitor Experience Team on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757)

NB: All reservations incur a booking fee of 2.5% in addition to the total amount payable

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

The Pines campground

The Pines campground is only a stone’s throw from Blowering Reservoir and on the edge of Bogong Peaks Wilderness. Located in the northern precinct of Kosciuszko National Park, it’s a perfect spot for adventure-seekers who love to revel in the great outdoors.

Pull up the van or boat beside the reservoir and set up camp. With so many options for outdoor activities, and a huge stretch of water to play on, it’s a great base for water sports including paddling, sailing, boating, waterskiing and fishing.

As the sun goes down over the water, it’s time to stoke up the barbecue for a feast of fresh fish. Then kick back and settle in for a night around the fire under a blanket of stars.

Activities: paddling, sailing and boating, picnics and barbecues

Natural setting: grassy woodlands

Location:  shown on Blowering Reservoir map

Getting there: The Pines campground is in the northern precinct of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there, drive south of Tumut on Snowy Mountains Highway for approximately 21km.

Road access: Sealed road - 2WD vehicles.

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

Water supply: This campground is within 200 m of Blowering Dam high water mark, however the water level is variable. All water collected for drinking should be boiled for approximately 5-10 minutes.

Bookings: There is no booking available for this campground.

NB: All reservations incur a booking fee of 2.5% in addition to the total amount payable

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