Am I required to carry snow chains in Kosciuszko National Park?

It is compulsory to carry properly fitting snow chains when driving a two-wheel-drive vehicle between the June and October long weekends on these roads:

  • Kosciuszko Road from the park boundary at Thredbo River
  • the Alpine Way between Thredbo and Tom Groggin
  • the Island Bend/Guthega Road.

Chains may also be required in certain weather conditions on the Alpine Way between Jindabyne and Thredbo and the Snowy Mountains Highway, so the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) recommends carrying chains along these roads during the winter months.

Check Live Traffic NSW for road conditions.

Contact Roads and Maritime Services with any questions or phone the 24 hour traffic enquiry line: 13 27 01.

Road closures

The road from Khancoban to Cabramurra and many of the park's minor roads are closed in winter.

Check closures and conditions in NSW National Parks including NPWS-managed roads.

Hiring and using snow chains

Chains can be hired at service stations and ski-hire shops in the region. They should be fitted when directed by authorised NPWS, RMS and Police officers.

While 4WD and AWD vehicles are not required by law to carry snow chains, it is recommended they do so due to the high incidence of vehicle accidents in Kosciuszko National Park.

Driving in the snow

Check Live Traffic NSW for road conditions before you travel.

Tips on driving in the snow.

Read more about Alpine safety in NSW national parks.