Nature conservation

Parks, reserves and protected areas

Managing NSW alpine resorts

The National Parks and Wildlife Service manages the four popular winter resort destinations in NSW alpine resorts.

Kosciuszko National Park is home to the New South Wales alpine resorts of Perisher, Thredbo, Charlotte Pass Village and Selwyn Snowfields.

These resort areas are unique winter snow-sports destinations and summer mountain retreats, attracting over 1.2 million visitors a year.

The resorts are operated by private organisations under a system of leases granted by the NSW Minister for the Environment under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

The management challenge for the NSW Government is to support the development of a strong, vibrant ski and alpine resort industry while protecting the important natural and cultural values of Kosciuszko National Park.

The Kosciuszko National Park plan of management guides the management of the park, including the alpine resort areas.

The four resorts, Perisher Range, Thredbo, Selwyn and Charlotte Pass Village:

  • have a collective footprint of 4,099 hectares
  • contain nationally and internationally significant natural values such as restricted habitats of threatened species, endangered ecological communities, sub-alpine and alpine plant communities, alpine rivers and streams and alpine humus soils
  • have combined assets valued at more than $700 million
  • provide significant economic benefit to the region and NSW through tourism employment, construction and contracted management services
  • have a year-round population of around 1,000 people
  • provide enjoyment for over 1.2 million visitors each year.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) manages strategic policy development and works with businesses and lodge owners to ensure sustainable practices.

NPWS carries out environmental awareness campaigns, ensures high standards of public health, implements environmental management systems and monitors environmental impacts. NPWS is also responsible for providing services for the Perisher Range Resorts such as municipal services, and for the administration of the Perisher Range Resorts Environmental Management System (PRREMS).

All developments within the resort areas must undertake some form of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) which is assessed and determined by the Department of Planning and Environment in consultation with NPWS. For a list of all development assessments in alpine resorts, visit NSW major project assessments.

Resort Roundup newsletter

Read our Resort Roundup newsletter for info on activities within the resorts of Kosciuszko National Park.

Public consultations

Review of environmental carrying capacity in Kosciuszko alpine resorts

NPWS is undertaking a review of environmental carrying capacity in the NSW alpine resorts. The review is required by the plan of management and will consider alternative mechanisms for measuring and regulating carrying capacity, which is currently set by bed limits. Visit the carrying capacity review page for more information.

Page last updated: 24 May 2018