Kosciuszko Main Range Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Perisher Ski Resort in the Perisher-Thredbo area of Kosciuszko National Park Image Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Thredbo Ski Resort Image Credit: VisitNSW.com

When you think of a holiday in Australia, skiing on snow topped mountains may not immediately come to mind, but that is exactly what you can experience in Kosciuszko National Park, located in New South Wales. It is part of the Australian Alps National Parks and Reserves and home to Mt. Kosciuszko, the tallest peak in all of Australia, sitting at 2,228 metres above sea level. Nestled in this park are the Snowy Mountains and caves to explore. Here you can climb Australia’s highest mountain, go camping, horseback riding, skiing, and stay in heritage accommodations. Come along with us today as we explore the 7 areas of Kosciuszko National Park.

  1. Thredbo-Perisher Area

Thredbo Ski Resort Image Credit: Wikipedia

Mt. Perisher Peak in Kosciuszko National Park Image Credit: Wikipedia

Mt. Perisher in Kosciuszko National Park Image Credit: Perisher.com.au

Mt. Perisher is a the largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere with seven mountains. The tallest peak is Mt. Perisher which stands at 2,054 metres above sea level. Ski season runs from June through October. In addition to skiing, you can go mountain hiking, mountain biking, and stay at some of the most popular ski resorts in Australia. Some of the things to see and do in this area of Kosciuszko National Park include:

  • Thredbo ski resort
  • Charlotte Pass Ski Resort
  • Thredbo to Kosciuszko walk
  • Summit trail
  • Main Range walk
  • Thredbo Valley Track
  • Bullocks Hut
  • Wildlife spotting
  • Camping
  • Creel Lodge
  • Lake Jindabyne
  • Alpine herb fields
  1. Lower Snowy River Area

Halfway Flat campground, Kosciuszko National Park

Jacks lookout, Kosciuszko National Park

The Snowy River is famous throughout the world in song and movies. It is a beautiful centre piece for this area of Kosciuszko National Park. It is located in the southern side of the park and is considered the “wild south”. Here you can camp by the Snowy River, bike, go horseback riding, or hike the walking trails. Picnicking is also popular here and so is fishing. You can find your way at the Snowy region Visitor Centre which is 40 km north of the Lower Snowy River and is located in the town of Jindabyne.

  1. Khancoban Area

Geehi Flats Campground in the Khancoban area of Kosciuszko National Park Image Credit: NaitonalParks.nsw.gov.au

Scammels Lookout in the Khancoban area of Kosciuszko National Park Image Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

The Khancoban area is the western gateway to Kosciuszko National Park where you will find Cabramurra, Australia’s highest town and the wild and remote back country of the Jagungal Wilderness. Things to see and do in this section include:

  • Geehi Flats
  • Geehi Campground
  • Tom Groggin’s Campground
  • Western Fall lookouts: Scammels and Olsen’s
  • Fishing
  • Wildlife exploring
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Walking trails

While here you can plan a picnic at the Swampy Plain River, go fishing, spot the local wildlife, but be prepared since this is one of the most remote areas of the park. You can get maps and entry passes at the Khancoban Visitor Centre.

  1. Selwyn Area

Selwyn Snowfields Image Credit: Wikipedia

Selwyn Snowfields Image Credit: SelywnSnow.com.au

The Selwyn Area is known for the family friendly Selwyn Snow Resort, it also is where you will find Kiandra, where skiing all began in Australia. It is the gateway to central and northern Kosciuszko National Park. Camping and hiking is nearby.  From Kiandra, you can hike the Kiandra heritage track, the Goldseekers track, or visit the historic Wolgal Hut or the Three Mile Dam campsite.

  1. Yarrangobilly Area

Yarrangobilly Castle Cave in the Yarrangobilly area of Kosciuszko National Park Image Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Yarrangobilly Caves House, Kosciuszko National Park

In the north of Kosciuszko National Park is the Yarrangobilly area of the park where you can explore the caves, take a guided tour, swim in the thermal pool, go on walks and observe the wildlife. You can also stay at the historic Caves House or camp in the park. The caves here you should put on your touring list include:

  • Castle Cave
  • South Glory Cave
  • Jillabenan Cave
  • Jersey Cave
  • And the Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre
  1. Tumut Area

Humes Crossing campground, Kosciuszko National Park

Black Perry lookout, Kosciuszko National Park

The Tumut area is what you will pass through on the way to the northern section of Kosciuszko National Park. Here you can enjoy so much right in the foothills for Snowy Mountains. Things to do include: spotting wildlife, water sports, hidden walks, and majestic waterfalls. Check out the Tumut Visitor Centre to see what this area of the park has to offer. The Blowering Reservoir is a highlight that shouldn’t miss when visiting the Tumut area of Kosciuszko National Park. Water sports like boating, sailing, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and waterskiing are popular here. Camping and hiking through the shady trails are also great in this section. Checkout:

  • Buddong Falls campground near Tumbarumba
  • Blowering Cliffs
  • Old Mountain Road
  • Landers Falls lookout
  • Big Talbingo trail
  • Lons Hole Ravine trail
  1. High Plains Area

Clark Gorge Track in the High Plains area of Kosciuszko National Park Image Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

The High Plains area is great to visit anytime of the year. You can go biking or walk the trails in the warmer months or take part in horse riding, one of the top pastimes here in the mountains. The High Plains area is in the north-east corner of Kosciuszko National Park. Some of the things to see and do in this section of the park include:

  • Camping at the Blue Waterholes campground or the Ghost Gully campground
  • Clarke Gorge Walk
  • Nichols Gorge Walk
  • Mosquito Run
  • Historic Hainsworth Hut
  • Oldfields Hut
  • Murray Gap Trail
  • Hike part of the Bicentennial trail
  • Explore the limestone gorges
  • Visit the Old Currango Homestead
  • Witness the views from Batlow Rocks at Tantangara Dam

Hiring a Car to get to Kosciuszko National Park

Victoria Car Hire Locations near Alpine National Park Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

Car Hire Locations near Kosciuszko National Park Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

Convenient car hire locations are available no matter which Australian ski resort you decide to make your holiday destination. The ski resorts on our top 10 list are in Victoria, New South Wales, and Canberra in Australian Capital Territory, with one location in Tasmania. We will highlight specific car hire locations near each location so that you can make your plans accordingly. Always remember to discuss your route and destination with your car rental agent so that he or she can supply you with accurate maps, safety driving tips, and any safety regulations that apply. Many car hire locations restrict driving in snow, or when mountain weather conditions pose safety risks, so pay attention to those directives and stay safe! The main hubs for hiring a car to get you to ski resort locations include Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra. While in the mountain regions of Australia, check out these holiday ideas from our blog:

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