Main Range, Kosciuszko National Park, NSW

Author: Tahlia Maynard   Date Posted:20 November 2016 

Kosciuszko National Park is the birthplace of skiing in Australia the origin of major rivers including the Snowy River, the Gungarlin River and the Murray River, and sporting a history of human habitation spanning over twenty thousand years.

Average Winter Temp: 2°C

Average Summer Temp: 15°C

Traditionally inhabited by: Walgal people

Kosciuszko National Park was immortalised by Banjo Paterson’s 1890 ballad The Man from Snowy River, it is also a land of many extremes, boasting of Australia’s highest mountain peak (Mt. Kosciuszko) and lowest temperatures (-23°C, at Charlotte Pass, recorded in June 1994). The Main Range within the Park embodies everything that makes it special, from stunning views, to aboriginal huts, to snow-covered peaks, to a variety of rare alpine flora and fauna.

Travellers heading to the Kosciuszko National Park for the classic Main Range Walk can look forward to trekking at its unadulterated best. The 9-hour hike unfolds as a breathtaking journey through alpine ecosystems, offering majestic views of the Club, Blue and Albina Lakes, taking you across the famous Snowy River, and right up to the summit of Mt. Kosciuszko itself. Convert it into an overnight stay, and you can experience the Australian Alps in their full natural glory.

The Kosciuszko National Park is a 5-hour drive away from Sydney, and is best visited in the summer months, especially if you would like to hike up the Main Range, observe wildflowers in full bloom, and admire the many panoramic views of the mountains that the circuit offers. Winter does open up a number of skiing options, though, so you’ll never actually run out of things to do!

 

Attractions & Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Overnight Camping
  • Mountain Biking
  • Cave Tours
  • Bushwalking
  • Nature Trails
  • Skiing and Other Snow Sports
  • Horse Riding
  • Landscape Photography
  • Pygmy Possum Spotting
  • Snowy River Crossing
  • Aboriginal Culture Tours
  • Mt. Kosciuszko
  • Sawpit Creek

Caravan Parks / Accommodation:

Geehi Flats Campground

Khancoban, NSW

One of the many camping areas within the Kosciuszko National Park, the Geehi Flats campground is ideal for travellers looking to reconnect with nature. The area mainly consists of unmarked, unpowered sites, surrounded by majestic forests and impressive views. Equipped with toilets, a barbecue area and picnic tables, this basic but beautiful site offers free camping facilities (barring the Park’s entry fee of course). The campground is best suited to small caravans, camper trailers and 4WDs.

Only Park entry fees apply: $29/day per vehicle (peak season); $17/day per vehicle (off-peak season)

Thredbo Diggings Campground

Jindabyne, NSW

An idyllic setting amid snow gums, mountain views and a special kind of serenity, the Thredbo Diggings campground offers you a slice of the peaceful Alpine experience you’re visiting the Kosciuszko National Park for. A series of unmarked, unpowered caravan sites, along with tent and vehicle sites, are flanked by picnic tables, barbecue facilities and functional toilets. In the interest of maintaining the serenity of the site, some noise restrictions may apply.

Only Park entry fees apply: $29/day per vehicle (peak season); $17/day per vehicle (off-peak season)

Discovery Parks

Jindabyne, NSW

A well-appointed facility located just outside the Kosciuszko National Park, Discovery Parks, Jindabyne, offers the full set of accommodation options, ranging from villas all the way to powered caravan sites and unpowered tent sites. Overlooking Lake Jindabyne, the premises reflect the fresh scenic beauty characteristic of the bordering alpine country. Caravanning tourists are spoilt for choice by the variety of affordable camping sites available for them to choose from.

$37/night for up to 6 persons, powered paved sites (25ft)

$37/night for up to 6 persons, powered slab sites (21ft)

(Several other accommodation options are also available; please check website for tariffs)

Free Camping / Low Cost Camping:

The Kosciuszko National Park has multiple in-house low budget caravan parks (2 of which are listed above), all offering free camping excluding the Park entry fee. Other caravan parks in neighbouring towns are also typically affordable. Caravanning tourists can also look up RTA rest areas along their routes using the NSW Roads & Maritime Services interactive map.