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Alpine Way

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Promoted as the Alpine Way, starting from Jindabyne to Khancoban, this great drive is a total of 108 km of mountain road that winds through some spectacular vistas and is a popular route for campers, as well as during the peak winter ski season.

Now fully sealed, The Alpine Way is one of the enjoyable drives for getting around the park.

Park passes can be purchased at any of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Snowy Mountain offices in Khancoban, Jindabyne, Tumut and Yarrangobilly Caves.

Did you know: The eastern section of the Alpine Way, where it follow the Wollondibby and Thredbo Rivers, has been an important travel route for thousands of years.

Watch out for minor rockfalls, especially after rain. There are steep and winding sections, so drive slowly. During the snow season contact the visitor centre or the RTA for road conditions.

Watch out for wildlife, especially at dawn and dusk.
For information on ‘motoring in the snow’, check the following sites:

In the event that the pages for the above sites change, just do a search within the sites, using the search terms ‘snow driving’ and ‘alpine way’.

For additional attractions, tours, national parks and other information contact the local tourism visitor centre.

Information Centre

Snowy Region Visitors Centre - Jindabyne

Snowy Mountains Scheme Information Centre - Cooma

The Alpine Way Attractions

• BULLOCKS FLAT • Ph: 02 6456 2010
This Cog-Rail train was built between 1984 and 1988. It operates during the winter season only from bullocks Flat to Perisher and  Blue Cow. Telephone for times and prices.

The Alpine Way Distance

The following distances are from Jindabyne end of the Alpine Way first, then from the Khancoban end.
0km / 108km Jindabyne (end of the Alpine Way)
The turn off to the Alpine Way is about 3 km from Jindabyne on the Kosciuszko Road.
16.6km / 91.4km Park boundary sign
The turn off to Novotel Lake Crackenback Resort is before Bullock’s Flat Terminal.
17km / 91km Bullock’s Flat Terminal
The Skitube was constructed between 1984 and 1988 in Kosciuszko National Park. This rail link runs through the Rams Head Range to Perisher and Mount Blue Cow resorts during winter. The terminal provides free parking all year. Car park C is the beginning of the walk into Bullocks hut.
18km / 90km Visitor entrance station
19km / 89km Thredbo Diggings picnic/camping area
Located beside the Thredbo River. Bullocks Track starts and finishes here. Wombats and emus have been seen here.
23km / 85km Ngarigo picnic/camping area
On your right are the Lubra Rocks, a conspicuous granite outcrop. Note the line of demarcation between the upper snow-gum woodland and the lower forest of mountain gum and white sallee which occurs at about 1,400 m.
31km / 77km Thredbo Village
Thredbo is both a summer and winter resort. You can walk to Mount Kosciuszko from the top of the chairlift which operates daily from the village. Park entry tickets are available at the newsagency. The Thredbo River is a well known trout fishing stream during the summer months.
36.5km / 71.5km Cascade trailhead
Journey along the Cascade Management Trail to Cascade Hut. This is the start of Bobs Ridge Walk.
37km/ 71km Dead Horse Gap
1,580 m above sea level, this is the highest point on the road. Unexpected snowfalls in the past have trapped wild horses in this area. The watershed between the Snowy and Murray River Systems.
42km / 66km Pilot Lookout
The view is of the upper Murray River Valley and is dominated by The Pilot (1,828 m) with the double peak and the jagged peaks of the Cobberas (1,883 m) to the south. The NSW/VIC border runs between the two mountains. The stands of tall trees are alpine ash.
47.8km / 60.2km Leatherbarrel Creek
In early summer, the surrounding  bush shows a variety of flowers. Wildflowers grow in the damp, shaded areas and tea-tree can be seen along the creek. The mixed eucalypt forest contains  mountain gum, candlebark and the eurabbie (identified by its extremely long leaves).
55km / 53km Tom Groggin picnic/camping area
Reported  to be derived from the Aboriginal word ‘tomarogin’ meaning ‘water spider’. the ret area is on the banks of the Murray River (the NSW and Victorian border) as close as you can get to the headwaters of the Murray River in a standard vehicle.
57km / 51km Tom Groggin Station turnoff
The NSW and Victorian border runs between the road and the cattle station. Take care and watch for cattle, kangaroos and emus on the road.
76km / 32km Geehi picnic/camping area
Swampy Plains River. There is wheelchair access walking track, wildlife and a number of huts. Not far is Geehi Walls  4WD dry weather road.
82km / 26km Turnoff to Olsens Lookout
Care should be taken on this narrow winding road.
83km / 25km Bogong Creek
This moist environment provides an excellent reptile habitat. October to early November watch out for the native mint bush when it is in flower (pale purple). During this time you can also see the yellow and brown egg and bacon plan and the white rice flowers.
90km / 18km Scammel’s Spur Lookout
This lookout offers a spectacular panorama of the western face of the Main Range. Mount Kosciuszko (2,228m) is hidden behind the second peak from the right.
91km / 17km Geehi Walls
To the right (travelling from Jindabyne) yo will see the famed Geehi Walls and behind them, the Indi Range. The original route to Tom Groggin was over the Geehi Walls. Major Clews 4WD dry weather road.
92km / 16km Clews Ridge
The ridge was named by the Snowy Mountains Authority in recognition of the outstanding survey work carried out for the scheme by the late Major Clews. the ridge is covered with an impressive stand of alpine ash (Eucalyptus delegatensis).
93km /  15km Peppermint Forest
The road winds through a forest largely composed of peppermint gums and wattles.
101km / 7km Murray 1 Power Station and Visitor Centre
Located only 15 minutes from Khancoban, the visitor centre is next to the power station. the centre offers an interactive experience with a wide range of displays, ‘hands-on’ models and exhibits. BBQs and a picnic area by the water are opened to the public.
102km / 6km Murray 1 Power Station viewing area
The white pipes carry water through the mountains from dams as well as to the power stations.
104km / 2km Park boundary
108km / 0km Khancoban (end of the Alpine Way)
Khancoban was built as a construction town for the Snowy Mountains hydro-electric Scheme and is now becoming a popular tourist centre. Visit the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service information centre.

Source: NSW Parks & Wildlife Service
Check out their free ‘Kosciuszko Today’ from the local Visitor Centre

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• The Alpine Way Maps
The Snowy River Shire Council has a range of maps for the region.
Bing Maps - Alpine Way, Khancoban, NSW

Google Maps - The Alpine Way NSW

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