Among the 878 national parks and reserves in New South Wales,
Mount Kosciuszko National Park is definitely one of the favourites. This
beautiful national park is the largest in New South Wales, covering some 690,000
hectares. The park is home to the highest mountain on mainland Australia, and
where the headwaters of the Snowy River begins, as it drains through the eastern
slopes of the Snowy Mountains on its way into the Bass Strait.
wonderful park is a drawcard in winter when holiday makers make their way to the
snow fields, it is also popular during the rest of the year offering many and
varied attractions from great walks to scenic drives, pass alpine herb fields,
caves, limestone gorges, magnificent vistas, historic huts and homesteads. One
of the Australian Alps national parks, this park is nationally and
internationally recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The park contains nine
wilderness areas, encompassing alpine and sub-alpine areas that contain plant
species found nowhere else in the world. The park is also home to the rare
mountain pygmy possum and corroboree frog.
The landscape of the northern section of the national park has extensive
treeless plains and home to historic huts. This is where you will find Selwyn
Snowfields. The central section of the national park is Australia's largest
alpine area. The place above the treeline is covered with delicate herbfields
and fragile bogs and fens. This area is where most of the park's ski fields are
to be found: Perisher Blue, Thredbo and Charlotte Pass. The southern section
offers dry, rugged areas along the lower Snowy River, surrounded by large
expanses of wilderness.
As the weather can quickly change in the mountains and snow can fall at any
time of the year, extreme care should be taken. You should always check NSW
National Parks & Wildlife Service website for
how to get there, the latest weather reports, fires and closures etc.