Kosciuszko National Park

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Kosciuszko National Park is the largest National Park in NSW. It extends from the NSW/Victorian Border north to the ACT. To the south it abuts the Victorian Alpine National Park, and to the north it shares a border with Namadgi National Park in the ACT. These combined parks hold most of the snow covered areas on mainland Australia.

Kosciuszko NP holds the highest land in Australia (except Heard Island). Mt Kosciuszko is the highest point at 2228m.

Access to the various areas of the park depends on the classification. Some areas are wilderness areas, and are accessible only on foot. In other areas access is possible on horseback and by mountain bike. There are several sealed roads through the park that give easy access to 2WD vehicles.

There are many formed walking tracks throughout the park. It is possible to do a 30 minute stroll, or bushwalks of many days, within the park boundaries and everything in between. The Australian Alpine Walking Track crosses the park.

Kosciuszko contains the only glaciated terrain on the Australian mainland. There are several glacial tarns (Blue, Albina, Cootapatamba and Club Lakes and Headley Tarn), moraines and a small cirque at Blue Lake. Do not expect rugged glacial terrain. The landscape is old and has been weathered to gentle roundness, at least on the eastern side of the range. On the western side the relief is more dramatic, falling over 1000m in a relatively small horizontal distance.

Most of the geology is formed from granite, but there are areas of limestone around Yarrangobilly Caves in the northern section of the park.

There is a large range of flora, from alpine grassland with bogs of sphagnum moss and feldmark areas above the tree line to mountain ash and snowgum forests lower down.

All the NSW winter resort areas are within the park boundaries.

Resources

Kosciuszko NP - NPWS Site