Kosciuszko National Park

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Subalpine Snowgum, Kosciuszko National Park
Subalpine Snowgum, Kosciuszko National Park

Kosciuszko National Park is the largest National Park in New South Wales covering 673,524 hectares. The park contains the highest mountain on mainland Australia and the famous Snowy River.

With nine wilderness areas, and its alpine and sub-alpine areas containing plant species found nowhere else in the world, Kosciuszko national park certainly embraces the majestic grandeur of the high country. The park is also home to the rare Mountain Pygmy-possum and Corroboree Frog.

One of the Australian Alps national parks, this park is nationally and internationally recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. 

The northern section is famous for extensive treeless plains and historic huts. This is where you will find Selwyn Snowfields.

The central section is home to Australia's largest alpine area: the place above the treeline, covered with delicate herbfields and fragile bogs and fens. This is where you'll find most of the park's ski fields - Perisher Blue, Thredbo and Charlotte's Pass.

The southern section offers dry, rugged areas along the lower Snowy River surrounded by large expanses of wilderness.

Weather can change quickly in the mountains and snow can fall at any time of the year. Check how to get there for more information.


Foundation Projects

Living Legacies of Generosity Grow Kosciuszko

Two nature-lovers have left a living legacy to Australians. Their bequests to the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife purchased a 160 hectare inholding to add to the Kosciuszko National Park. The purchase of this addition was made possible through bequests to the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife from the estates of Genevieve Little and Catherine Clare White. The land is now part of the national reserve system.

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Conserving Kosciuszko's Cultural Heritage

A grant from the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife paid for conservation studies of four huts in the high country - Round Mountain Hut, Broken Dam Hut, Happy's Hut and Mawson's Hut.

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Kiandra Historic Site

Kiandra was Australia's only snowbound gold mining village and, when in the winter of 1861 Scandinavian miners introduced snow shoeing - skiing - to Australia, it became the birthplace of skiing in Australia. Today, only remnants remain of the old Kiandra. Foundation funds helped in the overall redevelopment of historic Kiandra.

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Celebrating and Restoring Kiandra Heritage Site

The Foundation supported Kiandra's 2011 revitalisation, which is focused on restoring the Kiandra Courthouse and Chalet. Whilst the restoration work is about bricks and mortar, the renewal of Kiandra is about 'putting people back in the picture'.

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