Regional travel restrictions have been lifted in New South Wales. Throughout regional NSW, there is excitement that visitors are returning, but we want to make sure everyone stays safe and well…
We are welcoming visitors back to the Snowy Valleys, but remind everyone that social distancing measures remain in place, and to practice good hand hygiene. Visitors are encouraged to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Please also be aware that some attractions and businesses may be operating under changed conditions or have different operating hours to normal.
Many NSW National Park campgrounds, accommodation and visitor centres will start to reopen from 1 June but important changes are in place to keep visitors safe. All camping in NSW National Parks requires a booking. Check park alerts and visit COVID-19 updates for more information before visiting any National Park.
Blowering Dam, a popular camping, fishing and boating spot, is managed by WaterNSW.* WaterNSW have advised that from 1st June, they are reopening recreational areas for day use only. These areas include picnic areas, BBQ areas, walking tracks, access to lakes and public toilets. For details, please visit the WaterNSW website.
*The area above the high water mark on the eastern side of the dam is managed by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
On the western side (the Batlow side), the area above the high water mark is managed by Visit NSW State Forests.
Below the high water mark is managed by WaterNSW.
Snowy Valleys Council is working closely with The Office of Local Government and NSW Health to help prevent the further spread of the COVID-19. For the latest advice from NSW Government about gatherings, and what restrictions remain in place, click here.
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Tumut Region Visitor Centre & Khancoban Visitor Centre will open from Tuesday 2nd June. Tumut’s opening hours are 9am & 5pm, 7 days a week. They can be contacted on 02 6947 7025 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Khancoban is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm (closed from 12:30 to 1pm for lunch). Tumbarumba Visitor Information Centre is closed until further notice.
Driving Safety, and Road Closures
All 2WD vehicles need to carry snow chains between 1 June and 11 October on the following roads:
- Kosciuszko Road from the park boundary at Thredbo River.
- Alpine Way between Thredbo and Tom Groggin.
- Island Bend/Guthega Road for its full length.
- Snow chains are also recommended on Alpine Way between Jindabyne and Thredbo, and on Snowy Mountains Highway.
Snow chains can be hired from Go Play Outside Talbingo, and caravan parks and service stations in Talbingo and Khancoban.
For safety tips on driving in snow visit: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety/alpine-safety/snow-driving
Elliott Way remains closed, and is not expected to reopen before May 2021. Tooma Road – KNP5 (Khancoban to Cabramurra Road) is also closed and is expected to reopen in December 2020. For a PDF map of current road closures, please click here.
The Alpine Way is open for through traffic between Jindabyne and Khancoban. NPWS staff will be moving people on if they park at Dead Horse Gap or Cascades just past Thredbo. Campgrounds at Thredbo Diggings, Ngarigo, and Island Bend area are closed until Tuesday June 9.
We know that many people visit the Snowy Valleys to enjoy Kosciuszko National Park. The National Park was badly damaged in the Black Summer bushfires, and some areas remain closed. Please visit www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/kosciuszko-national-park/local-alerts for the latest updates, including information on COVID-19 restrictions in National Parks. Please note that there may be changes to the way that some areas operate due to COVID-19 restrictions.
As mentioned above, many NSW National Park campgrounds, accommodation and visitor centres will start to reopen from 1 June but important changes are in place to keep visitors safe. All camping in NSW National Parks requires a booking. Check park alerts and visit COVID-19 updates for more information before visiting any National Park.
Yarrangobilly Caves is open for self-guided walks and access to the thermal pool. The Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre, and all caves (including self-guided cave tours) remain closed to the public.
Snow resorts in the Snowy Mountains will start to open for the ski season from 21st June – they are not open for the Queens Birthday long weekend.
As we head into winter, we remind visitors to be conscious of their safety in alpine areas. NSW National Parks has some great tips for Alpine Safety on their website including filling in a Trip Intention Form, and carrying a Personal Locator Beacon (available from Visitors Centres in Tumut and Jindabyne).
NSW State Forests
Camping areas in NSW State forests are reopened to visitors from 1 June 2020. Forestry Corporation provides up to date information via their website and Facebook page www.facebook.com/VisitNSWForests.
- State Forests maps are available here.
- The My Visit – NSW State Forests app is available here.
- Information on Bago State Forest is available here.
- Closures and notices are available here.
Please be aware that some State Forests in the Snowy Valleys were damaged in the Black Summer bushfires. Please pay attention to all signage when visiting State Forests, especially those restricting public access – they are there for your safety.
Please note that the Sugar Pine Walk, Bago State Forest, was devastated by the bushfires in early January. It is fenced off, and cannot be accessed. Please do not try to enter this area – it is not safe for visitors.
Supporting Local Businesses
You may already be aware that, in January 2020, parts of the Snowy Valleys were hit by bushfires. Since then, the area has been in recovery and rebuilding mode, with the added challenges of the COVID-19 crisis. The growers, makers, brewers, bakers and baristas of the Snowy Valleys are ready to welcome you from 1st June. The Snowy Valleys encourages you to visit our farmers, shops, cellar doors, cideries and craft brewery with your #EmptyEsky. Our cafes, pubs and restaurants also welcome your visit.
If you can’t make it here in person, you can support many of our local producers, makers and retailers online. Some of these businesses have been badly fire affected, and greatly appreciate your support of their online stores:
- Courabyra Wines
- Johansen Wines
- Obsession Wines
- Mount Tumbarumba Vineyard – On the Fly Wines
- Tumbarumba Wines Escape
- Tumut River Brewing Co
- Pretty Parrot Distilling
- Farmgate and Twine
- Twisted Willow Homestore
Or ask for these at your local bottle shop:
Once you arrive in the Snowy Valleys, we recommend the Snowy Valleys Beverage Trail (being aware that some cellar doors remain closed), but ensure you have a designated driver.