Breaking News Friday 29 May, 2020
Tourism Snowy Mountains and Snowy Monaro Regional Council have this afternoon issued a statement saying that NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will make an announcement soon regarding partial closure of the Kosciuszko National Park over the Queens’s Birthday June long weekend.
The official closure will be from June 5-9.
This will include Thredbo Village and Perisher Valley.
In an email received by operators in the National Park, it was stated that it will not be possible to visit the ski resort and alpine areas over the June long weekend (5 – 8 June 2020) for the purposes of recreation and leisure. This includes Thredbo, Perisher and Charlotte Pass.
Accommodation and other services will not be open for public access until 22 June 2020.
Road closures will be in place at Kosciuszko Road and the Alpine Way to restrict access over the long weekend.
The Alpine Way
– open for through-traffic only
– no recreational activities from Bullocks Flat to Dead Horse Gap.
– Closed campgrounds of Ngarigo and The Diggings
– Plus Thredbo Resort/Village closed
Kosciuszko Road (Perisher Valley- Charlotte Pass)
– closed for all recreation and to visitors over the long weekend.
No Backcountry – June Long Weekend
No Snow Play
These closures mean there will be no access to the above regions including no backcountry ski touring, X-country skiing, snowshoeing or snow play over the June Long Weekend.
These measures are to ensure the safety of our community and to ease into the influx of visitors over winter.
Please note that some other areas and campgrounds in Kosciuszko National Park are open, however if visitors are staying overnight, they will need to book in to secure a spot as campgrounds are operating at 50% capacity.
Further updates will be provided by NSW NPWS.
Even snow shoeing will not be allowed on the June Long Weekend. Photo K7 Adventures.
This announcement will be a MASSIVE shock to potential visitors who may have planned for a getaway after the recent lifting of regional travel restrictions, plus local businesses who would have been relying on some trade over this period.
Snowy Mountains Magazine spoke to accommodation operators earlier in the day who said they had several bookings for this long weekend.
They will now need to be cancelled.
This weekend has long been the traditional start to the snow season, but as the Thredbo and Perisher lift companies will not be operating any lifts, and all traditional events usually on this weekend are cancelled, it will certainly be a different winter start.
For those intending to visit the region, Jindabyne accommodation venues are open and there is still great mt biking around the lake even if you can’t access the alpine.
There will be no access to Perisher Valley on the June Long Weekend.