After multiple weeks of closures due to the threat of fire, the RFS has declared some of our favourite spots in the Snowy Mountains safe to visit and open for business!


Parts of the Snowy Mountains are Safe to Explore Again

Filmed by Cam Batten

The Snowys was one of the hardest hit areas in the bushfire season, and has seen a massive drop in tourism over the last few weeks. But there are now plenty of places now safe to venture back to and explore, with even more opening up tomorrow as well. 

Areas already OPEN include;

  • Guthega Village
  • Kosciuszko Road
  • Alpine Way 
  • Jindabyne and Thredbo Village resort areas
  • HEAPS of tracks


    • Thredbo Valley Track
    • Mt Stilwell Walk
    • Porcupine Walk
    • Rainbow Lake Walk
    • Rennix Walk
    • Waterfall Walk
    • Pallaibo Walk


From Wednesday 22 January, the following trails will be reopened;

  • Mount Kosciuszko Summit Walk – Charlotte Pass to Mount Kosciuszko
  • Kosciuszko Walk – Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko
  • Main Range Walk – Charlotte Pass to Mount Kosciuszko via Blue Lake
  • Illawong Walk – Guthega to Illawong Hut


There are plenty of campgrounds open as well;

  • Island Bend Campground
  • Blowering campgrounds (Log Bridge, The Pines, Humes Crossing and Yachting Point)
  • Ngarigo Campground
  • Thredbo Diggings Campground


However there are still a number of areas, trails and campgrounds that remain closed due to threat of fire.


  • All backcountry areas in Kosciuszko National Park except those listed as open
  • Schlink Pass Trail
  • Dead Horse Gap Walk, River Walk and Cascade Hut Trail
  • Long Plain Hut Campground
  • Blue Waterholes Campground
  • Yolde Campground
  • Jounama Campground
  • Yarrangobilly Caves
  • Any other areas not listed as open


So don’t wait! This long weekend, pack the car, zoom up to the Snowys, splash some cash and help one of the most gorgeous and unique areas in Australia get back on its feet. 

But stay vigilant! The RFS have said there’s still the possibility of an increase in fire activity if weather conditions change. Keep up to date with where the fires are with the Fires Near Me app and keep an eye on the weather too! There are still some road closures around the area, so have a quick squiz on Live Traffic before driving anywhere too off the beaten track. 

If you’re a little unsure whether a spot you want to visit is open or not, visit the National Parks website

Feature photo by Rachel Dimond