New digital annual passes allowing entry into Kosciuszko National Park should make trips to the snow this winter quicker and easier.
NPWS Director of Southern Ranges Branch Mick Pettitt said that visitors can buy a new digital annual pass from the NPWS website before leaving home for the first time. It will be automatically linked to their vehicle registration and ready for immediate use.
“Snow seekers with the digital pass can now bypass the vehicle entry stations without queuing and get up to the mountains quicker,” Mr Pettitt said.
“Visitors can no longer buy annual passes from entry stations and will instead need to pre-purchase their new digital annual pass online. For concessions and discounts, apply at least three days before travel to allow for approval and processing, or you can visit a local NPWS visitor centre but remember to bring your supporting documentation.”
Day passes will still be sold at entry stations and from NPWS visitor centres in Jindabyne, Khancoban and Tumut.
“Additionally, many COVID-related restrictions have eased since last year’s snow season,” Mr Pettitt said. “The only entry requirement for Kosciuszko National Park for the 2021 snow season is a valid NSW Parks Pass.
“Snow play activities such as tobogganing, sledding and snow-tubing are back on and visitors are also welcome for general sightseeing, stays and off-snow activities like hiking.”
Mr Pettitt said a number of campgrounds were open for winter, but all campers need to book before arriving via the NPWS website or by calling 1300 072 757.
“Backcountry camping is allowed, but campers must fill out an online Trip Intention Form to register with NPWS,” he said.
“Adventurers planning activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and backcountry skiing and snowboarding must also complete a Trip Intention Form and ensure they have suitable skills and equipment.”
Mr Pettitt said travellers to the Snowy Mountains should plan ahead and check with individual ski resorts and other venues about their COVID-19 restrictions, venue capacity and booking requirements.
“To keep everyone safe this snow season, NPWS reminds visitors that they must follow all Public Health orders, including leaving an area if physical distancing is not possible,” he said. “Some restrictions may remain in place, particularly for indoor venues.
“NPWS may need to make changes or bring in restrictions if the COVID-19 situation or Public Health Orders change in the lead-up to, or during the 2021 snow season. Always check the NPWS website for up-to-date information, alerts and closures.”