The Snowy Mountains region is subjected to unpredictable weather conditions and we suggest you bring the following to make your stay more enjoyable:
Chains are compulsory for all 2 wheel drive vehicles entering the National Park, from June long weekend till the October long weekend each year, the following roads (4WD/AWD exempt):
During peak season you may wish to book your chains in advance; you will need the number off the wall of your tyres for the size eg. 205/65R15 or 185R16. Contact us if you wish to pre-book.
Snow chains should be fitted as directed by NPWS, RMS and Police officers. 4WD vehicles do not need to carry snow chains. Chains may also be required in certain weather conditions on the Alpine Way between Jindabyne and Thredbo and the Kosciuszko Road below Sawpit Creek. Check road conditions before you travel.
To check road conditions on Kosciuszko Road, the Alpine Way and other RMS-managed roads, visit the RMS's Live Traffic Reports webpage.
To check conditions and closures on roads managed by the NPWS, contact the Kosciuszko National Park office or visit the Kosciuszko National Park fire, flood and park closure information webpage. The road from Khancoban to Cabramurra, and many of the park's minor roads, are closed in winter.
Driving in the snow requires all your attention and can often cause tiredness, particularly when conditions demand a high level of concentration. Remember to be patient and enjoy your trip. The snow isn't going anywhere in a hurry - so why should you?
When driving in snowy or icy conditions, leave double the normal distance between you and the car in front. Don't break hard and avoid sharp steering movements: stopping on icy roads takes a lot longer. The speed limit in many areas of Kosciuszko National Park is reduced to 80 km/h during winter. Take extra care around snow ploughs. They may be operating on the wrong side of the road and are not easily maneuverable.
To protect your vehicle ensure that your radiator has effective antifreeze. If in doubt, have your service station perform an electrolyte test. If you drive a diesel vehicle you will need a 'winter' diesel mix. Winter mix has special additives which stop the fuel freezing. If you still have plenty of fuel in your tank on arrival in the mountains, it may be sufficient to top it up and run the vehicle for 10 to 20 minutes. Check with a local service station.
The NRMA website has some helpful tips for safe motoring in snowy conditions. mynrma.com.au