Weather in the Mountains
Winter temperatures can drop quickly, sometimes down to below minus 10-20 degrees Celsius and it’s not unusual for snow to fall on the Main Range mid-summer; so be sure to get a weather forecast before heading up the mountain for the day.
Summer temperatures can climb as high as the mid-thirties in Jindabyne, but the night-time temperatures can fall to sub-zero on occasion. It a good idea be prepared for any eventuality. During Summer temperatures will always be a few degrees cooler when your higher in the mountains, so on a hot day, head for the hills if you need relief. The rivers climb to the top, and following them up can be a real treat.
Whether you are out and about in Summer or winter, always carry waterproof jackets and wear layers of clothing that can be removed as you go. When walking or camping in the mountains, always inform friends or family of your intended route and when you are likely to return. You can also enter your details in the Walkers Registry Book at the Snowy Region Visitor Centre, located in Jindabyne.
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Roads Traffic Authority
Please check road conditions before you set out through the Snowy Mountains. Call the Roads and Traffic Authority on 132 701
For frequent updates, tune in to Radio Snowy Mountains 2XL (96.3) and Snow FM (94.7).
When driving in Winter, from the June long weekend until the October long weekend, please note the following:
Many minor roads will be closed.
Some major roads will be closed, for example the Cabramurra-Khancoban Road, and the Kosciuszko Road from Perisher Valley to Charlotte Pass.
Drivers must carry snow chains when driving in the Kosciuszko National Park during Winter. This applies ONLY to two-wheel-drive vehicles. This does not mean you have to fit them each day you drive to the snow. Snow chains can be hired from service stations and ski hire outlets in Jindabyne. One way chain hire is available at Jindabyne Shell Station, Khancoban Road House and the Adaminaby BP Service Station.
Stay safe and drive cautiously, giving other drivers plenty of room. "One One thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand" Leaving a three second gap is more important on Alpine Roads than ever!
Black ice may not be seen when driving, so it's best to obey warnings and be cautious.
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