The last fuel station on the way to Thredbo is located in Jindabyne (34km). Thredbo also has a fuel station located at the resort.
Diesel ‘waxes’ at low temperature which blocks the fuel system and immobilises the vehicle.
If you drive a diesel vehicle, ensure you use fuel formulated for use in cold conditions, such as ‘Alpine Diesel’.
This is only usually available close to the snow fields, so plan your journey to arrive with plenty of room in your fuel tank for this fuel. Only required if parking your vehicle above the snow line.
Ensure your radiator fluid and your windscreen washing fluid can withstand temperatures below freezing points by adding anti-freeze additives to them if necessary.
Snow chains help ensure your safety and are compulsory on 2WD vehicles and recommended for 4WD from the June to October long weekends on the following roads:
- Kosciuszko Road from the park boundary at Thredbo River
- Alpine Way between Thredbo and Tom Groggin
- Island Bend/Guthega Road for its full length
- Note: Chains are not required to the Bullocks Skitube terminal
All two-wheel drive vehicles entering the Kosciuszko Road in the Mount Kosciuszko National Park must carry snow chains in winter unless the signs say otherwise (you’ll be fined if you’re caught without them).
The chains must be fitted when directed by signs or a Roads and Maritime Services Traffic Commander.
Generally, this will happen at the special chain fitting bays along the route. If you do need to fit them on the roadside, choose a straight stretch of road where other drivers can see you and where there’s enough room to safely park and fit the chains.
Snow chains are loops of chain that fit over your car’s wheels (usually the back wheels on rear wheel drive cars and front wheels on front wheel drive cars) to provide extra traction in the snow – refer to your car manual or car manufacturer for exact fitting requirements.
There are many chain hire outlets along the route to the NSW snow country in Cooma, Berridale and Jindabyne.
Here are a few handy tips:
- Make sure the chains you buy or hire are suitable for the wheel diameter and tyre size of your vehicle.
- It is your responsibility to know how to fit wheel chains and ensure they are the correct size.
- Pack a waterproof blanket to lie on and keep your gloves accessible
- Practice fitting the chains before leaving home or at the hire outlet.
- If you’re unsure of anything, don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions at the hire shop.
- Remember, you don’t need to jack up your car to fit the chains. In fact, it could be very dangerous if the road is icy and slippery.
- Do not exceed 40km while snow chains are fitted and keep a safe emergency breaking distance from vehicles in front.
Park Entry Fees
The National Parks and Wildlife Service requires all vehicles in the Kosciusko National Park to have an entry permit displayed on their vehicle. Winter peak (start of June long weekend to end of October long weekend).
Thredbo Resort is located within the Kosciusko National Park.
The following fees are payable:
Car & 4wd's
- Passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child (per day).
- $190 (1 year)
- $335 (2 years)
You can purchase your pass from one of the following locations:
- The National Park Entrance Station on the Alpine Way 13km before Thredbo
- Snowy Region Visitors Centre in Jindabyne
- National Parks Visitors Centre in Khancoban
- Thredbo Office, Nuggets Crossing in Jindabyne (Winter only)
- Thredbo Information Centre, Thredbo
- Annual passes can also be purchased online here
For More Information
Please visit here or you can call the Snowy Region Visitors Centre (02) 6450 5600 between 8:30 am - 5:00 pm daily.
Thredbo has over 2,500 car park spaces with both day and overnight parking available. It is free to park your car in Thredbo whether staying overnight or for the day (you will still need to pay the National Parks entry fee).
For skiers and boarders just driving in for the day, it is only a short stroll from the car park to the slopes of Friday Flat and the Gunbarrel Express that gives you access to the whole mountain.
If staying overnight many lodges, apartments and chalets have on-site parking, so check when booking in, if not, there are designated overnight car parks within the Resort.
Your on mountain accommodation is easily accessible and therefore no oversnow transport is required or available.
During winter a free shuttle bus service operates around the village and to Friday Flat.
In the evening the shuttle service operates until 9pm Sunday to Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights in busy times.
Nearest Main Town
Jindabyne is just 35km from Thredbo.
If you want to enjoy the best of both worlds of the snow and an off mountain alpine village experience, then Jindabyne is a perfect location to stay for all your winter and mountain exploring.
Wake up each morning to the stunning views across Lake Jindabyne and the beautiful surrounding mountains and plan your day ahead from here.
Facilities & Services
- Snow Gear retail and rental outlets
- Back country tour operators
- Cafes, Bars & Restaurants
- Supermarket and fuel stations
- Medical services and chemist
- General retail outlets and much more
For More Information
About the Jindabyne region, local activities and events please visit here.
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