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Thredbo, NSW

Your ticket to the divine apline is just 5.5 hours drive from Sydney and 6 hours from Melbourne. If you're cruising to the mountains from Sydney, once you're on the Eastern Distributor there are only a few sets of traffic lights to Thredbo. From Melbourne, the fully sealed Kosciuszko Alpine Way is your scenic window as you wind through the spectacular Kosciuszko National Park.

The roads are clear for most of the year, but when the big snowfalls hit, chains may be required for 2 wheel drivesl. Chains can be hired in Jindabyne and Khancoban. When hiring they will need to know your tyre size and be sure to ask them about any fitting tips. 

  • Main passenger airportCanberra (210km) Cooma (80km)
  • Closest townJindabyne (34km)
Driving distance
  • Canberra2.5 hours
  • Sydney5.5 hours
  • Melbourne6 hours
  • Brisbane15 hours
  • Adelaide13 hours
  • Perth39 hours


Need To Know

Fuel Stations
The last fuel station on the way to Thredbo is located in Jindabyne (34km). Thredbo also has a fuel station located at the resort.

Alpine Diesel
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.

Legal Requirements
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).

Fitting Chains
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.

Handy Tips
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:

  1. Make sure the chains you buy or hire are suitable for the wheel diameter and tyre size of your vehicle.
  2. It is your responsibility to know how to fit wheel chains and ensure they are the correct size.
  3. Pack a waterproof blanket to lie on and keep your gloves accessible
  4. Practice fitting the chains before leaving home or at the hire outlet.
  5. If you’re unsure of anything, don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions at the hire shop.
  6. 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.
  7. 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

  • $29 per vehicle per day


  • $12 per vehicle per day


  • Passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child (per day).

Annual Pass

  • $190 (1 year)
  • $335 (2 years)

Purchasing Locations
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. 

Resort Parking

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.

Oversnow Transport

Your on mountain accommodation is easily accessible and therefore no oversnow transport is required or available.

Resort Transport
During winter a free shuttle bus service operates around the village and to Friday Flat.

Operating Hours
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

  • Accommodation
  • 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.

Exclusive Europcar Deal

We've partnered with Europcar, where your hire car rates will include Snow Chains and Snow Cover at participating locations within Australia! T&C's apply. For more info view here.

Tradnsport Options

Snow Alliance

  • Sydney, Canberra & Cooma - Private Transfers to Thredbo
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Summit Coaches  

  • Canberra, Jindabyne, NSW South Coast & Sydney to Thredbo
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  • Canberra & Jindabyne to Thredbo
  • Website

Snowlink Shuttle 

Alpine Charters   

  • Jindabyne & Canberra to Thredbo
  • Website


  • Sydney & Canberra to Thredbo
  • Website


  • Brisbane, Sydney & Canberra to Thredbo
  • Website

Transborder Express

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