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Illawong walk

Kosciuszko National Park


Illawong walk in Kosciuszko National Park, near Thredbo and Perisher, is a 5km return bushwalk where you can enjoy birdwatching, picnicking by the river, wildlife photography, or swimming in Snowy River.

Kosciuszko National Park
5km return
Time suggested
2 - 3hrs
Grade 3
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

Illawong walk is closed in winter (June to October long weekends) as it is inaccessible.

What to
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, clothes for all weather conditions
Please note
  • There is limited mobile reception in this park.
  • It's a good idea to check out the Think Before You Trek website when planning your hike, and bring a topographic map, compass and GPS.

Illawong walk is a gorgeous 5km return walk through Kosciuszko National Park. It begins in the charming Guthega Village and follows along Snowy River Valley through alpine heath and towering, majestic snow gums, all the way up to Illawong Hut, one of the oldest buildings still standing in the park.

Walk or swim in the cooling waters of Snowy River when the weather is hot, or picnic among the wildflowers of alpine mint, billy buttons, and native yam daisies, just to name a few.

If you’re a keen birdwatcher be sure to pack your bincoculars. As well as the native birds you’re likely to spot here, including crimson rosellas and gang gang cockatoos, you’re also likely to see interesting native wildlife, including mountain and Kosciuszko thermocolour grasshoppers, wombats, and echidnas.

Take a virtual tour of Illawong walk captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

Conservation program:

Iconic species - Southern corroboree frog conservation program

An iconic endangered species, the southern corroboree frog, found only in Kosciuszko National Park, faces the grave threat of extinction. Saving Our Species aims to prevent this from happening by battling chytrid fungus, protecting frog habitat from pests, and fostering a captive breeding program. 

Southern corroboree frog (Pseudophryne corroboree), Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Park info

  • in Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
  • Kosciuszko National Park is open all year round but at times some roads and trails close due to weather conditions or other park management issues, for details click on the alerts button or select contact to get in touch with visitor centre staff.

  • Park entry fees:

    Winter peak (Alpine Way, Kosciuszko Rd and Link Road) From start of June 2016 long weekend to end of October 2016 long weekend: $29 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $12; bus passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child per day(24hrs). Find out more about the Winter entry surcharge.

    Rest of the year (Alpine Way and Kosciuszko Road only) $17 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $7; bus passengers $6.60 per adult, $2.20 per child per day (24hrs).

    Yarrangobilly Caves (year-round): $4 per vehicle per day, unless park entry has been paid.

    Passes: Day passes (based on daily entry fees above), multi-day passes and annual All Parks Pass available from local visitor centres, local agents and operating vehicle entry stations. Read our Annual Pass FAQs for information on upgrades. Short Breaks Pass: $68 for five-days park entry at price of four days (not valid winter). Pensioners are exempt from park entry fees. Download the exemption form.

    Buy an annual pass.
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    • Khancoban
      (02) 6076 9373
      (02) 6076 9382
      Contact hours: 9am-4pm (closed 12.30pm-1pm) Monday to Friday. Open daily during peak summer season and school holidays.
    • Scammell Street, Khancoban NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6076 9567
    • Yarrangobilly Caves
      (02) 6454 9597
      Contact hours: 9am-5pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
    • Snowy Mountains Highway, Yarrangobilly Caves
    • Fax: (02) 6454 9598
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Illawong track, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray van der Veer