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Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko

Kosciuszko National Park


This iconic alpine walk takes you past the rocky granite outcrops of Rams Head Range and through heathlands and a lookout, before reaching the summit of Mount Kosciuszko.

Kosciuszko National Park
14.3km loop
Time suggested
4hrs 30min
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Please note

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and plenty of drinking water
  • You might like to take insect repellent to ward off flies during the summer months
  • The track is generally covered by snow between June and October, and possibly at other times. You can get to Mount Kosciuszko on cross-country skis or snowshoes at these times, but there are no snow poles marking the route.
  • Weather can change quickly in the mountains and snow can fall at any time of the year so you’ll need to be well prepared. Always check the weather conditions before setting out, and never set out if bad weather is approaching. Find out more about alpine safety.
  • The Think Before You Trek initiative operates in this park, please check out the website when planning your hike.
  • Snow chains on tires are required when driving in the park between June and October long weekends. Roads can close in poor weather, so it’s a good idea to check conditions with before setting out

If you’re visiting Kosciuszko National Park in the warmer months, a walk to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko is a must-do.

Starting at the top of the Kosciuszko Express chairlift at Thredbo, this challenging walk takes you on a journey past the rocky granite outcrops of Rams Head Range and through heathlands for a couple of kilometres before reaching the lookout. Take in the scenic views before setting off for the summit.

You’ll cross over the headwaters of the Snowy River, before climbing above Lake Cootapatamba and continuing on to Rawson Pass. Take a break to enjoy your surroundings and check out the interpretive displays to find out about the significance of this country to Aboriginal people.

From here, it’s a gradual climb to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko, mainland Australia’s highest mountain. The view is bound to impress you. Stay as long as you like before walking back along the track to Thredbo.

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 (Start of June 2016 long weekend to end of October 2016 long weekend): $29 per vehicle per day; motorcycles $12; bus passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child (per day). Find out more about the Winter entry surcharge.

    Rest of the year (southern precinct only): $17 per vehicle per day; motorcycles $7; bus passengers $6.60 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day).

    Yarrangobilly Caves: $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. 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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      (02) 6076 9373
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      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)
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Seamans Hut with grass and wildflowers. Photo: Murray van der Veer