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Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko

Kosciuszko National Park

Overview

This iconic day walk from Thredbo will have you conquering the summit of Mount Kosciuszko in a couple of hours. You'll quite literally be on a high as you soak in the epic views from Australia's highest point.

Where
Kosciuszko National Park
Distance
13km return
Time suggested
3hrs 30min - 4hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

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 walking route.

What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, snacks, clothes for all weather conditions
Please note
  • The track starts at the top of the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift, which runs 9am - 4.30pm and takes 15mins. For chairlift prices visit the Thredbo website.
  • You can also walk up Merritts Nature Track from Thredbo Village to the top of the chairlift. This difficult 2km track takes around 1-1.5 hours uphill.
  • Weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable so please ensure you're well-prepared for your visit, and read our safety tips before you set out.
  • It's a good idea to check out the Think Before You Trek website when planning an overnight hike, and bring a topographic map and compass, a GPS, or hire a personal locator beacon (PLB).

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 popular day walk takes you to the rooftop of Australia. After the scenic chairlift ride, you'll travel past the rocky granite outcrops of Ramshead Range, and through alpine wildflowers (spring). Stop at the lookout for views of the country's highest mountain.

The track crosses the headwaters of the Snowy River, before climbing above Lake Cootapatamba and on to Rawson Pass. From here, it’s a gradual climb to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko (2228m). The sweeping 3600 views across the Snowy Mountains and Victorian High Country are sure to wow you. Stay a while to soak in the fresh alpine air, pack a summit snack, and wallow in your sense of achievement, before returning along the track to Thredbo.

Take a virtual tour of Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko 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 Kings Cross 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.

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Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko walk, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Elinor Sheargold