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Dead Horse Gap walking track

Kosciuszko National Park

Overview

Dead Horse Gap walking track is the ideal Snowy Mountains walk for sweeping views of the Ramshead Range, Crackenback mountain and the Thredbo Valley, in Kosciuszko National Park.

Where
Kosciuszko National Park
Distance
5km one-way
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

The track is open between the October and June long weekends, but may have to close due to poor weather or fire danger. It is snowbound in winter.

What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • If you plan to catch the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift, which takes 15mins, costs apply. For chairlift prices visit the Thredbo website
  • 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 your hike, and bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.

Dead Horse Gap walking track rewards you with sweeping views across Thredbo's high alpine country. At almost 600m above the valley floor, this track is a favourite with hikers visiting Kosciuszko National Park and the Australian Alps.

The signposted track, which forms part of the Australian Alps walking track, can be walked in either direction. Start from Dead Horse Gap on Alpine Way or just beyond the top of Thredbo's Kosciuszko Express chairlift (costs apply).

It winds beneath the craggy peaks of the Ramshead Range through remarkable scenery, including a forest of beautiful snow gums, open herb fields and alpine heath. You may even spot a wombat or kangaroo.

The track is quite steep in sections, especially on the climb from Alpine Way up the Ramshead Range. You may prefer to catch the chairlift and arrange to be picked up at Dead Horse Gap. Feeling fit? Return to the village along the Thredbo River track.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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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 contact one of the park's visitor centres.

  • Park entry fees:

    Winter (Alpine Way, Kosciuszko Rd and Link Road) From start of June long weekend to end of October 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
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    • 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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    • Perisher Office
      (02) 6457 4444
      Contact hours: Winter: 8am-4pm Monday to Friday, 8am-12pm and 1-4pm Saturday and Sunday. Summer: 8am-12pm and 1-4pm Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
    • NPWS Building, 9914 Kosciuszko Road, Perisher Valley
    • Email: perisher@environment.nsw.gov.au
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Dead Horse Gap walking track, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer