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Dead Horse Gap walking track

Thredbo-Perisher area in 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
Thredbo-Perisher area in 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 to walkers between the October and June long weekends. You can cross-country ski or snowshoe in winter but there are no snow poles marking the route.

What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, snacks, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing
Please note
  • Costs apply if you plan to catch the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift, which takes 15mins. For chairlift prices visit the Thredbo website
  • Fill in the free trip intention form and hire a PLB from the Snowy Region Visitor Centre.
  • It's a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS, and read our safety tips before you set out.

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 the Thredbo-Perisher area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
  • The Thredbo-Perisher area is open all year, but some roads and trails may close due to weather conditions or park management issues. Kosciuszko Road is closed between Perisher and Charlotte Pass in winter (June to October long weekends).
  • Park entry fees apply on Alpine Way and Kosciuszko Road

    Winter (June to October long weekends): $29 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $12; bus passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child per day. Find out  more about the winter entry surcharge.

    Rest of Year: $17 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $7; bus passengers $6.60 per adult, $2.20 per child per day.

    Passes: Day passes, 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 5 days park entry at price of 4 days (not valid winter). Pensioners are exempt from park entry fees. Download the exemption form.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Snowy Region Visitor Centre - Jindabyne
      (02) 6450 5600
      Contact hours: 8.30am-5pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
    • 49 Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne NSW 2627
    • Email: srvc@environment.nsw.gov.au
      Fax: (02) 6456 1249
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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 NSW 2624
    • Email: perisher@environment.nsw.gov.au
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Dead Horse Gap walking track, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer