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Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko

Thredbo-Perisher area

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
Thredbo-Perisher area
Distance
13km return
Time suggested
4 - 5hrs
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.

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Park info

  • in Thredbo-Perisher area 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: 8.30m-4.30pm 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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Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko walk, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Elinor Sheargold