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Snow Gums boardwalk

Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park

Overview

Snow Gums boardwalk is an easy walk from Charlotte Pass lookout to Main Range lookout, offering awe-inspiring views of Australia's highest peaks in alpine Kosciuszko.

Where
Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park
Accessibility
Hard
Distance
0.4km return
Time suggested
15 - 30min
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

Snow Gums boardwalk is open from the October to June long weekends. This walk is inaccessible in winter when it's snowbound.

What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, suitable clothing

Snow Gums boardwalk has one of the greatest – and most easily accessible – views in Kosciuszko National Park. Do you want to see Mount Kosciuszko and some of the country’s other high peaks? They’re right there in front of you. It’s like you’re in a grandstand.

The boardwalk starts at the Charlotte Pass turning circle and follows the tree line that separates the sub-alpine from the expansive alpine landscape. The snow gums you’ll see here – some of them hundreds of years old – are dramatically twisted and stunted due to the blasting effects of wind, snow and ice. In spring, you’ll see wildflowers such as yellow billy buttons, anemone buttercups and paper daises, blooming at ground level. There’ll also likely be snowdrifts higher up, where there are no trees.

The winding boardwalk and lookout platforms are suitable for everyone, and informative signage along the way is a great introduction to the area's unique landscapes, plants and animals. Around 200m from Charlotte Pass lookout, steps lead up to a scenic viewing platform, a few more steps and you'll reach Main Range lookout, which spoils you with sweeping views across the magnificent Snowy Mountains. See if you can spot Mount Kosciuszko summit trail heading up to Rawson Pass, or Main Range walk as it crosses the Snowy River.

Take a virtual tour of Snow Gums boardwalk captured with Google Street View Trekker.

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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Snow Gums boardwalk, Koscsiuzko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer