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Snow Gums boardwalk

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