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Cascade Hut trail

Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park

Overview

Cascade Hut trail is a popular mountain biking and walking trail that takes you to an historic alpine hut. In winter, strap on cross-country skis or snowshoes to enjoy this trail near Thredbo.

Where
Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park
Distance
10km one-way
Time suggested
3hrs 15min
Grade
Medium
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

Cascade Hut trail is open to bike riders and walkers in summer and for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter. Fat bikes permitted year-round.

What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, suitable clothing, snacks, bike repair kit
Please note
  • If you're riding a bike, please give way to walkers along this track.
  • It's a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.
  • Fill in the free trip intention form and hire a PLB from the Snowy Region Visitor Centre.

Cascade Hut trail is one to try in every season. In summer, bring your mountain bike or hiking boots: the remote path twists through snow gum woodland and the beauty of Pilot Wilderness Area. In winter the trail turns white with snow, offering terrific opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or fat biking. Spring-blooming wildflowers herald the return of warmer months.

This versatile trail, which is part of the Australian Alps walking track, is great for beginners and experts alike. Starting from Dead Horse Gap, on Alpine Way near Thredbo, it's a 10km ride or walk one-way (20km return) to historic Cascade Hut, deep in the Pilot Wilderness Area.

A high point on the trail, Bob’s Ridge, offers a scenic lookout across the Murray River valley into Victoria, so be sure to bring some binoculars.

If you're keen for a multi-day challenge, continue along the Pilot Wilderness mountain bike ride, past the Tin Mine huts turnoff on to Ingeegoodbee trail, then Nine Mile trail which connects with Barry Way - where you’ll need to be collected at Pinch River campground.

 

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

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

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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 from purchase); 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 NPWS visitor centres, local agents and operating vehicle entry stations. Read our Annual Pass FAQs for information. Short Breaks Pass: $68 for 5 days park entry at price of 4 days (not valid winter). Eligible pensioners can apply for a complementary NPWS concession pass, to get free park entry. Download the exemption form (154KB doc).

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  • More
    • Perisher Valley office
      02 6457 4444
      Contact hours: Winter (June to October long weekends): Daily 8.30am to 4pm. Closed 12 to 1pm. Rest of year: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4pm. Closed 12 to 1pm weekdays, all day Saturday and Sunday.
    • 9914 Kosciuszko Road, Perisher Valley NSW 2624
    • Email: perisher@environment.nsw.gov.au
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Cascade Hut multi-use trail, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray van der Veer