Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park
Cascade 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.
- 10km one-way
- Time suggested
- 3hrs 15min
- Entry fees
- Park entry fees apply
- Opening times
Cascade 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
- 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 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.
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- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- Snowy Region Visitor Centre
- 8.30am to 5pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
- 02 6450 5600
- 49 Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne NSW 2627
- 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. Single and Multi-Day passes are also available via the Park'nPay app. 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). Read our Annual Pass FAQs for information.Buy annual pass