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Blue Lake lookout

Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Blue Lake lookout is in Kosciuszko National Park near Main Range walk. It’s a great spot to take in stunning views of the majestic Blue Lake.

Blue Lake is one of only 4 glacial lakes on mainland Australia, and Blue Lake lookout is well worth a visit if you’re tackling the challenging Main Range walk. Providing a safe vantage point, you can enjoy spectacular views of the lake, glacial erosion and alpine high country.

Blue Lake was listed as a Ramsar Wetland of international significance in 1996, and is a rare example of a near-natural alpine wetland. It’s home to several threatened and endangered plant and animal species, including the mountain pygmy-possum, alpine tree frog and anemone buttercup.

When visiting Blue Lake lookout, please keep to the track as much as possible to avoid damaging this pristine environment. The nearby paths to the lake, creek and Hedley Tarn are closed to allow the area to recover.

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  • Main Range walk and mountains, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: E Sheargold © OEH

    Main Range walk

    Intrepid hikers can tackle the challenging Main Range walk, which takes in glacial lakes, historic huts, and the summit of Mount Kosciuszko, across alpine high country in Kosciuszko National Park.

These maps give a basic overview of park attractions and facilities, and may not be detailed enough for some activities. We recommend that you buy a topographic map before you go exploring.

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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. 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).

    Read our Annual Pass FAQs for information.

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