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Charlotte Pass to Illawong walk

Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Charlotte Pass to Illawong walk takes you into the heart of the Australian alps. Located near Thredbo and Perisher, it offers uninterrupted horizons and majestic views.

Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park
No wheelchair access
12.2km return
Time suggested
3-5 hr
Grade 3
Trip Intention Form

It's a good idea to let someone know where you're going. Fill in a trip intention form to send important details about your trip to your emergency contact.

Personal Locator Beacon

If you're planning to loan a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) from one of these locations, wait and fill out your trip intention form in person.

Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times
  • The walk is snowbound in winter, between June and October. Visitors can cross-country ski or snowshoe, but there are no snow poles marking the route.
  • Private vehicle access is closed between Perisher and Charlotte Pass in winter, though the route is passable on skis or can be booked with a local transport operator.
What to
Drinking water, sturdy shoes, clothes for all weather conditions, hat, sunscreen, raincoat, snacks, first aid kit, personal locator beacon, topographic map, compass, gps
Please note
  • Help protect the sensitive alpine environment. Stay on the track when walking and take all waste with you.
  • Toilet facilities are available at Charlotte Pass, but not at Illawong.
  • There is no food or drinking water available at Charlotte Pass or Illawong, so make sure to bring your own.
  • Local shuttle operators are available to provide transport options to and from Charlotte Pass. Contact a local Visitor Centre for more information.

Look out over the breathtaking landscape of the NSW High Country on the Charlotte Pass to Illawong walk. You can tackle it as a return day walk or combine it with other walks into a multi-day bushwalking trip.

Starting from Charlotte Pass and following the Snowy River, you'll walk through picturesque river valley abundant with unique alpine animals and plants like gnarled snow gums and alpine everlasting. As you enjoy stunning views of snow-capped mountain ranges, you'll also have the opportunity to learn about the ancestral land of the Monero Ngarigo People, and cross Spencers Creek on Australia's highest suspension bridge.

Illawong marks the end of the Charlotte Pass to Illawong walk. From here you can either turn around and return to Charlotte Pass or continue along Illawong walk to Guthega Village. If you're continuing on, make sure you've planned your hike in advance and arranged transport to pick you up from Guthega and take you on to wherever your next adventure begins.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Also see

  • Illawong walk, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray van der Veer

    Illawong walk

    Illawong walk in Kosciuszko National Park, near Thredbo and Perisher, is a 5km return bushwalk where you can enjoy birdwatching, picnicking by the river, wildlife photography, or swimming in Snowy River.


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

Conservation program:

Southern corroboree frog conservation project

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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