Charlotte Pass to Perisher walk
Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park
Charlotte Pass to Perisher walk lets you explore the natural wonders of NSW high country. 12.9km one way and immersed in nature, it’s an ideal day walk in Thredbo-Perisher area.
- No wheelchair access
- 12.9km one-way
- Time suggested
- 4 - 6hrs
- 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
Hire a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) for free at Snowy Region Visitor Centre in Jindabyne, Perisher Valley Office, Tumut Visitor Centre or Khancoban Visitor Centre.
- Entry fees
- Park entry fees apply
- Opening times
- The walk is snowbound in winter between June and October, and can be impacted by snow all year round. When snowbound, you 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, hat, raincoat, clothes for all weather conditions, first aid kit, personal locator beacon, sunscreen, snacks, food supplies
- Please note
- This trail is quite long and requires a moderate level of fitness.
- Before tackling this walk, it’s a good idea to pick up maps from Snowy Region Visitor Centre in Jindabyne.
- Help protect the sensitive alpine environment. Stay on the track when walking and take all waste with you.
- Toilet facilities are available at both Charlotte Pass and Perisher.
Charlotte Pass to Perisher walk is an invigorating day walk. It’s perfect to include in a multi-day bushwalking trip.
Linking Charlotte Pass and Perisher, and including the short Porcupine walk, Charlotte Pass to Perisher walk flows through the alpine valleys and rugged landscapes of Kosciuszko National Park. As you walk, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful views of high country plains, snow-capped mountain ranges, and clear flowing rivers. You can also see some of the unique animals and plants that make this area special, like ancient snow gums, summer wildflowers, wombats and echidnas.
In late spring the mountains come to life as the snow melts, the rivers and creeks swell, and the icy water cascades toward the low country. During summer the high country is transformed with a burst of colour and the land is carpeted in wildflowers. And in autumn the mountain air is cool and crisp, and the display of stars in the clear night sky is dazzling.
Charlotte Pass to Perisher walk isn’t just a great opportunity to take in some of Australia’s highest peaks and rolling plains. It also provides the opportunity to learn about the ancestral land of the Monero Ngarigo People.
Porcupine walk is a short, family-friendly walking track at Perisher in Kosciuszko National Park. Spot wildflowers as you climb to Porcupine Rocks for breathtaking views of the Thredbo Valley and Main Range.
Take in majestic views of Australia's highest peaks on the Guthega to Charlotte Pass walk, near Thredbo and Perisher. Follow the Snowy River and enjoy the fresh mountain air.
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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