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Charlotte Pass Village to Perisher Valley walk

Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park

Affected by closures, check current alerts 

Overview

Charlotte Pass Village to Perisher Valley 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.

Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
12.9km one-way
Time suggested
4 - 6hrs
Grade
Grade 3
Trip Intention Form

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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 Valley and Charlotte Pass Village in winter, though the route is passable on skis or can be booked with a local transport operator.
What to
bring
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 Village to Perisher Valley walk is an invigorating day walk. It’s perfect to include in a multi-day bushwalking trip.

Linking Charlotte Pass Village and Perisher Valley, and including the short Porcupine walk, Charlotte Pass Village to Perisher Valley 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 Village to Perisher Valley 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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Also see

  • A trio of hikers rest at Porcupine Rocks, near Perisher, in Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Elinor Sheargold © OEH

    Porcupine walk

    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.

  • Spencers Creek bridge on Guthega to Charlotte Pass walk, in Kosciuszko National Park. Photo credit: Boen Ferguson © DPIE

    Guthega to Charlotte Pass walk

    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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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

General enquiries

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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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