Charlotte Pass Village to Perisher Valley walk

Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park

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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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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/charlotte-pass-village-to-perisher-valley-walk/local-alerts

General enquiries

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.

    Buy annual pass (//pass.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/).
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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Charlotte Pass Village to Perisher Valley walk.

Track grading

Features of this track

Distance

12.9km one-way

Time

4 - 6hrs

Quality of markings

Sign posted

Experience required

Some bushwalking experience recommended

Gradient

Short steep hills

Steps

Many steps

Quality of path

Formed track, some obstacles

Getting there and parking

Charlotte Pass Village to Perisher Valley walk is in the Thredbo-Perisher area of Kosciuszko National Park. You can start the walk from either Charlotte Pass Village or Perisher Valley.

To get to Charlotte Pass Village and walk from there:

  • Drive along Kosciuszko Road from Jindabyne.
  • Go past Smiggin Holes and Perisher Valley ski resorts.
  • Continue for about 10 minutes after passing Perisher resort and turn left onto Charlotte way towards Charlotte Pass Village.

To get to Perisher Valley and walk from there:

  • Drive along Kosciuszko Road from Jindabyne.
  • Go past the ski resort of Smiggin Holes.

In winter (June to October) the walk is snowbound and only accessible on cross-country skis or snowshoes. There are no snow poles marking the route and experience in backcountry winter travel is necessary. If you plan to access this area in winter, please refer to Alpine safety advice.

Road quality

  • Sealed road to Charlotte Pass Village.
  • Snow chains are recommended for all vehicles driving in the park, including 4WD and AWD, in the event of extreme weather. Read our snow driving in Kosciuszko tips.

  • Mixture of sealed and unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • Most roads suitable for 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • Snow chains required after snow

Parking

  • Parking is available at both Perisher Valley and Charlotte Pass Village.
  • Additional parking at Perisher Valley is available in the main Perisher carpark near the NPWS visitor centre. The trackhead can then be accessed by walking 700m along Porcupine Road and Galaxia Place.
  • Parking at the trackheads is limited. Arrive early, consider carpooling, or book a shuttle with a local operator to avoid disappointment.
  • Contact a local visitor centre for more information on shuttle operators.

In winter:

  • There is no private vehicle access to parking at Charlotte Pass Village.
  • Park at Perisher Valley and arrange a shuttle with a local operator.

Facilities

Toilets

Toilers are available at Charlotte Pass Village and Perisher Valley. Perisher Valley toilets are only open 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Alpine safety

Alpine areas present special safety issues. Conditions can be extreme and may change rapidly, particularly in winter. It’s important to be prepared and find out how to stay safe in alpine areas.

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Permitted

Camping


Camping is permitted on this walk but not within the drinking water catchment of Perisher (Rock Creek reservoir).

Fishing

You can fish in rivers and streams between the October and June long weekends. A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required to fish in all waters. Fishing in dams and lakes is permitted year-round, but some waterways may close temporarily or have restrictions. Refer to the NSW Recreational Freshwater Fishing Guide for information.

Prohibited

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

No open or wood fires are permitted in alpine areas. Remember to bring a gas or fuel stove if you intend to cook.

Cycling

Drones

Flying a drone for recreational purposes is prohibited in this area. Drones may affect public enjoyment, safety and privacy, interfere with park operations, or pose a threat to wildlife. See the Drones in Parks policy.

This area may be a declared Drone Exclusion Zone, or may be subject to Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) rules for flying near airports, aerodromes and helicopter landing sites. See CASA's Drone Flyer Rules.

Commercial filming and photography

Commercial filming or photography is prohibited without prior consent. You must apply for permission and contact the local office.

Gathering firewood

Generators

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas. The alpine resorts of Thredbo, Perisher, Charlotte Pass, Selwyn, Ski Rider and Kosciuszko Tourist Park are exempt, though some commercial and outdoor places within these resorts may have no smoking areas.

Visitor centre

Learn more

Charlotte Pass Village to Perisher Valley walk is in Thredbo-Perisher area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Explore the rooftop of Australia

Snowy Region Visitor in Jindabyne, gateway to Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Elinor Sheargold/OEH

Skiers and snowboarders will be familiar with the fabulous snow sport facilities at Thredbo, Perisher and Charlotte Pass, but there are endless activities year-round. This area is a mecca for walkers and riders. Take in the spectacular 3600 views from Snow Gums boardwalk or Dead Horse Gap walk. A hike to Mount Kosciuszko is a must, while the awe-inspiring Main Range loop explores glacial lakes and the dramatic Western Fall. Take to 2 wheels on Thredbo Valley track, or get an adrenaline charge on the famous Cannonball Run. If you need some inspiration, stop by the Snowy Region Visitor Centre for tips on top experiences, guided tours, and where to stay. Kids can also learn more on a school excursion to the Kosciuszko Education Centre.

  • Cross-country skiing activities in Perisher Feel the thrill of carving fresh tracks on the cross-country trails with Perisher X-Country. It’s a beautiful way to experience the alpine environment of Kosciuszko National Park.
  • Kosciuszko laser biathlon sessions Whether it's summer or winter, give the thrilling sport of biathlon a try. With the help of instructors from NSW Biathlon, you'll learn to combine the skill of laser target shooting with skiing or roller skiing.
  • Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko This iconic day walk from Thredbo will have you conquering the summit of Mount Kosciuszko in a couple of hours. You'll quite literally be on a high as you soak in the epic views from Australia's highest point.
  • Perisher Valley Office Perisher Valley Office, in the heart of Perisher Valley, is a handy last-minute stop for advice, maps, hiking essentials and important information before your alpine adventures in Kosciuszko National Park.
  • Schlink Hut walking track Schlink Hut walking track is a high alpine hiking or mountain biking adventure near Perisher, visiting 3 historic huts in Kosciuszko National Park. Winter access is by snowshoe or cross-country skiing only.
  • Snowy Mountains retreats with the Wim Hof Method Rediscover the possibilities of your mind and body over 3 incredible days in the Snowy Mountains. Hike, swim and learn the Wim Hof Method on an invigorating guided tour with Wild Things Anatomy.
  • Snowy Region Visitor Centre Snowy Region Visitor Centre, in Jindabyne, is a great place for visitors to get information, brochures, maps and park entry passes before heading into Kosciuszko National Park.
  • Thredbo Valley track adventure rides Experienced mountain bike riders can get their thrills on Thredbo Valley track in Kosciuszko National Park. From the world-class 37km ride, to short technical sections, try these adventure options.
  • Thredbo Valley track easy rides If you're looking for an easy mountain bike ride in the Snowy Mountains, try these family-friendly sections of the famous Thredbo Valley track, between Thredbo village and historic Bullocks Hut.
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World-class wilderness

Blue Lake, on Main Range walk in Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: E Sheargold/OEH

In recognition of Kosciuszko's unique value as a conservation area, it's been named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. More than half of the area of the park, over 350,000ha, has been declared wilderness, including the rugged Western Fall wilderness of the Main Range. It also contains Blue Lake, a rare cirque lake formed by the head of a glacier. Blue Lake is a listed  Ramsar site, recognised for the role it plays in preserving rare and threatened species. The Australian Alps received National Heritage recognition in 2008, and were named one of Australia's National Landscapes.

  • Schlink Hut walking track Schlink Hut walking track is a high alpine hiking or mountain biking adventure near Perisher, visiting 3 historic huts in Kosciuszko National Park. Winter access is by snowshoe or cross-country skiing only.

Alpine plants and animals

Corroboree frog (Pseudophryne corroboree), Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

The park has over 200 species of alpine flowering plants and provides important habitat to nationally endangered species, such as southern corroboree frogs and broad-toothed rats. Ancient snow gums, twisted and stunted from the blasting effects of wind, snow and ice, mix with alpine ash and fragrant alpine mint bush. Above the treeline only heath, snow grass and the hardiest plants face the cold. Slow-growing mountain plum pine, some over 500 years-old, cling to boulders for warmth, providing shelter and food for threatened mountain pygmy-possums. Bogs of spongy sphagnum moss soak up the snow melt, to be released into alpine streams. From late spring to early summer, the heath is dotted with patches of wildflowers like alpine sunrays and snow daisies, yellow billy buttons, and the anemone buttercup, found only in Kosciuszko National Park.

  • Biodiversity survey The biodiversity survey school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park for Stage 4 (Years 7-8) students focuses on Science. Investigate what 'biodiversity' means and use field equipment to assess the biodiversity of sample quadrats along a transect in the montane forest.
  • Biodiversity survey The Biodiversity survey school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park for Stage 5 (Years 9-10) students focuses on science and fieldwork skills. Investigate what 'biodiversity' means and use field equipment to assess the biodiversity of sample quadrats along a transect in the montane forest.
  • Charlotte Pass Village to Perisher Valley walk 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.
  • Environmental scientist Primary students learn to think like an environmental scientist in this Stage 3 Science and Technology excursion. They'll investigate living things and their habitats in Kosciuszko National Park, and then plan and do their own simple scientific investigation.
  • Going up the mountain Going up the mountain is a school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park for Stage 6 (Years 11-12) students focusing on Geography. Students will use field work to record and compare the geology, weather, native plants, animals, human use and sustainability of the montane, sub-alpine and alpine ecosystems.
  • 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.
  • Kosciuszko - a special place Kosciuszko a special place is a presentation for stage 6 (year 11-12) students focusing on Geography. This excursion highlights the unique natural and cultural features of Kosciuszko National Park, interaction of the four spheres, human impacts, sustainability and park management. Students have the opportunity to have their questions answered by an NPWS education officer.
  • 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.
  • Muzzlewood track Muzzlewood track is a summer mountain bike trail between Thredbo Diggings campground and Bullocks Flat, in Kosciuszko National Park. It’s popular with experienced riders, and is easily combined with Thredbo Valley track.
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Unique landscapes

Snowy River crossing at Charlotte Pass on Main Range walk, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Elinor Sheargold/DPIE

Kosciuszko National Park is a huge park containing Australia's only true alpine environment, the highest part of the Great Dividing Range, and all of NSW's ski resorts. Above the treeline of snow gums - the only trees to grow at this altitude - is a unique landscape of alpine herb fields, feldmark, bogs and tarns. A walk to the highest peak in mainland Australia, Mount Kosciuszko, is the perfect way to see this landscape. Walk from Thredbo or Charlotte Pass, and marvel at the huge granite tors and lakes carved out during Australia's last Ice Age, between 35,000 and 10,000 years ago.

  • Cross-country mountain bike tours Challenge yourself on the brilliant trails of Kosciuszko National Park with K7 Adventures. From beginner to advanced level, there's a mountain bike experience waiting for you in the Snowy Mountains.
  • Environmental scientist Primary students learn to think like an environmental scientist in this Stage 3 Science and Technology excursion. They'll investigate living things and their habitats in Kosciuszko National Park, and then plan and do their own simple scientific investigation.
  • Going up the mountain Going up the mountain is a school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park for Stage 6 (Years 11-12) students focusing on Geography. Students will use field work to record and compare the geology, weather, native plants, animals, human use and sustainability of the montane, sub-alpine and alpine ecosystems.
  • 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.
  • Kosciuszko - a special place Kosciuszko a special place is a presentation for stage 6 (year 11-12) students focusing on Geography. This excursion highlights the unique natural and cultural features of Kosciuszko National Park, interaction of the four spheres, human impacts, sustainability and park management. Students have the opportunity to have their questions answered by an NPWS education officer.
  • Kosciuszko introductory mountaineering courses Learn mountaineering fundamentals on these thrilling multi-day expeditions at Kosciuszko with the expert guides of Climbing the Seven Summits.
  • Kosciuszko laser biathlon sessions Whether it's summer or winter, give the thrilling sport of biathlon a try. With the help of instructors from NSW Biathlon, you'll learn to combine the skill of laser target shooting with skiing or roller skiing.
  • Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko This iconic day walk from Thredbo will have you conquering the summit of Mount Kosciuszko in a couple of hours. You'll quite literally be on a high as you soak in the epic views from Australia's highest point.
  • Mount Kosciuszko guided day walk experience Join the friendly guides of Bang Fitness Adventures to walk Australia’s highest trails in Kosciuszko National Park. Enjoy the company of a small group of like-minded adventurers as you immerse yourself in majestic views of alpine high country and summit Australia’s highest peak.
  • Mount Kosciuszko guided sunset hikes Taken in heavenly sunset views from Australia’s highest peak, then stargaze as you hike back down to Thredbo village on this exciting summer hike with the friendly guides of Thredbo Resort.
  • Mountain bike adventures for schools Mountain biking on Thredbo Valley track in Kosciuszko National Park is a fantastic experience for students. Let Action Learning Initiatives design the perfect program for your school group.
  • Snowy Mountains 5-day walking tour Escape to the Snowy Mountains and explore Kosciuszko National Park with Park Trek. This 5-day guided walking holiday visits highlights like Blue Lake, Thredbo Valley and Mount Kosciuszko.
  • Snowy Mountains Backcountry winter sports tours Discover the pristine winter beauty of Kosciuszko National Park by ski, snowboard or snowshoe with the expert guides of Snowy Mountains Backcountry.
  • Snowy Mountains Main Range guided hiking tours Explore the hidden gems of the Snowy Mountains on a hiking tour with Wilderness Sports. Your friendly guides will take you to places of spectacular beauty along Main Range in Kosciuszko National Park.
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Plants and animals protected in this park

Animals

  • Bare-nosed wombat. Photo: Keith Gillett

    Bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus)

    A large, squat marsupial, the Australian bare-nosed wombat is a burrowing mammal found in coastal forests and mountain ranges across NSW and Victoria. The only other remaining species of wombat in NSW, the endangered southern hairy-nosed wombat, was considered extinct until relatively recently.

  • Emu, Paroo Darling National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)

    The largest of Australian birds, the emu stands up to 2m high and is the second largest bird in the world, after the ostrich. Emus live in pairs or family groups. The male emu incubates and rears the young, which will stay with the adult emus for up to 2 years.

  • A juvenile platypus saved by National Parks and Wildlife staff. Photo: M Bannerman/OEH

    Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

    One of the most fascinating and unusual Australian animals, the duck-billed platypus, along with the echidna, are the only known monotremes, or egg-laying mammals, in existence. The platypus is generally found in permanent river systems and lakes in southern and eastern NSW and east and west of the Great Dividing Range.

  • Brush tail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

    Common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)

    One of the most widespread of Australian tree-dwelling marsupials, the common brushtail possum is found across most of NSW in woodlands, rainforests and urban areas. With strong claws, a prehensile tail and opposable digits, these native Australian animals are well-adapted for life amongst the trees.

  • Eastern common ringtail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

    Common ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus)

    Commonly found in forests, woodlands and leafy gardens across eastern NSW, the Australian ringtail possum is a tree-dwelling marsupial. With a powerful tail perfectly adapted to grasp objects, it forages in trees for eucalypt leaves, flowers and fruit.

  • Echidna. Photo: Ken Stepnell

    Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

    One of only 2 egg-laying mammals in the world, the short-beaked echidna is one of the most widespread of Australian native animals. Covered in spines, or quills, they’re equipped with a keen sense of smell and a tube-like snout which they use to break apart termite mounds in search of ants.

  • Wedge-tailed eagle. Photo: Kelly Nowak

    Wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax)

    With a wingspan of up to 2.5m, the wedge-tailed eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey. These Australian animals are found in woodlands across NSW, and have the ability to soar to heights of over 2km. If you’re bird watching, look out for the distinctive diamond-shaped tail of the eagle.

  • An adult Guthega skink walks along a granite rock, with alpine grass in the background. Photo credit: Mel Schroder © DPE

    Guthega skink (Liopholis guthega)

    The endangered Guthega skink is the highest recorded skink in Australia. It lives only in alpine Kosciuszko National Park, and the Victorian Alps, above 1600m.

Plants

  • Billy Button flowers at Peery Lake picnic area. Photo: Dinitee Haskard OEH

    Billy buttons (Craspedia spp. )

    Billy buttons are attractive Australian native plants that are widespread throughout eastern NSW in dry forest, grassland and alpine regions such as Kosciuszko National Park. The golden-yellow globe-shaped flowers are also known as woollyheads. Related to the daisy, billy buttons are an erect herb growing to a height of 50cm.

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