Guthega to Charlotte Pass walk
Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park
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.
- No wheelchair access
- 9km one-way
- Time suggested
- 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. 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 Guthega and Charlotte Pass, but not at Illawong.
- Cafes in Guthega and Charlotte Pass are opened seasonally during peak holiday periods, check opening hours before you visit. There is otherwise no food or water available, so make sure to bring your own.
- Local shuttle operators are available to provide transport options to and from Guthega and Charlotte Pass. Contact a local Visitor Centre for more information.
Extending from and including the Illawong walk, Guthega to Charlotte Pass walk is an invigorating 9km day walk and an ideal addition to a multi-day bushwalking trip.
Winding through the Australian alps, the walk links Guthega Village and Charlotte Pass. Beginning at Guthega you'll follow the breathtaking Snowy River Valley and experience the full splendour of Kosciuszko National Park's sub-alpine landscape. With uninterrupted horizons and views onto the grandstand of the Main Range, you can fully immerse yourself in nature.
In late spring the mountains come to life as the rivers and creeks swell with snow melt, and the clear, icy water cascades in a mighty rush toward the low country. And as summer arrives, the high country is transformed into a kaleidoscopic carpet of wildflowers.
Look beyond the wonders of nature though, and you'll find a wealth of cultural highlights too. The walk offers the chance to learn about the ancestral land of the Monero Ngarigo People, as well as cross Spencers Creek on Australia's highest suspension bridge.
Illawong walk in Kosciuszko National Park, near Guthega and Charlotte Pass, is a 5km return bushwalk where you can enjoy birdwatching, picnicking by the river, wildlife photography, or swimming in Snowy River.
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.
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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.
- 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