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Porcupine walk

Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Porcupine walk.

Track grading

Grade 3

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    5.7km return

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

Porcupine walk is in the Perisher area of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there from Jindabyne:

  • Drive 33km along Kosciuszko Road to Perisher Valley.
  • After 400m take the first left after the Man from Snowy River Hotel.
  • Then take the first right and follow the road until you reach the gravel carpark at the Perisher Valley Reservoir.

Winter road access

Kosciuszko Road is closed between Perisher and Charlotte Pass from June to October long weekends.

All 2WD vehicles need to carry snow chains in winter, between June and October long weekends, on:

  • Kosciuszko Road (to Perisher)
  • Guthega Road
  • Alpine Way between Thredbo and Tom Groggin

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.

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • Snow chains required after snow

Parking

Parking is available at the reservoir carpark.

Facilities

The nearest public toilet facilities are located 850m away, at the NSW National Parks Perisher Office building, on Kosciuszko Road (generally not open on weekends in summer).

Facilities in the Perisher Skitube building may be open in summer. You'll also find rubbish bins, tables, and vending machines selling water and snacks in these buildings.

Carpark

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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.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + 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

  • In winter you can snowshoe on the dedicated snowshoe track, or cross-country ski on the marked Porcupine cross-country ski trail.
  • Walking is not recommended in winter when this track is snowbound.

Prohibited

Camping

Cycling

Bicycles, including fat bikes or snow bikes, are not permitted on this walking track.

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.

Porcupine walk

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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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Purple flowering heath, Perisher Valley, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer/OEH