Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park
All the practical information you need to know about Porcupine walk.
Grade 3Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
Quality of markings
Clearly sign posted
Short steep hills
Quality of path
Formed track, some obstacles
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
- 2WD vehicles
- Snow chains required after snow
Parking is available at the reservoir carpark.
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.
Maps and downloads
Disability access level - no wheelchair access
- 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.
Bicycles, including fat bikes or snow bikes, are not permitted on this walking track.
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.
- 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. 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).Buy annual pass