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Schlink Hut walking track

Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park

Overview

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.

Where
Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
22km return
Time suggested
2 days
Grade
Grade 5
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.

If you're planning to loan a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) from one of these locations, wait and fill out your trip intention form in person.

Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

This walk is snowbound in winter, between June and October. You can cross-country ski or snowshoe, but there are no snow poles marking this ungroomed route.

What to
bring
Drinking water, sunscreen, hat, snacks, cooking water, clothes for all weather conditions, tent, sleeping bag, personal locator beacon, raincoat
Please note
  • This walking track is best experienced as a 2-day hike, camping overnight outside one of the 3 huts. Please note huts are for emergency shelter only.
  • If walking shorter sections, Horse Camp Hut is 8km return, and White’s River Hut is 16km return.
  • Take care on the first 3km of the track as maintenance vehicles may use this road.
  • If you're riding a bike, please give way to walkers.

This long, high altitude hike is best experienced as a 2-day walk, camping overnight beside one of the huts. Starting from Guthega Power Station (Munyang) across the Snowy River, it climbs a gravel road which zig zags steeply uphill. 

After around 4km, look on your left for the unmarked track to Horse Camp Hut. Built in the 1950s for surveyors this corrugated iron hut has a distinctive red door. If you started late, the flat grassy area outside the hut is a good place to camp.

Back on the main track, continue another 4km to White’s River Hut. You’ll pass some of the oldest snow gums in the park, heath, and boulder fields that are home to rare mountain pygmy possums.

Built for shepherds in 1934, then used by ski tourers, White’s River Hut is a good stop to refuel or camp before the 1.5km hike up the valley to Schlink Pass. At 1800m, this is the highest point on the walk. Next is Schlink Hut, 1.5km downhill. Also called the Hilton, for its size, it was built in 1961 for maintenance workers. Rest or set up camp overnight before returning the way you came.

In summer, intrepid hikers and riders can continue along Valentine trail to Valentine Hut or tackle the steep winding descent to Geehi Reservoir.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

Think Before You TREK

Are you planning a bushwalk, going somewhere remote or where the weather is extreme? Stay safe by planning your trip for all conditions and telling someone about it.

Bushwalkers in Wollemi National Park. Photo: Daniel Tran/DPIE

 

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Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) in a tree. Photo: Courtesy of Taronga Zoo/OEH

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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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Exterior of White's River Hut along Schlink Hut walking track, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH