Snow Gums boardwalk
Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park
2021 snow season
The NSW snow season opens 12 June 2021. The only requirement for entry to Kosciuszko National Park is a valid NSW Parks Pass, however if you're planning to camp overnight you must pre-book your campground or campsite before leaving home.
Check with your ski resort for specific COVID-19 restrictions and read our COVID-19 updates to learn more about snow play and other restrictions this year.
Snow Gums boardwalk is an easy walk from Charlotte Pass lookout to Main Range lookout, offering awe-inspiring views of Australia's highest peaks in alpine Kosciuszko.
- Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park
- 0.4km return
- Time suggested
- 15 - 30min
- Grade 3
- Trip Intention Form
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If you're planning to hire a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) from one of these locations, wait and fill out your trip intention form in person.
- Entry fees
- Park entry fees apply
- Opening times
Snow Gums boardwalk is open from the October to June long weekends. This walk is inaccessible in winter when it's snowbound.
- What to
- Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, suitable clothing
Snow Gums boardwalk has one of the greatest – and most easily accessible – views in Kosciuszko National Park. Do you want to see Mount Kosciuszko and some of the country’s other high peaks? They’re right there in front of you. It’s like you’re in a grandstand.
The boardwalk starts at the Charlotte Pass turning circle and follows the tree line that separates the sub-alpine from the expansive alpine landscape. The snow gums you’ll see here – some of them hundreds of years old – are dramatically twisted and stunted due to the blasting effects of wind, snow and ice. In spring, you’ll see wildflowers such as yellow billy buttons, anemone buttercups and paper daises, blooming at ground level. There’ll also likely be snowdrifts higher up, where there are no trees.
The winding boardwalk and lookout platforms are suitable for everyone, and informative signage along the way is a great introduction to the area's unique landscapes, plants and animals. Around 200m from Charlotte Pass lookout, steps lead up to a scenic viewing platform, a few more steps and you'll reach Main Range lookout, which spoils you with sweeping views across the magnificent Snowy Mountains. See if you can spot Mount Kosciuszko summit trail heading up to Rawson Pass, or Main Range walk as it crosses the Snowy River.
Take a virtual tour of Snow Gums boardwalk captured with Google Street View Trekker.
On the way
Charlotte Pass lookout offers easily accessed vistas of Australia’s highest mountains, in the Thredbo-Perisher area of Kosciuszko National Park. Enjoy the views before walking to Mount Kosciuszko’s summit.
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- 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. 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