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Thirlmere Lakes walking track

Thirlmere Lakes National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Thirlmere Lakes walking track.

Track grading

Features of this track


6km loop


1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min

Quality of markings

Sign posted

Experience required

No experience required




Occasional steps

Quality of path

Rough track, many obstacles

Getting there and parking

Thirlmere Lakes walking track starts at Couridjah picnic area in the southern precinct of Thirlmere Lakes National Park. To get there:

  • If travelling north from Buxton on West Parade, turn left into Slades Road or Pumphouse Road.
  • If travelling south from Picton, turn right onto Slades Road and continue to the picnic area, which will be on the left.


Parking is available at Couridjah picnic area.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Thirlmere Lakes National Park. Here are some of the highlights.


Admire the ground orchids and active birdlife along Thirlmere Lakes track, or enjoy a pleasant picnic and barbecue at Lake Couridjah picnic area.


Photo opportunities with frost and misty lakes make this a great time of year to capture an iconic photograph.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


14°C and 28°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


2°C and 17°C

Lowest recorded

-10° C


Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day


Maps and downloads

Safety messages

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 Plus 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).

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Do not swim or go paddling in Thirlmere Lakes when water levels are low.


Gathering firewood

No fires permitted.


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.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Thirlmere Lakes walking track

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