Covered in snow part of the year
Guthega Alpine Inn
(0km) Car park below Guthega Alpine Inn → Int. of Guthega road servicetrail and Flying fox track
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, the walk follows the concrete road down the hill towards the dam. After about 100m, the track veers right at another intersection, following the lower track. The concrete track turns to the right, but this walk continues straight, onto the wide dirt management trail (between the small boulders). Soon the trail bends right and comes to an intersection with a bush track.
(0.48km) Int. of Guthega road servicetrail and Flying fox track → Flying Fox
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk initially steps over a small, eroded gap in the track and then heads upstream alongside Blue Cow Creek, keeping the creek to your right. Before long, the track comes closer to the creek, and reaches a rocky crossing with a bridge and a flying fox over the creek.
(0.82km) Blue Cow Creek crossing → Illawong Lodge
(3.03km) Illawong Lodge → Suspension bridge
(3.19km) Suspension bridge → Pounds Creek flats
1 hr 13 mins
Pounds Creek Flats
End of day 1
(5.78km) Pounds Creek flats → Twynam saddle
(6.85km) Twynam saddle → Int of Blue Lake track and Little Twynam route
Continue straight: From the top of Little Twynam, the walk follows the ridge running south. The walk heads down the ridgeline, keeping Blue Lake to the right, and tends to the left as Hedley Tarn comes into view. The walk then winds down along the ridgeline, keeping the tarn to the right. After a short distance, the ridge and the hill to the right flattens out substantially and the walk turns down the hill, arcing around towards the southern end of Blue Lake. The walk then crosses Blue Lake Creek, just south of Blue Lake, and almost immediately reaches the intersection of the Hedley Tarn and Blue Lake tracks.
(8.57km) Int of Blue Lake track and Little Twynam route → Int of Main Range and Blue Lake Lookout tracks
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track winding west, up over the foot of a spur and continuing up and around the left-hand side of Blue Lake, steadily climbing up the ridge until coming to a platform with an information sign and a great view of Blue Lake about halfway up.
Continue straight: From the platform, the track heads west, uphill away from Blue Lake. The rocky track climbs up around the side of the hill, coming to a paved area with an information sign, stone seat and an intersection with the Main Range track.
(9.78km) Int of Main Range and Blue Lake Lookout tracks → Carruthers Peak
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Main Range Track’ sign across the saddle then uphill along the clear track. The track winds up along the ridge and in time comes to a rocky clearing on the eastern side of Carruthers Peak (where a short detour will reveal views down to Club Lake). Here the walk bends right and follows the clear track as it winds up the hill to the views at the top of Carruthers Peak.
(11.52km) Carruthers Peak → Int of northern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks
(13.52km) Int of northern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks → Int of southern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks
(15.22km) Int of southern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks → Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track
(15.74km) Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track → Muellers Peak
(16.54km) Muellers Peak → Int of Mt Townsend and northern Lake Albina track
(17.31km) Int of Mt Townsend and northern Lake Albina track → Townsend plateau
Mt Townsend plateau
(18.03km) Townsend plateau → Mt Townsend peak
End of day 2
(18.03km) Townsend plateau → Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track
(20.28km) Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track → Int of Main Range track and Kosciuszko walk
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads south along the clear track, climbing up out of the saddle and along the side of the hill, keeping the valley to your left. The walk heads up many stone steps for about 600m, then flattens out for a little while before coming to a clear and signposted three-way intersection. (Here, the track on the right leads up to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko.)
(21.93km) Int of Main Range track and Kosciuszko path → Mt Kosciuszko
(22.9km) Mt Kosciuszko → Rawson Pass
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the gravel track towards ‘Rawson Pass’ gently downhill, keeping the main valley to your left. The track almost immediately passes an ‘Alpine Walks’ information sign and map as it continues south. After about 500m, the track becomes a stone path that leads a little further to the clearly signposted three-way intersection at ‘Rawson Pass’.
(24.55km) Rawson Pass → Seamans Hut
(26.17km) Seamans Hut → Foremans Hut ruins
1 hr 28 mins
Continue straight: From the creek crossing, this walk generally heads north east following the Snowy River downstream. The walk winds down through the valley until as it narrows to a steep gully where this walk climbs up the side of the hill, around the top of the steep gully. The walk leads through the knee-high dense heath that can really slow progress. After a while, the gully widens out again and this walk heads back down onto the main valley floor, to continue along parallel to the river. After about 2km from the creek crossing, this walk comes to the lone standing brick chimney at the ruins of Foremans Hut.
Foremans Hut Ruins
End of day 3
(30.07km) Foremans Hut ruins → Snow river crossing
(30.56km) Snowy River crossing → Int of Main Range and Blue Lake Lookout tracks
1 hr 7 mins
(33.79km) Int of Main Range and Blue Lake Lookout tracks → Int of Main Range and Mt Twynam tracks
(34.67km) Int of Main Range and Mt Twynam tracks → Int of Mt Twynam and Blue Lake view tracks
(35.62km) Int of Mt Twynam and Blue Lake view tracks → Blue Lake view
(35.62km) Int of Mt Twynam and Blue Lake view tracks → Mt Twynam
(37.57km) Mt Twynam → Blue Cow Creek crossing
2 hrs 49 mins
Turn left: From the saddle, this walk heads east up and around to the left side of Little Twynam. The walk turns left and winds down the ridge, heading towards the ski runs at Guthega to the far east. Following the rocky ridge line, this walk heads down and around the right-hand side of the large flats near the headwaters of Pounds Creek, until the ridge flattens out next to the flats.
Veer right: From the Pounds Creek flats, this walk heads east down the ridge, heading towards the distant Illawong Lodge. The track winds to the east, down the right-hand side of the ridge while staying high out of the gully (which is to your right). The walk winds back onto the ridge line as it flattens out a little. Continuing down through a small tree line, the track heads through thick scrub, following the ridge to the bottom, where the walk comes to the Snowy River crossing at the cable suspension bridge.
Continue straight: From the cable suspension bridge, the walk heads east up the steep hill through the scrub, to Illawong Lodge (the hut at the top).
Turn left: From Illawong Lodge, the walk heads down the hill, on the north side of the building. The track winds and undulates through the valley, heading downstream. The walk crosses several small creeks and generally follows the Snowy River downstream. After quite some time, the track turns right and begins to wind along the side of the ridge, steadily climbing to the top. The track continues fairly steeply down the other side of the ridge, towards Blue Cow Creek. The walk then crosses Blue Cow Creek on the bridge next to the metal flying fox.
(44.18km) Flying Fox → Int. of Guthega road servicetrail and Flying fox track
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk heads up the hill away from the creek. The track winds up through the heath towards the snow gums. There are a couple of short, steep sections in the track, just near the top of the hill. Near the top, the track passes between some boulders and comes to a ‘T’ intersection with a management trail, and there is a view of part of the Guthega village, up to the right. (There is broken glass along this section of track, left over from Snowy River Scheme Camps).
(44.51km) Int. of Guthega road servicetrail and Flying fox track → Car park below Guthega Alpine Inn
Turn sharp right: From the intersection, just below the building named ‘Toibunga’, this walk follows Guthega Rd up the hill. The road soon passes a stone building and street light. There are great views over the valley to the right as the road climbs the hill. Soon, the road widens into a car park – The Guthega Alpine Inn is up the hill to the left.
Maps for the Main Range Circuit from Guthega walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Perisher Valley||1:25 000 Map Series||85252S PERISHER VALLEY||NSW-85252S|
|Chimneys Ridge||1:25 000 Map Series||85241N CHIMNEYS RIDGE||NSW-85241N|
|Kosciuszko||1:100 000 Map Series||8525 KOSCIUSZKO||8525|
|Jacobs River||1:100 000 Map Series||8524 JACOBS RIVER||8524|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough unclear track (5/6)|
|Signs||No directional signs (5/6)|
|Experience Required||High level of bushwalking experience recommended (5/6)|
|Weather||Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety (5/6)|
|Infrastructure||No facilities provided (5/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
31km of this walk has short steep hills and another 9km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 3.1km is very steep and the remaining 2.4km is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
14km of this walk follows a rough unclear track and another 14km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 14km follows a clear and well formed track or trail and a 2.2km section follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining 960m follows a smooth and hardened path.
16km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 15km Has no directional signs. Whilst another 9km has directional signs at most intersection and the remaining 6km has minimal directional signs.
18km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience and another 13km requires a leader with a high level of bushwalking experience. Whilst another 8km requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience and the remaining 5km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
30km of this walk is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety and another 8km forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety. Whilst another 6km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety and the remaining 1.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
21km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 12km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). Whilst another 6km has no facilities provided and the remaining 6km has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).
This walk starts at the end of Kosciuszko Road, Charlotte Pass, and follows a paved footpath down, between lightly scattered snow gums, to the bottom of the valley, where it comes to the famous Snowy River. The Foremans Hut ruins can be found along the optional side trip described in the notes.
Total climbing: 123m
1.6 km Return
From Guthega village, this walk leads you over Blue Cow Creek and alongside the Snowy River to Illawong Lodge and the suspension bridge. You will be using a narrow, unsignposted but generally clear track. A flying fox is in place over Blue Cow Creek, however a more modern bridge offers a safer path across. This walk takes you to remote (locked) hut on the flat plain beside the Snowy River, where the suspension bridge provides great views up and down the valley.
Total climbing: 343m
6.4 km Return
2 hrs 45 mins
6.4 km Return
2 hrs 30 mins
This walk starts from the end of Kosciuszko Road, at Charlotte Pass, and follows the signposted Main Range Track to the Blue Lake lookout. The walk crosses the famous Snowy River along the way. The Blue Lake lookout is located a short walk down sidetrack and provides stunning views of the lake. There are a series of information signs that provide information on how this lake and other features in the area where formed.
Total climbing: 542m
9.3 km Return
Starting at Charlotte Pass, this walk follows the Summit Walk, along the old Kosciuszko Road, as it crosses the Snowy River and passes Seamans Hut. The walk then makes its way to Rawsons Pass, where there is the optional side trip to the top of Mt Kosciuszko. From here, the walk follows the metal walkway down past the Rams Head Range to the Chairlift, and down to Thredbo.
Total climbing: 431m
12.2 km One way
This popular walk starts with a ride up to the top of the Kosciuszko Express chairlift, and goes to the top of Mt Kosciuszko. From the top of the chairlift, the walk follows a footpath, passing the Kosciuszko and Cootapatamba lookouts, as it winds up to Rawson Pass. At Rawson Pass, the walk meets the old Kosciuszko road and Australia’s highest public toilet. From here, the walk continues up the footpath to the top of Mt Kosciuszko. Enjoy the view, and return the same way. If you would prefer the extra walk, you can avoid the chairlift by following Merrits Nature trail or the Dead Horse Gap track.
Total climbing: 459m
12.4 km Return
This walk starts from Guthega and makes its way along the Snowy River to the Illawong Lodge, via the Blue Cow Creek flying fox. From the lodge, the walk crosses the suspension bridge and begins the climb up the ridge past Pounds Creek Flats to the top of Mt Twynam. From here, there is an optional side trip along the ridge line to a point with better views of the lake, before returning to Guthega.
Total climbing: 913m
14.8 km Return
6 hrs 45 mins
This walk starts at the end of the road at Charlotte Pass, and follows the Old Kosciuszko Road as it winds through the mountains to Rawson Pass. The walk passes the well known Snowy River and Seamans Hut. Rawson Pass is at the foot of Australia’s highest mountain, and there are great views along the main range. Rawson Pass is also home to the highest public toilets in Australia.
Total climbing: 461m
15.2 km Return
5 hrs 30 mins
This walk explores the wonderful alpine country between Guthega village and Charlotte Pass at the end of Kosciuszko Rd. Starting with views of Guthega Dam, the walk visits Illawong Lodge and crosses the Snowy River suspension bridge before climbing up to Mt Twynam. Once on the Main Range track, you can take short side trips to Carruthers Peak and Blue Lake Lookout before crossing the Snowy River again and walking up to Charlotte Pass. A great walk for people who enjoy some off-track sections in their walks.
Total climbing: 908m
15.2 km One way
6 hrs 30 mins
This great walk starts at Guthega and explores the area east of Blue Lake. The walk heads to the Illawong Lodge, via the Blue Cow Creek flying fox, and then crosses the famous Snowy River at the suspension bridge. The walk then winds up the long ridge to the top of Little Twynam and down to Blue Lake. From Blue lake there are optional side trips to Headley Tarn and up to the Blue Lake lookout, before returning to Guthega.
Total climbing: 1120m
17.4 km Return
This popular walk starts at Charlotte Pass and follows the Old Kosciuszko Road, as it winds through the mountains, to Rawsons Pass, then continues to the top of Kosciuszko. The walk passes the well known Snowy River and Seamans Hut. From Rawsons Pass it is a fairly short walk up the footpath to Mt Kosciuszko’s peak. On a clear day the views span all the way to the horizon in every direction from the highest spot in Australia.
Total climbing: 611m
18.5 km Return
This full day walk explores some of the greatest alpine country on offer in NSW. The walk grants views of Blue, Club and Albina Lakes, climbs to the top of Mt Kosciuszko and crosses the famous Snowy River twice. This main range circuit is one of the classic walks in New South Wales, as the views in clear weather extend all the way over the mountainous landscape to the distant horizon. If you want to stay overnight there is a flat area for camping at Wilkinsons Creek, described as a side trip.
Total climbing: 920m
21.9 km Circuit
This great overnight walk explores the Kosciusko National Park between Guthega and Thredbo, visiting some fantastic sights along the way like the Snowy River, Blue Lake and Mt Twynam, Lake Albina and Mt Kosiuszko. The Wilkinsons Creek camping area is a nice place to stop and reflect as the sun sets. There is even a chance for a bite to eat at Australia’s highest restaurant, at the top of the chair lift.
Total climbing: 1364m
25.8 km One way
This great overnight walk starts from Charlotte Pass and provides access to some of the best sights around the Kosciuszko National Park. Just a few of the features along this walk include reaching the summits of the two tallest peaks in Australia, looking down on some glacial lakes and crossing the famous Snowy River.
Total climbing: 1260m
27.7 km Circuit
Other Nearby walks
This pleasant snowshoe walk starts from the car park at Guthega. You will wander down the gently hill following a wide trail, then cross Guthega Dam wall. There are great views over the pondage as you continue along the snow covered trail past Guthega Shaft. The flat trail soon ends and the more challenging walking starts as you make your way along the side of Guthega River valley, gently leading down to the edge of the river. A little upstream is a small timber bridge. Do not walk on or anywhere near the ice on the pondage – the water level often changes and the ice will not hold your weight.
Total climbing: 115m
3.3 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
On this walk, you will visit the old Guthega Trig station and its wide views over the Guthega Dam, the township and surrounding country side. The walk initially leads along management trails and across the dam wall before following a narrow foot pad up the ridge between Guthega River and Falls Creek. The ridge leads fairly steeply through a variety of vegetation before revealing its wide vistas at about 1860m above sea level.
Total climbing: 377m
6 km Return
Very experienced only
This winter-only snowshoe walk starts from the Smiggins Centre and follows a snow pole line and cross-country ski trail to Perisher Valley. Starting along the road, you soon follow a snow pole line up and behind Mt Piper. There are some wide vistas over Perisher Creek Valley along sections of this walk. There are some great places to stop and just wander around and enjoy the snow. A free shuttle bus service operates during the ski season between Perisher and Smiggins.
Total climbing: 167m
5.2 km One way
2 hrs 45 mins
This well signposted, winter-only snowshoe walk is a great way to get into snowshoeing for the first time. Starting from Perisher Village, this walk soon leaves the main road to follow a series of snow poles up a gully and around a small hill. There are some interesting information signs to help you learn more about amazing battle for life under the snow. On a sunny day, the contrast between the rocks, sky and snow might mean you fill the memory card in your camera – allow some extra time to explore the area.
Total climbing: 84m
3 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
This snowshoe walk follows a winter-only route. From Perisher Valley, you walk up along the Kosciuszko Rd to a gap, just past the last ski lift. Here you leave the road to follow the snow pole line up along the Wheatley Link among the snow gums and crossing some open plains. This link leads up to a valley below Porcupine Rocks, where you follow the snow poles and valley back down towards Perisher. A great walk for people comfortable on snowshoes and wanting to explore a more remote area near Perisher Valley.
Total climbing: 251m
7.3 km Circuit
Starting at the Perisher Valley Reservoir, this walk heads up through Rock Creek valley to the the panoramic views from Porcupine Rocks. On this walk, you will wander through button grass plains and among groves of snow gums whilst passing some granite tors. From the top of this walk, there are great views down both Perisher Valley and Thredbo River Valley as well as to Mt Duncan.
Total climbing: 214m
5.6 km Return
2 hrs 30 mins
This walk explores the alpine country and huts around the Munyang River. You will explore parts of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, starting with the Munyang /Guthega Power station, before climbing up the steep old road to find some great views down the valley. Optional side trips can take you to the Gate House, Horse Camp Hut and White’s River Hut, adding further variety to your day. Loop back to the start using the aqueduct trail down Disappointment Spur, visiting another hut on the way.
Total climbing: 649m
14.1 km Circuit
5 hrs 30 mins
This full day (or overnight) walk visits a series of interesting huts whilst exploring some open alpine country and parts of the Snowy Mountains Scheme. Starting at the Guthega / Munyang Power station, you climb up the steep old road to find some great views down the valley. Optional side trips visit the Gate House, Horse Camp Hut and White’s River Hut. The alternate exit via Disappointment Spur gives some variety on the return journey and the chance to visit another historic hut.
Total climbing: 918m
22.4 km Return
This popular walk explores the snow gums and alpine grasslands between Kosciuszko Rd and Rainbow Lake. The lake is the main focal point for the walk and is a great place to rest or have lunch. The man-made lake was built in the early 1900’s to provide water to the Hotel Kosciusko, it is now a natural, historic and beautiful point of interest to visitors.
Total climbing: 109m
2.5 km Return
This short walk starts at Charlotte Pass and follows a stone path, then boardwalk, discovering snow gums and two great lookouts. The first lookout provides great views west, up the Snowy River and Club Lake Creek to the Main Range and Australia’s highest peaks. The next lookout is high on a rocky outcrop on Guthrie Range and provides a fantastic 360 degree view of the surrounding area.
Total climbing: 15m
374 m Return
This nice walk starts from Charlotte Pass and follows the old Kosciuszko Road through the mountains to Seamans Hut, crossing the famous Snowy River along the way. Seamans Hut is a great place to enjoy lunch and is openly available for day use (and for emergency use at night). Most of this walk gives excellent grandstand views across the valley and down the Snowy River. The walk follows a well defined management trail (that was once a public road) with signposts along the way.
Total climbing: 332m
12 km Return
4 hrs 30 mins
Starting at the end of the road at Charlotte Pass, this walk follows the old Kosciuszko Road towards the main range, stopping at the bridge over the Snowy River. At this point the Snowy River is still in its infancy, as is starts its long journey to the ocean in Victoria. The walk follows a well defined management trail that was a public road until 1976.
Total climbing: 237m
9 km Return
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Snowy Mountains weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
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* KML (google earth file)
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Special Maps/ brochures
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