Covered in snow part of the year
(0km) End of Kosciuszko Road → Snowy River crossing
Snowy River crossing
(0.79km) Snowy River crossing → Int of Main Range and Blue Lake Lookout tracks
1 hr 7 mins
(4.02km) Int of Main Range and Blue Lake Lookout tracks → Blue Lake lookout
(4.66km) Blue Lake lookout → Hedley Tarn
Veer right: From the south eastern tip of the lake, this walk follows the Blue Lake creek into the shallow gully, where it comes to the intersection of the Little Twynam route about 150m downstream.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track heading south-east, down-stream alongside the creek flowing out of Blue Lake to Hedley Tarn. The walk heads through to the southern end of the shallow gully and around the western side of Hedley Tarn, coming to the southern side. At the end of this side trip, retrace your steps back to the main walk then Continue straight.
(4.66km) Blue Lake lookout → Carruthers Peak
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads west, uphill away from Blue Lake. The walk initially heads along a short section of paved path before continuing along the wide gravel track. The track winds gently uphill for a while, keeping the wide valley to your left. The walk comes to a saddle and a three-way intersection, marked with a ‘Main Range Track’ signpost.
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.
(7.05km) Carruthers Peak → Int of northern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks
(9.04km) Int of northern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks → Int of southern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks
(10.75km) Int of southern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks → Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track
(11.27km) Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track → Muellers Peak
(12.06km) Muellers Peak → Townsend plateau
Veer left: From the saddle, this walk heads north-west up the ridge line, keeping Lake Albina on your right (as it soon goes out of view) to climb up the hill. After a short time the walk finds a well worm foot pad which leads up between a few rocky outcrops to the large flat saddle between Mt Townsend and Alice Rawson Peak.
Mt Townsend plateau
(13.56km) Townsend plateau → Mt Townsend peak
End of day 1
(13.56km) Townsend plateau → Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track
(15.81km) 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.)
(17.46km) Int of Main Range track and Kosciuszko path → Mt Kosciuszko
(18.43km) 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’.
(20.08km) Rawson Pass → Seamans Hut
(21.69km) Seamans Hut → Snowy River bridge
(23.2km) Snowy River bridge → End of Kosciuszko Road
1 hr 27 mins
Continue straight: From the bridge, this walk heads uphill along the management trail, keeping the main line of snow poles to your left. The old road soon leads past a ‘CP 4’ sign (on your left), over the ridge line and down the other side. The trail gently winds down along the side of the hill, enjoying views of the Snowy River and valley to your left. The old road passes a few creeks and more ‘CP’ signs along the way. A little while after the ‘CP 1’ sign, the management trail enters a nice grove of snow gum trees then heads up a small rise to find the turning circle at the end of Kosciuszko Rd at Charlotte Pass (with the toilet block to your right).
Maps for the Main Range Track – Loop from Charlotte Pass camping near Mt Townsend 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|
|Kosciuszko||1:100 000 Map Series||8525 KOSCIUSZKO||8525|
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||Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)|
|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
14km of this walk has short steep hills and another 6km is flat with no steps. Whilst another 6km has gentle hills with occasional steps and the remaining 1.6km is very steep.
Quality of track
20km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 4.5km follows a rough unclear track. The remaining (3.5km) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.
21km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 4.5km Has no directional signs. The remaining (2.4km) has directional signs at most intersection.
10km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 9km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (8km) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.
Around 25km of this walk is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 3km forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety.
14km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 11km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). Whilst another 2.3km has no facilities provided and the remaining 790m 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
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
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
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 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 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 four day walk explores the Kosciuszko National Park, covering many of the key features of the park between Guthega and Rawson Pass. Some of the more popular sights you will visit are the Snowy River, Blue Lake and Lake Albina, a couple of great alpine huts and the two highest peaks in Australia, Mt Townsend and Mt Kosciuszko. The water supply from the creek at the first nights campsite is unreliable, so consider filling up at the Snowy River on the way.
Total climbing: 2317m
45 km Circuit
Other Nearby walks
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 enjoyable walk starts from the end of Kosciuszko Rd, Charlotte Pass, and follows the ridgeline, on the western side of the village, up to the top of Mt Stilwell. The walk passes the Tbar and Chairlift stations along the way. This walk follows a clear track to the top, and is great for those looking for a short walk with some great views.
Total climbing: 203m
3.8 km Return
1 hr 45 mins
This loop walk starts at Charlotte Pass, and winds up to Mt Stilwell’s peak, with stunning views in every direction. The walk then goes along the ridge line to the village lookdown, near the demolished Tbar station, before returning to the village through the snow gum forest. There is an optional side trip to the village dam, in Spencers Creek, that is a nice area for a picnic before returning to the village.
Total climbing: 295m
4.2 km Circuit
2 hrs 15 mins
This short, leisurely walk starts at the bottom of the Kangaroo Ridge Triple Chairlift, just on the edge of the village. The walk follows the faint grassy service trail around the edge of the great snow gum forest to the small dam in Spencers Creek, not far from the village. This is a great walk for those at the village who want a relaxing stroll.
Total climbing: 45m
778 m Return
This is a fun walk, starting from the bottom of the Kangaroo Ridge Triple Chairlift, and following the management trail and bush track up the side of the ridge through a great snowgum forest to the top, where it comes to the village lookdown, near an old demolished Tbar station.
Total climbing: 215m
2.4 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
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 some of the history and beauty along the Thredbo River around Bullocks Flat. Starting from the Thredbo Diggings campsite, you will follow the clearly signposted Bullocks Track though the scattering of snow gums and granite boulders to Bullocks Hut, before returning to the campsite via a track that follows the Thredbo River. The walk ducks under the Ski Tube railway bridge, and uses the bridge to cross the river on an optional side trip.
Total climbing: 110m
5.2 km Circuit
This pleasant circuit walk explores some lovely sections of the Thredbo River, as well as some snow gum forests, granite boulder outcrops and a series of frost hollows. Much of the first half of this walk follows the Thredbo River passing some inviting grassy areas where you can sit and enjoy the water or perhaps a spot of fishing. As the track loops back it leads you through the frost hollows of Muzzlewood Flat as you follow a section shared with mountain bikes. The plan is to join this section of the walk to a longer shared trail linking Thredbo Village and the lower Skitube Station.
Total climbing: 102m
4.5 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
On this walk, you will explore a historic section of the Thredbo River around Bullocks Flat. Starting at the ski tube car park, this walk follows the signposted track under the rail bridge to the historic Bullocks Hut. There is an optional side trip across the Thredbo River to explore some rusty ruins including a portable steam engine. An enjoyable walk visiting some interesting and beautiful places along this section of the Thredbo River.
Total climbing: 22m
1.5 km Return
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
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
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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There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
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