2 hrs 30 mins
Covered in snow & closed part of the year
Kosciuszko Express Chairlift
(0km) Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift → Top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
Eagles Nest Restaurant
(1.86km) Top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift → Top of Snowgums chairlift
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Merritts Nature Track’ sign downhill along the wide management trail, keeping the main valley to your right. The trail soon leads to a four-way intersection marked with a ‘Kosciuszko Walk’ sign, just above the top of Snowgums chairlift.
(2.28km) Top of Snowgums chairlift → Lower bench seat
Veer right: From the bench seat, this walk follows the clear track downhill, which soon heads down the steep steps, coming to another bench seat (and another good excuse for a rest).
Lower bench seat
(2.57km) Lower Bench Seat → Picnic Lookout
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the ‘Merritts Nature Track’ sign down the steps, following the track through the snow gum forest. After about 130m, the track heads along a few sections of metal and timber boardwalks before heading down more steps and coming to a four-way intersection with another management trail, marked with another ‘Merritts Nature Track’ sign (on the other side of the trail, next to the safety barrier).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Merritts Nature Track’ sign down the steps. The track leads steeply down through the alpine heath and snow gums to soon come to a partly fenced rock promontory and picnic table with great valley views.
(3.14km) Picnic Lookout → Bunnywalk chairlift station
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the grassy management trail south, gently downhill (keeping the valley to your left). After about 80m, the trail passes under the chairlift, where the trail bends left and then becomes wider. The walk continues along the trail and soon comes to a ‘T’ intersection with a clearer management trail and a ‘Merritts Nature Track’ sign.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows ‘Merritts Nature Trail’ sign downhill along the clear management trail passing under the chairlift. Soon after passing under the chairlift, this walk comes to a ‘Y’ intersection marked with another ‘Merritts Nature Track’ sign, just above ‘Bunny Walk Station’ (the midway station on Snowgums Chairlift).
(3.57km) Bunnywalk chairlift station → Int of Merritts nature walk and chairlift service trail
Continue straight: From the end of the clearing, this walk follows the ‘Merritts Nature Track’ sign down along the narrow track, leading through dense alpine heath and snow gum forest. The track gently winds downhill, then heads down a series of steps leading to a clear four-way intersection with a management trail where there is another ‘Merritts Nature Track’ sign pointing back up the steps.
(3.82km) Int of Merritts nature walk and chairlift service trail → Int of weir track and Merritts nature track
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Merritts Nature Track’ sign along the fairly flat track, keeping the valley to your right. The track soon passes a bench seat where the track turns sharply right and heads steeply downhill. The track bends a few more times, passing another seat and heading through a grove of tall stringybark trees. As the track approaches the valley, it passes another bench seat then crosses the creek (just below a weir) on a metal bridge to find a three-way intersection (with a short track on the left leading to the weir).
(4.44km) Int of weir track and Merritts nature track → Weir
Thredbo Village Weir
(4.44km) Int of weir track and Merritts nature track → Int of Merritts nature track and Birralee bushcamp tracks
Continue straight: From the opposite side of the clearing to the water tank, this walk follows the blue arrow down the steps along the the narrow track. The track then leads down a more gentle series of steps with the mossy creek to your right, and soon comes to a three-way intersection and a ‘Birralee Bush Camp’ and a ‘Merritts Nature Track’ sign (and a footbridge to your right).
(4.67km) Int of Merritts nature track and Birralee bushcamp tracks → Birralee Bushcamp
Birralee Bush camp
(4.67km) Int of Merritts nature track and Birralee bushcamp tracks → Int of Merritts nature track and Bobsled service trail
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Merritts Nature Track’ sign down along the management trail (keeping the chairlift to your right) and soon crosses the flat wooden bridge. The trail then climbs up the hill for about 60m and just before the crest of the hill, the trail leads to a ‘Y’ intersection, marked with an arrow post (and a timber-lined track on the left).
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the arrow marker along the timber-lined track and down the steps. The track leads through the bush for a short time and soon comes to a ‘T’ intersection with another management trail, near the top of the bobsled run, marked with a ‘Merritts Nature Track’ sign.
(4.96km) Int of Merritts nature track and Bobsled service trail → Bottom of bobsled run
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the arrow post down the track and steep steps. The track zigzags beside the bobsled run (on your right) and then continues down towards the view of Thredbo Village, coming to a ‘T’ intersection with paved footpath where there is a ‘Merritts Nature Track’ sign pointing back up the steps.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the paved footpath west towards the clearing, keeping the valley to your left. The footpath soon leads out of the bush and then along side the bobsled run to find the building at the bottom of the run.
(5.3km) Bottom of bobsled run → Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
Maps for the Merritts Nature Track 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.
|Time||2 hrs 30 mins|
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|Quality of track||Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|Experience Required||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
2.2km of this walk is flat with no steps and another 1.9km is very steep. Whilst another 1.2km has gentle hills with occasional steps and the remaining 200m has short steep hills.
Quality of track
2.2km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 2km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (1.3km) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.
Around 4.3km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 1.2km has directional signs at most intersection.
Around 2.9km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.7km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
Around 3.7km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 1.9km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 5km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 390m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
2.2 km Return
This circuit walk offers an enjoyable way of exploring the diverse environments near Thredbo Village. Starting near the centre of town, you will follow the Merritts Nature Track partway up the hill. Then, following the Meadows Nature Track signs, you cross a series of open ski runs before heading back into the bush. Through this section of forest, you visit a delightful mossy creek with a small weir, then head down another ski run to return the valley terminal.
Total climbing: 210m
3.1 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
Starting from the Village Terminal, this walk leads you past the bobsled then down to Friday Drive and across the Thredbo River. From here, you follow the signposted Pipeline Path, a dirt track, along the hillside. The track leads to the picture-perfect Snowmakers Ponds for a picnic or a dip. Either retrace your steps or follow the rest of the notes back to the start following Friday Drive. An enjoyable stroll out from the village.
Total climbing: 101m
3.3 km Circuit
1 hr 15 mins
This scenic walk explores the start of the track heading towards Mt Kosciuszko from the top of the Kosciuszko Express chairlift. The walk takes you to the Kosciuszko Lookout, following along side the Rams Head Range, along the metal walkway. This walk takes in the views of Thredbo, North Rams Head and Mt Kosciuszko. From the lookout you can even see the headwaters of the Snowy River, a few hundred meters to the north.
Total climbing: 149m
3.8 km Return
2 hrs 30 mins
Starting from near Dead Horse Gap on the Alpine Way, this walk follows the signposted track across Bogong Creek and up the ridge to top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift. This walk provides wide views that expand as you climb, exploring a snow gum forest lower down and the open grass herb fields as you pass above the tree line. The chairlift offers an easy ride down the hill, or there are a variety of options to walk down to the village.
Total climbing: 486m
5.3 km One way
This walk starts with a scenic journey to the top of the hill on the chairlift. Starting along Merritts Nature walk, this walk soon detours down the hill by following a series of signposted management trails and ski runs. The walk visits a few scenic creeks, but the main highlights are the wide views of Thredbo Valley.
Total climbing: 167m
5.8 km Circuit
This walk starts at the Thredbo Village and takes a ride up the Kosciuszko Express chairlift to the Eagles Nest restaurant. Then on foot, you head along the footpath, winding up towards Mt Kosciuszko, passing North Rams Head and the Kosciuszko lookout. The walk soon arrives at the metal platform overlooking Lake Cootapatamba. There are great views through this alpine area along this popular walking track.
Total climbing: 287m
7.5 km Return
3 hrs 45 mins
This walk starts with a ride up the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift. There is an opportunity to eat at Australia’s highest restaurant, before heading over the Rams Head Range. After enjoying the spectacular views from the Rams Head Range, the walk drops to Dead Horse Gap, then follows a bush track along the Thredbo river. After passing the golf course, the walk returns to the base of the chairlift. Alternatively, you may organise a lift from Dead Horse Gap.
Total climbing: 144m
9.8 km Circuit
4 hrs 30 mins
This loop walk starts from Dead Horse Gap and does a large circuit up to the Eagles Nest Restaurant and down the Chairlift before returning along the Thredbo River. Along the walk there are stunning views from the top of the Rams Head Range, before the opportunity for lunch at Australia’s Highest Restaurant, followed by an enjoyable chairlift ride down to Thredbo. There is then the tranquil snow gum forest surrounding the Thredbo River on the way back to Dead Horse Gap.
Total climbing: 710m
10.1 km Circuit
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 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
Other Nearby walks
This walk explores the Thredbo River from the village then loops around the golf course before returning along the roads to the Valley Terminal. You will see some snow gum forests and enjoy the Thredbo River from many angles. Allow some extra time to sit on a rock beside the river and enjoy the trout swimming past.
Total climbing: 105m
3.3 km Circuit
1 hr 15 mins
Starting from Thredbo Village you wander along a few roads to the Thredbo Golf Course then follow the track as it winds along beside the Thredbo River to the Alpine way just near Dead Horse Gap. You will stroll through some lovely snow gum forests and enjoys views down to the river from the cascades lookout and various bridges. An enjoyable way to explore the Thredbo River and the valley environments.
Total climbing: 224m
4.8 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
4.7 km Return
This walk starts by heading through Friday Flats and following a signposted track along the grassy open hillside of Thredbo River valley. You follow the loop through an enchanting snow gum forest, enjoying more valley views in places. A peaceful walk, with only a few short hill climbs, and particularly nice when the wildflower are in bloom.
Total climbing: 149m
2.9 km Circuit
1 hr 15 mins
This enjoyable walk starts at Dead Horse Gap, the highest point on the Alpine Way. The walk follows the Riverside track downstream, along the Thredbo River, through the valley and the snow gum forest to the cascades lookout. This walk follows a well defined track and, although close to the road, you can feel a million miles from anywhere.
Total climbing: 135m
4.1 km Return
1 hr 45 mins
Starting near Dead Horse Gap on the Alpine Way, you will follow the wide Cascade Trail upstream along the Thredbo River. After crossing the river, you will follow the trail through snow gum forests to the signposted Bobs Ridge. From the rocky outcrops at Bobs Ridge, there are great views west over the Murray River valley into Victoria. This is an enjoyable walk exploring a great river, granite boulders and snow gum forests.
Total climbing: 379m
9.7 km Return
Starting near Dead Horse Gap on the Alpine Way, you will follow the wide Cascade Trail past Bobs Ridge to Cascade Hut in the Pilot Wilderness Area. You follow the Thredbo River for a while before heading over Bobs Ridge, enjoying the distant views into Victoria. The walk then explores a few wooded forests before crossing Cascade Creek and then finding Cascade Hut. The hut is a great place to rest or camp.
Total climbing: 797m
19.6 km Return
7 hrs 30 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
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 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 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
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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