2 hrs 30 mins
Covered in snow part of the year
(0km) End of Water Supply Storage Rd → Int of Porcupine and Link Track
(1.13km) Int of Porcupine and Link Track → Int of Porcupine Trail and Wheatley Link Track
(2.46km) Int of Porcupine Trail and Wheatley Link Track → Porcupine Saddle
(2.78km) Porcupine Saddle → Porcupine Rocks
Maps for the Porcupine Walk 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||Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)|
|Signs||Minimal directional signs (4/6)|
|Experience Required||Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)|
|Weather||Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
Around 2.5km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 350m is very steep.
Quality of track
Around 2.5km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 350m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.
2.5km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 320m has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (30m) has minimal directional signs.
Around 2.5km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 350m requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 2.8km is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety.
2.5km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 320m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (30m) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).
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
Other Nearby walks
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 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 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 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 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 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
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
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
6.4 km Return
2 hrs 30 mins
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
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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