Rainbow Lake Trail

1 Hr

2.5 km Return

109 m

Moderate track
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.

Maps for the Rainbow Lake Trail walk

You 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
Geehi Dam 1:25 000 Map Series 85252N GEEHI DAM NSW-85252N
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

Cross sectional view of the Rainbow Lake Trail bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Rainbow Lake Trail

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.

Length 2.5 km
Time 1 Hr

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
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


Around 1.2km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 60m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

This whole walk, 1.3km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


This whole walk, 1.3km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 1.3km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 1.3km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.


This whole walk, 1.3km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Rainbow Lake Trail walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Rainbow Lake Trail walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Rainbow Lake Trail walk starts and ends at the Rainbow Lake walk car park (gps: -36.369776, 148.47452)
Your main transport option to Rainbow Lake walk car park is by;
Car. A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each 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 Forest

This walk starts in the Snowy Mountains weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



Short URL = http://wild.tl/rlw

Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* 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)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt :)