3 hrs 45 mins
Covered in snow 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 → Start of metal walkway
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Mt Kosciuszko Lookout’ sign north along the paved path, heading up the gentle hill. The path soon leads past an alcove with two information signs, then leads gently downhill to cross a river on a steel bridge to find an intersection (with a narrow track on your right) at a lovely spot beside the creek.
(2.41km) Start of metal walkway → Int of Kosciuszko path and lookout walkway
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk continues along the metal walkway, heading up the hill. The walk soon passes a ‘Flowers emerge with warmer weather’ information sign, then heads up a series of steps to find ‘A rocky mountain home’ information sign and a ‘Thredbo 1.5km’ tag pointing back down the hill. The track mostly flattens out and heads over a gentle rise, soon leading to a clear ‘Y’ intersection on the metal track, marked with ‘Mt Kosciuszko Lookout’ tag welded to the track.
(3.69km) Int of Kosciuszko path and lookout walkway → Kosciuszko lookout
(3.69km) Int of Kosciuszko path and lookout walkway → Lake Cootapatamba lookout
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the metal walkway north into the saddle and up the spur. The path then crosses onto the left-hand side of the ridge as it comes to the signposted ‘Lake Cootapatamba Lookout’ and the great valley view.
Lake Cootapatamba lookout
Maps for the Thredbo to Cootapatamba lookout return 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||3 hrs 45 mins|
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)|
|Signs||Clearly signposted (1/6)|
|Experience Required||No experience required (1/6)|
|Weather||Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)|
|Infrastructure||Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
3.1km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 1.9km is flat with no steps. The remaining (690m) has short steep hills.
Quality of track
Around 3.2km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 2.4km follows a smooth and hardened path.
This whole walk, 6km is clearly signposted.
This whole walk, 6km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
3.4km of this walk is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety and another 1.9km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation). The remaining (350m) is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
This whole walk, 6km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
This walk explores the native bushland around the winter skiing area. After riding the Kosciuszko Express chairlift up the hill, arriving near the Eagles Nest restaurant, the walk winds through the snow gum forest, following ski runs and bush tracks back down the hill. The walk passes the popular Thredbo Bobsled and continues around the back of the tennis courts, back to the village.
Total climbing: 65m
3.7 km Circuit
2 hrs 30 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 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 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
2.2 km Return
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
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
Short URL = http://wild.tl/ttklrxx
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)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.