Kosciuszko National Park

Walking

Kosciuszko National Park, view from the Blue Waterholes carpark into Clarke Gorge. (Image: Jo Caldwell/DECCW)There are a number of formal walking tracks in the park - see information about some of the park's walks. Many longer walks along management trails are also popular, and books on these are available at shops and information centres throughout the region.

In the alpine area, NPWS is upgrading and re-routing tracks both to protect the area and to enable visitors to see and enjoy the alpine environment.

Walking tracks

Buddong Falls track

Buddong Falls is in the north-western corner of the park. There are two sets of falls. The upper falls are 20 metres high while the lower falls form cascades about 60 metres high. They are fed by Buddong Creek which cuts through slates and shales and is surrounded by exposed granites. The tall open forest is home to lyre birds that can be seen and heard as you walk along the natural walking track.

The walk to the lower falls is steep and about two kilometres (return). The lower section is quite steep and becomes slippery during wet weather.

From Batlow, access is via Yellowin, Snubba and Browns roads and De Beaureville Trail. Roads are sign-posted and are suitable for 4WD vehicles only (in dry weather). These tracks may be impassable during winter. Access is possible from the Elliott Way (south of Tumbarumba), via Powerline Trail to Buddong Trail. Check road conditions and access details with the visitor centre.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests, grassy woodlands, grasslands, alpine plant communities, freshwater wetlands, heathlands

Location:  shown on Talbingo Reservoir map

Snow Gums Boardwalk

The boardwalk begins at the Charlotte Pass lookout. You will see many of Australia's highest peaks and superb views. The walk traverses sub-alpine woodland on the Guthrie Range. Signs identify the visible peaks. Mount Kosciuszko is visible from the first lookout.

Plant communities: grassy woodlands, grasslands, alpine plant communities, heathlands

Location:  shown on Thredbo and the alpine area map

Yarrangobilly Caves – Thermal Pool walk

In a pristine mountain river setting, you probably don’t expect to find a pool, never mind one that is permanently heated to 27ºC by a natural spring. But that’s exactly what you’ll discover at Yarrangobilly Caves after a short but steep descent from the carpark. Measuring about 20m long and 2.5m deep, the main pool gently overflows like a waterfall into a children’s wading pool.

Because it is a consistently warm temperature, the pool is perfect year-round. In summer, head there after exploring the caves for a quick swim and a picnic. Keep your eyes open for some of the local residents, including the water dragons that enjoy the peaceful surrounds of the pool and nearby river. In winter, it’s magical to float in the warmth, watching steam rise from the surface of the water, with snow blanketing the ground around you.

There’s a picnic area adjacent to the pool, as well as change rooms and toilets. After your swim follow Yarrangobilly Caves – Glory Farm walk along the river, there are some great fishing spots, where you can catch introduced rainbow trout.

For more information on this and other walks, contact the Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre.

Location:  shown on Yarrangobilly - Long Plain area map

Contact: Yarrangobilly Caves, Phone: (02) 6454 9597

Kiandra heritage track

Take a beautiful and fascinating walk into the history of Kiandra, home to one of the shortest gold rushes in Australian history. Lasting from November 1859 to March 1861, at its peak in April 1860, up to 8,000 people were staking their hopes on the Kiandra diggings. Within a few years, they had given up and the population of this remote mountain town had stabilised at just 350.

The short self-guided walk starts at the former courthouse, and there are plenty of signs along the way to find out more about the history of the area and what life might have been like in this historic town.

Plant communities: alpine plant communities, dry eucalypt forests, grassy woodlands, grasslands, heathlands, forested wetlands

Location:  shown on Kiandra map

Yarrangobilly Caves – River walk

On a warm sunny day, there’s not a lot more enticing than a picturesque stroll along Yarrangobilly River. You could easily do the walk in a couple of hours, but what’s the rush? This is a gently meandering path, so it’s suitable for the whole family. Pack a picnic and your swimmers and make a day of it, because you can relax and take a dip at the thermal pool before heading back.

Yarrangobilly Caves is a gorgeous spot for birdwatchers: look out for lyrebirds, currawongs, the beautifully coloured superb blue wrens, crimson rosellas and king parrots, which are all fairly common in the area. If you’re around in the early morning or late in the afternoon, tread quietly if you’re by the river – it’s home to the shy platypus. The beauty of this river setting is also popular with photographers and artists.

Link up with Yarrangobilly Caves – Thermal Pool walk on the return to complete the loop before setting off to explore South Glory Cave; just make sure you buy a ticket from Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre before you head off.

At the end of the walk, you’ll find yourself at Glory Arch. Here, you can explore South Glory Cave; just make sure you buy a ticket from the visitor centre before you head off.

For more information on this and other walks, contact the Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre.

Location:  shown on Yarrangobilly - Long Plain area map

Blowering Cliffs walking track

You’ll enjoy views galore on this challenging hike to Blowering Falls. Steep in sections with scenic, ever-changing views of Blowering Dam, Blowering Cliffs walking track winds through open montane forest, which grows on sheltered hillsides.

This half-day walk begins at the parking area of Log Bridge Creek picnic area. Once you’ve begun walking, follow the track as it coils upwards along a graded management trail. You’ll then head uphill to the cliffs themselves, and it’s here you’ll see those wonderful waterfalls.

It’s common to spot eastern grey kangaroos, emus and wallabies along this track, while birdwatchers will be able to identify a range of native woodland birds, including honeyeaters, firetails, parrots and raptors.

Why not make use of the Log Bridge Creek facilities and start or finish your walk with a leisurely picnic? Or, if you’re in the mood to keep on going, you can tackle the 11km return Warogong Sugarloaf walking track, camping overnight at Log Bridge Creek.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests

Location:  shown on Blowering Reservoir map

Millers Hut

Park 2.5km east of Long Plain Road on Port Phillip Fire Trail. Travel south along the Australian Alps Walking Track for about 2km. Return the same way.

Millers Hut—Built 1943-44, it is a single-roomed corrugated iron and timber frame building with the remains of yards nearby.

Directions: Maps—Tantangara 1:100 000 and Rules Point 1:25 000

Mount Stillwell walk

Wander through ancient snow gum forests along mountain ridges on Mount Stillwell walk. This medium difficulty hike in Kosciuszko National Park takes in breathtaking, unbroken views of Main Range, including Mount Kosciuszko and Mount Twynam.

There are two lovely scenic lookouts here, the first of which can be reached either via a short 4km return walk or via a chairlift ride from Charlotte Pass Village. Try a longer walk beyond this lookout along an unmarked route all the way to Mount Stillwell, which is marked by a trig.

Be sure to check out Snow Gums boardwalk before you embark on the walk, as it’ll give you some interesting background information on the unique alpine plants and animals you may encounter here. Among them you'll find, native birds, such as Richard’s pipits and nankeen kestrels, or reptiles, such as white-lipped snakes and alpine copperheads. In spring, experience blankets of wildflowers, including billy buttons, eyebrights, marsh marigolds and many species of paper daisies.

Sawpit walking track

This short and easy stroll is perfect for the whole family. Beginning from the northern end of Sawpit Creek picnic area, the walk follows Sawpit Creek through woodland, taking in candlebark, bark sallee, white sallee, manna gum, mountain gum and woolly tee tree. Keep your eyes open for birds and kangaroos - walk quietly to increase your chances of spotting them.

Follow the signs to loop back to Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat and make your way through the tourist park to the picnic area.

Combine the walk with a tasty picnic or barbecue lunch at Sawpit Creek picnic area, or for a longer walk, follow Pallaibo walking track to Thredbo River picnic area. The walk can also be accessed from the nearby Kosciuszko Education Centre via a short paved track.

Clarke Gorge walking track

The view into Clarke Gorge over Cave Creek at Blue Waterholes, Kosciuszko National Park (Image: Jo Caldwell/DECCW)As you hike through the narrow gorge cut by Cave Creek, spectacular limestone cliffs, and cave formations on either side, you’ll never imagine that Clarke Gorge walking track could get any better. But it does, finishing at the top of Cave Creek Falls . There’s a 15m drop of water as well as views down Wilkinsons Gorge. Unsurprisingly, this walk is very popular with photographers.

As well as the beauty of the rock features, some of which were formed more than 400 million years ago, the landscape is dotted with snow gums and black sallee (another high-altitude eucalypt with dark bark), rare discaria shrubs, and vibrant yellow billy buttons. You’ll likely see grey kangaroos bounding in the distance and wedge-tail eagles circling overhead. Fishermen might also want to bring their lines with them because there are a few waterholes along Cave Creek where they can try their luck catching trout.

Plant communities: grassy woodlands

Location:  shown on Blue Waterholes - Currango map

Opening hours: Clarke Gorge walking track is open between the October and June long weekends, but may have to close during these times due to poor weather or fire danger.

Not permitted here:

  • Horses. No horse riding within Wilderness or Clarke Gorge area.
  • Bicycles. No bike riding within Wilderness or Clarke Gorge area.

Contact: Tumut, Phone: (02) 6947 7025

Illawong walk

Illawong walk is a gorgeous 5km return walk through Kosciuszko National Park. It begins in the charming Guthega Village and follows along Snowy River Valley through alpine heath and towering, majestic snow gums, all the way up to Illawong Hut, one of the oldest buildings still standing in the park.

Walk or swim in the cooling waters of Snowy River when the weather is hot, or picnic among the wildflowers of alpine mint, billy buttons, and native yam daisies, just to name a few.

If you’re a keen birdwatcher be sure to pack your bincoculars. As well as the native birds you’re likely to spot here, including crimson rosellas and gang gang cockatoos, you’re also likely to see interesting native wildlife, including mountain and Kosciuszko thermocolour grasshoppers, wombats, and echidnas.

Take a virtual tour of Illawong walk on Google Street View.

Porcupine track

This track starts at the Perisher Valley reservoir. To reach the start of the track, turn left beside the Man from Snowy River Hotel, take the first turn right and follow the road until you reach the reservoir. The area is popular for cross-country skiing and snow poles mark ski trails. The track wanders through snowgrass, snow gums and small shrubs until a large group of granite boulders is reached. These boulders provide an extensive view of the Main Range and Thredbo Valley.

Plant communities: grassy woodlands, alpine plant communities, freshwater wetlands, heathlands

Location:  shown on Towards the alpine area map

Rainbow Lake walking track

Rainbow Lake walking track is a short and easy walk for the whole family, with opportunities to go birdwatching, fishing or have a picnic in fresh, open Snowy Mountains air.

Wind through wide expanses of snowgrass framed by snowgum trees and dotted with delicate alpine wildflowers the region is renowned for, like billy buttons, paper daisies, and silver snow daisies. Though snow-covered in winter, the track is radiant in spring, making this a picturesque walk you and the kids will love. There are some gentle climbs and small creeks to cross before catching first glimpses of sun sparkling upon Rainbow Lake, but it’s all part of the adventure. After your walk, take your pick of lakeside picnic spots, and then bask in the sunshine to soak up the splendour of your surroundings in the Australian Alps region.

Rainbow Lake was created in the early 1900s to supply water to what used to be Hotel Kosciuszko. This delightful slice of Snowy Mountains heritage is also a great spot for fly fishing, so try your luck for trout. Gang gang cockatoos are just one of the birds which might pop out to greet you while you’re there, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for shy wombats.

Plant communities: grassy woodlands, alpine plant communities, heathlands

Location:  shown on Along the Kosciuszko Road map

Opening hours: Rainbow Lake walking track is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather, snow conditions or fire danger.

Yarrangobilly Caves – Glory Farm walk

This extension to the Yarrangobilly Caves – Thermal Pool walk takes you past the popular thermal pool. Once you’ve taken a dip, pull your walking shoes back on ready for the hike along the eastern banks of Yarrangobilly River, over Little Glory Hole Creek, to the site of one of the area’s historic farms. Henry Harris grew all the meat and vegetables for the Kiandra miners at his Glory Hole Farm here in the late 1800s.

There’s not much left of the farm these days – though you’ll see remnants of an old colonial oven, building foundations, and a small cemetery.

The non-native plantings of the old farm are a strong contrast to the bushland, particularly during autumn when their leaves change colours. In the spring and early summer, the wattles bloom gold and the bitter peas yellow and red. For more information on the history of the Yarrangobilly Valley be sure to drop into the Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre.

For more information on this and other walks, contact the Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre.

Location:  shown on Yarrangobilly - Long Plain area map

Contact: Yarrangobilly Caves, Phone: (02) 6454 9597

Goldseekers track

Follow this lovely self-guided loop track from Three Mile Dam campground as it meanders through snow gum woodlands, across snowgrass flats, and past an abandoned ore-crushing battery.

The scenery is nothing short of spectacular here at any time of year. In spring, it’s remarkable for its carpet of wildflowers, with beautiful displays of yellow billy buttons, white silver snow daisies, and pink grass trigger plants. In winter, it becomes a pristine alpine cross-country skiing or snowshoe track, exciting enough to satisfy any snow-lover.

Along the way, keep your eyes out for small mammals and birds that regularly visit here. The endangered eastern pygmy and ringtail possums make their homes in the hollows of old snow gums, as well as crimson rosellas and gang-gang cockatoos that feed on gumnuts and insect galls in the treetops.

Location:  shown on Kiandra map

Yarrangobilly Caves – Castle walk

A spectacular and inspiring walk for photographers, birdwatchers and bushwalkers, Castle walk, near Yarrangobilly Caves, follows Yarrangobilly River past Glory Arch and South Glory Cave. With the sight of spectacular limestone cliffs – where you may even discover ancient fossils – and the opportunity to combine it with a cave tour, this medium walk in the north of Kosciuszko National Park, delights in all seasons.

Spend the warmer months swimming and fishing in the pristine mountain waters, while the currawongs and kookaburras chatter in the trees. Winter often blankets the area in snow and offers the chance to see glistening icicles clinging to the South Glory cave entrance.

After a day of exploring, take the plunge with a delightful dip in the outdoor thermal pool and feel the tension peel away. With overnight options at nearby historic Yarrangobilly Caves House and Lyrebird Cottage, you might be tempted to linger a while in the magnificent high country.

Bullock's track - via Muzzlewood Flat

This track begins from either the Thredbo Diggings camping area or from the western side of the Bullock's Flat car park opposite the Skitube terminal. Both routes are signposted.

Yarrangobilly Caves – Bluff lookout walk

While most of the walks around Yarrangobilly Caves meander down towards the river and thermal pool, this one heads up to Bluff lookout, and striding out here is a great way to work up an appetite. It can be quite a steep climb at times, but the rewards are many when you reach your destination.

From Glory Hole carpark, the trail heads up Yarrangobilly Valley. Take a detour along Jillabenan Cave access track to look down upon Harrie Wood gorge. Just a little bit further along, you’ll reach the lookout and be able to fully appreciate just how high the limestone cliffs are. If you’re staying at Yarrangobilly Caves House, you’ll be able to see how it fits into the landscape.

When you’re finished soaking in the view, it’s just 500m to the picnic area behind the visitor centre, where you can cook up lunch on the free electric barbecues.

For more information on this and other walks, contact the Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre.

Round Mountain Hut walking track

Pack a picnic to take advantage of exquisite scenery and fascinating alpine heritage while bushwalking along Round Mountain Hut walking track. Beginning at the Tooma Road trailhead, this short Snowy Mountains walk takes you through a beautiful subalpine habitat into Jagungal Wilderness Area.

Carefully rebuilt after bushfire, the corrugated iron hut boasts historic remnants from yesteryear, including a rustic fireplace, old-fashioned bunk beds, and even an authentic outhouse or ‘dunny out the back’.

In winter, the area is popular with back-country skiers and snowshoe walkers.  While in spring and summer, wildflower devotees can find much to delight the senses as the walking track comes alive with buttercups, billy buttons, waxy bluebells and daisies. If you’re walking between April and October, take a good look at the olive-barked black sallee trees – their star-shaped clusters of flower buds are simply beautiful.

Opening hours: The section of road between Khancoban and Cabramurra, including access to Round Mountain Hut walking track, is closed due to snow between the June and October long weekends.

Old Mountain Road walking track

Old Mountain Road walking track, near Jounama Creek campground, is ideal for bushwalking if you're seeking a heart-pumping challenge, with birdwatching opportunities and scenic views along the way. Take in breathtaking views of Bogong Peaks, Jounama Pondage and Blowering Reservoir on this short but high-energy walk.

Descend through picturesque bushland to pretty Jounama Creek, following Talbingo Mountain's first road built in 1860 during the Kiandra gold rush. It's an ideal spot for a picnic and a dip if the weather is warm, or for simply sitting quietly while watching for wallabies and eastern grey kangaroos.

Be sure to bring along your binoculars or camera if you enjoy a spot of birdwatching. Along the way, you may spot a colourful variety of birdlife, such as yellow-tailed black cockatoos. You'll also witness a beautiful wildflower display, with purple kunzea and white-flowered tea tree on lower slopes.

Thredbo River track

Take the lovely Thredbo River track for a taste of Kosciusko’s beautiful sub-alpine flora.

See gums growing around granite boulders and watch the river race beneath your feet as you cross the footbridges. Stroll through the snow gum woodlands and enjoy the views down to the river. Keep your eyes on the river for trout and platypus – look for circular ripple patterns.

The walk is about eight kilometres return, however you can break it up into a shorter walk if you only have part of the day or are walking with children.

Plant communities: alpine plant communities, grassy woodlands, heathlands

Location:  shown on Thredbo and the alpine area map

Bullock's track - via Bullock's Hut

This track begins from either the Thredbo Diggings camping area or from the western side of the Bullock's Flat car park opposite the Skitube terminal. Both routes are signposted. The track goes to Bullock's Hut, which was built in 1934 as a holiday cottage for Dr H. Bullock.

Location:  shown on Towards the alpine area map

Gooandra Homestead

This moderate walk or ride begins at the Gooandra Trail where it meets the Snowy Mountains Highway, 6km north of Kiandra.

The trail takes you across the Eucumbene River, traverses sub-alpine frost hollows on the Kiandra Plain, past the historic Six Mile Diggings, the headwaters of Gooandra Creek to the historic Gooandra Homestead. Gooandra has its origins in the Kiandra goldrush. The remains of another miner's hut about 20m away is still visible.

The huts

  • Gooandra Homestead—The homestead is constructed of timber and weatherboard with an iron roof.

Directions: Maps—Tantangara 1: 25 000

Clarke Gorge walking track

As you hike through the narrow gorge cut by Cave Creek, spectacular limestone cliffs, and cave formations on either side, you’ll never imagine that Clarke Gorge walking track could get any better. But it does, finishing at the top of Cave Creek Falls . There’s a 15m drop of water as well as views down Wilkinsons Gorge. Unsurprisingly, this walk is very popular with photographers.

As well as the beauty of the rock features, some of which were formed more than 400 million years ago, the landscape is dotted with snow gums and black sallee (another high-altitude eucalypt with dark bark), rare discaria shrubs, and vibrant yellow billy buttons. You’ll likely see grey kangaroos bounding in the distance and wedge-tail eagles circling overhead. Fishermen might also want to bring their lines with them because there are a few waterholes along Cave Creek where they can try their luck catching trout.

Opening hours: Clarke Gorge walking track is open between the October and June long weekends, but may have to close during these times due to poor weather or fire danger.

Dead Horse Gap walking track

Scenic mountain views on Dead Horse Gap walking track will astound you as they sweep over exquisite alpine country. At almost 600m above the valley floor, at the top of the Crackenback chairlift, this walking track is the ultimate vantage point for breathtaking scenic views and birdwatching, near Thredbo within Kosciuszko National Park.

Follow the signposted track as it winds through a forest of beautiful snow gums. Continue beneath the craggy peaks of Rams Head Range through remarkable scenery, including open herb fields and alpine heath. You may even spot a wombat or kangaroo.

As this last section is very steep, you may prefer to catch the Crackenback chairlift and arrange to be picked up from Dead Horse Gap. Feeling fit? Then walk on to the banks of the cascading Thredbo River.

Plant communities: grassy woodlands, alpine plant communities, heathlands

Location:  shown on Thredbo and the alpine area map

Patons Hut walking track

Best walked in the warmer months, Patons Hut walking track gives you an opportunity to see the historic side of Kosciuszko National Park.

Bushwalking this well-defined track, you can gaze at an impressive colour palette created by tall mountain gums and eucalypt forest looming overhead, as well as pretty frost hollows A spring visit is perfect for stunning glimpses of blooming shrubs and wildflowers such as buttercups and waxy bluebells. It’s remarkable to see how well the area has regenerated after bushfires in 2003.

Quiet hikers might manage to spot some of the park’s native wildlife, including eastern grey kangaroos, red-necked wallabies and lizards. You may even see a wombat if you’re there at dawn or dusk.

It should take about an hour to reach Patons Hut. First built in 1934, and rebuilt after bushfire, it remains an excellent example of an iron grazier’s hut. Pause a while to experience the Snowy Mountains region’s cultural heritage. You might even savour a picnic lunch or go fishing in Toomba Dam before returning the way you came. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, continue via Dargals trail to Toolong Plain and Jagungal Wilderness Area.

Opening hours: The section of road between Khancoban and Cabramurra, including access to Patons Hut walking track, is closed due to snow between the June and October long weekends.

Thredbo Valley shared-use track

There’s something for everyone along Thredbo Valley shared-use track. Load the car up with your mountain bikes; the track is easy, so offers great riding for all levels. You can also hike along it, taking in the many different types of plants and animals you pass along the way.

You’ll travel through tall mountain ash forests, snow gum woodlands and subalpine grasslands. There are even some mountain plum pines – a large, spreading native conifer species – that are thought to be about 400 years old.

This walk, or ride, is particularly beautiful in spring when the wildflowers are in bloom – watch out for the beautiful purple ‘hearts’ of the hovea. In summer, the days are long, so you can enjoy exploring well into the evening. If you like fishing, you might want to bring your gear with you. There are a few spots on Thredbo River where you could toss in a line and, hopefully, pull out a trout.

Directions: Currently, the completed section of the track is the 2.2km stretch between the Thredbo Diggings campground and Bullock's Hut - which can be also be accessed from the western side of the Bullock's Flat carpark (carpark C) opposite the Skitube terminal. Along the Alpine Way, the Bullock's Flat carpark is 20km from Jindabyne and the Thredbo Diggings campground is 22km from Jindabyne.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests

Opening hours: Thredbo Valley shared-use track is always open but may have to close during poor weather or because of fire danger.

Contact: Jindabyne, Phone: (02) 6450 5600

Warogong Sugarloaf walk

Park opposite the trailhead 2 km south of the park boundary on the Snowy Mountains Highway. The walk includes some steep sections. At 1.3 km along, a branch to the right takes you to a lookout area on Bald Hill. Further on from Warogong Sugarloaf, there are extensive views over the Tumut valley to the north and Blowering Reservoir to the west.

The walk passes through areas which were originally cleared for grazing. The dry sclerophyll forest consists generally of stringy bark with an understorey of grass trees. Return the same way.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests

Location:  shown on Blowering Reservoir map

Landers Creek Falls walk

From Talbingo proceed along the Snowy Mountains Highway towards Cooma. You will come to a gate on the right signposted 'Cumberland fire trail', approximately 10 kilometres south-east of Talbingo. Park your car on the left-hand side of the highway. Walk five kilometres along the management trail until you come to the Mount Talbingo trail. Turn left at the trail and cross Landers Creek via the traffic bridge. About 20 metres across this bridge, on the right, is the turn-off for the track that leads to the falls. Walk for another two kilometres to the cliffs which overlook the falls, Talbingo Reservoir and the ranges to the west. Return by the same route.

Landers Creek Falls lookout has views of the falls, Talbingo Reservoir and the ranges to the west. You will need to walk about 7km along the Cumberland Trail, however, vehicle access will be available along this management trail in the future.

Location:  shown on Talbingo Reservoir map

Pallaibo walking track

Pallaibo walking track in Kosciuszko National Park is a popular walk for fishing and picnicking by the river, birdwatching, or enjoying nature or wildlife photography. It can be completed as either a one-way walk (5.6km) or return route. Going in one direction, this lovely track begins at picturesque Sawpit Creek picnic area and finishes at Thredbo River picnic area. Most visitors arrange to be picked up from Thredbo River picnic area for convenience.

Follow your way through dry eucalypt forests, along Sawpit walking track, before continuing past the scenic Sawpit Falls and Charlie's Cascades. Keep your eyes peeled for the interesting wildlife you can spot along the way, including wood ducks, flame robins, crimson rosellas, Australian magpies, and wedge-tailed eagles. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a platypus.

This is a great walk at any time of year. When the temperatures are high on the exposed higher altitude tracks in the park, don't worry; there’s plenty of shelter and shade on this track.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests, heathlands

Location:  shown on Along the Kosciuszko Road map

Waterfall walking track

Waterfall walking track is a great option for most weather conditions as it's a sheltered walk which is also conveniently close to Jindabyne.

You can start the walk at either Sawpit Creek picnic area or Kosciuszko Education Centre. Then, once you’ve taken the underpass beneath Kosciuszko Road, it’s time to be blown away by the rugged beauty and diversity the Snowy Mountains region is renowned for.

You'll pass through a variety of settings on this 6km hike, including tall eucalypt forest, outcrops of hefty granite boulders, and flowering and fruiting heathland. Then, of course, there’s the waterfall itself, which is wonderfully peaceful. Head to the platform on the south side for great scenic views. Be sure to check out the tall, fibrous-barked alpine ash trees nearby, which were logged in the area late last century and can grow to 90m tall.

This easy track is equally great for an afternoon bushwalk, early morning run, or nature-spotting session in Kosciuszko National Park. Local wildlife includes wallabies, kangaroos and echidnas, along with a range of birdlife in the trees.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests, alpine plant communities, heathlands

Location:  shown on Along the Kosciuszko Road map

Opening hours: Waterfall walking track is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather, snow conditions or fire danger.

Rennix walking track

Rennix walking track crosses several small, forested ridges and offers scenic views over Snowy River to the west, as well as Lake Jindabyne to the east. Seasoned hikers and casual walkers will love the challenging walk up a shallow valley through subalpine meadows. The changing scenery spans all the way to dramatic boulder outcroppings at the turning point, called Giants Castle.

From Giants Castle, it’s a return journey, so you can find a place to picnic, pull out your binoculars and settle down for a leisurely afternoon with a spot of birdwatching.

If you’d like to visit in winter, be sure to bring your snow shoes as the track gets covered in a thick blanket of snow. There aren’t many experiences quite as invigorating as a walk through the snow, and this track allows you to fully immerse yourself in the experience.

Wildflowers bloom along the track between January and Easter, adding an array of vibrant colours to your bushwalking adventure – from yellow yam daisies to purple trigger plants and cream candle heath.

Plant communities: grassy woodlands, alpine plant communities, heathlands

Location:  shown on Along the Kosciuszko Road map

Nichols Gorge walking track

Entrance to Murrays Cave along Nichols Gorge Walk, Blue Waterholes, Kosciuszko National Park (Image: Jo Caldwell/DECCW)You won’t be very far into this challenging 7km walk – just 500 metres or so – before you’ll come across the opening of Cooleman Cave. Make sure you’ve got a torch with you so that you can explore inside. Back out in the sunshine, follow the often dry Cave Creek. Don’t move too quickly across the surface because you can find ancient fossilised shells of brachipods and sea lilies on its bed.

There are some unique longer views of the limestone gorge and on to the snow grass plains surrounded by the wooded slopes of Gurrangorambla Range and Tom O’Rourkes Peak. For photographers, it’s an absolute gem of an amble. Birdwatchers, too, will be well-rewarded with sightings of magpies, flame robins, and soaring wedge-tail eagles.

Make sure you’re properly kitted out for this walk. You’ll need good boots, because the surface is often uneven and wet, torches and jackets for the caves, and a topographic map.

Plant communities: grasslands

Cultural heritage: The walk provides access to Cooleman Plain Karst area (geologically significant) which has been extensively studied since the 1950s. The area has been subjected to grazing, mining and tourism activities since the 18th century.

Location:  shown on Blue Waterholes - Currango map

Opening hours: Nichols Gorge walking track is open between the October and June long weekends but may have to close within those times due to poor weather or fire danger.

Not permitted here:

  • Horses. No horse riding within Nichols Gorge or Cave Creek.
  • Bicycles. No bike riding within Nichols Gorge or Cave Creek.

Contact: Tumut, Phone: (02) 6947 7025

Major Clews Hut walking track

Wheelchair access: hard

  • Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty

Diversity’s the name of the game on this fantastic day walk. Lace up your walking shoes, fill up your drink bottle, and set off through a host of ever-changing landscapes on Major Clews Hut walking track.

Begin walking on Major Clews Hut walking track, located on Alpine Way, about 16km south of Khancoban. You’ll travel past alpine ash, wattle blooming in abundant yellow flashes, and montane forests balancing atop craggy ridgelines. Feel the temperature drop as you trek down into the park’s gullies, and soak up the amazing views, both pristine and varied.

After hiking 8km in a north-westerly direction, you’ll reach Major Clews Hut on the left – don’t forget to take a good look at this historic alpine hut. It was built in the late 1950s for the eponymous Major, a surveyor for the Snowy Mountain Scheme.

If you end up loving this walk’s variety and prefer not to return the way you came, simply continue along Geehi Walls walking track, which links up with Alpine Way, offering an alternative loop through Kosciuszko National Park.

Mount Kosciuszko Summit walk

Follow Mount Kosciuszko Summit walk in Kosciuszko National Park to enjoy amazing displays of wildflowers including marsh marigolds, silver snow daisies, mountain roses, and buttercups blossoming among glorious alpine views. This multi-use track is popular with bushwalkers and mountain bikers alike. It follows the old road to Mount Kosciuszko, through snow gums, heath, and herb fields, with breathtaking views out across the main range.

Stop at Snowy River (4.5km from Charlotte Pass) for a picnic before continuing your walk or ride. After crossing the river, the track winds slowly upwards to Seaman's Hut, which was built in 1927, before carrying on to Rawson Pass, where you will find interpretive signs explaining the Aboriginal significance of many of the surrounding landscape’s features. If riding, you can leave your bike at Rawson Pass (bike stands are available) and walk the final 1.4km to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko.

Take a virtual tour of Mount Kosciuszko Summit walk on Google Street View.

Plant communities: grassy woodlands, grasslands, alpine plant communities, freshwater wetlands, heathlands

Location:  shown on Thredbo and the alpine area map

Cascade Hut trail

Cascade Hut trail is one to try in every season. In summer, bring your hiking boots or mountain bike: the remote path twists through snowgum woodland and the untouched beauty of Pilot Wilderness Area. In winter the trail turns white with snowfall, offering terrific opportunities for cross-country skiing and snow-shoe touring. Spring is marked by the bloom of beautiful wildflowers, heralding the return of warmer months.

A high point on the trail, Bob’s Ridge, offers a scenic lookout across the Murray River valley into Victoria, so be sure to bring some binoculars. You can even bring a tent if you’re a self-sufficient camper – Cascade Hut is surrounded by twisting eucalypts which offer shady places to picnic or settle down for a night.

The value of this multi-use trail is its versatility, meaning it accommodates a wide range of skill levels. Ride to Bob’s Ridge (10km return), or step it up a notch by heading all the way to Cascade Hut. For something even more challenging, continue overnight, past Tin Mine huts to Nine Mile trail and on to Barry Way - where you’ll need to be collected.

Location:  shown on Thredbo and the alpine area map

Four Mile Hut trail

Combine exquisite views of Mount Jagungal/Tabletop Mountain with an historic hut visit and a spot of birdwatching on Four Mile Hut trail.

This day walk begins in Kiandra, about 500m south of the old Kiandra Courthouse, where Tabletop trail meets Snowy Mountains Highway. Park at either the courthouse or the trackhead, then set out on this easy but enduring walk, which leads you along a section of the incredible Australian Alps walking track.

Horse riding is an option along this trail, in addition to hiking, and on a good day birdwatchers can spot wedge-tailed eagles, brown falcons and flame robins.

You’ll wander past snowgums, aromatic mountain pepper and sub-alpine grasslands on this scenic walk. There’s a bit of a hill to begin with, but after that it’s smooth sailing with a level track leading all the way to the hut. 

Also known as Hughes Hut, Four Mile Hut was built in 1937 by the area’s last active miner, Robert Hughes, who used it in the warmer months until 1953. You’ll see that it’s tiny, but its current role is vital, and it has helped many people survive sub-zero temperatures in Kosciuszko National Park. Why not stop here for a picnic lunch before returning the way you came, or heading on to Tabletop Mountain?

Location:  shown on Kiandra map

Four Mile walking track

The walk begins at the Tabletop Trail where it meets the Snowy Mountains Highway, 500m south of the old Kiandra Courthouse. Leave your car just off the highway at the trackhead or at the old courthouse. The trail first climbs Dunns Hill but levels out after about 1km. From here it follows the broad ridge to the south. After walking 6km a signpost directs you east onto a walking track. The hut is a further 600m down this track. Robert Hughes, who was the last active miner in the area, built Four Mile Hut about 1937. He used it in the warmer months until 1953. The track continues onto Tabletop Mountain. Distance given is for the round trip.

Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko

If you’re visiting Kosciuszko National Park in the warmer months, a walk to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko is a must-do.

Starting at the top of the Kosciuszko Express chairlift at Thredbo, this challenging walk takes you on a journey past the rocky granite outcrops of Rams Head Range and through heathlands for a couple of kilometres before reaching the lookout. Take in the scenic views before setting off for the summit.

You’ll cross over the headwaters of the Snowy River, before climbing above Lake Cootapatamba and continuing on to Rawson Pass. Take a break to enjoy your surroundings and check out the interpretive displays to find out about the significance of this country to Aboriginal people.

From here, it’s a gradual climb to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko, mainland Australia’s highest mountain. The view is bound to impress you. Stay as long as you like before walking back along the track to Thredbo.

Take a virtual tour of Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko on Google Street View.


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School excursion

Above the Treeline

Location

Kosciuszko National Park straddles the highest part of the Great Dividing Range and protects tableland and montane, sub alpine and alpine ecosystems, glacial landforms, limestone caves, the headwaters of major rivers, most of the NSW snow country and Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko. The park is home to rare, endangered and endemic plants and animals including the Mountain pygmy possum and Corroboree frog.

Objectives

Students will:

  • observe biophysical interactions in the alpine environment and construct a diagram to explain these interactions
  • describe how the alpine environment is changing in response to climatic variations
  • describe the geographical processes that form and transform the environment
  • explain how current management strategies are contributing to the sustainable use of the alpine area
  • collect and interpret photographic images
  • label a line sketch
  • identify the key features of the alpine ecosystem through observation and recording phenomena
  • understand the spatial and ecological dimensions of the alpine area of NSW
  • acknowledge the vulnerability of ecosystems to natural and human induced stress.

Program outline

Mt Kosciuszko walk (meet guide at Thredbo Village Centre coach parking area)

Welcome, introductions, safety briefing, toilets

30 min

Chairlift ride

30 min

Walk to Mt Kosciuszko and return same route

6 hours

 

 

Blue Lake walk (meet guide at Thredbo Village Centre coach parking area)

Drive to Charlotte Pass

0.5 hrs

Welcome, introductions, safety briefing, toilets

0.5 hrs

Walk to Blue Lake and return same route

4.0 hrs

Difficulty: medium difficulty

Park: Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko (Kosciuszko National Park)

Cost: $12.00 per student (minimum booking fees apply)

More info: School excursion inquiries - Kosciuszko Education Centre, Phone: 02 6451 3700

5 to 7 hours, weekdays (November to April)

Main Range walking track

Main Range walking track is a spectacular, long alpine track, which is suited to adventurous bushwalkers eager to explore some of the most beautiful parts of Kosciuszko National Park on foot.

You can follow this 22km track through some truly extraordinary scenery; across the Snowy River, through fields filled with wildflowers, past two gorgeous scenic lookouts, then high up along the scenic Main Range climbing Mount Kosciuszko, before returning via Summit trail to Charlotte Pass.

Take a virtual tour of Main Range walking track on Google Street View. Whilst on this walking track, trained NPWS staff took the Google Trekker off-track to ecologically sensitive areas towards Hedley Tarn. When you begin to explore Main Range walking track yourself, we ask you always to stay on marked paths, as shown on our map.

Plant communities: grasslands, alpine plant communities, freshwater wetlands, heathlands

Location:  shown on Thredbo and the alpine area map

Lobs Hole Ravine 4WD trail

For a reviving dose of nature and breathtaking mountain views, load up the 4WD and head for Lobs Hole Ravine 4WD trail. 
This trail leads from Jounama to Wallace Creek lookout through the northern regions of Kosciuszko National Park. It’s ideal for a historic sightseeing tour or an exhilarating day out fishing, walking, mountain biking or camping off the beaten track.

Take your time to explore the historic remnants of the ravine settlement dating back to 1858. You can choose from a range of beautiful bushwalks along the trail, including Jounama heritage walk, where you can discover the historic ruins that hark back to early settlement in the area.

With easy access to the magnificent Yarrangobilly River, there’s idyllic paddling and swimming options in the warmer months. 

Walking: events and activities

Commercial activity

Action Learning Initiatives

Raft Building on Lake JindabyneAction Learning Initiatives (ALI) specialises in developing customised outdoor education programs for our client schools. ALI runs both summer and winter outdoor education programs which are safe, professional and educational.

Activities that can be incorporated into our programs include:

  • day/multi-day hikes
  • flat water canoeing
  • white water canoeing/rafting
  • archery
  • orienteering
  • rock climbing/abseiling
  • mountain biking
  • downhill skiing/snowboarding
  • cross country skiing/snowshoeing
  • raft building.

More info: Action Learning Initiatives, Phone: 02 6457 2788 (international +612 6457 2788)

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Commercial activity

AEA Luxury Tours

For over 20 years AEA Luxury Tours has been providing complete luxury, small group touring packages across Sydney and New South Wales, continually setting the benchmark for first class itineraries, guides and vehicle comfort. Not only do guests benefit from a more personalised small group service but additionally guests are able to enjoy some very memorable experiences that no other tour company provides.

Our Diamond Series range of touring specialises in premium, luxury charters tailored for clients wishing to experience the best Australia has to offer. These private experiences are the ultimate in first class touring.

We also operate a wide range of extended outback Australia tours to many off-the-beaten track destinations in Australia. These small, group tours include accommodation, and we visit national parks and areas that are only accessible with our custom made vehicles, offering a complete experience in total comfort.

More info: AEA Luxury Tours, Phone: 02 9971 2402 (international +612 9971 2402)

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Australian School of Mountaineering

ASM is Australia's longest established and most experienced adventure school and guiding company. ASM is based in the Blue Mountains, one of the world's most outstanding wilderness areas, containing thousands of square kilometres of rainforest, canyons, plateaus and sandstone cliff-line.

We offer a huge range of the finest guided adventures, tours and outdoor technical courses in abseiling, rockclimbing, canyoning, and wilderness navigation, all conducted in the spectacular Blue Mountains, as well as mountaineering and snow camping in the Snowy Mountains in winter.

More info: Australian School of Mountaineering, Phone: 02 4782 2014 (international +612 4782 2014)

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Commercial activity

Auswalk

Auswalk offers quality accommodated walking holiday packages in many destinations.

Self-guided inn-to-inn walking holidays in the Blue Mountains and Snowy Mountains. Walk from one comfortable accommodation to the next through the national park. We move your luggage ahead for you. Follow our detailed walk notes and marked maps. Start any day of the year in season.

Group guided walking holidays in the Snowy Mountains. Join a group with two knowledgeable guides and hike through the area, staying in comfortable accommodation at night. We also have a spring snowshoeing trip in the Snowy Mountains.

Privately guided trips ranging from 1 to 5 days in the Sydney Harbour area and Blue Mountains.

More info: Auswalk, Phone: 03 5356 4971 (international +613 5356 4971)

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Cochran Horse Treks

Excitement and experienceCochran Horse Treks offer a unique opportunity to experience the solitude and exhilaration of high country scenery with traditional bush guides. With the creature comforts of roomy tents, comfy swags and well cooked campfire meals, the atmosphere is inspiring.

We are recognised as having some of the best trail horses in Australia - our horses were born to provide riding pleasure. Join us for your own piece of the 'Man from Snowy River' action.

More info: Cochran Horse Treks, Phone: 02 6454 2336 (international +612 6454 2336)

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Commercial activity

Getabout Adventures

Experience natureJoin Getabout Adventures for a tour or training, and experience our award winning service. As the first nationally accredited tour operator in NSW, our tours are informative, fun and educational.

Our instructors and guides are committed to providing an enjoyable and safe experience. You can tag along in your own vehicle or join as a passenger in our luxury vehicles. Getabout with us and get an adventure of a lifetime!

More info: Getabout Adventures, Phone: 1300 660 320

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Commercial activity

K7 Adventures

Snow Shoe Trip to Mt KosciuszkoDuring summer, K7 Adventures provides quality abseiling, rock climbing, bushwalking, wildflower walks, photography walks, astronomy nights and cross country mountain bike trips. In winter, we offer day and overnight snow shoeing and back country skiing. Our overnight trips take you from resort to resort, giving you the best of day and night experiences in the alpine region.

We specialise in individual, small group and family trips, personalised to suit your needs, level of fitness and budget.

More info: K7 Adventures, Phone: 0421 862 354 (international +61421 862 354)

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Commercial activity

Kosciuszko Thredbo

A Thredbo weekend with friendsThere is something very special about Thredbo. With each season there is a mountain of experiences that make it like no other.

Whether you're seeking a new adventure or just a chance to unwind, you'll find it in Thredbo. The views are breathtaking and the activities will take your breath away.

Thredbo Village is 1365 metres above sea level with the famous Kosciuszko Express Chairlift taking you close to 2000 metres, and from the top, the Main Range is only footsteps away.

There are guided walks and talks, interpretative tours and a resort full of things to do. Stand tall on the top of Mt Kosciuszko - after all, you are on the highest point in Australia - or hurtle down the Thredbo Downhill on a mountain bike, cast a line in the famous rivers and streams or just wander in the high country past peaks and sparkling alpine lakes.

You will love the divine alpine, no matter what the season.

More info: Kosciuszko Thredbo, Phone: 02 6459 4100 (international +612 6459 4100)

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Commercial activity

Land's Edge

Snorkelling at Land's EdgeLand's Edge is one of Australia's leading providers of dynamic and progressive education outdoor experiences for schools and other groups.

Operating in Sydney Harbour, the NSW South Coast and in Kosciuszko National Park, the company's outdoor experiences combine adventure and personal growth.

Land's Edge provides safe and enjoyable programs, with participants guided at every turn by highly experienced and professional staff. Land's Edge staff adheres to comprehensive safety and risk-management procedures.

Land's Edge also offers inexpensive group accommodation on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour. The Land's Edge Sydney Harbour education/accommodation facility is located on the foreshore of Chowder Bay, on Sydney's lower North Shore and adjacent to Sydney Harbour National Park.

Offering spectacular Harbour views, the venue accommodates 75 people in fully refurbished dormitory-style rooms. A large, light-filled dining room in a bushland setting seats 80 and can be used for multiple purposes. 

More info: Land's Edge, Phone: 02 9969 0038 (international +612 9969 0038)

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Commercial activity

Park Trek Walking Tours

It is so simple to join a Park Trek Walking Holiday. We offer an excellent five day, lightweight holiday in the Snowy Mountains from Saturday 22 January to Wednesday 26 January 2011. Staying for four nights in a comfortable ski lodge overlooking the green slopes of Thredbo Village, each day we will guide you through some of Australia's most iconic alpine locations. The rooms in the lodge have their own ensuite and you can opt to have your own room for an additional $200.

Our day of walking starts around 9:00am and we usually return to the lodge around 5:00pm, with daily distances of between 12 to 18 km, depending on your level of fitness. Our trip begins and ends in Canberra using a comfortable touring coach throughout the trip. We also provide three dinners, four lunches and four breakfasts. You will be accompanied by our two guides who know the area very well. Group size is limited to 15 guests. The trip cost is $1200.

Late summer is the ideal time to explore the high country with alpine meadows ablaze with colour and life. And with only a small day pack on your back you'll be able to enjoy the scenery and surrounds and the company of the other walkers.

More info: Park Trek Walking Tours, Phone: 03 9877 9540 (international +613 9877 9540)

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Commercial activity

Sport and Recreation

Sport and Recreation school camps are a rewarding and enriching experience for both students and teachers. For kids, camp is wrapped up with the excitement of being away from home, often for the first time, and the thrill of new adventures. For teachers, it's a chance to see their students blossom in a supportive and friendly environment.

We have the expertise to enhance your students' development through a camp that provides experiential learning. Our qualified staff can tailor sessions that are facilitated with a specific purpose ranging from participation, competition, skill acquisition, education or development.

We recognise that teacher involvement is at the heart of every successful camp, so you'll find that our instructors will work closely with you to support what you're doing with the curriculum.

Our school camps are available throughout the school terms and the distinctive environmental features of the mountain country and nearby attractions, like the Snowy Hydro Scheme Information and Education Centre, which offer excellent opportunities to explore aspects of the curriculum. Our location also lends itself to combining a traditional camp experience with a visit to Canberra to see the Australian War Memorial, tour Parliament House or discover the science fun at Questacon.

  • Age groups: The Centre is popular with primary and secondary schools.
  • Camp length: depending on availability we recommend that schools attend camp for either 3 or 5 days.
  • Programs offered Primary: Outdoor education, Snow sports.
  • Programs offered Secondary: Outdoor education, Alpine experience, Equipped for life, Snow sports, Peer support and orientation, Crossroads, Study skills.
  • Maximum occupancy: up to 285 students and 33 staff members.

More info: Sport and Recreation, Phone: 02 6450 0200 (international +612 6450 0200)

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Commercial activity

The Collaroy Centre

The Collaroy Centre is owned and operated by The Salvation Army. We self fund our programs by providing quality facilities and programs for our guests. Every cent of profit from these programs is used to run activities and camps for the needy and marginalised of society.

The Collaroy Centre specialises in hiking expeditions for the Adventurous Journey component of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. We offer practice and qualifying hikes across Bronze, Silver and Gold levels in each of the school holidays, and can also customise trips specifically for your school or corporate group.

The Collaroy Centre is always focused on its clients, and all programs are tailored to specific needs and desired outcomes.

More info: The Collaroy Centre, Phone: 02 9982 9800 (international +612 9982 9800)

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Commercial activity

The Outdoor Education Group

Bushwalking ProgramsThe Outdoor Education Group (OEG) is a unique, independent, not-for-profit organisation that provides experiential adventure-based learning programs to schools throughout NSW and Victoria. OEG runs programs in a diverse range of natural environments throughout NSW.

Our programs run from one day up to 30 days and offer activities such as bush walking, canoeing, rafting, cycling, snow shoeing and many more.

OEG envisages a world where more people respect and take responsibility for themselves, others and the natural world, and act to support positive relationships, healthy communities and the sustainability of life.

Our mission is to deliver excellence in outdoor education through partnerships with schools in order to prepare young people for the personal, social and environmental challenges in their lives.

More info: The Outdoor Education Group, Phone: 02 4869 6700 (international +612 4869 6700)

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Commercial activity

Wilderness Sports

Snowshoeing...easy winter walksWe are the original licensed operator for adventure activities within Kosciuszko National Park, with over 25 years experience. We specialise in taking small groups into the less-trodden and special places in both winter and summer, to experience the unique Australian alpine wilderness and environment.

As well as offering skiing, snowboarding and snow-shoeing, we teach snowcraft and backcountry safety. Choose from multi-day and overnight tours. We can also cater for school groups. We provide outdoor education programs in the Snowy Mountains and nearby ranges, with a diverse program including team building.

We have a retail store and hire outlet, to ensure that individuals and groups are outfitted with the necessary equipment to enjoy the mountains and various seasons of this unique alpine environment.

More info: Wilderness Sports, Phone: 02 6456 2966 (international +612 6456 2966)

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