The Snowies Iconic Walk project (working title) proposes a world-class, multi-day walk across the alpine roof of Australia in Kosciuszko National Park. It reflects the growing visitor demand for nature-based walking experiences in New South Wales, Australia, and worldwide.
Featuring active days and comfortable nights, the 55-kilometre 4-day walk will extend existing walks across the park's spectacular alpine area to link the resorts of Thredbo, Charlotte Pass, Guthega, Perisher and Lake Crackenback.
The walk has great potential to become a landmark 'must-do' experience for both domestic and international visitor markets.
What the project involves
The Snowies Iconic Walk concept aims to showcase the unique alpine ecosystems and breathtaking views of the Kosciuszko summit precinct and provide accessible and exceptional experiences for visitors. It arose from a need to better disperse visitors to reduce overcrowding issues around Rawson Pass and the summit of Mount Kosciuszko, and to provide a diversity of walking experiences.
The concept reflects the vision for Kosciuszko National Park to be recognised as the premier destination for walking in Australia, with world-class sustainable facilities that protect the alpine environment, as outlined in the draft Kosciuszko summit precinct walking tracks strategy.
This project will deliver an iconic 3 night – 4 day, class 4, self-guided or guided walk through majestic alpine and sub-alpine landscapes and along the Snowy River in Kosciuszko National Park. The walk links the villages of Guthega, Charlotte Pass, Perisher and Lake Crackenback and includes reaching the summit of Australia's highest mountain, the 2228 metre Mount Kosciuszko. Along the way, there are opportunities to enjoy beautiful high-country plains, snow-capped mountain ranges and uninterrupted horizons, as well as unique flora and fauna such as gnarled snow gums, hidden valleys of mountain ash, summer wildflowers, wombats, echidnas and native birdlife.
The work includes 27 kilometres of new walking track and realignment of existing tracks to protect threatened alpine grasses. Each new track section is approximately 6-12 kilometres long. Walkers can choose to do any section of the track as single day walks or combine sections for 2 to 4 day walks.