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Charlotte Pass to Village Dam
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.1 km S of Charlotte Pass
Length: 0.8 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 0.8 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Kosciuszko National Park
Climb: 45 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 45 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Moderate

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. (open in app)

There are Closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Charlotte Pass to Village Dam

Map of Walk


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Map of Charlotte Pass to Village Dam
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Bottom of Kangaroo Ridge chairlift
Int of Dam and Village Lookdown tracks
Starting point for this hiking track: Bottom of Kangaroo Ridge chairlift

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Perisher Valley 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-85252S 
 Kosciuszko 1:100 000 Map Series 8525 

Photo Gallery

charlottes pass village
charlottes pass village +
bottom of kangaroo ridge chairlift
bottom of kangaroo ridge chairlift +
spencers creek
spencers creek +

following the chairlift
following the chairlift +
the faint grassy service trail
the faint grassy service trail +
charlottes pass dam
charlottes pass dam +


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Charlotte Pass to Village Dam bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Charlotte Pass to Village Dam bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Charlotte Pass to Village Dam bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Charlotte Pass to Village Dam bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 780m
Time 30 mins

Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
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 Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
This whole walk, 390m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 390m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Around 240m of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 150m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 390m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

This whole walk, 390m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

This whole walk, 390m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes

Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Bottom of Kangaroo Ridge chairlift
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Covered in snow part of the year Alt = 1838 m
This walk leads through an extreme alpine environment and all walkers must be well prepared. During summer, be prepared for both very hot and cold weather, high winds, rain, snow, extreme UV levels and some sections of snow or ice on the ground. Before starting this walk, check advice with Snowy Region Visitor Information Centre (02) 6450 5600, the weather forecast and the snow conditions then change your plans as needed. These notes, grades and walking times have been written for use in the summer months only. Between May and the end of October, this walk is likely to be covered in snow/ice, visitors should carry and be prepared to use snowshoes or cross country skis. When there is a chance of significant snow on the ground, visitors will need particularly strong navigation and snowcraft skills - tracks and signage may not be visible. For most visitors, it is best to consider this walk closed during the colder months.
Between the long weekend in June and October, the road between Perisher Village and Charlotte Pass is closed by the RTA. It is possible to organise oversnow transport.

Charlotte Pass Village Alt = 1762 m
Charlotte Pass is a small village consisting mostly of resorts and hotels, and a number of neighbouring ski runs. This small township is located a stone's throw from the end of Kosciuszko Road, where the turning circle and public toilets were put in place after the last stretch of the road (that winds down across the Snowy River and up to Rawsons Pass via Seamans Hut) was closed to public vehicles. More info

(0 km) Bottom of Kangaroo Ridge chairlift to Int of Dam and Village Lookdown tracks
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 236 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 27 m Descent = 0 m
From the bottom of the chairlift, this walk follows the management trail, heading west up the steep grassy hill, parallel to the chairlift. The trail turns away from the lift and comes to the intersection of the Village Lookdown track.

(0.24 km) Int of Dam and Village Lookdown tracks to Charlotte Pass Dam
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 153 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the faint grassy management trail, winding south-west up the hill and alongside the creek. The walk follows the snow poles as it winds up the hill to the small dam above Charlotte Pass village.

Charlotte Pass Dam Alt = 1817 m
Charlotte Pass Dam is a relatively small store of water in the upper reaches of Spencers Creek, and a short stroll south from the Charlotte Pass village.

Drive from Bottom of Kangaroo Ridge chairlift
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:

Near by

Campsites in the park
Black Perry Rest area
Blue Waterholes Picnic and camping Grounds
Bradneys Gap Camping area
Buddong Falls
Clover Flat camping area
Cooinbil Camping area
Cooleman Mountain Camping Area
Coonara Point Camping Area
Denison Camping area
Geehi Picnic Camping Ground
Ghost Gully Camping Ground
Half-way Flat camping area
Humes Crossing Camping area
Island Bend Camping area
Jacobs River Picnic And Camping Area
Jounama Creek Camping Area
Leather Barrel Picnic And Camping Area
Log Bridge Creek Camping area
Long Plain Hut Camping Area
Ngarigo Picnic And Camping Area
OHares Rest Area
Pinch River Camping area
Ravine Camping area
Rock Flat Camping Area
Rocky Plain Camping Ground
Running waters Camping area
Scotchies Yard Camping area
The Pines Camping Area
Thredbo Diggings Camping area
Three Mile Dam Camping area
Tom Groggin Picnic And Camping Area
Wares Yards Camping Ground
Willis Camping Area
Yarrangobilly Village Camping Area
Yachting Point Camping area
Yolde Camping Area
No Name camping area

Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Paddy Pallin Adventure Centre Thredbo Turnoff, Jindabyne (02) 6456 2922 23.7 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 3 Nuggets Crsng, Jindabyne (02) 6457 2233 25.9 km
Wilderness Sports Nuggets Crossing, Jindabyne 1800 654 168 25.9 km
Snowy Camping World 106 Sharp St , Cooma (02) 6452 2729 74.6 km
Tumuts Fishing Camping & Outdoor 56 Wynyard St , Tumut (02) 6947 1100 126.6 km

A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Charlotte Pass to Village Dam.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Charlotte Pass to Village Dam
Click to re-center search
2 KHN02 Fire Tower MT YOUNGAL 20 km (to the WNW)
2 1227833 Commsite INGEBIRAH TRIG 26 km (to the SSE)
1 1227830 Country Energy/Monaro County Council Site JINDERBOINE HILL 30 km (to the E)
3 EUC03 Bald Hill via EUCUMBENE 41 km (to the NNE)
3 MTI03 Broadcast/Comms Site Mt Ikes via TUMBARUMBA 69 km (to the NNW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Monaro Alpine fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 7 years ago)
Please Note: 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 and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      19°Wind easing. Partly cloudy.
Thu|19°Partly cloudy.
Fri|16°Mostly sunny.
Sat|13°Mostly sunny.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Kosciuszko National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page

Region: South Coast & Highlands
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Kosciuszko National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Thredbo Diggings campground closed to caravans
Thredbo Diggings campground is currently closed to all caravans and camping trailers due to continuing wet conditions. There will be limited sites available for tents. Caravans and camping trailer sites are available at Ngarigo, Island Bend and Tom Groggin campgrounds. For more information please phone (02) 6450 5620.

Closed areas: Island Bend campground partially closed due to maintenance
Partial closure of Island Bend campground due to maintenance. Camp sites are now available at the lower camp at Island Bend in Kosciuszko National Park. Other sites have been fenced and will remain closed for 6 to 12 months following capping works to ameliorate the asbestos risk and to allow for revegetation. Please observe all signs and closures. For more information, please contact Andrew Miller at the NPWS Jindabyne Office or on 0427 437391 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page. Download a map of the closed area.

Closed areas: Winter road closures
The following roads will be closed until the October long weekend, unless weather allows them to be opened in late September:
  • Behrs Flat trail
  • Blue Waterholes trail
  • Broken Cart trail
  • Bullocks Hill trail
  • Cabramurra - Khancoban Road (KNP5)
  • Cumberland trail
  • Four Mile Hill trail
  • Geehi Dam Road (Olsen's Road)
  • Goobragandra Powerline Road
  • Kings Cross Road
  • Link Road
  • Long Plain Road
  • Major Clews Road
  • Manjar Road
  • Perisher to Charlotte Pass
  • Pocket Saddle Road
  • Port Phillip trail
  • Tantangra Dam Road
  • Three Mile Dam access trails
  • Davies Plain track
and all associated subsidiary roads and access trails.
The Murray River crossing into Victoria at Tom Groggin campground is closed until 29 October 2015 due to winter road closures by Parks Victoria. There will be no access into Davies Plain, Mt Pinnibar and Tom Groggin fire trails in the Victorian Alpine National Park.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Tumut Visitor Centre on (02) 6497 7025 or the NPWS Snowy Region Visitor Centre on (02) 6450 5600, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.

Closed areas: Thredbo Valley track reopening Sunday 27 September 2015
Sections 1 and 2 (Thredbo to Ngarigo) of the Thredbo Valley track will be reopening on Sunday 27 September 2015. The track from The Diggings to Skitube- Bullocks Flat, Bullocks Hut and Lake Crackenback Resort will remain open. The Bullocks and Muzzlewood tracks will also remain open. For more information, please contact the Snowy Region Visitor Centre, Jindabyne on (02) 6450 5600 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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