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Guthega to Thredbo camping overnight at Wilkensons Creek
Time: 2 Days Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0 km SSW of Guthega
Length: 25.8 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 25.8 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Kosciuszko National Park
Climb: 1364 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 1364 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: One way
Route: Hard

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. (open in app)

This walk passes through a remote area and sections have no visible track. At least one person in your group should have training and experience in off track walking and navigation. Even with these notes and a GPS these extra skills and equipment are required.
There are Closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
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Car park below Guthega Alpine Inn
Int. on Guthega Rd, below 'Toibunga'
Int. of Guthega road servicetrail and Flying fox track
Int. of Flying Fox track and Blue Cow Creek tracks
Blue Cow Creek crossing
Illawong Lodge
Suspension bridge
Pounds Creek flats
Twynam saddle
Mt Twynam
Int of Mt Twynam and Blue Lake view tracks
Int of Main Range and Mt Twynam tracks
Carruthers Peak
Int of northern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks
Int of southern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks
Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track
Int of Main Range and Wilkinsons creek track
Wilkinsons creek
Int of Main Range and Wilkinsons Creek track
Int of Main Range track and Kosciuszko path
Mt Kosciuszko
Int of Main Range track and Kosciuszko path
Rawson Pass
Lake Cootapatamba lookout
Int of Kosciuszko path and North Rams Head loop
North Rams Head
Int of Kosciuszko path and North Rams Head loop
Int of Kosciuszko path and lookout walkway
Int of Kosciuszko path and lookout walkway
Int of Kosciuszko path and snow pole track
Start of metal walkway
Int of Dead Horse Gap track and Kosciuszko footpath
Top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
Starting point for this hiking track: Car park below Guthega Alpine Inn

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Photo Gallery

 
Guthega Alpine Hotel from Guthega Road
 
Guthega Alpine Hotel from Guthega Road +
 
Walking along the roads at Guthega
 
Walking along the roads at Guthega +
 
Guthega Rd management trail
 
Guthega Rd management trail +

 
Looking down to Blue Cow Creek
 
Looking down to Blue Cow Creek +
 
Guthega Pondage, looking along Blue Cow creek arm
 
Guthega Pondage, looking along Blue Cow creek arm +
 
Bridge over Blue Cow Creek
 
Bridge over Blue Cow Creek +

 
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mm_20090415_0138 +
 
Looking down to Blue Cow Creek
 
Looking down to Blue Cow Creek +
 
The Snowy River arm of Guthega Dam
 
The Snowy River arm of Guthega Dam +

 
Following the track on the eastern side of the Snowy River
 
Following the track on the eastern side of the Snowy River +
 
Looking towards Illawong Lodge
 
Looking towards Illawong Lodge +
 
Illawong lodge
 
Illawong lodge +

 
emergency shelter at the lodge
 
emergency shelter at the lodge +
 
the cable suspension bridge
 
the cable suspension bridge +
 
looking up river
 
looking up river +

 
snowgums
 
snowgums +
 
Small bog
 
Small bog +
 
Walking up near Twynam Creek
 
Walking up near Twynam Creek +

 
following the faint bushtrack
 
following the faint bushtrack +
 
Rocky outcrop near Pounds Creek Flats
 
Rocky outcrop near Pounds Creek Flats +
 
Pounds creek flats
 
Pounds creek flats +

 
Looking up at Mt Twynam from saddle
 
Looking up at Mt Twynam from saddle +
 
Top of Mt Twynam with old trig station
 
Top of Mt Twynam with old trig station +
 
Old management trail west of Mt Twynam
 
Old management trail west of Mt Twynam +

 
Blue Lake from the west
 
Blue Lake from the west +
 
The Main Range
 
The Main Range +
 
Sign post at the Int of Main Range and Mt Twynam tracks
 
Sign post at the Int of Main Range and Mt Twynam tracks +

 
Main Range track on Carruthers Peak
 
Main Range track on Carruthers Peak +
 
View from Carruthers Peak
 
View from Carruthers Peak +
 
Looking over Club Lake from Carruthers Peak
 
Looking over Club Lake from Carruthers Peak +

 
Looking west from the side of Carruthers Peak
 
Looking west from the side of Carruthers Peak +
 
Glacial Sculptured landscape
 
Glacial Sculptured landscape +
 
Club Lake from the Main Range Track
 
Club Lake from the Main Range Track +

 
Main Range Track
 
Main Range Track +
 
Looking across Albina Lake
 
Looking across Albina Lake +
 
Narrow track above Albina Lake
 
Narrow track above Albina Lake +

 
Rocky pass above Lake Albina
 
Rocky pass above Lake Albina +
 
Albina Lake
 
Albina Lake +
 
Main Range track
 
Main Range track +

 
Walking along the Main Range Track
 
Walking along the Main Range Track +
 
Wilkinsons Creek campsite
 
Wilkinsons Creek campsite +
 
Camping at Wilkinsons Creek
 
Camping at Wilkinsons Creek +

 
Main Range track north of Mt Kosciuszko
 
Main Range track north of Mt Kosciuszko +
 
Int of Main Range track and Kosciuszko walk
 
Int of Main Range track and Kosciuszko walk +
 
Nearing Mt Kosciuszko summit
 
Nearing Mt Kosciuszko summit +

 
Mt Kosciuszko
 
Mt Kosciuszko +
 
The top of Australia - Mt Kosckiuszko summit
 
The top of Australia - Mt Kosckiuszko summit +
 
Looking to Rawson Pass from the north
 
Looking to Rawson Pass from the north +

 
Top of the Kosciuszko Walk metal walkway
 
Top of the Kosciuszko Walk metal walkway +
 
Kosciuszko Walk
 
Kosciuszko Walk +
 
Lake Cootapatamba
 
Lake Cootapatamba +

 
cootapatamba lookout platform
 
cootapatamba lookout platform +
 
north rams head
 
north rams head +
 
Mt Kosciuszko Lookout intersection
 
Mt Kosciuszko Lookout intersection +

 
Mt Kosciuszko Lookout
 
Mt Kosciuszko Lookout +
 
Along the Kosciuszko walk path
 
Along the Kosciuszko walk path +
 
Looking down the steps towards Thredbo
 
Looking down the steps towards Thredbo +

 
Threbo 1.5km sign
 
Threbo 1.5km sign +
 
View across the Rams Head Range
 
View across the Rams Head Range +
 
Kosciuszko Walk
 
Kosciuszko Walk +

 
Information sign beside path
 
Information sign beside path +
 
Bridge Crossing a small creek
 
Bridge Crossing a small creek +
 
Looking upsteam towards the Rams Head
 
Looking upsteam towards the Rams Head +

 
On the Path near Basin Tbar
 
On the Path near Basin Tbar +
 
Near the top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
 
Near the top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift +
 
Eagles Nest
 
Eagles Nest +

 
Top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
 
Top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift +
 
Looking down to Thredbo from the chairlift
 
Looking down to Thredbo from the chairlift +
 
Passing the halfway terminal
 
Passing the halfway terminal +

 
Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
 
Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift +
 
Back of the Valley terminal
 
Back of the Valley terminal +
 
Valley Terminal
 
Valley Terminal +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Guthega to Thredbo camping overnight at Wilkensons Creek bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Guthega to Thredbo camping overnight at Wilkensons Creek bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Guthega to Thredbo camping overnight at Wilkensons Creek bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Guthega to Thredbo camping overnight at Wilkensons Creek bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 26km
Time 2 Days
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Grade 5/6

Route: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
Signs No directional signs (5/6)
Experience Required High level of bushwalking experience recommended (5/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety (5/6)
Infrastructure No facilities provided (5/6)
*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.
Gradient
14km of this walk has short steep hills and another 8km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 4km is flat with no steps and the remaining 1.6km is very steep.

Quality of track
11km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 7km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 3.1km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and a 3km section follows a rough unclear track. The remaining 2.9km follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
14km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 6km has directional signs at most intersection. Whilst another 4.6km Has no directional signs and the remaining 3.2km has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
10km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 9km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (9km) requires a leader with a high level of bushwalking experience.

Weather
17km of this walk is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety and another 6km forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety. Whilst another 3.1km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety and the remaining 2.3km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
12km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 10km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). Whilst another 3.5km has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) and the remaining 2.6km has no facilities provided.

Track Notes


Drive to Car park below Guthega Alpine Inn
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 --> Sorry there are no driving directions, but you can see the start of this walk on this map

Covered in snow part of the year Alt = 1597 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 be carrying 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.

Guthega Alt = 1660 m
Guthega is a relatively small township, north of Perisher, and comprises mostly of hotel and lodge-style buildings. The most popular service in town is the Guthega Alpine Inn, open year round. The town is remote and access is by an all-weather dirt road. There are great views over the main range and the Guthega Pondage (part of the Snowy River Scheme). Guthega offers a great place to ski in winter, and to holiday in summer. In summer, there is plenty of walking, mountain biking, fishing and relaxing to be done. Walkers please note - there is no public water supply in the township, please fill water bottle before coming (or be willing treat and use the creek water).

Guthega Alpine Inn Alt = 1665 m
Guthega Alpine Inn is on Guthega Road, about 500 metres past the base of the chairlift and 'Guthega Centre'. The hotel provides a year-round service including accommodation and meals. The hosts are friendly and the hotel provides a great base for walkers and other holiday makers. Please phone and book ahead for meals and accommodation. Phone 02 6457 5383
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(0 km) Car park below Guthega Alpine Inn to Int. of Guthega road servicetrail and Flying fox track
Track: Moderate - road,servicetrail
Length = 481 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -34 m
From the car park (just below Guthega Alpine Inn, on Guthega Rd, 500m past the Guthega Centre), the walk follows the concrete road down the hill, keeping the main valley to the left. The road passes a small stone building and light post, just before coming to an intersection with another road heading off to the left, below the building named 'Toibunga'.
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, the walk follows the concrete road down the hill towards the dam. After about 100m, the track veers right at another intersection, following the lower track. The concrete track turns to the right, but this walk continues straight, onto the wide dirt management trail (between the small boulders). Soon the trail bends right and comes to an intersection with a bush track.

(0.48 km) Int. of Guthega road servicetrail and Flying fox track to Flying Fox
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 333 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -44 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk heads between the boulders and is fairly flat initially, then, near a snow gum, the track steps down steeply and then winds down the hill to a 'T' intersection above Blue Cow Creek. (There is broken glass along this section of track, left over from Snowy River Scheme Camps).
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk initially steps over a small, eroded gap in the track[1] and then heads upstream alongside Blue Cow Creek, keeping the creek to your right. Before long, the track comes closer to the creek, and reaches a rocky crossing with a bridge[2] and a flying fox[3] over the creek.

Flying Fox Alt = 1598 m
This metal flying fox was put in place to provide a safer option for crossing Blue Cow Creek when the water rises over the rocks. There are many flying foxes in the area to help people cross creeks, especially useful during snow melt when water is cold, deep and fast-moving. In 2010, a metal bridge was installed over this creek, parallel to the flying fox, and the bridge is now the safest way to cross.

(0.81 km) Blue Cow Creek crossing to Illawong Lodge
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.22 km Time = 50 mins
Climb = 129 m Descent = -87 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk crosses the creek on the bridge[4] next to the metal flying fox[5]. The walk then follows the bush track on the other side as it climbs to the top of the ridge. From the top of the hill, the track then winds down towards the Snowy River then turns left and generally follows it upstream. Soon the walk crosses a small creek and continues up the other side, undulating through the valley, crossing several more small creeks. The track winds left, away from the Snowy River, to climb the short hill to Illawong Lodge.

Illawong Lodge Alt = 1645 m
In 1956, the year after the Guthega Dam was first filled, the Kosciuszko State Park Trust gave permission for the conversion of the then-dilapidated hut into the present simple lodge.[6] The lodge is maintained by members of Illawong Ski Tourers and friends. The nearby suspension bridge over the Snowy River and the flying fox over Farm Creek were built by members of Illawong. NPWS now maintains the suspension bridge and a new bridge over Farm Creek which has replaced the flying fox. The lodge can be reserved by members of the general public - see illawong.asn.au. There is also a small emergency shelter in the base of the hut, on the western wall, with enough room for a few people to see out a blizzard, with some water, blankets and other emergency supplies. More info

(3.03 km) Illawong Lodge to Suspension bridge
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 160 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -28 m
Turn right: From the west side of Illawong Lodge (where the emergency shelter is located), the walk heads down towards the creek following the bush track. The track winds through scrub, passing through a grass clearing along the way. The walk soon comes to a cable suspension bridge.

Suspension Bridge Alt = 1614 m
Constructed and maintained by Illawong Ski Tourers[7], and only a stone's throw from Illawong Lodge, this cable suspension bridge provides a safer way to cross the upper Snowy River. This provides the main access between Guthega and the Main Range. The bridge also provides great views of the valley.

(3.19 km) Suspension bridge to Pounds Creek flats
Route: Hard - undefined
Length = 2.58 km Time = 1 hr 13 mins
Climb = 342 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the suspension bridge, this walk crosses the Snowy River to the west bank and climbs the hill, tending to the left of the top of the hill, and continuing up through the thick scrub. This section of the walk their is not track please fan out and minimse your impact. The walk winds up the ridge line through some more shallow scrub, passing through a thin tree line. The walk continues around to the left side of the ridge, where it gets much steeper, staying high out of the gully (which is to your left). The walk continues to the top of the ridge where it is much rockier, next to the large flats near the headwaters for Pounds Creek.

Pounds Creek Flats Alt = 1958 m
Located in the far upper reaches of Pounds Creek, this large flat area on the side of the ridge makes a great place to camp. The plateau forms a shallow hanging swamp in the few months after winter, when the snow melts and pools in the area.

This campsite is flat and sheltered from the wind by the mountain. Water supply from the creek is unreliable.

(5.78 km) Pounds Creek flats to Twynam saddle
Route: Hard - openland
Length = 1.07 km Time = 29 mins
Climb = 131 m Descent = 0 m
Veer left: From the flats, this walk heads south-west, following the ridge line that runs up the steep hill. The walk winds up and around the left side of the flats towards Little Twynam, bending around to the right as it approaches the top, then climbing up into the saddle between Little Twynam and Mt Twynam.

(6.85 km) Twynam saddle to Mt Twynam
Route: Hard - undefined
Length = 575 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 97 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the saddle, this walk heads north up the grassy hill towards Mt Twynam, climbing up the steep hill and winding through rocky outcrops. The walk turns to the north-west and continuing up to the trig station at the top of Mt Twynam.

Mt Twynam Alt = 2182 m
Mt Twynam is the largest peak on the ridgeline that winds around behind Blue Lake. It was once the location of a trig station, which was used for navigation until it was taken down. The metal frame, which was the lower half of the station, still sits on the peak today.

(7.42 km) Mt Twynam to Int of Main Range and Mt Twynam tracks
Route: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 2.9 km Time = 1 hr 1 mins
Climb = 26 m Descent = -166 m
Continue straight: From the top of the mountain, this walk heads north-west, away from Little Twynam. The walk winds down through the rocky outcrops onto the ridge line, where it meets the old management trail and follows it west along the ridge line. The trail heads anticlockwise around Blue Lake until coming around to the south. The walk continues down and along the trail until coming to the right-hand side of the last knoll.
Continue straight: From near the top of the hill, the walk follows the old 4WD trail south-west, down along the ridge line. At the end of the ridge, the trail winds down the steep, grassy hill into the saddle and around behind a signpost to the intersection with the Main Range track.

(10.32 km) Int of Main Range and Mt Twynam tracks to Carruthers Peak
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 862 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 99 m Descent = -2 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Main Range Track' sign[8] across the saddle then uphill along the clear track. The track winds up along the ridge and in time comes to a rocky clearing on the eastern side of Carruthers Peak[9] (where a short detour will reveal views down to Club Lake). Here the walk bends right and follows the clear track as it winds up the hill[10] to the views at the top of Carruthers Peak[11].

Carruthers Peak Alt = 2139 m
Carruthers Peak is a prominent mountain that is found along the Main Range track, from which you can see great views down over Club Lake and out across the valley to Charlotte Pass. Carruthers Peak was named after the NSW Minister for Lands and Premier, Joseph Carruthers. This name was given in 1991 by Richard Helms, who had previously named it Crummer.

(11.19 km) Carruthers Peak to Int of Main Range and Wilkinsons Creek track
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 4.43 km Time = 1 hr 33 mins
Climb = 108 m Descent = -242 m
Continue straight: From the top of Carruthers Peak, this walk follows the clear track west as it winds down the ridge[12]. After about 50m, the track passes an 'I30' survey marker[13] (more good views) where the track bends left and follows the stone path and steps down the hill[14]. At the end of the stone path, the track bends left and heads down the hill[15], over a few lengths of metal grate[16] and comes to a saddle with good views down to Club Lake[17] (on your left). The walk then continues across the saddle, following the clear track to soon pass the 'Rarest Alpine Plant Community' information sign[18]. Heading around the side of the hill (keeping the valley to your right), the walk then comes to another rocky saddle[19]. About 320m beyond this saddle, this track leads to a very faint intersection where the ridge[20] (that leads to the northern end of Albina Lake) on the right meets the main track.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the gravel Main Range track south, keeping the valley and Albina Lake to your right. The track heads downhill[21] and then winds around beside a rocky saddle (a short side trip to the left over the small rise reveals some views into the valley). This walk continues along the clear track as it traverses fairly gently around the side of the very steep hill. In a few places, the track has been cut into the rock[22] and provides great views down into the Albina Lake - take care not to slip. The walk continues to another large saddle and just as the track starts to dip down past the saddle, the track comes to a faint intersection with an old management trail[23] (leading to Lake Albina, on your right).
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the rock-paved Main Range track south[24]. The track steadily winds around the side of the hill (keeping the large valley to your left). After heading between a rocky outcrop[25], the track becomes gravel[26] and starts to head over the ridge before gently winding down the hill. Just before flattening out on the large saddle, the track comes to a faint intersection (with the Muellers Peak and Mt Townsend tracks on your right) marked with a rock cairn[27] (on your right).
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads south along the main track to the low point in the saddle[28] (where there is a faint intersection with a pad leading down to Wilkinsons Creek on your right).

(15.61 km) Int of Main Range and Wilkinsons creek track to Wilkinsons creek
Route: Hard - undefined
Length = 779 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -94 m
Turn right: From the low point in the saddle[29], this walk heads west, off the main track, over the grassy rise. Soon finding an overgrown management trail that leads down towards the creek at the bottom of the valley. The walk continues down the side of the hill passing through some low scrub to find many boulders and flat areas[30] beside Wilkinsons Creek[31].

Wilkinsons Creek Alt = 1913 m
Wilkinsons Creek meanders through a beautiful and broad valley. Nestled in the valley between Mt Kosciuszko and Mt Townsend, this is a great spot to cool down or camp for a night. The large, flat, grassy plain, with a scattering of boulders, makes this great place to stay, although can be pretty exposed to westerly winds. You can often get great sunset views from the rocks at the western end. There are no facilities, please remember to use minimal impact techniques when visiting this area. Water is available from the creek. Camp more than 100m from the creek, and if staying for more than a day or two, move your camp to minimise the risk of damage. No fires - use fuel stoves only (there are a few gravelly areas to set your stove up to avoid destroying the grass).

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Day 2


(16.39 km) Wilkinsons creek to Int of Main Range track and Kosciuszko walk
Route: Hard - undefined,bushtrack
Length = 2.23 km Time = 54 mins
Climb = 253 m Descent = -3 m
Turn around: From the creek[32], the walk heads east, up the valley following the old overgrown management trail. The walk climbs up through the boulders through some low scrub to the grassy gap. Just over the rise this walk comes to a 'T' intersection with the Main Range Track.
Turn right: From the intersection[33], this walk heads south along the clear track, climbing up out of the saddle and along the side of the hill, keeping the valley to your left. The walk heads up many stone steps[34] for about 600m, then flattens out for a little while[35] before coming to a clear and signposted three-way intersection[36]. (Here, the track on the right leads up to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko.)

(18.62 km) Int of Main Range track and Kosciuszko path to Mt Kosciuszko
Track: Hard - footpath
Length = 972 m Time = 23 mins
Climb = 76 m Descent = -15 m
Turn sharp right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Mt Kosciuszko' sign[37] uphill along the upper track. This track winds steadily up and around the peak of the mountain, passing a stone-paved[38] section of track, and also a metal grate[39] before climbing a few steps[40] to the cairn at the peak of Mt Kosciuszko[41].

Mt Kosciuszko Alt = 2222 m
Mt Kosciuszko is the highest peak on the Australian continent, at 2228m above sea level. It was named by the Polish explorer Count Paul Edmund Strzelecki and named in honour of the Polish national hero General Tadeusz Kościuszko. Now a popular tourist attraction, thousands of people walk up to the summit each year. On a clear day, the 360-degree views from the summit across the roof of Australia are fantastic. There are higher mountains elsewhere on Australian territory. 'The highest mountains in Australian Antarctic Territory are Mt McClintock (3490 meters) and Mt Menzies (3355 meters).' [42].

(19.59 km) Mt Kosciuszko to Rawson Pass
Track: Hard - footpath
Length = 1.65 km Time = 39 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = -127 m
Turn around: From the cairn at the peak of Mt Kosciuszko[43], this walk heads down the steps[44] and past the information sign[45]. The walk heads gently downhill along the gravel track[46] then over a metal grate[47] and a stone path[48], where the gravel path then leads[49] the rest of the way around the side of the peak to come to the signposted intersection with the 'Main Range Track'[50][51].
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the gravel track towards 'Rawson Pass'[52] gently downhill, keeping the main valley to your left. The track almost immediately passes an 'Alpine Walks' information sign and map[53] as it continues south. After about 500m, the track becomes a stone path[54] that leads a little further to the clearly signposted three-way intersection at 'Rawson Pass'[55].

Rawson Pass Alt = 2119 m
Rawson Pass is where the old Kosciuszko Road, from Charlotte Pass, meets the metal walkway from Thredbo. It is home to highest public toilet in Australia, this recently-added facility is perfectly positioned for those taking the walk up to the top of Kosciuszko. Rawson Pass is well signposted and 500m south east of Mt Kosciuszko (by straight line). There is also a place for to park mountain bikes for those cycling along the old road from Charlotte Pass.

(21.24 km) Rawson Pass to Lake Cootapatamba lookout
Track: Hard - footpath
Length = 788 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -16 m
Veer right: From 'Rawson Pass', this walk follows the 'Kosciuszko Walk - Lake Cootapatamba Lookout' sign[56] south along the metal walkway as it gently winds down along the side of the hill. Keeping Lake Cootapatamba on your right[57], the path soon leads up a short hill to find the signposted 'Lake Cootapatamba Lookout'[58][59].

Lake Cootapatamba lookout Alt = 2106 m
Situated on the Kosciuszko walk, this platform looks down over Lake Cootapatamba, in the valley on the western side of the path. This is a pleasant place to stop and enjoy the mountains and views.

(22.02 km) Lake Cootapatamba lookout to Int of Kosciuszko path and North Rams Head loop
Track: Hard - footpath
Length = 604 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -31 m
Continue straight: From the lookout, this walk follows the metal walkway heading south down the gentle hill, initially keeping the view to Lake Cootapatamba to your right. The path leads down the ridge across the saddle to find a faint intersection with a foot pad, where the spur from the rocky North Rams Head (on your right) meets the track.

(22.63 km) Int of Kosciuszko path and North Rams Head loop to Int of Kosciuszko path and lookout walkway
Alternate Route: Track: Hard - notrack ( Show detail)
Length = 2.24 km Time = 50 mins
Climb = 95 m Descent = -115 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk heads south-west up and out of the saddle. The walk climbs up onto the ridge, then winds all the way along this ridge line (south), through heavily scattered rock outcrops, to the base of the North Rams Head. The walk then winds up through the large rocks to the peak of North Rams Head.
Turn left: From the peak, the walk heads east towards the Kosciuszko path, initially climbing down through the large rocks to the base of the small mountain. The walk continues east, down the hill, winding through and around many rock outcrops and boulders, then through a grassy pass and down the steep hill. From here, the walk continues through the shallow scrub all the way to the intersection of the Kosciuszko path and the lookout walkway.
Turn right to rejoin the main walk, following the notes from 23.96km 'Int of Kosciuszko path and lookout walkway'.

(22.63 km) Int of Kosciuszko path and North Rams Head loop to Int of Kosciuszko path and lookout walkway
Track: Hard - footpath
Length = 1.33 km Time = 28 mins
Climb = 43 m Descent = -63 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads south along the metal walkway, keeping Rams Head ridge line to your right. The walk follows the metal walkway past the 'Endangered Mammals live between boulders' sign[60] then across the upper reaches of the Snowy River. Here the walk heads up this hill to find a three-way intersection of metal paths, with the Kosciuszko lookout track (on your left).

(23.96 km) Int of Kosciuszko path and lookout walkway to Kosciuszko lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - footpath
Length = 51 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -1 m
Turn sharp left: From the intersection[61], this walk heads north-east along the metal path that branches off the main path. The path leads a short distance up some steps[62] to soon come to the metal platform at the Kosciuszko lookout[63][64].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

Kosciuszko lookout Alt = 2061 m
Kosciuszko lookout is about 30m off the main Kosciuszko walk, along a metal walkway. At the lookout, there is a larger platform with an information sign about how the landscape was formed over the years. Granting a great view of the Snowy Mountains to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko.

(23.96 km) Int of Kosciuszko path and lookout walkway to Start of metal walkway
Track: Hard - footpath
Length = 1.28 km Time = 31 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -117 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the metal walkway south, up the hill (away from the lookout). The track leads over the gentle rise and soon comes to 'A rocky mountain home' information sign[65] and a 'Thredbo 1.5km' tag[66] pointing down the hill. Here the walk heads down a series of steps to mostly flatten out at the 'Flowers emerge with warmer weather' information sign[67]. Soon after this, the walk comes to a 'Plant communities - keeping a low profile' information sign[68], marking an intersection (where the snow-pole line on your left joins the main track)[69].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the metal walkway south, downhill, soon passing a 'Plant communities - keeping a low profile' information sign[70] and a 'Thredbo 1.0km' badge[71][72] welded to the track. The walk continues to follow this track down the hill, then past the 'Everything is connected' information sign[73] and the large 'Kosciuszko Walk' sign[74]. At the bottom of the steps, this walk comes to an intersection (with a minor track on your left) just before a bridge at a lovely spot beside the creek.

(25.24 km) Start of metal walkway to Top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
Track: Hard - footpath
Length = 545 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -24 m
Continue straight: From the end of the metal walkway[75], this walk crosses the creek using the metal bridge[76] and follows the paved path up and over the gentle rise[77], heading towards the ski lifts. Soon the path leads past a small alcove with two information signs[78]. Here the walk continues along the path a short distance to find a signposted intersection with the 'Dead Horse Gap' track[79] (on your right), where there is also an arrow pointing back to 'Mt Kosciuszko Lookout'[80].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows 'Eagles Nest Restaurant' sign[81] down along the paved path towards the chairlift building[82]. The path gently winds down the hill to find the top of the 'Kosciuszko Express' chairlift[83] and the Eagles Nest Restaurant[84].

Eagles Nest Restaurant Alt = 1928 m
This is Australia's highest restaurant, providing great food and outstanding views. It is easily accessible, nestled on the mountain directly opposite the top of the Kosciuszko Express chairlift, and is open year-round. For more information, call (02) 64576019.

Kosciuszko Express Chairlift Alt = 1372 m
This is one of the few lifts operating in the summer months at Thredbo, and is made quite popular by thousands of people walking to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko each year. Lift tickets can be purchased from the store at the bottom of the chairlift. Lift tickets are $31 return ($25 one way) per person[85]. This lift is generally closed during November and May for maintenance each year, but the the Snowgum chair can be used at this time instead, this will add extra walking time to you walk[86]. More info

(25.79 km) Top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift to Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - transport
Length = 1.86 km Time = 20 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -558 m
Turn left: From the top terminal, walk up to the platform as directed by the chairlift operator and sit down in the seat, letting it scoop you up. Once seated, pull down the safety bar and enjoy the ride down to Thredbo village. :) After alighting at the bottom, this walk turns right to almost immediately turn left down a set of steps and heads through the building to find an open area at the front of the 'Valley Terminal' building where there are some large maps.
Note: The distance and altitude change for this ride is not included in the total for this walk.

Drive from Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
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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 20.2 km
Wilderness Sports Nuggets Crossing, Jindabyne 1800 654 168 22.5 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 3 Nuggets Crsng, Jindabyne (02) 6457 2233 22.5 km
Snowy Camping World 106 Sharp St , Cooma (02) 6452 2729 69.6 km
Tumuts Fishing Camping & Outdoor 56 Wynyard St , Tumut (02) 6947 1100 121 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Guthega to Thredbo camping overnight at Wilkensons Creek.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Guthega to Thredbo camping overnight at Wilkensons Creek
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2 KHN02 Fire Tower MT YOUNGAL 23 km (to the W)
1 1227830 Country Energy/Monaro County Council Site JINDERBOINE HILL 26 km (to the E)
2 1227833 Commsite INGEBIRAH TRIG 30 km (to the SSE)
3 EUC03 Bald Hill via EUCUMBENE 34 km (to the NNE)
3 MTI03 Broadcast/Comms Site Mt Ikes via TUMBARUMBA 66 km (to the NW)

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 3 years ago)
This walk passes Southern Slopes 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 3 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
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Tue      16°Mostly sunny.
Wed|18°Sunny.
Thu|20°Mostly sunny.
Fri|25°Late rain at times.
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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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