Starting from Thredbo Village you wander along a few roads to the Thredbo Golf Course then follow the track as it winds along beside the Thredbo River to the Alpine way just near Dead Horse Gap. You will stroll through some lovely snow gum forests and enjoys views down to the river from the cascades lookout and various bridges. An enjoyable way to explore the Thredbo River and the valley environments.
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Cross sectional view of the Thredbo River track bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Thredbo River track 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.
1 hr 45 mins
Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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. Gradient
2.5km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 1.8km has short steep hills. The remaining (570m) is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
3.3km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1.1km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (480m) follows a smooth and hardened path.
Around 2.6km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 2.3km has directional signs at most intersection.
Around 3km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.8km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
Around 2.6km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 2.2km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
This whole walk, 4.8km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
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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.
Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
Thredbo Memorial Community Centre Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 483 m
Time = 9 mins
Climb = 11 m
Descent = -10 m
From the big map outside the ticket store at the bottom of the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift, this walk follows the 'Riverside Walk' sign down to cross the bridge over Thredbo River. Here the walk turns right onto Friday drive and follows the footpath under the footbridge heading between the road and the river. The walk follows the road past the children's playground (on your left) and beside the car park, past the pond to come to a four-way intersection with 'Diggings Terrace', just past a small pond. Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Crackenback Drive' sign across the bridge, over Thredbo River. The walk then comes to a signposted intersection in front of the 'Thredbo Memorial Community Centre'.
Thredbo Golf Course
Alt = 1383 m
This nine hole AGU (Australian Golf Union) rated course is the highest in Australia. Nestled in beside Thredbo village, and bordering the Thredbo River, this course offers a great form of relaxation, and gives golfers a wonderful way to enjoy the Snowies, without having to travel too far from the village. More info
Thredbo Memorial Community Centre
Int of Riverside Walk and Thredbo River bridge Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 204 m
Time = 4 mins
Climb = 7 m
Descent = -1 m
Turn left: From the Community Centre, this walk follows the 'Riverside Walk' and 'Dead Horse Gap' signs down the track towards the river. The track leads alongside the river for approximately 100m before bending up and leaving the bush to come to the edge of the Golf Course, behind the community centre. Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the well worn track winding around the edge of the golf course, away from the community centre. After about 30m this walk crosses a short metal bridge, to then come to an intersection at a larger timber bridge (on your left).
Int of Riverside Walk and Thredbo River bridge
Int of Thredbo River and Golf Course Walk tracks Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 807 m
Time = 15 mins
Climb = 30 m
Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From the wooden bridge, this walk follows the track whilst keeping the river to your left. The track gently meanders between the golf course and the river, enjoying some sections very close to the river. The track heads over a few metal grates and over a small metal bridge to come to an intersection next to the golf course marked with a small timber bridge (over a small creek), just before the pump house. Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the clear track towards the green timber hut, keeping the Thredbo river to your left. The track soon passes the pump house (the green timber hut) and leads beside the river for about 150m before turning right and heading uphill. The walk then heads up the steps to find a clear three-way intersection marked with a large 'Thredbo River Track' sign.
Int of Thredbo River and golf course tracks
Cascades lookout Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.3 km
Time = 27 mins
Climb = 69 m
Descent = -12 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Thredbo River Track' sign through the bush and across a metal walkway, continuing along the bush track as it winds alongside the river. The walk crosses several metal walkways and winds up a few sets of wooden steps before coming to the intersection of the Thredbo River Cascades lookout platform.
Alt = 1463 m
This metal platform leans over the Thredbo River, lookout upstream to the flowing cascades. There is also a wooden seat provided here, making it a great rest stop, conveniently situated about half way between Dead Horse Gap and Thredbo Village, on the Thredbo River track.
Int of Thredbo River track at eastern bridge Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 467 m
Time = 9 mins
Climb = 21 m
Descent = -8 m
Continue straight: From the lookout, this walk follows the wooden steps up the rocky winding hill to the top, where it flattens out at a wooden boardwalk and continues along a metal walkway, winding up through the bush until coming to a metal bridge crossing the Thredbo River.
Thredbo River eastern bridge
Thredbo River western bridge Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 340 m
Time = 7 mins
Climb = 15 m
Descent = -6 m
Continue straight: From just before the bridge, this walk crosses Thredbo River using the long metal bridge. This walk then leads up a log lined set of stairs to then turn right and follow a track through the open grassy area with a scattering of snow gums. Before too long the track comes closer to the river again and heads along a metal grate to then cross the Thredbo River again on another metal bridge.
Thredbo River track western bridge
Int Thredbo River and Dead Horse Gap tracks Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.07 km
Time = 23 mins
Climb = 68 m
Descent = -8 m
Continue straight: From the western bridge this walk follows the track across the grassy area to soon lead up a long series of steps. The track then gently undulates along the side of the valley, keeping the valley to your left. Over the next 600m the track crosses a series of metal erosion grates (and some small creeks) and passes through a section of dead snow gums. The track gently climbs then flattens out to be a similar height to the road (on the other side of the valley) and then comes to a signposted three-way intersection where there is a 'Thredbo village 4km' sign pointing back along the track.
Int of Thredbo River and Dead Horse Gap tracks
Cascades Trail track head Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 160 m
Time = 3 mins
Climb = 3 m
Descent = -6 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follow the clear track away from the other two sign posted tracks to soon cross Bogong Creek on a metal bridge. The track then leads left and heads up a series of steps to follow behind the road barrier, soon coming to a 'Thredbo Walking Tracks' sign beside the road. Here the walk crosses the road to find the Cascades Trail track head car park (on the Alpine Way 5.4km west of Friday Drive).
Dead Horse Gap
Alt = 1543 m
Dead Horse Gap is a relativley low mountain pass in the Great Dividing Range at 1582m AMSL. It was once a meeting place for Aboriginal groups in the summer, where they would perform ceremonies and trade with each other. In nature the pass acts as a funnel for the migration of insects and birds. In the early 20th century, the pass became increasingly popular with stockmen, who brought sheep and cattle to the mountains each summer.
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 8 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 wx71041
Region: South Coast & Highlands Park feesCampingFacilities 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)
Four Mile Hill trail
Geehi Dam Road (Olsen's Road)
Goobragandra Powerline Road
Kings Cross Road
Long Plain Road
Major Clews 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.