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Thredbo to Cootapatamba lookout return
Time: 3 hrs 45 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.2 km WSW of Thredbo Village
Length: 7.5 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 7.5 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Kosciuszko National Park
Climb: 287 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 287 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: Hard

This walk starts at the Thredbo Village and takes a ride up the Kosciuszko Express chairlift to the Eagles Nest restaurant. Then on foot, you head along the footpath, winding up towards Mt Kosciuszko, passing North Rams Head and the Kosciuszko lookout. The walk soon arrives at the metal platform overlooking Lake Cootapatamba. There are great views through this alpine area along this popular walking track. (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 Thredbo to Cootapatamba lookout return

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Thredbo to Cootapatamba lookout return
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Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
Top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
Int of Dead Horse Gap track and Kosciuszko footpath
Start of metal walkway
Int of Kosciuszko path and snow pole track
Int of Kosciuszko path and lookout walkway
Int of Kosciuszko path and lookout walkway
Int of Kosciuszko path and North Rams Head loop
Starting point for this hiking track: Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

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 
 Chimneys Ridge 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-85241N 
 Kosciuszko 1:100 000 Map Series 8525 
 Jacobs River 1:100 000 Map Series 8524 

Photo Gallery

 
the bottom chairlift terminal
 
the bottom chairlift terminal +
 
terminal half way up
 
terminal half way up +
 
top of the chairlift
 
top of the chairlift +

 
kosciuszko footpath
 
kosciuszko footpath +
 
river crossing
 
river crossing +
 
looking up river
 
looking up river +

 
following the walkway
 
following the walkway +
 
north rams head
 
north rams head +
 
the kosciuszko lookout
 
the kosciuszko lookout +

 
continuing along the metal walkway
 
continuing along the metal walkway +
 
view across the mountain range
 
view across the mountain range +
 
some snow remains from the winter
 
some snow remains from the winter +

 
views from the path
 
views from the path +
 
cootapatamba lookout platform
 
cootapatamba lookout platform +
 
looking down at lake cootapatamba
 
looking down at lake cootapatamba +

Terrain


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 Thredbo to Cootapatamba lookout return bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Thredbo to Cootapatamba lookout return bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Thredbo to Cootapatamba lookout return bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Thredbo to Cootapatamba lookout return 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 8km
Time 3 hrs 45 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
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.
Gradient
3.1km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 1.9km is flat with no steps. The remaining (690m) has short steep hills.

Quality of track
Around 3.2km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 2.4km follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
This whole walk, 6km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 6km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
3.4km of this walk is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety and another 1.9km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation). The remaining (350m) is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 6km 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 Kosciuszko Express 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 = 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.

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[1]. 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[2]. More info

(0 km) Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift to Top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - transport
Length = 1.86 km Time = 20 mins
Climb = 558 m Descent = -1 m
This walk heads into the 'Valley Terminal' building, where you can buy a ticket for the lift. Continue through the building and up the steps, where this walk turns right to find the bottom terminal of the 'Kosciuszko Express'. 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 to the top of the ridge. :)
At the top step of the chair lift and turn left to find the restaurant (now on your right) and track information signs ahead.
Note: The distance and altitude change for this ride is not included in the total for this walk.

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.

(1.86 km) Top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift to Start of metal walkway
Track: Hard - footpath
Length = 545 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 24 m Descent = -7 m
Turn right: From the top of the chairlift[3], this walk follows the footpath around Eagles Nest restaurant[4][5] (keeping the building to your right). The walk passes the large map[6] and information signs[7], heading up the gentle hill along the paved path[8]. Near the top of the rise, the path leads to a signposted intersection with the 'Dead Horse Gap' track[9] (on your left), where there is also an arrow pointing back to 'Eagles Nest Restaurant'[10].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Mt Kosciuszko Lookout' sign[11] north along the paved path, heading up the gentle hill. The path soon leads past an alcove with two information signs[12], then leads gently downhill to cross a river on a steel bridge[13] to find an intersection (with a narrow track on your right) at a lovely spot beside the creek.

(2.41 km) Start of metal walkway to Int of Kosciuszko path and lookout walkway
Track: Hard - footpath
Length = 1.28 km Time = 31 mins
Climb = 117 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads away from the bridge and up the metal steps, keeping the creek to your left. The path soon leads past a large 'Kosciuszko Walk' sign[14] and an 'Everything is connected' information sign[15]. Soon after the 'Thredbo 1.0km' badge[16][17] (welded to the track), this walk comes to a 'Plant communities - keeping a low profile' information sign[18], marking an intersection (where the snow-pole line starts to leave the main track)[19].
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk continues along the metal walkway, heading up the hill[20]. The walk soon passes a 'Flowers emerge with warmer weather' information sign[21], then heads up a series of steps to find 'A rocky mountain home' information sign[22] and a 'Thredbo 1.5km' tag[23] pointing back down the hill. The track mostly flattens out and heads over a gentle rise, soon leading to a clear 'Y' intersection[24] on the metal track, marked with 'Mt Kosciuszko Lookout' tag[25] welded to the track.

(3.69 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
Veer right: From the intersection[26], this walk heads north-east along the metal path that branches off the main path. The path leads a short distance up some steps[27] to soon come to the metal platform at the Kosciuszko lookout[28][29].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn sharp right 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.

(3.69 km) Int of Kosciuszko path and lookout walkway to Lake Cootapatamba lookout
Track: Hard - footpath
Length = 1.94 km Time = 40 mins
Climb = 94 m Descent = -45 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the metal walkway north, down the gentle hill (initially keeping Mt Kosciuszko lookout to your right). The walk continues along the metal walkway as it dips to cross the upper reaches of the Snowy River. About 400m past the 'Endangered Mammals Live between boulders' sign[30], the path leads to a faint intersection with the North Rams Head track (where the spur comes down to the metal walkway on your left).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the metal walkway north into the saddle and up the spur. The path then crosses onto the left-hand side of the ridge as it comes to the signposted 'Lake Cootapatamba Lookout'[31] and the great valley view[32].

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.

Drive from Bottom of Kosciuszko Express 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.
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Getting there

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Driving Directions
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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 28.1 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 3 Nuggets Crsng, Jindabyne (02) 6457 2233 29.9 km
Wilderness Sports Nuggets Crossing, Jindabyne 1800 654 168 29.9 km
Snowy Camping World 106 Sharp St , Cooma (02) 6452 2729 79.5 km
Tumuts Fishing Camping & Outdoor 56 Wynyard St , Tumut (02) 6947 1100 134 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Thredbo to Cootapatamba lookout return.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Thredbo to Cootapatamba lookout return
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2 KHN02 Fire Tower MT YOUNGAL 21 km (to the NW)
2 1227833 Commsite INGEBIRAH TRIG 21 km (to the SE)
1 1227830 Country Energy/Monaro County Council Site JINDERBOINE HILL 34 km (to the ENE)
3 EUC03 Bald Hill via EUCUMBENE 49 km (to the NNE)
6 MSS06 C & E Tower MT SELDOM SEEN 67 km (to the S)

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
Weather and Climate summary wx71041
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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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