Self Guided Hikes
Experience the natural beauty of Australia’s highest mountains in summer as you walk and hike some incredible alpine trails. Enjoy the freedom of picking up a trail map and choosing your own adventure to embark on for the day or night. Walk at your own pace on one of our special self-guided and art walks. Whether it’s a family friendly hike to the top of Mt. Kosciuszko or a full day hike across the Australian Main Range, there’s something for every age and ability to enjoy. With glacial lakes, unique flora and fauna plus mountains as far as the eye can see, it’s a must do whilst visiting Thredbo throughout summer.
Self Guided Walks Trail Status
Check out our Self-Guided walks for this season
KOSCIUSZKO SUMMIT AND LOOKOUT HIKE
Approx time: 4-6 hours
Colour on map: Purple
Stand on top of Australia at 2,228m and enjoy panoramic 360 degree views. Ride the chairlift to the top and head out along the pathway across Merritts Creek. Follow the walkway to the Kosciuszko Lookout, 2km one way, (altitude 2000m) for views of Australia’s highest peaks and alpine landscapes.
The track then descends into the headwaters of the Snowy River then rises up into a saddle known as halfway rocks. From here you can see the access trail from Charlotte Pass. Follow the walking track to Rawson Pass (altitude 2110m), passing Cootapatamba Lookout. From Rawson Pass the summit is only 1km away. The track circles around the summit right to the top. Return to Thredbo following the same track for a total of 13km.
ALPINE LAKES HIKE
Highlights: Glacial lakes, Incredible alpine views
Take a stroll out on the rooftop of this beautiful land. This is an iconic hike that promises stunning views of the mountains, beautiful unique flora and a complete sense of awe in what Mother Nature has created. From start to finish, this is a wonderful mountain experience. It is 32km of moderate to strenuous hiking but is quite achievable for a reasonable level of fitness. You will be hiking some of the highest peaks and seeing some of the most rugged mountain terrain Australia has to offer, not to mention the highest glacial lakes in the country. Enjoy this journey of stunning views, windswept peaks and unique features along the way. PLEASE NOTE: This is an all-day hike with strenuous uphill sections, Thredbo does not operate a return shuttle for non-guided hikes guests.
DEAD HORSE GAP AND THREDBO RIVER TRACK HIKE
Grade: 4 going up, 3 going down
Approx time: 4-5 hours
Colour on map: Brown
This loop walk starts from the Thredbo Village and takes you along the Thredbo River to Dead Horse Gap. From here climb through the alpine zones along the rooftop of Australia to the Eagles Nest Restaurant and down the Chairlift to return to the Thredbo Village. Along the walk there are stunning views from the top of the Rams Head Range, before the opportunity for lunch at Australia’s Highest Restaurant, followed by an enjoyable chairlift ride down to Thredbo. This hike can be done in either direction (please note that climbing from Dead Horse Gap is significantly more strenuous).
Approx time: 2-3 hours
Colour on map: Pink
This walk starts with a scenic journey to the top of the hill on the chairlift. Starting along Merritts Nature walk, this walk soon detours down the hill by following a series of signposted trails and ski runs. The walk visits a few scenic creeks, but the main highlights are the wide views of Thredbo Valley.
CLOSED FOR SUMMER 2019/20 DUE TO MERRITTS GONDOLA CONSTRUCTION
MERRITTS NATURE TRACK
Approx time: 2-3 hours
Colour on map: Sky Blue
This walk explores the native bushland around the winter skiing area. After riding the Kosciuszko Express chairlift up the hill, arriving near the Eagles Nest restaurant, the walk winds through the snow gum forest, following ski runs and bush tracks back down the hill. The walk passes the popular Thredbo Bobsled and continues back to the village.
MEADOWS NATURE TRACK
Approx time: 1-2 hours
Colour on map: Red
This circuit walk offers an enjoyable way of exploring the diverse environments near Thredbo Village. Starting at Valley Terminal, you will follow the Merritts Nature Track partway up the hill. Then, following the Meadows Nature Track signs, you cross a series of open ski runs before heading back into the bush. Through this section of forest, you visit a delightful mossy creek with a small weir, then head down another ski run to return back to where you started.
Approx time: 1-2 hours
Colour on map: Orange
Starting from the Valley Terminal, this walk leads you past the bobsled then down to Friday Drive and across the Thredbo River. From here, you follow the signposted Pipeline Path, a dirt track, along the hillside. The track leads to the picture-perfect Snowmakers Ponds for a picnic or a dip. Either retrace your steps or follow the rest of the notes back to the start following Friday Drive. An enjoyable stroll out from the village.
RIVERSIDE - GOLF COURSE WALK
Approx time: 1-2 hours
Colour on map: Green
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. You will stroll through some lovely snow gum forests and enjoys views down to the river from the cascades lookout and various bridges.
Self Guided Art Walk
Thredbo has developed a series of self-guided walks that give you a deeper look into the resort. These walks take you through the history of Thredbo, the art works around the village, a memorial journey, the ecology of Thredbo and caring for Thredbo’s fragile environment.
Throughout Thredbo you will find a selection of sculptures and many wonderful original paintings and prints. This self-guided tour allows you to discover and admire these works at your own pace.
Self Guided Heritage Walk
This informative walk will take you through the village and surrounds, following the Thredbo River, to the Environmental Services work areas where you will be shown how the various forms of infrastructure perform their essential functions to support the natural environment in Thredbo.View more
Self Guided Memorial Walk
On 30 July at 11:40pm a section of the road above Thredbo collapsed causing the destruction of buildings and tragic loss of lives. This informative walk is in memory of this event and will take you through viewing areas of the collapsed site.
Self Guided Eco Walk
This stunning ecology walk follows Merrits Nature Track and allow you to explore several types of plant communities, Alpine, Sub-alpine and Montane vegetation each reflecting the environmental conditions in which they live in.View more
Self Guided Enviro Walk
This informative walk will take you through the village and surrounds, following the Thredbo River, to the Environmental Services work areas where you will be shown how the various forms of infrastructure perform their essential functions to support the natural environment in Thredbo.
All Thredbo guided summer activities conducted in Kosciuszko National Park are accredited with Ecotourism Australia at the Advanced Ecotourism level. This reinforces our commitment to using sustainable practices, and that Kosciuszko Thredbo – summer activities is committed to minimising climate change impacts from conducting these activities.
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