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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! Whether it’s a family friendly hike to the top of Mt Kosciuszko or an adventure through Thredbo’s different alpine zones on the Merritts Nature Track, there’s something for everyone 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 in summer.

Buy a Scenic Lift Pass to start the Mt Kosciuszko Summit and Main Range walks from the top of the Kosciuszko Express chairlift (1,930m).

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Self Guided Walks Trail Status

Riverside Walk / Golf Course
Open
Pipeline Path (Hike)
Open
Golf Course Loop
Open
Mt. Kosciuszko Summit
Open
Mt. Kosciuszko Lookout
Open
Dead Horse Gap / Thredbo River Track
Open
Merritts Nature Track
Open
Meadows Nature Track
Open
Merritts Traverse
Closed
Thredbo Valley Track (Hike)
Wet Conditions
Closed
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Mt Kosciuszko Lookout & Summit Hike

Distance: 13km
Grade: 3
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 and 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.

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Dead Horse Gap Hike

Distance: 10km
Grade: 3 going down, 4 going up
Approx time: 4-5 hours
Colour on map: Brown

This loop hike starts at the top of the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift and Eagles Nest Restaurant, following the picturesque track to the Thredbo River below before travelling back to Thredbo Village. Descend through the alpine zones along the rooftop of Australia and down the Chairlift to return to the Thredbo Village. Along the walk there are stunning views from the top of the Ramshead Range, amazing twisted snow gums and three different alpine vegetation zones. This hike can be done in either direction (please note that climbing from Dead Horse Gap is significantly more strenuous).

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Merritts Nature Track

Distance: 4km
Grade: 3
Approx time: 2-3 hours
Colour on map: Sky Blue

One of Thredbo’s best short hikes! Experience the Snowy Mountains’ unique flora and fauna, wander through towering forests and listen to the calls of the region’s altitudinal migratory bird species. This hike starts at the top of the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift at 1937m elevation. The track winds through Snow Gum and Alpine Ash forest to the Thredbo Valley floor, ending at the paved path near the Thredbo Alpine Bobsled.

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Merritts Traverse

Distance: 5km
Grade: 3
Approx time: 2-3 hours
Colour on map: Pink

This walk starts with a scenic journey to the top of the hill on the Kosciuszko chairlift. Starting along Merritts Nature Track, this walk 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.

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Meadows Nature Track

Distance: 3km
Grade: 3
Approx time: 1-2 hours
Colour on map: Red

This circuit walk offers an enjoyable way of exploring the diverse environment near Thredbo Village. Starting at Valley Terminal, 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 forest. 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.

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Riverside - Golf Course Walk

Distance: 4km
Grade: 3
Approx time: 1-2 hours
Colour on map: Green

Starting from Thredbo Village wander past the Village Green 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 enjoy views down to the river from the Cascades Lookout and various bridges.

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Pipeline Path

Distance: 3km
Grade: 2
Approx time: 1-2 hours
Colour on map: Orange

Starting from the Valley Terminal, this walk leads you past the Alpine Bobsled, down to Friday Drive and across the Thredbo River. From here, follow the signposted Pipeline Path along the hillside. The track leads to the picturesque Snowmakers Ponds for a picnic or a dip. Either retrace your steps or follow the track along Friday Drive back to the start.

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Self Guided Heritage Walk

In 1956 Thredbo transformed into a skier and snowboarders dream with the first chairlifts and lodges being installed. Explore Thredbo’s rich history on this informative self-guided Heritage Walk and discover some of Thredbo Village’s most historic buildings and the stories behind them.

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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.

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Any Questions?

For any enquiries please contact Thredbo Guest Services on 1300 020 589 or guestservices_thredbo@evt.com

 

We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and elders past, present and future.

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