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Thredbo Hikes Track Report | 16 December

Posted on 16 Dec, 2021 in Hikes Track Report

Track Report by Rachael Schultz | Guest Services Outdoor Operations Manager

It is the silly season! Take a hike and slow down to appreciate the wildflowers with the Snowy regions vast hiking opportunities.


 Between Thredbo to Mt Kosciuszko, the elevated track is lined with some of the alpine’s most iconic species of flora. The Anemone Buttercup stand proud as a symbol of conservation to Kosciuszko National Park. The rainbows of heaths flowering have intertwined together in wet sites. Fields of bright yellow Granite Buttercups hug slopes leading to granite scattered ridges.

Lake Cootapatamba, Australia’s highest lake formed by glacial activity over 30 000 years ago, is currently framed for the perfect photo situated nicely by patches of snow along Mt Kosciuszko. Two snowdrifts lay across the upper part of the summit track. Although short in distance, the snowdrifts are to be crossed with caution as some parts are steep and slippery in the warmer weather. Hiking poles are recommended to assist with stabilisation.

Granite Buttercups  
Lake Cootapatamba
Snowdrift near the summit of Mt Kosciuszko


The 4km descent into Thredbo Village from the top of Kosciuszko Express Chairlift has never looked better! Thredbo’s Mountain Crew have worked hard on improving the quality of the track, allowing hikers more opportunity to look around at the idyllic scenery and intricate flora.

Bracken Ferns are unfurling by the dozen in the Montane Zone. Showy Violets and Soft Cranesbill have bloomed a delicate purple, tucked neatly in the nooks of steps. Merritts Creek is moving mountains of snowmelt to the valley floor to adjoin Thredbo River, making for a refreshing walk amongst towering Mountain Pepper and Mountain Tea-tree shrubs.

Looking to Thredbo Village atop Merritts Nature Track.
Bracken Ferns
Showy Violet


Merritts Creek near Birralee Bushcamp

To make the most of lift operating hours and hiking opportunities check out the lift and trail status here.

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 their cultures, and Elders past, present and emerging.

Want to Learn More?

To learn more about how you can hike the amazing alpine with Thredbo’s local knowledgeable guides click here

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