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Thredbo Hikes Track Report | 21 December

Posted on 21 Dec, 2021 in Hikes Track Report

Track Report by Rachael Schultz | Guest Services Outdoor Operations Manager

The alpine trails are offering up exquisite views and pristine conditions as Thredbo Valley recovers from flash flooding last week.


As you climb above 1850m into the Australian Alpine, 26 species of flora are flowering to date. With a short growing season, development is rapid and flora displays can change daily along the track to Mt Kosciuszko. There is no time like the present to appreciate the grand beauty of their unique display. Between Mt Kosciuszko Lookout and Lake Cootapatmba Lookout, track upgrades continue. These improvements make for a safer, more accessible walk for all.
Hikers will be quick to spot Mountain Celery, Candle Heath and Wooly Billy-buttons, whilst those who look closer will spot fruit of the Mountain Plum Pine, Carpet Heath and smell the sweet perfume of Alpine Rice Flowers.
Two snowdrifts remain between Rawsons Pass and the summit – caution is advised when crossing and poles are recommended for stabilisation.

Wooly Billy-buttons budding
Mountain Celery
Candle Heath


Standing at a rugged 2209m is Mt Townsend, a shy 19metres below Mt Kosciuszko making it Australia’s second-highest peak.  Offering up a challenging 21km return from Thredbo, this hike takes you off the Main Range track through fields of wildflowers, across rocky drainage sites and up a granite scramble to gain panoramic views of Mt Kosciuszko and beyond. The vantage of views from 2209m provides a perspective of the grand size of the range as you look below to Geehi campground at 450m.
To be sure you make the most of this hike we recommended booking with Thredbo Guided Hikes – Mt Townsend Private Hike.

Anemone Buttercup & Mt Townsend behind
Walk between tors to Townsend summit
Main Range views to Mt Twynam before the summit


Thredbo received 118mls of rain in less than 24 hours on Sunday 19th December causing flash flooding across the village and surrounds. As a result of the dramatic storm, many of the lower hiking trails have suffered significant damage and remain closed whilst extensive repairs are undertaken.
Closures are in place for Dead Horse Gap, Thredbo River Track, Merritt’s Nature Track, Merritts Traverse, Riverside walk/Golf course.

Thredbo River

Stay up to date and 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.

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

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