Summer bushwalks and hikes in Thredbo and the Snowy Mountains
It’s almost that time of year when the alpine wildflowers start to bloom, and the high country takes on a magical quality which everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime! Summer hiking opens in Thredbo on November 21 2020 and offers a range of self guided and guided walks. We have a great value accommodation package for bushwalking groups, it’s just $150 per person per night and includes all meals. Find out more!
We’ve compiled our favourite bushwalks in the Thredbo area below to inspire to you to plan your own alpine hiking adventure this summer.
Boali Lodge is the ideal location to base yourself while hiking the Snowy Mountains. The lodge is situated in Thredbo just across the road from the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift which operates year-round and is a great starting point for many of the iconic walks across the snowies.
At the lodge you can begin your day with a cooked breakfast, so you are fuelled up for a day of hiking.
Our chef can prepare a packed lunch (on request) to take on your bushwalk. At the end of the day, relax in the comfortable lodge lounge with a drink while our chef prepares a delicious 2 course dinner.
On all walks remember to pack plenty of drinking water, a hat, sunscreen, snacks and clothes for all weather conditions as the weather can change quickly in the mountains.
Kosciuszko Summit Hike
This 13km hike is achievable for most people of average fitness. Catch the Kosciuszko Express chairlift up then follow the raised metal walking path to the summit. There are some steps and steeper gravel sections but the views at the end of the walk across the Main Range are well worth it! You’ll also pass Lake Cootapatamba which has a lookout. There are toilets at the base of Mt Kosciuszko at Rawsons Pass. Allow about 6 hours to complete the walk. A shorter option is to walk to the Kosciuszko Lookout which is just 2km from the top of the chairlift.
Dead Horse Gap Walk
This 10km walk takes about 4 hours if you head uphill and 3 hours if you go downhill. It’s a strenuous hike heading uphill, starting in the village walking along the Thredbo River towards Dead Horse Gap. The track is quite steep in sections, especially on the climb from Alpine Way up the Ramshead Range. From here climb through the alpine zones along the rooftop of Australia to the Eagles Nest Restaurant where you can stop for lunch then return to Thredbo Village via the chairlift.
Merritts Nature Track
This 4km walk takes about 2-3 hours and can be walked uphill or downhill. The 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.
Main Range Hike
Adventurous hikers can conquer this 32km return, moderate to strenuous hike, which take you across the rooftop of Australia and offers uninterrupted views of the alps. Starting at the top of the chairlift head towards Mount Kosciuszko on the metal walking trail. You can choose to head to the summit or from Rawson’s Pass walk on past Carruther’s Peak, Blue Lake, and cross the Snowy River before finishing at Charlotte Pass. Alternatively continue on the return path back towards Seaman’s Hut and Rawson’s Pass and back to the metal walking trail which leads to the chairlift. If finishing at Charlotte Pass you’ll need to arrange transfer back to Thredbo.
Riverside-Golf Course Walk
For something a little more sedate but no less beautiful, try this 4km walk which meanders along the edge of the Thredbo River and around the golf course. It’s a peaceful and fairly easy walk with a few uphill sections. It begins at the Thredbo Community Centre and ends in Crackenback Ridge.