Mt Kosciuszko Camp Australia’s Highest Camp Spot

Firstly remember never take nature for granted, and in the Mt Kosciuszko National Park, not even that a starry night will follow a clear and sunny day

Main Range walk, Kosciuszko National Park

This is one of them tracks that have to be done and one that you must be prepared for as it is a long walk and weather can change. Layered clothing so you can add/remove as needed helps a lot and bring adequate food/water for the day. A hat and sunscreen are also a must because even though the air temperature may be cold the sun is harsh.

As for the walk itself, it was a great tour through our alpine terrain with some spectacular vistas of the mountain ranges, glacial lakes and mountain rivers. The trail itself is well maintained and easy to follow and for the most part undulating aside from a couple of notable hard uphill sections. Note that aside from the toilet at Charlotte’s Pass there is only 1 along the way at the beginning of the Mt Kosciuszko summit trail. 

With all the hard work done it is just a simple matter of following the dirt road back to Charlotte’s Pass which is pretty much downhill all the way. You will pass Seaman’s Hut after a couple of kilometres which is one of the last of these shelters in the area. It is a nice spot for a quick stop and has the story behind it inside. Also on the way back you get some great views of the range walk that you did on the way out which is very satisfying.

Intrepid hikers can tackle the challenging Main Range walk, which takes in glacial lakes, historic huts, and the summit of Mount Kosciuszko, across alpine high country in Kosciuszko National Park.

Tip: If our doing the trail then we recommend doing this walk anti-clockwise heading for Blue Lake first. This means the hardest part of the walk is done first with the most difficult downhill and uphill sections done. This will leave you with a shorter and relatively easy walk back along a dirt road mostly downhill all the way,

Where
Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park
Distance
22km loop
Time suggested
7 – 9hrs
Grade
 Grade 4
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times
This walk is snowbound in winter, between June and October. You can cross-country ski or snowshoe, but there are no snow poles marking the route. Private vehicle access is closed between Perisher and Charlotte Pass in winter.
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, snacks, clothes for all weather conditions, sturdy shoes
Please note
  • It’s a good idea to bring a topographic map, compass and GPS.
  • Fill in the free trip intention form and hire a PLB from the Snowy Region Visitor Centre or Perisher NPWS office.
  • Weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit, and read our alpine safety tips before you set out.

This spectacular, long alpine track is suited to adventurous hikers eager to explore some the highest reaches of Kosciuszko National Park on foot.

Set out from Charlotte’s Pass on the 22km track, which takes you through the glacier-carved landscapes of this protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. You’ll cross the fabled Snowy River, journey past Hedley Tarn and Blue Lake, and be dazzled by wildflower meadows in early summer. Then it’s high up along the rugged Main Range to the very rooftop of Australia, Mount Kosciuszko (2228m), where the views across the Australian Alps stretch as far as the eye can see.

From here, the track loops back to Charlotte’s Pass via the Mount Kosciuszko Summit trail. If you’re well-equipped, and prepared for an overnight back country camping, the walk can be spread over a couple of days.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Park info

  • in the Thredbo-Perisher area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
  • The Thredbo-Perisher area is open all year, but some roads and trails may close due to weather conditions or park management issues. Kosciuszko Road is closed between Perisher and Charlotte Pass in winter (June to October long weekends).
  • Park entry fees apply on Alpine Way and Kosciuszko Road

    Winter (June to October long weekends): $29 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $12; bus passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child per day. Find out  more about the winter entry surcharge.

    Rest of Year: $17 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $7; bus passengers $6.60 per adult, $2.20 per child per day.

    Passes: Day passes, multi-day passes and annual All Parks Pass available from local visitor centres, local agents and operating vehicle entry stations. Read our Annual Pass FAQs for information on upgrades. Short Breaks Pass: $68 for 5 days park entry at price of 4 days (not valid winter). Pensioners are exempt from park entry fees. Download the exemption form.

    Buy an annual pass.

    • Snowy Region Visitor Centre – Jindabyne
      (02) 6450 5600
      Contact hours: 8.30m-4.30pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
  • More
    • Perisher Office
      (02) 6457 4444
      Contact hours: Winter: 8am-4pm Monday to Friday, 8am-12pm and 1-4pm Saturday and Sunday. Summer: 8am-12pm and 1-4pm Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
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