Bushwalking in the Snowy Mountains
There is almost no end to the hiking that can be done in the Snowy Mountains. There are hundreds of kilometres of hiking tracks, and infinite ways to wander through the hills. The most popular walks are to the top of Mount Kosciuszko from either Charlotte Pass (18 kilometres return) or Thredbo (13 kilometres return from the top of the chairlift, which is open all year). The Thredbo track is a steel mesh walkway for most of its length to prevent erosion and protect the alpine plants. It makes the path ugly, but the walking easy enough for children. (However, a lot of steps rules out strollers.)
A much more scenic, though slightly longer route is the Main Range Track, which leaves from Charlotte Pass, crosses the Snowy River and heads up past Hedley Tarn and Blue Lake before getting to Kosciuszko. This can be further lengthened into the 22-kilometre Lakes Walk for a strenuous though very rewarding hike, which includes the summit of Mount Carruthers.
Other great walks range from quick strolls such as the 500-metre Snow Gums Boardwalk at Charlotte Pass, through to short walks with great views such as the 5-kilometre Porcupine Track from Perisher, and multi-day backpacking trips, such as the 650-kilometre Australian Alps Walking Track (see Australian Capital Territory/Hiking and bushwalking), the 440-kilometre Hume and Hovell Walking Track from Yass to Albury or sections of the 5330-kilometre Bicentennial Trail. Even if setting out on a warm summer day, hikers should take a windcheater or other warm clothing, as conditions can change quickly.
Hume and Hovell Walking Track
Nearby Eco Activities
- Cycling and mountain-biking in the Snowy Mountains
- Cycling - Bega Valley to Orbost
- Cross-country skiing - Victoria's High Country
- Kayaking around Bright
- Cross-country skiing
- Snowy Mountains Touring Company
- Burrowa–Pine Mountain National Park
- Platypus-watching - Bombala
- Bushwalking Alpine National Park
- Rafting - Mitta Mitta and Murray Rivers