Thredbo River Track
Ngarigo Country

1 h 45 min to 3 h 30 min

4.8 km
oneway

↑ 211 m
↓ -35 m

Moderate track
Starting from Thredbo Village, you wander along a few roads to the Thredbo Golf Course then follow the track as it winds along beside the Thredbo River to the Alpine way just near Dead Horse Gap. You will stroll through some lovely snow gum forests and enjoys views down to the river from the cascades lookout and various bridges. An enjoyable way to explore the Thredbo River and the valley environments. Let us begin by acknowledging the Ngarigo people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Trackhead signs at Valley Terminal. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Valley Terminal. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Crossing the Thredbo River at Valley Terminal. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Foot bridge over Thredbo River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking under foot bridge on Friday Dr. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Playground on Friday Dr. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Village Green car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Pond Intersection. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Crossing Thredbo River on Crackenback Dr. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Thredbo community centre track head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Thredbo community centre. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Riverside track . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Thredbo River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track along the side of the golf course. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Crossing small bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Riverside track passing foot bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track winding beside Thredbo River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Silver Snow Daisy (Celmisia Longifolia). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Thredbo River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Crossing a small creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Int of Riverside Walk and golf course bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Passing the pump house on Riverside track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking beside the Thredbo River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Int of Thredbo River and Golf Course Walk tracks. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track sign to DHG. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Duckboarding on the Thredbo River track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Wooded forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from the cascades lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Cascades Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Threbo River track leading up the steps. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Crossing the Thredbo River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Threbo River from the eastern bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Looking down steps to the eastern bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Walking along the Thredbo River track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Thredbo River valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Lone snow gum in the Thredbo River Valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Crossing the western Thredbo River bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Thredbo River Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Walking along the Thredbo River Valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Thredbo River Valley near Dead Horse Gap. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Dead Horse Gap Track intersection. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Bridge across Bogong Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track leading the Alpine Way. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Sign on northern side of the Alpine Way. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Cascade Trail track head car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-36.5040355,148.3042674)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Kosciuszko Road
  • Turn on to Alpine Way then drive for 17.5 km
  • Keep left onto Alpine Way and drive for another 13.3 km
  • Turn right onto Friday Drive and drive for another 910 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Friday Drive and drive for another 970 m
Finish (-36.5229419,148.2645534)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car   (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the big map outside the ticket store at the bottom of the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift, this walk follows the 'Riverside Walk' sign down to cross the bridge over Thredbo River. Here the walk turns right onto Friday drive and follows the footpath under the footbridge heading between the road and the river. The walk follows the road past the children's playground (on your left) and beside the car park, past the pond to come to a four-way intersection with 'Diggings Terrace', just past a small pond.
From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Crackenback Drive' sign across the bridge, over Thredbo River. The walk then comes to a signposted intersection in front of the 'Thredbo Memorial Community Centre'.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Then cross the bridge (about 25 m long)
Turn right.
After another 60 m pass the artwork (70 m on your left).
Then pass the car park (10 m on your left).
Then pass the artwork (25 m on your left).
After another 70 m (at the intersection of Mowamba Place & Friday Drive) veer right, to head along Mowamba Place (a residential road).
After another 30 m continue straight, to head along Mowamba Place.
After another 10 m (at the intersection of Thyne Reid Drive & Mowamba Place) veer right, to head along Thyne Reid Drive.
After another 210 m continue straight, to head along Thyne Reid Drive.
After another 15 m pass the car park (15 m on your left).
After another 5 m pass the picnic table (25 m on your right).
After another 2 m (at the intersection of Friday Drive & Thyne Reid Drive) continue straight, to head along Crackenback Drive.
After another 7 m cross the bridge (about 50 m long)
At the intersection of Crackenback Drive & Thredbo River Track turn left, to head along Thredbo River Track (a walking track).
After another 130 m pass the car park (5 m on your right).
At the intersection of Upper Riverside Walk & Thredbo River Track continue straight, to head along Thredbo River Track.
After another 200 m continue straight, to head along Thredbo River Track.
After another 590 m cross the ford.
After another 170 m (at the intersection of Thredbo River Track & Upper Riverside Walk) turn left, to head along Thredbo River Track.
After another 85 m cross the ford.
After another 600 m cross the ford.
After another 640 m continue straight, to head along Thredbo River Track.
After another 25 m find the "Cascades Lookout" (10 m on your right).
Cascades Lookout
Cascades Lookout

This metal platform leans over the Thredbo River, lookout upstream to the flowing cascades. There is also a wooden seat provided here, making it a great rest stop, conveniently situated about half way between Dead Horse Gap and Thredbo Village, on the Thredbo River track.
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This metal platform leans over the Thredbo River, lookout upstream to the flowing cascades. There is also a wooden seat provided here, making it a great rest stop, conveniently situated about half way between Dead Horse Gap and Thredbo Village, on the Thredbo River track.

After another 15 m pass a seat (9 m on your left)., has no backrest.
After another 430 m cross the bridge (about 30 m long)
After another 300 m cross the bridge (about 50 m long)
After another 1.1 km come to "Dead Horse Gap".
Dead Horse Gap
Dead Horse Gap

Dead Horse Gap is a relativley low mountain pass in the Great Dividing Range at 1582m AMSL. It was once a meeting place for Aboriginal groups in the summer, where they would perform ceremonies and trade with each other. In nature the pass acts as a funnel for the migration of insects and birds. In the early 20th century, the pass became increasingly popular with stockmen, who brought sheep and cattle to the mountains each summer.
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Dead Horse Gap is a relativley low mountain pass in the Great Dividing Range at 1582m AMSL. It was once a meeting place for Aboriginal groups in the summer, where they would perform ceremonies and trade with each other. In nature the pass acts as a funnel for the migration of insects and birds. In the early 20th century, the pass became increasingly popular with stockmen, who brought sheep and cattle to the mountains each summer.

At the intersection of Dead Horse Gap Walking Track & Thredbo River Track continue straight, to head along Dead Horse Gap Walking Track (a vehicle track).
After another 40 m cross the ford.
After another 85 m cross the ford.
After another 30 m come to the end.
A car park.
About 30 m past the end is a sign.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Thredbo River Track


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 4.8 km
Time 1 h 45 min to 3 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Seat: There is one 2.8 km from the start.


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Covered in snow part of the year
This walk leads through an extreme alpine environment and all walkers must be well prepared. During summer, be prepared for both very hot and cold weather, high winds, rain, snow, extreme UV levels and some sections of snow or ice on the ground. Before starting this walk, check advice with
Snowy Region Visitor Information Centre (02) 6450 5600, the weather forecast and the snow conditions then change your plans as needed. These notes, grades and walking times have been written for use in the summer months only. Between May and the end of October, this walk is likely to be covered in snow/ice, visitors should be carrying and be prepared to use snowshoes or cross country skis. When there is a chance of significant snow on the ground, visitors will need particularly strong navigation and snowcraft skills - tracks and signage may not be visible. For most visitors, it is best to consider this walk closed during the colder months.
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