1 hr 15 mins
Covered in snow part of the year
(0km) Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift → Bottom of bobsled run
(0.23km) Bottom of bobsled run → Int of Bobsled service trail and Merritts nature track
(0.33km) Int east of bobsled run → Int of Friday Drive and Merritts Nature Track
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads away from the face of the ‘Merritts Nature Walk’ sign along the paved path with a handrail. The path soon leads down some steps to come to a ‘T’ intersection with a footpath beside Friday Drive, where there is a ‘Merritts Nature Track’ sign pointing back up.
(0.53km) Int of Friday Drive and Merritts Nature Track → Thredbo River sign
(0.58km) Thredbo River sign → Upper Pipeline Path junction
(1.66km) Upper Pipeline Path junction → Snowmakers pond intersection
(1.79km) Snowmakers pond intersection → Snowmakers pond Picnic area
Snowmakers pond Picnic area
(1.79km) Snowmakers pond intersection → Int of Friday Drive and Merritts Nature Track
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath keeping Friday Dr to your left, heading away from the roundabout, to cross a bridge almost immediately. The walk continues along the side of the road past ‘River Inn’ and about 100m later passes the ‘Thredbo Leisure Centre’ (on the other side of the road). Just shy of 200m later this walk comes to an intersection with a set of steps signposted as ‘Merritts Nature Track’ (on your right), just before the Thredbo River bridge.
(2.8km) Int of Friday Drive and Merritts Nature Track → Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Merritts Nature Walk’ sign along the paved footpath, keeping the road and valley to your left. The path soon crosses a metal grate and heads through a grove of trees, coming to a three-way intersection marked with an arrow post (and a ‘Merritts Nature Track’ sign pointing up the steps the right).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the paved footpath west towards the clearing, keeping the valley to your left. The footpath soon leads out of the bush and then along side the bobsled run to find the building at the bottom of the run.
Continue straight: From the bottom of the bobsled run, this walk heads around the building, down the ramp and along the sealed path towards the tennis courts. The walk follows the path beside the tennis courts, then through the car park, and around the front of the buildings to find the entrance to the ticket sales for the Kosciuszko Express chairlift, and a large map.
Maps for the Pipeline Path walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Perisher Valley||1:25 000 Map Series||85252S PERISHER VALLEY||NSW-85252S|
|Chimneys Ridge||1:25 000 Map Series||85241N CHIMNEYS RIDGE||NSW-85241N|
|Kosciuszko||1:100 000 Map Series||8525 KOSCIUSZKO||8525|
|Jacobs River||1:100 000 Map Series||8524 JACOBS RIVER||8524|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|Time||1 hr 15 mins|
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)|
|Quality of track||Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)|
|Signs||Clearly signposted (1/6)|
|Experience Required||No experience required (1/6)|
|Weather||Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)|
|Infrastructure||Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
Around 2km of this walk is flat with no steps, whilst the remaining 1.4km has gentle hills with occasional steps.
Quality of track
Around 2.1km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path, whilst the remaining 1.2km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
This whole walk, 3.3km is clearly signposted.
This whole walk, 3.3km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
Around 1.9km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 1.5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
This whole walk, 3.3km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
2.2 km Return
This circuit walk offers an enjoyable way of exploring the diverse environments near Thredbo Village. Starting near the centre of town, you will follow the Merritts Nature Track partway up the hill. Then, following the Meadows Nature Track signs, you cross a series of open ski runs before heading back into the bush. Through this section of forest, you visit a delightful mossy creek with a small weir, then head down another ski run to return the valley terminal.
Total climbing: 210m
3.1 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
This 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 around the back of the tennis courts, back to the village.
Total climbing: 65m
3.7 km Circuit
2 hrs 30 mins
This walk starts with a scenic journey to the top of the hill on the chairlift. Starting along Merritts Nature walk, this walk soon detours down the hill by following a series of signposted management trails and ski runs. The walk visits a few scenic creeks, but the main highlights are the wide views of Thredbo Valley.
Total climbing: 167m
5.8 km Circuit
Other Nearby walks
This scenic walk explores the start of the track heading towards Mt Kosciuszko from the top of the Kosciuszko Express chairlift. The walk takes you to the Kosciuszko Lookout, following along side the Rams Head Range, along the metal walkway. This walk takes in the views of Thredbo, North Rams Head and Mt Kosciuszko. From the lookout you can even see the headwaters of the Snowy River, a few hundred meters to the north.
Total climbing: 149m
3.8 km Return
2 hrs 30 mins
This walk starts at the Thredbo Village and takes a ride up the Kosciuszko Express chairlift to the Eagles Nest restaurant. Then on foot, you head along the footpath, winding up towards Mt Kosciuszko, passing North Rams Head and the Kosciuszko lookout. The walk soon arrives at the metal platform overlooking Lake Cootapatamba. There are great views through this alpine area along this popular walking track.
Total climbing: 287m
7.5 km Return
3 hrs 45 mins
This popular walk starts with a ride up to the top of the Kosciuszko Express chairlift, and goes to the top of Mt Kosciuszko. From the top of the chairlift, the walk follows a footpath, passing the Kosciuszko and Cootapatamba lookouts, as it winds up to Rawson Pass. At Rawson Pass, the walk meets the old Kosciuszko road and Australia’s highest public toilet. From here, the walk continues up the footpath to the top of Mt Kosciuszko. Enjoy the view, and return the same way. If you would prefer the extra walk, you can avoid the chairlift by following Merrits Nature trail or the Dead Horse Gap track.
Total climbing: 459m
12.4 km Return
This walk starts with a ride up the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift. There is an opportunity to eat at Australia’s highest restaurant, before heading over the Rams Head Range. After enjoying the spectacular views from the Rams Head Range, the walk drops to Dead Horse Gap, then follows a bush track along the Thredbo river. After passing the golf course, the walk returns to the base of the chairlift. Alternatively, you may organise a lift from Dead Horse Gap.
Total climbing: 144m
9.8 km Circuit
4 hrs 30 mins
This walk explores the Thredbo River from the village then loops around the golf course before returning along the roads to the Valley Terminal. You will see some snow gum forests and enjoy the Thredbo River from many angles. Allow some extra time to sit on a rock beside the river and enjoy the trout swimming past.
Total climbing: 105m
3.3 km Circuit
1 hr 15 mins
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.
Total climbing: 224m
4.8 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
4.7 km Return
This walk starts by heading through Friday Flats and following a signposted track along the grassy open hillside of Thredbo River valley. You follow the loop through an enchanting snow gum forest, enjoying more valley views in places. A peaceful walk, with only a few short hill climbs, and particularly nice when the wildflower are in bloom.
Total climbing: 149m
2.9 km Circuit
1 hr 15 mins
This loop walk starts from Dead Horse Gap and does a large circuit up to the Eagles Nest Restaurant and down the Chairlift before returning along the Thredbo River. Along the walk there are stunning views from the top of the Rams Head Range, before the opportunity for lunch at Australia’s Highest Restaurant, followed by an enjoyable chairlift ride down to Thredbo. There is then the tranquil snow gum forest surrounding the Thredbo River on the way back to Dead Horse Gap.
Total climbing: 710m
10.1 km Circuit
This enjoyable walk starts at Dead Horse Gap, the highest point on the Alpine Way. The walk follows the Riverside track downstream, along the Thredbo River, through the valley and the snow gum forest to the cascades lookout. This walk follows a well defined track and, although close to the road, you can feel a million miles from anywhere.
Total climbing: 135m
4.1 km Return
1 hr 45 mins
Starting from near Dead Horse Gap on the Alpine Way, this walk follows the signposted track across Bogong Creek and up the ridge to top of Kosciuszko Express chairlift. This walk provides wide views that expand as you climb, exploring a snow gum forest lower down and the open grass herb fields as you pass above the tree line. The chairlift offers an easy ride down the hill, or there are a variety of options to walk down to the village.
Total climbing: 486m
5.3 km One way
Starting near Dead Horse Gap on the Alpine Way, you will follow the wide Cascade Trail upstream along the Thredbo River. After crossing the river, you will follow the trail through snow gum forests to the signposted Bobs Ridge. From the rocky outcrops at Bobs Ridge, there are great views west over the Murray River valley into Victoria. This is an enjoyable walk exploring a great river, granite boulders and snow gum forests.
Total climbing: 379m
9.7 km Return
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Snowy Mountains weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
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There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.