Pipeline Path

1 hr 15 mins

3.3 km Circuit

101 m

Moderate track
Starting from the Village Terminal, this walk leads you past the bobsled then down to Friday Drive and across the Thredbo River. From here, you follow the signposted Pipeline Path, a dirt track, along the hillside. The track leads to the picture-perfect Snowmakers Ponds for a picnic or a dip. Either retrace your steps or follow the rest of the notes back to the start following Friday Drive. An enjoyable stroll out from the village.

Maps for the Pipeline Path walk

You 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

Cross sectional view of the Pipeline Path bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Pipeline Path

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.

Length 3.3 km
Time 1 hr 15 mins

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
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.

Experience Required

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).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Pipeline Path walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Pipeline Path walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Pipeline Path walk starts and ends at the Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift (gps: -36.503981, 148.30397)
Your main transport option to Bottom of Kosciuszko Express chairlift is by;
Car. A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each 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 Forest

This walk starts in the Snowy Mountains weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



Short URL = http://wild.tl/1j

Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* 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.
Happy walking
Matt :)