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Main Range Track Loop is a 18.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Perisher Village, New South Wales, Australia that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until April.

Length 18.1 mi Elevation gain 3,592 ft Route type Loop

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Lake

Views

Wildlife

Rocky

No shade

Historic site

No dogs

Waypoints (19)
  • 1

    End of Kosciuszko Road → Snowy River crossing

    From Charlotte Pass (at the turning circle at the end of Kosciuszko Rd), this walk follows the ‘Main Range Track’ – ‘Blue Lake Lookout’ sign downhill along the wide paved path. The walk winds down past the stone path (on your right) and continues beside the ‘Glaciers shaped this ancient landscape’ information sign. The path continues down through lightly scattered snow gums to the bottom of the valley, approximately 650m further. Just past the ‘From the mountains to the sea’ information sign[6], this walk crosses the Snowy River using the stepping stones and comes to a strip of land between the two creeks. (Crossing the river is dangerous and is not advisable when the water is flowing over the stepping stones).

    -36.43170, 148.32858

  • 2

    Snowy River Crossing

    At the lowest point of the the Main Range circuit track is the confluence (meeting) of the Snowy River and Club Lake Creek. The walking track uses stones in the river to try to get across with dry feet. Since the track crosses just above the confluence there is an ‘island' halfway across. These creeks may become impassable after rain and snow melt. This is lovely place to rest and enjoy the water and valley.

    -36.43010, 148.32209

  • 3

    Snowy River crossing → Int of Main Range and Blue Lake Lookout tracks

    Type: Hard track ... Veer right: From between the two creeks, this walk heads north along the wide track to cross Club Lake Creek using the stepping stones. (The creek may not be safe to cross when water covers the stepping stones). The walk then follows the wide, paved track fairly steeply up the hill. After a short time, the track becomes gravel and continues up the hill for about 400m further before passing a ‘Mountains of Soil’ information sign, where the track soon becomes less steep. After about 1.5km, the track passes a ‘Created by glaciers’ information sign and reveals some views down to Hedley Tarn (on your right). The track continues up the hill and between the granite boulders to then head down the other side of the ridge. The walk leads down to rock-hop across Carruthers Creek, then follows the wide, paved path up the hill, passing the ‘Remnants of an ancient sea’ information sign and coming to a paved area, with a view to Blue Lake and some information signs marking a three-way intersection.

    -36.42999, 148.32204

  • 4

    Int of Main Range and Blue Lake Lookout tracks → Blue Lake lookout

    Type: Hard track ... Turn right: From the paved area, this walk follows the dirt track next to the stone seat, heading east towards Blue Lake. The rocky track winds down and around the northern side of the ridge to a platform with an information sign and a fantastic view of Blue Lake.

    -36.40755, 148.30651

  • 5

    Blue Lake lookout → Carruthers Peak

    Type: Hard track ... Turn around: From the platform, the track heads west, uphill away from Blue Lake. The rocky track climbs up around the side of the hill, coming to a paved area with an information sign, stone seat and an intersection with the Main Range track. Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads west, uphill away from Blue Lake. The walk initially heads along a short section of paved path before continuing along the wide gravel track. The track winds gently uphill for a while, keeping the wide valley to your left. The walk comes to a saddle and a three-way intersection, marked with a ‘Main Range Track’ signpost. Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Main Range Track’ sign across the saddle then uphill along the clear track. The track winds up along the ridge and in time comes to a rocky clearing on the eastern side of Carruthers Peak (where a short detour will reveal views down to Club Lake). Here the walk bends right and follows the clear track as it winds up the hill to the views at the top of Carruthers Peak.

    -36.40603, 148.31685

  • 6

    Carruthers Peak → Int of northern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks

    Type: Hard track ... Continue straight: From the top of Carruthers Peak, this walk follows the clear track west as it winds down the ridge. After about 50m, the track passes an ‘I30’ survey marker (more good views) where the track bends left and follows the stone path and steps down the hill. At the end of the stone path, the track bends left and heads down the hill, over a few lengths of metal grate and comes to a saddle with good views down to Club Lake (on your left). The walk then continues across the saddle, following the clear track to soon pass the ‘Rarest Alpine Plant Community’ information sign. Heading around the side of the hill (keeping the valley to your right), the walk then comes to another rocky saddle. About 320m beyond this saddle, this track leads to a very faint intersection where the ridge (that leads to the northern end of Albina Lake) on the right meets the main track.

    -36.40996, 148.29053

  • 7

    Int of northern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks → Int of southern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks

    Type: Hard track ... Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the gravel Main Range track south, keeping the valley and Albina Lake to your right. The track heads downhill and then winds around beside a rocky saddle (a short side trip to the left over the small rise reveals some views into the valley). This walk continues along the clear track as it traverses fairly gently around the side of the very steep hill. In a few places, the track has been cut into the rock and provides great views down into the Albina Lake – take care not to slip. The walk continues to another large saddle and just as the track starts to dip down past the saddle, the track comes to a faint intersection with an old management trail (leading to Lake Albina, on your right).

    -36.42087, 148.28073

  • 8

    Int of southern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks → Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track

    Hard track ... Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the rock-paved Main Range track south. The track steadily winds around the side of the hill (keeping the large valley to your left). After heading between a rocky outcrop, the track becomes gravel and starts to head over the ridge before gently winding down the hill. Just before flattening out on the large saddle, the track comes to a faint intersection (with the Muellers Peak and Mt Townsend tracks on your right) marked with a rock cairn (on your right).

    -36.43511, 148.27284

  • 9

    Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track → Muellers Peak

    Type: Experienced only ... Turn sharp right: From the intersection, the walk leaves the main path and heads north, off track, following the top of the ridge line. The walk climbs moderately steeply up the grassy hill. Near the top the walk comes to a rocky outcrop and the top of Muellers peak.

    -36.43956, 148.27047

  • 10

    Muellers Peak → Townsend plateau

    Type: Experienced only ... Continue straight: From Muellers peak, this walk heads north, down the rocky ridge. The walk continues along the ridgeline working a way around the many boulders then around another smaller peak to come to a saddle and minor track intersection (with a pad that leads down to Lake Albina). Veer left: From the saddle, this walk heads north-west up the ridge line[61], keeping Lake Albina on your right (as it soon goes out of view) to climb up the hill. After a short time the walk finds a well worm foot pad which leads up between a few rocky outcrops to the large flat saddle between Mt Townsend and Alice Rawson Peak.

    -36.43269, 148.26927

  • 11

    Townsend plateau → Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track

    Type: Experienced only ... Turn around: From the saddle/plateau between Mt Townsend and Alice Rawson Peak, this walk heads south-east following the well worn foot-pad. The pad soon crosses a small creek and leads down the hill, tending right along the side of the ridge. The pad leads just below the saddle north of Muellers Peak, then continues to head fairly gently downhill around the side of Muellers Peak. Keeping Wilkinsons Creek valley below to your right, this walk heads around the side of the hill, crossing a few gullies before gently climbing up to the northern end of a large saddle where this walk comes to the gravel Main Range Track.

    -36.42180, 148.26118

  • 12

    Mt Townsend plateau

    This bush campsite is in the saddle between Mt Townsend and Alice Rawson Peak. The large, reasonably flat grassy area with a scattering of boulders has no facilities or water supply. Camping is not permitted in areas that drain into the glacial lakes, so only camp and toilet on the north side of the saddle (this limits the amount of nutrients ending up in Lake Albina). There is some shelter from south-westerly winds, but the campsite is exposed to the elements. An alternate campsite at Wilkensons Creek to the south may provide more shelter.

    -36.42188, 148.26088

  • 13

    Townsend plateau → Mt Townsend peak

    Type: Experienced only ... Turn left: From the saddle/plateau, this walk heads west, following the well worn foot pad towards the top of Mt Townsend. The pad leads around to the north eastern side of the peak, over a few boulders to find remains of an old building and a tall rocky outcrop. Here the walk scrambles up the rocks to find a concrete pillar and great views at the peak of Mt Townsend. At the end of this side trip, retrace your steps back to the main walk then Turn right.

    -36.42175, 148.26059

  • 14

    Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track → Int of Main Range track and Kosciuszko walk

    Type: Hard track ... Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads south along the main track to the low point in the saddle (where there is a faint intersection with a pad leading down to Wilkinsons Creek on your right). Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads south along the clear track, climbing up out of the saddle and along the side of the hill, keeping the valley to your left. The walk heads up many stone steps for about 600m, then flattens out for a little while before coming to a clear and signposted three-way intersection. (Here, the track on the right leads up to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko.)

    -36.43969, 148.27045

  • 15

    Int of Main Range track and Kosciuszko path → Mt Kosciuszko

    Type: Hard track ... Turn sharp right: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Mt Kosciuszko’ sign uphill along the upper track. This track winds steadily up and around the peak of the mountain, passing a stone-paved section of track, and also a metal grate before climbing a few steps to the cairn at the peak of Mt Kosciuszko.

    -36.45269, 148.26532

  • 16

    Mt Kosciuszko → Rawson Pass

    Type: Hard track ... Turn around: From the cairn at the peak of Mt Kosciuszko, this walk heads down the steps and past the information sign. The walk heads gently downhill along the gravel track then over a metal grate and a stone path, where the gravel path then leads the rest of the way around the side of the peak to come to the signposted intersection with the ‘Main Range Track’. Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the gravel track towards ‘Rawson Pass’ gently downhill, keeping the main valley to your left. The track almost immediately passes an ‘Alpine Walks’ information sign and map as it continues south. After about 500m, the track becomes a stone path that leads a little further to the clearly signposted three-way intersection at ‘Rawson Pass’.

    -36.45583, 148.26351

  • 17

    Rawson Pass → Seamans Hut

    Type: Hard track ... Veer left: From the intersection at Rawson Pass, this walk follows the ‘Seamans Hut’ sign along the stone path. The walk soon passes the bicycle parking area then Australia’s highest toilet block (on your right). The walk then continues along the management trail as it winds down along the side of the hill to a gap and the clearly signposted ‘Seamans Hut’ on your left.

    -36.45767, 148.26866

  • 18

    Seamans Hut → Snowy River bridge

    Type: Hard track ... Continue straight: From ‘Seamans Hut’, this walk follows the management trail as it winds down the hill. After about 450m, the trail passes a flat clearing with views (on your left) where the trail bends right to head down to the valley. After a little while, the trail crosses the concrete bridge over the signposted ‘Snowy River’.

    -36.45028, 148.28269

  • 19

    Snowy River bridge → End of Kosciuszko Road

    Type: Hard track ... Continue straight: From the bridge, this walk follows the management trail east, passing the ‘Snowy River’ sign. The trail soon bends left, coming to the un-signposted concrete Merritts Creek bridge. Continue straight: From the bridge, this walk heads uphill along the management trail, keeping the main line of snow poles to your left. The old road soon leads past a ‘CP 4’ sign (on your left), over the ridge line and down the other side. The trail gently winds down along the side of the hill, enjoying views of the Snowy River and valley to your left. The old road passes a few creeks and more ‘CP’ signs along the way. A little while after the ‘CP 1’ sign, the management trail enters a nice grove of snow gum trees then heads up a small rise to find the turning circle at the end of Kosciuszko Rd at Charlotte Pass (with the toilet block to your right).

    -36.45824, 148.29399

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Reviews (43)
Photos (188)
Recordings (35)
Completed (72)
Travis Opitz
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jul 04 2020
Hiking

My wife and 2 boys 11 and 17 walked the main Range track loop in April starting from Charlottes Pass AMAZING !! Skipped blue lake and Townsend and did it in 7.5 hours . The view on the Western Face was breathtaking . The sentinel was spectacular also . Every Ozzie should do this challenging walk . Well maintained track take snacks and water , loved every minute .

Ram C. Khanal
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Hiking

Amazing day hike in December 2019. We started at Charlotte pass, skipped the blue lake and Townsend but got to the top of Kosciuszko, and returned via summit walk. Hard but magnificent.

Robert Dolton
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Hiking

Great walk today. As others have mentioned definitely worth doing main ridge track when going to Kosi summit, much nicer than the Charlotte Pass to summit track. Also worth doing the extra 2km to Blue lake. Took 5 hours to complete today (I didn't go to Townsend summit)

Sam Reeve
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HikingBugsNo shade

Definitely recommend doing the main ridge loop, Charlotte pass to summit lookout isn’t worth it on its own. Took us 5.5 hours with a nice log break in the middle

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Roland Jansen
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A must do!

Claire Sutherland
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. We did it in one day via Thredbo chairlift but missed the last chair down which made it a bit of an ordeal and blew it out to 34km. I would really recommend doing it over more days if you can though. Beautifully maintained by NSW Parks service and easy to follow when it’s not snowing. Gorgeous scenery with alpine lakes.

Kay Thomas
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BackpackingBugsNo shadeRocky

Stunning alpine and lake views, and a track that varies greatly but always easy to follow! We took 3 days to enjoy this walk and camp off the trail. We were able to collect water from snow melt and creeks/rivers along the way. Lots of March flies and warm days in January 19 so took plenty of insect repellent and sunscreen along with our cold weather gear. We endured 3 storms and cold weather on the last night. Go prepared and you will love it!

Annastasia Alysandratos
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HikingNo shadeRocky
Brendan Jones
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No shade

Stunning views across the entire area. Track is well marked an 'paved' most of the way. Track restoration in progress in some sections (2019). Stairs provide easy access to steep sections. Be prepared for conditions to change quickly and take food, water.

Jo Umback
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Hiking

Beautiful walk, everyone should do this walk once in their life. Right up there possibly even better than Great Ocean Walk, Weather conditions can get extreme even in the middle of summer.

Bianca Stam
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Hiking

Best view ever!

Alexander Fetisov
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Completed in 1 day. Amazing!

Josh Dinnerville
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Hiking

Went out in late November and there was still soo much snow. Came prepared for a summer walk and ended up waking through knee deep know for half the walk! Hard with the snow but great fun! Well worth the trek up Australia’s highest hill! I recommend doing it when there’s not soo much snow or come prepared with snow shoes.

Ross Partridge
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Backpacking

Views in all directions, easy to do over 2 days. Don’t be fooled by the weather, it’ll be 18 degrees during the day and burn your scalp then drop below 0 at night even in January. Add in Mt Twynam as a side track to make it Australians 3 highest.

Bruce Sinclair
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First time at the top of Australia fantastic !

Tudor Palanga
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Tanya Lindsay
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Linda Burgess
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Chuck Walters
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Girish Agrawal
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Teisha Jade
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Jason Pascoe
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Hayden Norup
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Patrick Hsiao
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Eric Anderson
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Russ Holland
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