Merritts Nature Track, Thredbo, New South Wales

Start: Thredbo Village (Valley Terminal), The walk heads to the top of the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift and you can continue to the Mount Kosciuszko summit via the Kosciuszko Walk.

Distance: 4km one way/ 8 km return (add an extra 13 km if you’re taking on the Kosciuszko Walk)

Time: 2-3 hours (add an extra 4 hours if you’re taking on the Kosciuszko Walk)

Grade: Moderate- Hard (the track is of moderate grade but is steep and strenuous in sections)

Special Notes: This track is within Kosciuszko National Park which has park entry fees. Check out the park info for the most up-to-date charges.

If you’re a thrifty being like myself and want to save a few dollars on getting to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko, you can add on a few extra kilometres and take the Merritts Nature Walk tot he top of the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift. While a bit strenuous (best not to do this one with dodgy knees and ankles), you meander your way alongside the Thredbo River, through forest, across mountain bike tracks and up towards alpine vegetation.

From the paved path near Thredbo River, you will start the walk up.

From the Valley Terminal, you will continue alongside the Thredbo River and follow the steps on the right hand side of the bobsled. The track which involves walking through trees will head over towards Merritts Creek where you will cross over a footbridge.

Merritts Creek: Take the small footbridge over Merritts Creek, turn left and continue the walk up!

After the footbridge, turn left and follow the walk up through Alpine Ash forest. You will cross over an access road and then head into Snow Gum forest. Follow the signposts that direct you along the track where you will cross some winter ski runs (Bunny Walk and Village Trail) and head alongside Snowgums Chairlift.

Follow the sign posts for Merritts Nature Track
Snowgums Chairlift… empty during the off-season
During off-season, you will see plenty of mountain-bikers hitting the trails.

At the top of Snowgums chairlift, follow the trail and at about the 2 hour mark (depending on how fast you are and how often you stop to take photos), you will start to get close to the top and see visitors on their way up via the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift.

You’re almost there!
The beautiful wildflowers close to the top.

Pass underneath the chairlift and walk on the left hand side toward the gravel path at the top. Once you arrive at the top of the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift, head to Eagles Nest (Australia’s highest restaurant) for a nice cold Kosciuszko Pale Ale. Continue to the summit via Kosciuszko Walk or return the same way you came.

Go on, have a cold one. You deserve it!

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