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Dead Horse Gap to Cascades Lookout return
Time: 1 hr 45 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
5.3 km WSW of Thredbo Village
Length: 4.1 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 4.1 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Kosciuszko National Park
Climb: 135 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 135 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Moderate

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. (open in app)

There are closures in Kosciuszko National Park
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  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Dead Horse Gap to Cascades Lookout return

Map of Walk


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Map of Dead Horse Gap to Cascades Lookout return
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Cascades Trail track head
Int Thredbo River and Dead Horse Gap tracks
Thredbo River western bridge
Int of Thredbo River track at eastern bridge
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Thredbo River and Dead Horse Gap tracks

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Chimneys Ridge 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-85241N 
 Jacobs River 1:100 000 Map Series 8524 

Photo Gallery

start of the bushtrack from the road
start of the bushtrack from the road +
looking down the river
looking down the river +
Bridge across Bogong Creek
Bridge across Bogong Creek +

riverside walk
riverside walk +
following the track through the valley
following the track through the valley +
thredbo river bridge
thredbo river bridge +

looking down stream from the bridge
looking down stream from the bridge +
looking down at the cascades lookout
looking down at the cascades lookout +
View from the cascades lookout
View from the cascades lookout +


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Dead Horse Gap to Cascades Lookout return bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Dead Horse Gap to Cascades Lookout return bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Dead Horse Gap to Cascades Lookout return bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Dead Horse Gap to Cascades Lookout return bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 4.1km
Time 1 hr 45 mins

Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Around 1.6km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 470m has short steep hills.

Quality of track
Around 1.9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 160m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Around 1.6km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 470m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 1.7km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 340m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Around 1.6km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 470m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

This whole walk, 2km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes

Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Cascades Trail track head
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Covered in snow part of the year Alt = 1597 m
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.

Dead Horse Gap Alt = 1543 m
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[1]. In the early 20th century, the pass became increasingly popular with stockmen, who brought sheep and cattle to the mountains each summer.[2]

(0 km) Cascades Trail track head to Int of Thredbo River and Dead Horse Gap tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 160 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -3 m
From the Cascades Trail track head car park (on the Alpine Way 5.4km west of Friday Drive), this walk crosses the road and turns left following the 'Thredbo Walking Tracks' sign[3] along the track behind the road barrier. The track leads down the wooden steps[4] to soon cross Bogong Creek[5] on a metal bridge[6]. Here the walk heads up a few steps to a signposted intersection[7] with the 'Dead Horse Gap Track'.

(0.16 km) Int Thredbo River and Dead Horse Gap tracks to Cascades lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.87 km Time = 39 mins
Climb = 22 m Descent = -104 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Thredbo village 4km' sign[8] gently downhill whilst keeping the valley (and road) to your right. The track gently undulates along the side of the valley and after about 600m the track leads over a series of metal erosion control grates[9]. The walk continues crossing a series of these grates for about another 600m before leading down a long series of steps[10] to find a large metal bridge[11].
Continue straight: From the small clearing[12], this walk crosses Thredbo River using the long metal bridge[13]. This walk then turns left and heads through the grassy flat (initially over a metal grate[14]) enjoying the scattering of snow gums[15]. Before too long the track comes closer to the river again the leads down a log lined set of stairs[16] to cross the Thredbo River again on another metal bridge[17].
Continue straight: From the bridge, this walk crosses to the north side of the river and follows the bush track downstream, winding down the hill and through the snowgum forest. The walk continues along a metal walkway followed by a wooden boardwalk, then heads down a long hill to the intersection at the Thredbo River Cascades lookout platform.

Cascades Lookout Alt = 1463 m
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.

Drive from Cascades Trail track head
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

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Driving Directions
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Near by

Campsites in the park
Black Perry Rest area
Blue Waterholes Picnic and camping Grounds
Bradneys Gap Camping area
Buddong Falls
Clover Flat camping area
Cooinbil Camping area
Cooleman Mountain Camping Area
Coonara Point Camping Area
Denison Camping area
Geehi Picnic Camping Ground
Ghost Gully Camping Ground
Half-way Flat camping area
Humes Crossing Camping area
Island Bend Camping area
Jacobs River Picnic And Camping Area
Jounama Creek Camping Area
Leather Barrel Picnic And Camping Area
Log Bridge Creek Camping area
Long Plain Hut Camping Area
Ngarigo Picnic And Camping Area
OHares Rest Area
Pinch River Camping area
Ravine Camping area
Rock Flat Camping Area
Rocky Plain Camping Ground
Running waters Camping area
Scotchies Yard Camping area
The Pines Camping Area
Thredbo Diggings Camping area
Three Mile Dam Camping area
Tom Groggin Picnic And Camping Area
Wares Yards Camping Ground
Willis Camping Area
Yarrangobilly Village Camping Area
Yachting Point Camping area
Yolde Camping Area
No Name camping area

Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Paddy Pallin Adventure Centre Thredbo Turnoff, Jindabyne (02) 6456 2922 32.1 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 3 Nuggets Crsng, Jindabyne (02) 6457 2233 34 km
Wilderness Sports Nuggets Crossing, Jindabyne 1800 654 168 34 km
Snowy Camping World 106 Sharp St , Cooma (02) 6452 2729 83.6 km
Tumuts Fishing Camping & Outdoor 56 Wynyard St , Tumut (02) 6947 1100 136 km

A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Dead Horse Gap to Cascades Lookout return.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Dead Horse Gap to Cascades Lookout return
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2 KHN02 Fire Tower MT YOUNGAL 19 km (to the NW)
2 1227833 Commsite INGEBIRAH TRIG 22 km (to the SE)
1 1227830 Country Energy/Monaro County Council Site JINDERBOINE HILL 38 km (to the ENE)
3 EUC03 Bald Hill via EUCUMBENE 53 km (to the NNE)
6 MSS06 C & E Tower MT SELDOM SEEN 64 km (to the S)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
Please Note: 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 and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
4.3°C (feels like 0.4°)
7 km/h from the WNW (gusting 9)
52% humidity     (as at 23/03:05am)
Wed|Rain developing.
Fri-2°|Late shower or two.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Kosciuszko National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page

Region: South Coast & Highlands
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Kosciuszko National Park
Closure information last downloaded Tuesday 23rd of September 2014 03:00 AM
Munyang Bridge BEHIND Guthega Powerstation is closed until further notice
Snowy Hydro have advised that the Munyang Bridge behind the Guthega Powerstation at Munyang will be closed to all traffic including pedestrians until further notice.  As this bridge gives access to Disappointment Spur this means that there is no access to Disappointment Spur from the Munyang end.  Access is possible from the Whites River end but this requires then turning around & exiting the same way (via Whites River). 
For further information please call Martin Grant, Maintenance Manager Snowy Hydro on 0429382794
Winter Road Closures (Ends Monday 6 October)

Winter road closures are as followed:-
  • Kosciuszko Road closed at Perisher
  • The Link Road between Guthega and Smiggin Holes
  • Geehi Dam Road
  • Grassy Flat Trail
  • Murray Gates Trail
  • Davies Plain Track
  • Long Plain Road
  • Tantangara Rd locked at dam wall
  • Bullocks Hill Trail
  • Goobragandra Powerline Road
  • Landers Creek Trail
  • Four Mile Trail
  • Broken Cart Fire Trail locked at intersection of Boundary Road
  • Rocky Plain campground access road off highway
  • Quarry Trail (access to west Tantangara Dam)
  • Kings Cross Road
  • Cabramurra Khancoban Road (KNP 5)
  • Olsen’s Road from the Alpine Way Entrance (will reopen on Friday 3rd October)
For further updates and information contact the Tumut Region Visitor Centre on 6947 7025 or Snowy Region Visitor Centre Jindabyne on 6450 5600.
Closed areas: Island Bend partial closure (Starts Monday 29 September)
Island Bend campground
The lower camping area at Island Bend will be closed from Monday the 29th of September and reopen on Monday the 20th of October. This is part of the ongoing management of the  asbestos containing material (ACM) at Island Bend camping area and will involve capping and revegetation of camping sites to ameliorate the asbestos problem at these sites.  These specific sites will remain closed for some time to facilitate  their revegetation.
Camping will still be permitted in the upper area of Island Bend. Please contact the Jindabyne Visitor Information Centre on 02 6450 5600 for more information.
The risk to users of the Island Bend precinct remains low due to the low concentration of ACM present at the sites and the fact that the ACM is of a non-friable nature having originated from buildings that were demolished at the site during the 1970s. NPWS have undertaken air safety monitoring at the site and the results show that there is no evidence of asbestos fibres in the air. NPWS is carrying out a long term management plan for ACM in this area and would encourage visitors to the site to be patient while NPWS works through this process. In the interim we request that visitors to the Island Bend precinct comply with the relevant exclusion zones and signage. If you have any questions regarding ACM control measures at the site please contact Andrew Miller on 0427 437 391.

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