Kosciuszko National Park is home to a plethora of adventures for the outdoor enthusiast, and if you’re after a day hike through some beautifully diverse landscapes, Bob’s Ridge Trail is the one.

Highlights

  • The Thredbo River and a walk through a Snow Gum forest
  • Rocky outcrop of granite boulders on Bob’s Ridge
  • Expansive views over the Snowies

Climbing to the Top of Bob’s Ridge

After a quick stop at the Snowy Region Visitor Centre in Jindabyne to check the trail conditions, we were off to see what Bob’s Ridge Trail had to offer. As we hit the road and turned onto Alpine Way, the adventure had well and truly begun. Cruising through the incredible landscapes of Kosci National Park is an absolute treat, so crank your road trip playlist and take it all in. You’re not going to want to miss a thing.

Soon you’ll come to the entrance booths, where you’ll either flash your All Parks Pass or pay your park entry fee, then it’s off to the races. Continue zooming onwards till you find the car park where the Thredbo River intersects with Alpine Way.

 

The Thredbo River’s your friend for the first section of the hike, as you amble upstream along the Cascade Trail and take in the undulating hills on the horizon. You’ll soon come across a bridge crossing the river leading you to the second section of the hike.

From here, the trail heads upwards and through a stunning snow gum forest. Don’t forget to stop and admire the stunning striations on the twisting trunks of these Australian natives as you hike through. As the trail plateaus, you’ll wander by the signposted Bob’s Ridge on the right hand side of the track.

Mosey on over to the towering granite boulders sitting out on Bob’s Ridge. If you want a better view of the surrounding landscape, scramble your way onto a nice boulder and soak it all in. The boulders vary in shape and size, so be sure to choose something you’re comfortable getting both up and down from.

Atop your rock, you’ll have the perfect vantage point to look over the Murray River valley and into Victoria. While you’re here, look out for any Brumbies making their way through the terrain.

From here it’s back the way you came. Since you’ve trudged uphill to your destination, the way down should be relatively chill. No need to hurry! If you time it right you’ll arrive back at the car park just a little before sunset. To end the day prop yourself up on a hill and witness a ridiculous sunset above the Snowies.

 

Essential Gear

  • A good pair of hiking boots
  • Camera
  • Food and water

How To Get There

From Jindabyne, take Kosciuszko Road towards Thredbo and veer off onto Alpine Way until you reach the carpark at the start of the track. If you’ve driven past Dead Horse Gap, you’ve gone too far.

Skill Level

Intermediate

During the months of May-October, you can expect ice or snow covering portions of the walk. Be sure to check in at the Snowy Region Visitor Centre to get up to date info about the conditions that day.

Distance/ Duration / Elevation

9.7 km return / 4 hours / ↑ 379m