Rainbow Lake Walking Track - NSW

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DEG: -36.3699 148.474
DMS: 36º 22' 11.64" S 148º 28' 26.4" E
UTM: 55 H 5974014mN 632229mE
Altitude: 1624.41m


Address & Contact

Kosciuszko Road Kosciuszko National Park
Phone: +612 6450 5600
Email: srvc@environment.nsw.gov.au
Web: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/rainbow-lake-walking-track


Rainbow Lake walking track is a short and easy walk for the whole family, with great opportunities for picnicking, birdwatching, and enjoying the fresh Snowy Mountains air. The track is 2.5km return and is Grade 3 with a suggested time of 45 minutes.

Park entry fees apply.Rainbow Lake walking track is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather, snow conditions or fire danger.

Wind through wide expanses of snowgrass framed by snowgum trees and dotted with delicate alpine wildflowers the region is renowned for, like billy buttons, paper daisies, and silver snow daisies. Though snow-covered in winter, the track is radiant in spring, making this a picturesque walk you and the kids will love.

There are some gentle climbs and small creeks to cross before catching first glimpses of sun sparkling upon Rainbow Lake.

Rainbow Lake was created in the early 1900s to supply water to what used to be Hotel Kosciuszko. This delightful slice of Snowy Mountains heritage is also a great spot for fly fishing, so try your luck for trout. Gang gang cockatoos are just one of the birds which might pop out to greet you while you’re there, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for shy wombats.

Cycling, including fat bikes or snow bikes, is not permitted on this track.

Flying a drone for recreational purposes is prohibited in this area. No pets allowed.

Alpine areas present special safety issues. Conditions can be extreme and may change rapidly, particularly in winter. It’s important to be prepared and find out how to stay safe in alpine areas.
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Closest Weather Station

Perisher Valley at 18/03:30pm EST
Distance from Rainbow Lake Walking Track 7.38km SW
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Perisher Valley Ski Centre
Distance from Rainbow Lake Walking Track 6.79km SW
Mean Max. °C19.218.515.711.
Mean Min. °C5.
Mean Rain mm96.173.1114.597.5130.9167.8186.1240.7234.0182.1138.595.3

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