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Porcupine walk is a 5.7km, grade 3 Return hike located in the Kosciuszko National Park, NSW. The hike should take approximately 1.5hrs to complete.
Set out along this moderate walk from the Perisher Valley reservoir carpark, a short detour from Kosciuszko Road.
The formed walking track follows Rock Creek before steadily climbing through open woodland to around 1900m – the beginning of the alpine zone. As you get higher, wet heath and alpine mint bush give way to hardy snowgrass, snow gums and rock boulders.
Continue straight at the junctions with Link track and Wheatley Link track and follow the Porcupine walk signs uphill to a broad gap. You’ll be treated to panoramic views of the Main Range. The track bends left and scrambles over rocks to reach the large outcrop of granite boulders on the ridge, known as Porcupine Rocks. From here, you can enjoy spectacular views to Thredbo River Valley and Bullocks Flat below and back to Perisher and the Main Range.
Come in early summer to enjoy seasonal wildflowers like yellow paper daisies, billy buttons, or purple flowering heath along the early section of the walk. Kids can try the free Porcupine track kids quest app, which has 7 challenges that reveal fascinating finds along the track.
About the Region
Kosciuszko National Park
Porcupine walk is in the Perisher area of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there from Jindabyne:Drive 33km along Kosciuszko Road to Perisher Valley.After 400m take the first left after the Man from Snowy River Hotel.Then take the first right and follow the road until you reach the gravel carpark at the Perisher Valley Reservoir. Winter road access Kosciuszko Road is closed between Perisher and Charlotte Pass from June to October long weekends. All 2WD vehicles need to carry snow chains in winter, between June and October long weekends, on: Kosciuszko Road (to Perisher) Guthega Road Alpine Way between Thredbo and Tom Groggin Snow chains are recommended for all vehicles driving in the park, including 4WD and AWD, in the event of extreme weather. Read our snow driving in Kosciuszko tips. Sealed roads Vehicle access 2WD vehicles Weather restrictions Snow chains required after snow Parking Parking is available at the reservoir carpark.
In winter, this track is blanketed in snow and forms part of the popular Perisher Range cross-country ski trails. You can also snowshoe along Rock Creek.
Please take extreme care if you choose to climb Porcupine Rocks. Rocks can shift and may be slippery, and there’s a sheer drop.
Guided flower and photo tours often run in summer.
Check the weather before you set out as walking tracks can close in poor weather. This track is exposed so be prepared for high UV and changeable conditions.
It’s a good idea to bring a topographic map, compass and GPS in case of poor visibility or snow cover.
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.