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Yarrangobilly River walk is a 3km, grade 3 Circuit hike located in the Kosciuszko National Park, NSW. The hike should take approximately 45mins to complete.
You could easily do this walk in a couple of hours, but what’s the rush? There’s not a lot more enticing than a picturesque stroll along the Yarrangobilly River and a dip in the Thermal Pool.
Starting from Glory Hole carpark, this walk links up with the Thermal Pool, making it a popular loop that can be walked in either direction. Head up the Caves Exit Road to the Thermal Pool carpark, then descend into the valley to the pool and picnic area. Pack your swimsuit to enjoy a relaxing dip in the spring-fed natural waters, then when you’re ready, follow the track as it meanders upstream beside the Yarrangobilly River.
Look out for lyrebirds, superb blue wrens, crimson rosellas and king parrots. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a shy platypus in the river. They’re most active around dawn and dusk.
The track then climbs up to meet Glory Arch walk. Turn right to return to Glory Hole carpark, or head left to explore the lofty chambers of South Glory Cave on a self-guided tour (you’ll need a ticket from the Visitor Centre).
Fancy a longer walk? Yarrangobilly River walk can easily be combined with Glory Farm walk or Castle Cave walk.
About the Region
Yarrangobilly area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
The Yarrangobilly area is open all year. See individual show caves and guided tours for times and prices. Additional tours run during NSW school holidays. Contact Yarrangobilly Caves on (02) 6454 9597 to confirm the tour times for your visit.
9am to 5pm daily. Closed Christmas Day
To Glory Hole carpark. Yarrangobilly River walk is in the Yarrangobilly area of northern Kosciuszko National Park. To get there:From Cooma:Travel south through Cooma for around 7km Turn right onto Snowy Mountains Highway and continue for approximately 110kmTurn left into Yarrangobilly Caves Entrance RoadFollow the one-way unsealed road for approximately 6km to Yarrangobilly Caves.From the Hume Highway:At Gundagai, take the Tumut exit and follow Gocup Road to TumutTurn left onto Snowy Mountains Highway and head south for approximately 75kmTurn right into Yarrangobilly Caves Entrance RoadFollow the one-way unsealed road for approximately 6km to Yarrangobilly Caves.River walk starts from Glory Hole carpark or the Thermal Pool carpark, past Caves House. Park entry points Glory Hole carpark See on map Road quality Yarrangobilly Caves entrance and exit roads are graded gravel. They’re suitable for 2WD and 4WD vehicles up to 12.5m in length, however the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) advise that the roads are unsuitable for caravans. RMS recommends snow chains are carried by all vehicles driving in the park in winter, including 4WD and AWD, in case of extreme weather. Visit the Life Traffic website for road conditions. Parking Parking is available at Glory Hole carpark. Please note park entry fees apply for vehicles without a Kosciuszko National Park day pass or NPWS All Parks annual pass. Bus parking is available – contact the visitor centre on (02) 6454 9597 for access.
Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit and towel if you’re planning to swim in the Thermal Pool.
You’ll need to buy a ticket for the self-guided South Glory Cave from the Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre before you enter the cave.
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.