Rainbow Lake Walking Track

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Murray Vanderveer

Murray Vanderveer

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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, but it’s all part of the adventure. After your walk, take your pick of lakeside picnic spots, and then bask in the sunshine to soak up the splendour of your surroundings in the Australian Alps region.

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.

Rainbow Lake Walking Track in the Snowy Mountains is worth adding to your Aussie Bucket List if you enjoy bush walking and exploring Australia's great outdoors.


  • Bush walking / hiking
  • Picnics
  • Fishing


  • Walking trail: 2.5km return | grade 3
  • Car park

Important Information


  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the parks website for up to date information on the current conditions.
  • Ensure to check the relevant website for any updates relating to any warnings that may be issued for the area, admission prices, opening and closing times.
  • You can fish in rivers and streams between the October and June long weekends. A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required to fish in all waters. Fishing in dams and lakes is permitted year-round, but some waterways may close temporarily or have restrictions. Refer to the NSW Recreational Freshwater Fishing Guide for information.
  • You can cross-country ski or snowshoe this track in winter but there are no snow poles marking the route.
  • Walking isn't recommended when this track is snowbound.
  • Wear suitable footwear and ensure to bring a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the elements.
  • Plan ahead and ensure to take enough food and water for your journey.
  • Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. Never climb fences, they are there for your own safety.
  • Please consider the environment, take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. We want to ensure these beautiful places are still here for our future generations to enjoy.
  • Ensure to let a responsible adult know of your plans and report back into them once you have finished exploring for the day.
  • National park and camping fees apply, check the parks website for bookings and further details.

Photo credits: NSW National Parks & Wildlife Services | Murray Vanderveer

Location & Supplier

Rainbow Lake Walking Track

Address: Rainbow Lake, Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales 2642

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