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Main Range Circuit from Guthega
Time: 4 Days Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0 km SSW of Guthega
Length: 45 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 45 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Kosciuszko National Park
Climb: 2317 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 2317 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Route: Hard

This four day walk explores the Kosciuszko National Park, covering many of the key features of the park between Guthega and Rawson Pass. Some of the more popular sights you will visit are the Snowy River, Blue Lake and Lake Albina, a couple of great alpine huts and the two highest peaks in Australia, Mt Townsend and Mt Kosciuszko. The water supply from the creek at the first nights campsite is unreliable, so consider filling up at the Snowy River on the way. (open in app)

This walk passes through a remote area and sections have no visible track. At least one person in your group should have training and experience in off track walking and navigation. Even with these notes and a GPS these extra skills and equipment are required.
There are Closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
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Car park below Guthega Alpine Inn
Int. on Guthega Rd, below 'Toibunga'
Int. of Guthega road servicetrail and Flying fox track
Int. of Flying Fox track and Blue Cow Creek tracks
Blue Cow Creek crossing
Illawong Lodge
Suspension bridge
Pounds Creek flats
Twynam saddle
Little Twynam peak
Int of Blue Lake track and Little Twynam route
Blue Lake
Blue Lake lookout
Int of Main Range and Blue Lake Lookout tracks
Int of Main Range and Mt Twynam tracks
Carruthers Peak
Int of northern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks
Int of southern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks
Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track
Muellers Peak
Int of Mt Townsend and northern Lake Albina track
Townsend plateau
Townsend plateau
Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track
Int of Main Range and Wilkinsons Creek track
Int of Main Range track and Kosciuszko path
Mt Kosciuszko
Int of Main Range track and Kosciuszko path
Rawson Pass
Seamans Hut
Creek Crossing
Foremans Hut ruins
Snowy River crossing
Int of Main Range and Blue Lake Lookout tracks
Int of Main Range and Mt Twynam tracks
Int of Mt Twynam and Blue Lake view tracks
Int of Mt Twynam and Blue Lake view tracks
Mt Twynam
Twynam saddle
Pounds Creek flats
Suspension bridge
Illawong Lodge
Flying Fox
Int. of Flying Fox track and Blue Cow Creek tracks
Int. of Guthega road servicetrail and Flying fox track
Int. on Guthega Rd, below 'Toibunga'
Starting point for this hiking track: Car park below Guthega Alpine Inn

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

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 Perisher Valley 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-85252S 
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Photo Gallery

 
Guthega Alpine Hotel from Guthega Road
 
Guthega Alpine Hotel from Guthega Road +
 
Walking along Guthega Rd
 
Walking along Guthega Rd +
 
Guthega Rd service trail
 
Guthega Rd service trail +

 
Flying fox track near Guthega service trail
 
Flying fox track near Guthega service trail +
 
Guthega Pondage, looking along Blue Cow creek arm
 
Guthega Pondage, looking along Blue Cow creek arm +
 
the flying fox
 
the flying fox +

 
looking up at the illawong lodge
 
looking up at the illawong lodge +
 
Illawong lodge
 
Illawong lodge +
 
suspension bridge
 
suspension bridge +

 
looking back at Guthega
 
looking back at Guthega +
 
Pounds creek flats
 
Pounds creek flats +
 
looking up at little twynam
 
looking up at little twynam +

 
Blue Lake lookout
 
Blue Lake lookout +
 
The lake
 
The lake +
 
Wildflowers
 
Wildflowers +

 
looking down at lake albina
 
looking down at lake albina +
 
at the waters edge
 
at the waters edge +
 
mt townsend
 
mt townsend +

 
North-east View from the northern top of Mount Koscuski  1863  Eugene von Gu'rard
 
North-east View from the northern top of Mount Koscuski 1863 Eugene von Gu'rard +
 
muellers peak
 
muellers peak +
 
Winding along the ridgetops
 
Winding along the ridgetops +

 
Climbing up to the Kosciuszko summit
 
Climbing up to the Kosciuszko summit +
 
The highest point in australia
 
The highest point in australia +
 
Australia's highest public toilet at Rawson Pass
 
Australia's highest public toilet at Rawson Pass +

 
The Old Kosciusko Road below Rawson Pass
 
The Old Kosciusko Road below Rawson Pass +
 
Seamans Hut
 
Seamans Hut +
 
looking down at the snowy
 
looking down at the snowy +

 
snowy river cascades
 
snowy river cascades +
 
Foremans hut ruins
 
Foremans hut ruins +
 
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pb_20081107_1443 +

 
Traversing the remaining snow along the track
 
Traversing the remaining snow along the track +
 
Intersection with the Blue Lake track
 
Intersection with the Blue Lake track +
 
blue lake view
 
blue lake view +

 
twynam service trail
 
twynam service trail +
 
Top of Mt Twynam with old trig station
 
Top of Mt Twynam with old trig station +
 
Looking up at Mt Twynam from saddle
 
Looking up at Mt Twynam from saddle +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Main Range Circuit from Guthega bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Main Range Circuit from Guthega bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Main Range Circuit from Guthega bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Main Range Circuit from Guthega bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 45km
Time 4 Days
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Grade 5/6

Route: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
Signs No directional signs (5/6)
Experience Required High level of bushwalking experience recommended (5/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety (5/6)
Infrastructure No facilities provided (5/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
31km of this walk has short steep hills and another 9km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 3.1km is very steep and the remaining 2.4km is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
14km of this walk follows a rough unclear track and another 14km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 14km follows a clear and well formed track or trail and a 2.2km section follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining 960m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
16km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 15km Has no directional signs. Whilst another 9km has directional signs at most intersection and the remaining 6km has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
18km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience and another 13km requires a leader with a high level of bushwalking experience. Whilst another 8km requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience and the remaining 5km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
30km of this walk is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety and another 8km forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety. Whilst another 6km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety and the remaining 1.4km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
21km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 12km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). Whilst another 6km has no facilities provided and the remaining 6km has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Track Notes


Drive to Car park below Guthega Alpine Inn
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
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Covered in snow part of the year Alt = 1597 m
This walk leads through an extreme alpine environment and all walkers must be well prepared. During summer, be prepared for both very hot and cold weather, high winds, rain, snow, extreme UV levels and some sections of snow or ice on the ground. Before starting this walk, check advice with Snowy Region Visitor Information Centre (02) 6450 5600, the weather forecast and the snow conditions then change your plans as needed. These notes, grades and walking times have been written for use in the summer months only. Between May and the end of October, this walk is likely to be covered in snow/ice, visitors should be carrying and be prepared to use snowshoes or cross country skis. When there is a chance of significant snow on the ground, visitors will need particularly strong navigation and snowcraft skills - tracks and signage may not be visible. For most visitors, it is best to consider this walk closed during the colder months.

Guthega Alt = 1660 m
Guthega is a relatively small township, north of Perisher, and comprises mostly of hotel and lodge-style buildings. The most popular service in town is the Guthega Alpine Inn, open year round. The town is remote and access is by an all-weather dirt road. There are great views over the main range and the Guthega Pondage (part of the Snowy River Scheme). Guthega offers a great place to ski in winter, and to holiday in summer. In summer, there is plenty of walking, mountain biking, fishing and relaxing to be done. Walkers please note - there is no public water supply in the township, please fill water bottle before coming (or be willing treat and use the creek water).

Guthega Alpine Inn Alt = 1665 m
Guthega Alpine Inn is on Guthega Road, about 500 metres past the base of the chairlift and 'Guthega Centre'. The hotel provides a year-round service including accommodation and meals. The hosts are friendly and the hotel provides a great base for walkers and other holiday makers. Please phone and book ahead for meals and accommodation. Phone 02 6457 5383
More info

(0 km) Car park below Guthega Alpine Inn to Int. of Guthega road servicetrail and Flying fox track
Track: Moderate - road,servicetrail
Length = 481 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -34 m
From the car park (just below Guthega Alpine Inn, on Guthega Rd, 500m past the Guthega Centre), the walk follows the concrete road down the hill, keeping the main valley to the left. The road passes a small stone building and light post, just before coming to an intersection with another road heading off to the left, below the building named 'Toibunga'.
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, the walk follows the concrete road down the hill towards the dam. After about 100m, the track veers right at another intersection, following the lower track. The concrete track turns to the right, but this walk continues straight, onto the wide dirt management trail (between the small boulders). Soon the trail bends right and comes to an intersection with a bush track.

(0.48 km) Int. of Guthega road servicetrail and Flying fox track to Flying Fox
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 333 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -44 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk heads between the boulders and is fairly flat initially, then, near a snow gum, the track steps down steeply and then winds down the hill to a 'T' intersection above Blue Cow Creek. (There is broken glass along this section of track, left over from Snowy River Scheme Camps).
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk initially steps over a small, eroded gap in the track[1] and then heads upstream alongside Blue Cow Creek, keeping the creek to your right. Before long, the track comes closer to the creek, and reaches a rocky crossing with a bridge[2] and a flying fox[3] over the creek.

Flying Fox Alt = 1598 m
This metal flying fox was put in place to provide a safer option for crossing Blue Cow Creek when the water rises over the rocks. There are many flying foxes in the area to help people cross creeks, especially useful during snow melt when water is cold, deep and fast-moving. In 2010, a metal bridge was installed over this creek, parallel to the flying fox, and the bridge is now the safest way to cross.

(0.81 km) Blue Cow Creek crossing to Illawong Lodge
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.22 km Time = 50 mins
Climb = 129 m Descent = -87 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk crosses the creek on the bridge[4] next to the metal flying fox[5]. The walk then follows the bush track on the other side as it climbs to the top of the ridge. From the top of the hill, the track then winds down towards the Snowy River then turns left and generally follows it upstream. Soon the walk crosses a small creek and continues up the other side, undulating through the valley, crossing several more small creeks. The track winds left, away from the Snowy River, to climb the short hill to Illawong Lodge.

Illawong Lodge Alt = 1645 m
In 1956, the year after the Guthega Dam was first filled, the Kosciuszko State Park Trust gave permission for the conversion of the then-dilapidated hut into the present simple lodge.[6] The lodge is maintained by members of Illawong Ski Tourers and friends. The nearby suspension bridge over the Snowy River and the flying fox over Farm Creek were built by members of Illawong. NPWS now maintains the suspension bridge and a new bridge over Farm Creek which has replaced the flying fox. The lodge can be reserved by members of the general public - see illawong.asn.au. There is also a small emergency shelter in the base of the hut, on the western wall, with enough room for a few people to see out a blizzard, with some water, blankets and other emergency supplies. More info

(3.03 km) Illawong Lodge to Suspension bridge
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 160 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -28 m
Turn right: From the west side of Illawong Lodge (where the emergency shelter is located), the walk heads down towards the creek following the bush track. The track winds through scrub, passing through a grass clearing along the way. The walk soon comes to a cable suspension bridge.

Suspension Bridge Alt = 1614 m
Constructed and maintained by Illawong Ski Tourers[7], and only a stone's throw from Illawong Lodge, this cable suspension bridge provides a safer way to cross the upper Snowy River. This provides the main access between Guthega and the Main Range. The bridge also provides great views of the valley.

(3.19 km) Suspension bridge to Pounds Creek flats
Route: Hard - undefined
Length = 2.58 km Time = 1 hr 13 mins
Climb = 342 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the suspension bridge, this walk crosses the Snowy River to the west bank and climbs the hill, tending to the left of the top of the hill, and continuing up through the thick scrub. This section of the walk their is not track please fan out and minimse your impact. The walk winds up the ridge line through some more shallow scrub, passing through a thin tree line. The walk continues around to the left side of the ridge, where it gets much steeper, staying high out of the gully (which is to your left). The walk continues to the top of the ridge where it is much rockier, next to the large flats near the headwaters for Pounds Creek.

Pounds Creek Flats Alt = 1958 m
Located in the far upper reaches of Pounds Creek, this large flat area on the side of the ridge makes a great place to camp. The plateau forms a shallow hanging swamp in the few months after winter, when the snow melts and pools in the area.

This campsite is flat and sheltered from the wind by the mountain. Water supply from the creek is unreliable.

Overnight stay Goto day 2 notes

Day 2


(5.78 km) Pounds Creek flats to Twynam saddle
Route: Hard - openland
Length = 1.07 km Time = 29 mins
Climb = 131 m Descent = 0 m
Veer left: From the flats, this walk heads south-west, following the ridge line that runs up the steep hill. The walk winds up and around the left side of the flats towards Little Twynam, bending around to the right as it approaches the top, then climbing up into the saddle between Little Twynam and Mt Twynam.

(6.85 km) Twynam saddle to Int of Blue Lake track and Little Twynam route
Route: Hard - bushtrack,undefined
Length = 1.72 km Time = 42 mins
Climb = 40 m Descent = -249 m
Turn left : From the saddle, the walk heads south-east, up the hill and soon goes through a wide grassy pass between the two large rock outcrops to reach the top of Little Twynam.
Continue straight: From the top of Little Twynam, the walk follows the ridge running south. The walk heads down the ridgeline, keeping Blue Lake to the right, and tends to the left as Hedley Tarn comes into view. The walk then winds down along the ridgeline, keeping the tarn to the right. After a short distance, the ridge and the hill to the right flattens out substantially and the walk turns down the hill, arcing around towards the southern end of Blue Lake. The walk then crosses Blue Lake Creek, just south of Blue Lake, and almost immediately reaches the intersection of the Hedley Tarn and Blue Lake tracks.

Blue Lake Alt = 1914 m
Blue Lake is the best example of a glacial lake in the alpine area. At 28m deep, this lake was formed when glaciers, flowing from the Great Dividing Range, converged and carved out a basin in the rock. This is visible in the cliffs behind the lake, where the glaciers have plucked out blocks of stone and carried them away. There is also a stream that flows from Blue lake, feeding Hedley Tarn just to the south.

(8.57 km) Int of Blue Lake track and Little Twynam route to Int of Main Range and Blue Lake Lookout tracks
Track: Hard - undefined,bushtrack,bushtrack
Length = 1.21 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 123 m Descent = -9 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track, winding north-west along the trail, following the Blue Lake Creek upstream as it climbs up over the foot of a spur to the south-eastern corner of the Blue Lake.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track winding west, up over the foot of a spur and continuing up and around the left-hand side of Blue Lake, steadily climbing up the ridge until coming to a platform with an information sign and a great view of Blue Lake about halfway up.
Continue straight: From the platform, the track heads west, uphill[8] away from Blue Lake[9]. The rocky track climbs up around the side of the hill, coming to a paved area[10] with an information sign, stone seat and an intersection with the Main Range track[11].

(9.78 km) Int of Main Range and Blue Lake Lookout tracks to Carruthers Peak
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.74 km Time = 35 mins
Climb = 159 m Descent = -9 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads west, uphill[12] away from Blue Lake[13]. The walk initially heads along a short section of paved path before continuing along the wide gravel track[14]. The track winds gently uphill for a while, keeping the wide valley to your left. The walk comes to a saddle and a three-way intersection, marked with a 'Main Range Track' signpost[15].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Main Range Track' sign[16] across the saddle then uphill along the clear track. The track winds up along the ridge and in time comes to a rocky clearing on the eastern side of Carruthers Peak[17] (where a short detour will reveal views down to Club Lake). Here the walk bends right and follows the clear track as it winds up the hill[18] to the views at the top of Carruthers Peak[19].

Carruthers Peak Alt = 2139 m
Carruthers Peak is a prominent mountain that is found along the Main Range track, from which you can see great views down over Club Lake and out across the valley to Charlotte Pass. Carruthers Peak was named after the NSW Minister for Lands and Premier, Joseph Carruthers. This name was given in 1991 by Richard Helms, who had previously named it Crummer.

(11.52 km) Carruthers Peak to Int of northern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 2 km Time = 41 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -102 m
Continue straight: From the top of Carruthers Peak, this walk follows the clear track west as it winds down the ridge[20]. After about 50m, the track passes an 'I30' survey marker[21] (more good views) where the track bends left and follows the stone path and steps down the hill[22]. At the end of the stone path, the track bends left and heads down the hill[23], over a few lengths of metal grate[24] and comes to a saddle with good views down to Club Lake[25] (on your left). The walk then continues across the saddle, following the clear track to soon pass the 'Rarest Alpine Plant Community' information sign[26]. Heading around the side of the hill (keeping the valley to your right), the walk then comes to another rocky saddle[27]. About 320m beyond this saddle, this track leads to a very faint intersection where the ridge[28] (that leads to the northern end of Albina Lake) on the right meets the main track.

(13.52 km) Int of northern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks to Int of southern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.7 km Time = 37 mins
Climb = 63 m Descent = -108 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the gravel Main Range track south, keeping the valley and Albina Lake to your right. The track heads downhill[29] and then winds around beside a rocky saddle (a short side trip to the left over the small rise reveals some views into the valley). This walk continues along the clear track as it traverses fairly gently around the side of the very steep hill. In a few places, the track has been cut into the rock[30] and provides great views down into the Albina Lake - take care not to slip. The walk continues to another large saddle and just as the track starts to dip down past the saddle, the track comes to a faint intersection with an old management trail[31] (leading to Lake Albina, on your right).

(15.22 km) Int of southern Lake Albina and Main Range tracks to Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 523 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -25 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the rock-paved Main Range track south[32]. The track steadily winds around the side of the hill (keeping the large valley to your left). After heading between a rocky outcrop[33], the track becomes gravel[34] and starts to head over the ridge before gently winding down the hill. Just before flattening out on the large saddle, the track comes to a faint intersection (with the Muellers Peak and Mt Townsend tracks on your right) marked with a rock cairn[35] (on your right).

(15.74 km) Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track to Muellers Peak
Route: Hard - undefined
Length = 794 m Time = 23 mins
Climb = 111 m Descent = -4 m
Turn sharp right: From the intersection, the walk leaves the main path and heads north, off track, following the top of the ridge line[36]. The walk climbs moderately steeply up the grassy hill. Near the top the walk comes to a rocky outcrop[37] and the top of Muellers peak[38].

(16.54 km) Muellers Peak to Int of Mt Townsend and northern Lake Albina track
Route: Hard - undefined
Length = 768 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 31 m Descent = -59 m
Continue straight: From Muellers peak[39], this walk heads north, down the rocky ridge[40]. The walk continues along the ridgeline working a way around the many boulders[41] then around another smaller peak to come to a saddle and minor track intersection (with a pad that leads down to Lake Albina).

(17.31 km) Int of Mt Townsend and northern Lake Albina track to Townsend plateau
Route: Hard - undefined
Length = 723 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 73 m Descent = 0 m
Veer left: From the saddle, this walk heads north-west up the ridge line[42], keeping Lake Albina on your right (as it soon goes out of view) to climb up the hill. After a short time the walk finds a well worm foot pad[43] which leads up between a few rocky outcrops[44] to the large flat saddle[45] between Mt Townsend and Alice Rawson Peak.

Mt Townsend plateau Alt = 2161 m
This bush campsite is in the saddle between Mt Townsend and Alice Rawson Peak. The large, reasonably flat grassy area with a scattering of boulders has no facilities or water supply. Camping is not permitted in areas that drain into the glacial lakes, so only camp and toilet on the north side of the saddle (this limits the amount of nutrients ending up in Lake Albina). There is some shelter from south-westerly winds, but the campsite is exposed to the elements. An alternate campsite at Wilkensons Creek to the south may provide more shelter.

(18.03 km) Townsend plateau to Mt Townsend peak
Optional sidetrip: Route: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 207 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 41 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the saddle/plateau, this walk heads west, following the well worn foot pad towards the top of Mt Townsend[46]. The pad leads around to the north eastern side of the peak, over a few boulders to find remains of an old building[47] and a tall rocky outcrop[48]. Here the walk scrambles up the rocks to find a concrete pillar[49] and great views[50] at the peak of Mt Townsend.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

Mt Townsend Alt = 2199 m
Mt Townsend is the second highest peak on the mainland of Australia and arguably the more impressive out of it and Kosciuszko. This point of view started the tradition of walkers climbing to the peak, putting a rock they'd find at the bottom in their pack and adding it to the top, in an attempt to make it the highest peak instead of Kosciuszko.

A little known fact is that Mt Townsend was once called Mt Kosciuszko when it was originally thought that it was the highest peak, but when various measurements showed that the now named Kosciuszko was slightly higher, the NSW Lands department decided it would be easier to swap the names around instead of re-educating the public.

Overnight stay Goto day 3 notes

Day 3


(18.03 km) Townsend plateau to Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track
Route: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 2.25 km Time = 56 mins
Climb = 45 m Descent = -196 m
Turn around: From the saddle/plateau[51] between Mt Townsend and Alice Rawson Peak, this walk heads south-east following the well worn foot-pad. The pad soon crosses a small creek[52] and leads down the hill, tending right along the side of the ridge. The pad leads just below the saddle north of Muellers Peak[53], then continues to head fairly gently downhill around the side of Muellers Peak. Keeping Wilkinsons Creek valley below to your right[54], this walk heads around the side of the hill, crossing a few gullies before gently climbing up to the northern end of a large saddle where this walk comes to the gravel Main Range Track[55].

(20.28 km) Int of Main Range and Muellers Peak track to Int of Main Range track and Kosciuszko walk
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.65 km Time = 42 mins
Climb = 162 m Descent = -9 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads south along the main track to the low point in the saddle[56] (where there is a faint intersection with a pad leading down to Wilkinsons Creek on your right).
Continue straight: From the intersection[57], this walk heads south along the clear track, climbing up out of the saddle and along the side of the hill, keeping the valley to your left. The walk heads up many stone steps[58] for about 600m, then flattens out for a little while[59] before coming to a clear and signposted three-way intersection[60]. (Here, the track on the right leads up to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko.)

(21.93 km) Int of Main Range track and Kosciuszko path to Mt Kosciuszko
Track: Hard - footpath
Length = 972 m Time = 23 mins
Climb = 76 m Descent = -15 m
Turn sharp right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Mt Kosciuszko' sign[61] uphill along the upper track. This track winds steadily up and around the peak of the mountain, passing a stone-paved[62] section of track, and also a metal grate[63] before climbing a few steps[64] to the cairn at the peak of Mt Kosciuszko[65].

Mt Kosciuszko Alt = 2222 m
Mt Kosciuszko is the highest peak on the Australian continent, at 2228m above sea level. It was named by the Polish explorer Count Paul Edmund Strzelecki and named in honour of the Polish national hero General Tadeusz Kościuszko. Now a popular tourist attraction, thousands of people walk up to the summit each year. On a clear day, the 360-degree views from the summit across the roof of Australia are fantastic. There are higher mountains elsewhere on Australian territory. 'The highest mountains in Australian Antarctic Territory are Mt McClintock (3490 meters) and Mt Menzies (3355 meters).' [66].

(22.9 km) Mt Kosciuszko to Rawson Pass
Track: Hard - footpath
Length = 1.65 km Time = 39 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = -127 m
Turn around: From the cairn at the peak of Mt Kosciuszko[67], this walk heads down the steps[68] and past the information sign[69]. The walk heads gently downhill along the gravel track[70] then over a metal grate[71] and a stone path[72], where the gravel path then leads[73] the rest of the way around the side of the peak to come to the signposted intersection with the 'Main Range Track'[74][75].
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the gravel track towards 'Rawson Pass'[76] gently downhill, keeping the main valley to your left. The track almost immediately passes an 'Alpine Walks' information sign and map[77] as it continues south. After about 500m, the track becomes a stone path[78] that leads a little further to the clearly signposted three-way intersection at 'Rawson Pass'[79].

Rawson Pass Alt = 2119 m
Rawson Pass is where the old Kosciuszko Road, from Charlotte Pass, meets the metal walkway from Thredbo. It is home to highest public toilet in Australia, this recently-added facility is perfectly positioned for those taking the walk up to the top of Kosciuszko. Rawson Pass is well signposted and 500m south east of Mt Kosciuszko (by straight line). There is also a place for to park mountain bikes for those cycling along the old road from Charlotte Pass.

(24.55 km) Rawson Pass to Seamans Hut
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 1.62 km Time = 31 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -114 m
Veer left: From the intersection at Rawson Pass[80], this walk follows the 'Seamans Hut' sign[81] along the stone path. The walk soon passes the bicycle parking area[82] then Australia's highest toilet block[83] (on your right). The walk then continues along the management trail[84] as it winds down along the side of the hill to a gap and the clearly signposted 'Seamans Hut'[85] on your left.

Seamans Hut Alt = 2020 m
This hut was erected in 1929, after a young skier named Laurie Seaman perished in a blizzard when he was separated from his group. The hut was built using money donated by Seaman's parents, for the use of those who might need emergency shelter in the mountains. It was renovated in 1938 due to fire. Seamans Hut is a 7m x3m granite stone building with a wood stove, although there is little wood in the area.[86] More info

(26.17 km) Seamans Hut to Foremans Hut ruins
Route: Hard - undefined
Length = 3.9 km Time = 1 hr 28 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -292 m
Veer left: From 'Seamans Hut', this walk initially heads east, off track, up to the top of the ridge[87], keeping the old road off to the right. From here the route bends left then heads north east down the ridge line. The track winds along the ridge line, down to the past another large rocky outcrop[88] to continue to the a point north west of the confluence of the Snowy River and a large tributary. The heath become dense and taller the further down the ridge which can make progress slow and difficult. Here the walk crosses the tributary[89]. This crossing may become impassable after rain or during snow melt.
Continue straight: From the creek crossing[90], this walk generally heads north east following the Snowy River downstream. The walk winds down through the valley until as it narrows to a steep gully[91] where this walk climbs up the side of the hill, around the top of the steep gully. The walk leads through the knee-high dense heath that can really slow progress. After a while, the gully widens out again and this walk heads back down onto the main valley floor, to continue along parallel to the river. After about 2km from the creek crossing, this walk comes to the lone standing brick chimney at the ruins of Foremans Hut[92].

Foremans Hut Ruins Alt = 1737 m
Foremans Hut was built in the 1920's for a Dr Foreman of Wagga Wagga. Most of the hut was demolished in the 1940s, leaving the prominent chimney behind, which has in the past been used by a number of people as a navigation landmark, to save their lives in a blizzard.
This is also a nice place to camp for the night as there is a lot of open flat space. Water can be found at the Snowy River to the south or Club Lake Creek just to the north. More info

Overnight stay Goto day 4 notes

Day 4


(30.07 km) Foremans Hut ruins to Snow river crossing
Route: Hard - undefined
Length = 492 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -18 m
Continue straight: From the ruins[93], the walk heads east, keeping the Snowy River to the right (and Club Lake Creek a bit further to your left). The walk continues for about 500m to pass an old fence line[94] to the clear intersection with the wide Main Range track (between the Snowy River and Club Lake Creek crossings).

(30.56 km) Snowy River crossing to Int of Main Range and Blue Lake Lookout tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 3.23 km Time = 1 hr 7 mins
Climb = 306 m Descent = -33 m
Turn left : From between the two creeks, this walk heads north along the wide track to cross Club Lake Creek using the stepping stones. (The creek may not be safe to cross when water covers the stepping stones[95]). The walk then follows the wide, paved track fairly steeply up the hill. After a short time, the track becomes gravel and continues up the hill for about 400m further before passing a 'Mountains of Soil' information sign[96], where the track soon becomes less steep. After about 1.5km, the track passes a 'Created by glaciers' information sign[97] and reveals some views down to Hedley Tarn[98] (on your right). The track continues up the hill and between the granite boulders[99] to then head down the other side of the ridge[100]. The walk leads down to rock-hop across Carruthers Creek[101], then follows the wide, paved path up the hill, passing the 'Remnants of an ancient sea' information sign[102] and coming to a paved area[103], with a view to Blue Lake[104] and some information signs marking a three-way intersection.

(33.79 km) Int of Main Range and Blue Lake Lookout tracks to Int of Main Range and Mt Twynam tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 881 m Time = 17 mins
Climb = 60 m Descent = -7 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads west, uphill[105] away from Blue Lake[106]. The walk initially heads along a short section of paved path before continuing along the wide gravel track[107]. The track winds gently uphill for a while, keeping the wide valley to your left. The walk comes to a saddle and a three-way intersection, marked with a 'Main Range Track' signpost[108].

(34.67 km) Int of Main Range and Mt Twynam tracks to Int of Mt Twynam and Blue Lake view tracks
Route: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 952 m Time = 20 mins
Climb = 60 m Descent = -2 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads around behind the Main Range track signpost and follows the faint 4WD trail north-east, winding up the grassy hill onto the ridge line. The walk follows the ridge line as it winds around the left-hand side of Blue Lake, steadily climbing up to the left of the first knoll. There is a great view of Blue Lake from the hill on the right-hand side of the trail.

(35.62 km) Int of Mt Twynam and Blue Lake view tracks to Blue Lake view
Optional sidetrip: Route: Hard - undefined
Length = 86 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -2 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk heads south east, towards the lake and soon reaches the top of the gentle hill. The view from here spans across the lake and down through to the gully to the northern end of Headley Tarn.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

(35.62 km) Int of Mt Twynam and Blue Lake view tracks to Mt Twynam
Route: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.95 km Time = 41 mins
Climb = 106 m Descent = -24 m
Continue straight: From the first rise, this walk heads north along the ridge line, keeping Blue Lake to your right as the walk steadily climbs up around to the base of Mt Twynam. At this point, the old management trail ends and the walk continues south-east, climbing up through the rock outcrops to the old trig station at the top of the mountain.

Mt Twynam Alt = 2182 m
Mt Twynam is the largest peak on the ridgeline that winds around behind Blue Lake. It was once the location of a trig station, which was used for navigation until it was taken down. The metal frame, which was the lower half of the station, still sits on the peak today.

(37.57 km) Mt Twynam to Blue Cow Creek crossing
Route: Hard - undefined,openland,undefined,bushtrack,bushtrack
Length = 6.61 km Time = 2 hrs 49 mins
Climb = 115 m Descent = -699 m
Continue straight: From the top of the mountain, this walk heads south-east, down towards Little Twynam. The walk winds down through small rocky outcrops and down the steep rocky hill into the saddle between Mt Twynam and Little Twynam.
Turn left: From the saddle, this walk heads east up and around to the left side of Little Twynam. The walk turns left and winds down the ridge, heading towards the ski runs at Guthega to the far east. Following the rocky ridge line, this walk heads down and around the right-hand side of the large flats near the headwaters of Pounds Creek, until the ridge flattens out next to the flats.
Veer right: From the Pounds Creek flats, this walk heads east down the ridge, heading towards the distant Illawong Lodge. The track winds to the east, down the right-hand side of the ridge while staying high out of the gully (which is to your right). The walk winds back onto the ridge line as it flattens out a little. Continuing down through a small tree line, the track heads through thick scrub, following the ridge to the bottom, where the walk comes to the Snowy River crossing at the cable suspension bridge.
Continue straight: From the cable suspension bridge, the walk heads east up the steep hill through the scrub, to Illawong Lodge (the hut at the top).
Turn left: From Illawong Lodge, the walk heads down the hill, on the north side of the building. The track winds and undulates through the valley, heading downstream. The walk crosses several small creeks and generally follows the Snowy River downstream. After quite some time, the track turns right and begins to wind along the side of the ridge, steadily climbing to the top. The track continues fairly steeply down the other side of the ridge, towards Blue Cow Creek. The walk then crosses Blue Cow Creek on the bridge[109] next to the metal flying fox[110].

(44.18 km) Flying Fox to Int. of Guthega road servicetrail and Flying fox track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 333 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 44 m Descent = -15 m
Turn left: From the bridge and flying fox, the walk heads downstream, keeping Blue Cow Creek to your left[111]. The creek soon starts to widen as it approaches the dam, and the track moves gently up the hill, but still runs parallel with the creek. Soon, the walk steps across an eroded section of track, then comes to a 'Y' intersection with another track (which heads up the hill to the right).
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk heads up the hill away from the creek. The track winds up through the heath towards the snow gums. There are a couple of short, steep sections in the track, just near the top of the hill. Near the top, the track passes between some boulders and comes to a 'T' intersection with a management trail, and there is a view of part of the Guthega village, up to the right. (There is broken glass along this section of track, left over from Snowy River Scheme Camps).

(44.51 km) Int. of Guthega road servicetrail and Flying fox track to Car park below Guthega Alpine Inn
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,road
Length = 481 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 34 m Descent = -6 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the wide management trail that heads gently up the hill and then continues up along the concrete road towards the buildings. After passing the pump house on the left, the walk then comes to another concrete road. Here, the walk veers left and continues up the hill to Guthega Rd (just below a building called 'Toibunga').
Turn sharp right: From the intersection, just below the building named 'Toibunga', this walk follows Guthega Rd up the hill. The road soon passes a stone building and street light. There are great views over the valley to the right as the road climbs the hill. Soon, the road widens into a car park - The Guthega Alpine Inn is up the hill to the left.

Drive from Car park below Guthega Alpine Inn
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Campsites in the park
Black Perry Rest area
Blue Waterholes Picnic and camping Grounds
Bradneys Gap Camping area
Buddong Falls
Clover Flat camping area
Cooinbil Camping area
Cooleman Mountain Camping Area
Coonara Point Camping Area
Denison Camping area
Geehi Picnic Camping Ground
Ghost Gully Camping Ground
Half-way Flat camping area
Humes Crossing Camping area
Island Bend Camping area
Jacobs River Picnic And Camping Area
Jounama Creek Camping Area
Leather Barrel Picnic And Camping Area
Log Bridge Creek Camping area
Long Plain Hut Camping Area
Ngarigo Picnic And Camping Area
OHares Rest Area
Pinch River Camping area
Ravine Camping area
Rock Flat Camping Area
Rocky Plain Camping Ground
Running waters Camping area
Scotchies Yard Camping area
The Pines Camping Area
Thredbo Diggings Camping area
Three Mile Dam Camping area
Tom Groggin Picnic And Camping Area
Wares Yards Camping Ground
Willis Camping Area
Yarrangobilly Village Camping Area
Yachting Point Camping area
Yolde Camping Area
No Name camping area


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Paddy Pallin Adventure Centre Thredbo Turnoff, Jindabyne (02) 6456 2922 20.2 km
Wilderness Sports Nuggets Crossing, Jindabyne 1800 654 168 22.5 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 3 Nuggets Crsng, Jindabyne (02) 6457 2233 22.5 km
Snowy Camping World 106 Sharp St , Cooma (02) 6452 2729 69.6 km
Tumuts Fishing Camping & Outdoor 56 Wynyard St , Tumut (02) 6947 1100 121 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Main Range Circuit from Guthega.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Main Range Circuit from Guthega
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2 KHN02 Fire Tower MT YOUNGAL 23 km (to the W)
1 1227830 Country Energy/Monaro County Council Site JINDERBOINE HILL 26 km (to the E)
2 1227833 Commsite INGEBIRAH TRIG 30 km (to the SSE)
3 EUC03 Bald Hill via EUCUMBENE 34 km (to the NNE)
3 MTI03 Broadcast/Comms Site Mt Ikes via TUMBARUMBA 66 km (to the NW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Monaro Alpine fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 2 years ago)
This walk passes Southern Slopes fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 2 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
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Tue      16°Mostly sunny.
Wed|18°Sunny.
Thu|20°Mostly sunny.
Fri|25°Late rain at times.
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Kosciuszko National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page

Region: South Coast & Highlands
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Kosciuszko National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Thredbo Diggings campground closed to caravans
Thredbo Diggings campground is currently closed to all caravans and camping trailers due to continuing wet conditions. There will be limited sites available for tents. Caravans and camping trailer sites are available at Ngarigo, Island Bend and Tom Groggin campgrounds. For more information please phone (02) 6450 5620.

Closed areas: Island Bend campground partially closed due to maintenance
Partial closure of Island Bend campground due to maintenance. Camp sites are now available at the lower camp at Island Bend in Kosciuszko National Park. Other sites have been fenced and will remain closed for 6 to 12 months following capping works to ameliorate the asbestos risk and to allow for revegetation. Please observe all signs and closures. For more information, please contact Andrew Miller at the NPWS Jindabyne Office or on 0427 437391 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page. Download a map of the closed area.

Closed areas: Winter road closures
The following roads will be closed until the October long weekend, unless weather allows them to be opened in late September:
  • Behrs Flat trail
  • Blue Waterholes trail
  • Broken Cart trail
  • Bullocks Hill trail
  • Cabramurra - Khancoban Road (KNP5)
  • Cumberland trail
  • Four Mile Hill trail
  • Geehi Dam Road (Olsen's Road)
  • Goobragandra Powerline Road
  • Kings Cross Road
  • Link Road
  • Long Plain Road
  • Major Clews Road
  • Manjar Road
  • Perisher to Charlotte Pass
  • Pocket Saddle Road
  • Port Phillip trail
  • Tantangra Dam Road
  • Three Mile Dam access trails
  • Davies Plain track
and all associated subsidiary roads and access trails.
The Murray River crossing into Victoria at Tom Groggin campground is closed until 29 October 2015 due to winter road closures by Parks Victoria. There will be no access into Davies Plain, Mt Pinnibar and Tom Groggin fire trails in the Victorian Alpine National Park.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Tumut Visitor Centre on (02) 6497 7025 or the NPWS Snowy Region Visitor Centre on (02) 6450 5600, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.

Closed areas: Thredbo Valley track reopening Sunday 27 September 2015
Sections 1 and 2 (Thredbo to Ngarigo) of the Thredbo Valley track will be reopening on Sunday 27 September 2015. The track from The Diggings to Skitube- Bullocks Flat, Bullocks Hut and Lake Crackenback Resort will remain open. The Bullocks and Muzzlewood tracks will also remain open. For more information, please contact the Snowy Region Visitor Centre, Jindabyne on (02) 6450 5600 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.


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Renny Gerhardt - Excellent walk IP:203.47.199.xxx | 2010-01-05 06:13:42
Hi
My team of 3 attempted this walk over the recent Christmas period. It was a fantastic walk taking in a lot of the different sites in this area. The highlights were definitely the Blue Lake and Mt Townsend.

We encountered a couple of difficulties, namely wet weather and low clouds which caused very little visability on days 1 and 2. We took a very long way trying to reach Little Twynam and ended up camping in a completely different spot to your suggestion.

Thank goodness it cleared on days 3 and 4 and climbing the peaks were well worthwhile to see the views.

Thank you very much for your guidance. We also camped at Mimosa National Park over new years which was excellent. It is very refreshing coming from Victoria to a state where the National Parks actually welcome you ino the area and trust you enough to take care of the area.

Thanks again for this great website. Keep up the great work.

Cheers
admin - re: Excellent walk Super Administrator | 2010-01-05 20:51:38
Renny Gerhardt wrote:
Thank you very much for your guidance.

Hi Renny
Thanks for your detailed feedback and kind words. Sounds like a great walk overall, always fun dealing with the weather in the area :)
Happy walking

Matt :)
James C - My Everest IP:202.129.79.xxx | 2011-07-21 06:42:58
Anyone up for a challenge this is a terrific walk. Twynam Saddle is the best campsite i've ever stayed in.

Finally got to finish it after four attempts. Too much ice, too much rain, too much snow and then at Easter it was just perfect, although maybe a little overgrown down near the snowy.

Make sure you treat all water too, brought a nasty stomach bug home, I’m guessing from the stream close to Guthega at the flying fox closer to civilisation.
Sarah - Koz walking tips? IP:165.228.120.xxx | 2011-10-26 03:10:23
Dear campers,

We are interested in doing this walk after reading the wonderfully prepared notes on your site.

Just a few quick questions. We are thinking of going in late December. Can we expect large amounts of snow at this time of year? Will hiking boots suffice? What kind of temperatures are in this region?

Secondly, the descriptions indicate there is no formal track? Would a lot of the walk require compasses and navigation? I am not overly experienced in this area and would appreciate any advice.

Just finally, with this walk, were all the campsites pre-booked as is done in other national parks? The NSW parks website is very confusing.

Thank you,

Sarah
admin - re: Koz walking tips? Super Administrator | 2011-10-26 05:20:22
Sarah wrote:
...We are thinking of going in late December. Can we expect large amounts of snow at this time of year? Will hiking boots suffice? What kind of temperatures are in this region?

Secondly, the descriptions indicate there is no formal track? Would a lot of the walk require compasses and navigation?...
Just finally, with this walk, were all the campsites pre-booked as is done in other national parks?.....

Hi Sarah, thanks for the questions
In summer a large amount of snow is unlikely, some snow is likely. I tend to where good sneakers in the area in summer months, but if you prefer boots then they are great to. No need for snowshoes (but do check the conditions and forecast before heading off). The temps can range from freezing to high 30's on any given day, so you do need to be prepared for extremes, and possible high winds, snow and low viability. Generally it is mid 30's with blue sky's.
Section of this walk are off track, with no signs and no obvious footpad. Most of the walk is above the tree line, so if the weather is favorable the visibility is great. But someone in your group will need to be comfortable with map and compass navigation to undertake this walk. Most of the walk is on marked tracks, but a couple of fairly long sections are off track. You could consider doing the main range circuit from Charlotte Pass as an alternative to this walk.
No need to pre-book campsites. They are not formal campsites, just a dot on the map. There are no facilitates just a flattish piece of ground.
Peter vickerson - way Point information IP:58.163.175.xxx | 2011-10-28 02:41:41
Hi , my wife and I are planning to do this walk in mid December. Do you know where I can get gps coordinates for the more prominent pints along the walk or at least, the camp sites?
Thanks in advance
admin - re: way Point information Super Administrator | 2011-10-28 03:51:01
Peter vickerson wrote:
Do you know where I can get gps coordinates

Hi Peter
Drop me an email and I will see what I can organise for you.
matt@wildwalks.com

Matt :)
Colin Hunt - Hiking this weekend IP:116.66.229.xxx | 2011-11-23 02:04:52
Have been studying Wildwalks and making use of your excellent trip notes for years. Group of five exploring the Main Range track this weekend.
Will let you know how it is shaping up for the summer walking season.

One note: Guthega Apline Inn is closed at the moment. Having to get back to Sawpit Creek for night after accomodation.
Peter Vickerson - Doing Guthega, Main range circ IP:203.45.228.xxx | 2011-12-05 04:56:33
Hi Colin, how did your walk go?
I'm especially interested in water availability at the camp sites suggested in the track notes.
Roy - February a good time? IP:120.151.177.xxx | 2011-12-15 04:15:55
Hi,

My name is Roy. I would like to know if the half of february is a good time to do this walk. And do i need to take any snowshoes whit me at this time of the year, because i thought that the weather would be allright.
And if you have some other tips or important things, then i would love to hear them.

Hope to hear from you guys!

Thanks and have a nice day
Roy - How to get there? IP:120.151.177.xxx | 2011-12-15 08:24:45
Hi,

I have another question. I already looked on the internet but i couldn't find any solution so far, but what is the best/cheapest way to get from sydney to the start of the track. I looked for train and bus, but i didn't find anything. I hope that you can help me.

Thanks,
admin - re: February a good time? Super Administrator | 2011-12-16 10:17:22
Roy wrote:
Hi,
...february is a good time to do this walk. And do i need to take any snowshoes whit me...

Hey Roy
Feb is normally a great time of year for this walk. Always check the forecast before heading out and check what the current snow conditions are. It is very unlikely you will need snow shoes in Feb. You are still likely to get some pretty extreme weather, very hot days and as well as freezing conditions and high winds.

As for public transport: Nothing to Guthega. You may be able to get a bus to Thredbo, then walk from Thredbo to walk to Rawson Pass where you can join the main range track. There are plenty of side trips and hills to explore.
Enjoy
Matt :)
Anonymous - re: re: February a good time? IP:120.151.177.xxx | 2011-12-17 02:42:03
admin wrote:
Roy wrote:
Hi,
...february is a good time to do this walk. And do i need to take any snowshoes whit me...

Hey Roy
Feb is normally a great time of year for this walk. Always check the forecast before heading out and check what the current snow conditions are. It is very unlikely you will need snow shoes in Feb. You are still likely to get some pretty extreme weather, very hot days and as well as freezing conditions and high winds.

As for public transport: Nothing to Guthega. You may be able to get a bus to Thredbo, then walk from Thredbo to walk to Rawson Pass where you can join the main range track. There are plenty of side trips and hills to explore.
Enjoy
Matt :)


Thanks for the information
Peter Vickerson IP:192.148.117.xxx | 2011-12-18 23:29:00
My wife and and I just got back from Guthega a few days ago.
Absolutely sensational and highly recommended. We didn't complete the full walk and had to cut it short. We are in our mid sixties and cam keep up with the youngsters on the flats but the hills slow us down quite significantly. We can do it, but it huts takes us longer.
When I complained about this to my personal trainer , she said "For heaven sake Peter, you're 66, get real!. If 66 year olds could do the same as 25 year olds , they'd be playing for the Broncos"
That put it in perspective for me and made me feel better. We plan to go back next year and allow five days to complete the walk.
We camped at Pounds creek flats the first night, Foremans hut the second and best of all, we camped at Twynam saddle on the third. The last morning was crystal clear, and watching the sunlight progress down the face of Twynam with extensive snow and the full moon still up was a picture that will stay with me for a long time.
Water was very plentiful and there were extensive snow patches. Wildflowers everywhere.
We were amazed to find a recently shed snake skin at Twynam saddle (2075m). I didn't think they would go that high because there didn't seem much prey for them.
To sum up, a great walk. If you're long in the tooth like us, allow more time to enjoy it.
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2011-12-19 00:39:32
Peter Vickerson wrote:
My wife and and I just got back from Guthega a few days ago.
Absolutely sensational and highly recommended........

Hi Peter
Sounds like a great time. I think a slower pace means you get more time to enjoy it all anyway. I have walked the area several times, you can keep coming back year after year I recon. Thanks for letting us know how it all went.
Matt :)
Dane - Camp sites IP:210.8.47.xxx | 2011-12-20 00:23:23
Hi,

Looking at doing this one in late Jan or Feb. Is this walk possible over 2 days? Where would you camp when completing it over 2 days?

Intending to stay pre and post at Guthega Alpine inn also.

Any tips?
admin - re: Camp sites Super Administrator | 2011-12-20 02:15:31
Dane wrote:
...Is this walk possible over 2 days? Where would you camp when completing it over 2 days? ...

Hi Dane
You could if the weather was favorable and you are happy walking for two long days.
You could camp at either Townsend plateau or in Wilkinson's Creek. Both good options.
You may want to skip the off track section from Seamons Hut and take the trail down to Charlotte Pass instead, it will be a little further, but much faster walking.
Happy walking
Matt :)
Brendan IP:165.228.77.xxx | 2011-12-27 22:59:55
I just completed this walk over 2 days during the Christmas long weekend.

Fantastic walk and easy over 2 days if you are reasonably fit. I drove down from Canberra and arrived at Guthega around 10.30am. Setup camp at Townsend plateau around 6pm. The walk from the suspension bridge to blue lake is hard and slow going. I made the mistake of cutting across towards Little Twynam way too early which resulted in bush bashing through knee and waste height scrub.

2nd day I left camp just after 7am (I'm an early starter) and was standing at the top of Kosi by 8am Christmas morning and enjoying the beautiful views. After all the bush bashing the morning before I decided not to go off track at Seamans Hut and followed the fire trail directly to Charlotte Pass before heading back up to blue lake, up Mt Twynam and back to Guthega. Day 2 was very long (29km according to my GPS), and I was pretty worn out by the end of it.

Also note that the weather on the Main Range is extremely unpredictable. One minute it was nice and sunny, then a massive thunderstorm rolled in and I was battered by hail for more than 30min. I can't wait to do this track again in Winter.
Jenny IP:122.108.190.xxx | 2012-01-16 06:47:01
Hello
My partner and I were quite excited about walking this track until we realised we need navigational skills!I was wondering- Has anyone done/survived the track without a compass?
Jenny IP:122.108.190.xxx | 2012-01-16 06:50:42
sorry, me again. If this track is unsuitable for us non-navigationals, could you perhaps suggest another? we are after a 3-4 dayer. we are both fit. thinking of going early march. live in Brisbane and have only a week off, so not too far away!
Cheers
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2012-01-16 07:35:57
Jenny wrote:
If this track is unsuitable for us non-navigationals, could you perhaps suggest another?

Hi Jenny
Yeah this walk does have long sections that are off track and requires reasonable navigational skills.
Remember that this is an alpine area so the weather can turn in and you may end up with snow/ice and poor visibility even on the easiest tracks.

This one has a much shorter off track section that is easier to follow and might be worth considering. You can also camp down at Wilkinson Creek (just east of Mt K, and pleasant alternative)
Main Range Track - Loop from Charlotte Pass camping near Mt Townsend

This is walk is a good one as an overnight, staying at Schlink Hut. A few places to explore in the area. Not off track walking required
http://www.wildwalks.com/bushwalking-and-hiking-in-nsw/kosciuszko-np-south/schlink-hut-walk.html

Or this one is similar to the above walk (although only the one hut to explore) but is more remote. You could camp next to Cascade Hut. Not off track walking required.
http://www.wildwalks.com/bushwalking-and-hiking-in-nsw/kosciuszko-np-south/cascade-hut.html

Hope that helps. You might want to do two of these and explore different areas of the park.
Happy walking
Matt :)
jenny IP:122.108.190.xxx | 2012-01-16 10:02:15
thanks heaps Matt. I will check out your suggestions and may brush up on some compass reading skills in the future (:
Kim - miss IP:59.154.42.xxx | 2012-01-27 03:57:52
Hi,
what are the cooking policies for this hike?
admin - re: miss Super Administrator | 2012-01-27 06:53:44
Kim wrote:
what are the cooking policies for this hike?

Hi Kim
Not exactly sure what you mean by the question. The area is a fuel stove only area, so you can't build a campfire. If there is a total fire ban, then no open flames at all.
Hopefully that was the info you where after.
Happy walking
Matt :)
Dane - GPS co-ords IP:192.148.117.xxx | 2012-03-21 10:26:14
Hi looking to see if someone has the gps co-ords I could download for my suunto ambit.
admin - re: GPS co-ords Super Administrator | 2012-03-21 20:19:05
Dane wrote:
Hi looking to see if someone has the gps co-ords I could download for my suunto ambit.

Hi Dane
Fling me an e-mail
matt@wildwalks.com
and I will see if I can help

Matt :)
Liz - Winter IP:202.124.73.xxx | 2012-07-10 22:38:39
Hi,
I plan on doing this hike in winter with snow shoes. Do you have any suggestions of time of year, gps codes to help with navigation, and camping guidelines in winter??
Wonderfully helpfull site.
Liz
admin - re: Winter Super Administrator | 2012-07-10 22:57:26
Liz wrote:
Hi,
I plan on doing this hike in winter with snow shoes

Hi Liz
Thanks for you kind words about wildwalks, glad it is helpful.
A wonderful snowshoe trip. Camping guidelines are the same as for summer, not in a glacial lake catchment area and not within 100m of the main day walk tracks or roads. Now and August is likley to be a good time. Have a chat with Bruce at http://www.wildernesssports.com.au/, he is very experienced in snowshoeing the area, and has a great range of snowshoes for hire in Jindabyne (hope he likes that for a plug :)
Drop me an e-mail and I will see if I can help you with GPS, matt@wildwalks.com

Matt :)
Jake - Hike in mid/late Oct IP:115.64.77.xxx | 2012-09-16 22:28:12
Hello,
First what great detail on the walk so far! This is beyond helpful! Great job.

I'm after specific answers regarding doing this walk in Oct (depart on the 18th/19th).
I will be doing this walk with the girlfriend (both experienced) , what kind of weather conditions can we expect? Snow? Are any rivers un crossable because of snow melt? I am studying the weather charts and averages to get some ideas but some first hand experience would be good.

Thanks in advance.
D - Re: Guthega Rd IP:124.183.157.xxx | 2012-12-10 06:48:19
Hi there,

Planning a hike around early/mid Jan. What is the state of Guthega Rd? Is the road small car friendly and if so, will snow chains be necessary?

Also, are there any good bouldering spots along the track??

Cheers
admin - re: Re: Guthega Rd Super Administrator | 2012-12-11 21:50:48
D wrote:

Planning a hike around early/mid Jan. What is the state of Guthega Rd? Is the road small car friendly and if so, will snow chains be necessary?
Also, are there any good bouldering spots along the track??
Cheers

Hi D
Great time to walk the area, the road is fine for a small car, just drive slowly. No snow chains needed in Jan (just during the ski season)
Bouldering? yes there is some granite scrambling/bouldering on some of the peaks (Townsend) and around Blue lake. Look at the photos in the gallery for the walk. If there is an area you want to check out more, click the "+" below the thumbnail to see photos taken within 100m.

Happy walking.

Matt :)
Claire - 2 nights/2 1/2 days IP:124.171.4.xxx | 2013-01-06 05:53:31
Hi

My partner and I are looking at doing this over the Australia Day weekend and taking 2 nights and 2 1/2 days starting Saturday morning and ending Monday midday. We are experienced hikers and very fit so aren't concerned by the distances, but would love some campsite suggestions??
Thanks - Claire
admin - re: 2 nights/2 1/2 days Super Administrator | 2013-01-06 22:07:23
Claire wrote:
Hi

My partner and I are looking at doing this over the Australia Day weekend and taking 2 nights and 2 1/2 days starting Saturday morning and ending Monday midday. We are experienced hikers and very fit so aren't concerned by the distances, but would love some campsite suggestions??
Thanks - Claire

Hi Claire - sounds like fun.
I would think that first night near Mt Townsend or down at wilkinsons Creek would be a good (but pretty big) first day. Then night two you could have a short day and stay on the snowy near Foremans Hut - or if you only have a bit of time the next day probably better to stay at pounds Creek. Just be aware you can't camp in the catchment of the galcial lakes or within view of the main day walking tracks (or roads). Hope that helps.
Happy walking
Matt :)
Zack Wasson IP:122.99.87.xxx | 2013-01-14 02:17:42
Did this walk on the weekend. Really nice walk all the way to Kosciusko, from there back down to Charlottes is a little boring on the firetrail.

The section between Illawong Suspension Bridge and Blue Lake is fantastic. The trail fizzles out about 2/3 of the way up when you reach the Pounds Creek Flats. From there I shot up on looker's left of the rocky creek running down from Twynam Saddle and then over down into Blue Lake. Best to keep to the SE ridge of Little Twynam and descend that way as the drainage straight down into the lake get's quite steep and rocky in places requiring some down climbing.

Good walk for anyone not shy of navigation their own way around.
Rob IP:115.187.239.xxx | 2013-07-01 08:22:25
Hi there
My wife and I are hoping to do this trek in October. How will conditions be at this time of year ie snow and temps? Were both fit experienced walkers?
Admin - re: October IP:211.30.210.xxx | 2013-07-03 22:57:43
Rob wrote:
My wife and I are hoping to do this trek in October. How will conditions be at this time of year ie snow and temps? Were both fit experienced walkers?

Hi Rob -- it is a shoulder time in terms of weather so impossible to say this far out. Chances are there will be some snow on the ground still, esp earlier in Oct. Later October is more likely to be better. I would suggest leaving it another month or having a backup walk in mind. If there is still lots of snow or the weather forecast is not favorable then look to you back up walk. If by experienced you can navigate off track and are experienced walking and camping in snow and extreme weather then that time of year is fine, but carry and be prepared to use snow shoes. Still always check the forecast before your planned start and adjust your plans to the forecast.
Happy walking
Matt :)
Dan - Late September/ Early October IP:113.29.215.xxx | 2013-07-17 01:53:17
Hey Guys,
We(a group of Duke of Ed guys) are looking at doing this hike for our Final Gold award hike in the September/October school holidays. We are just wondering what sort of environment we will face so we know what equipment we will likely to need to complete it.
Cheers
Dan
Alex - Parking IP:58.106.164.xxx | 2013-11-01 00:24:30
Hi Matt,
First off - Love the site, makes for a useful planning tool for any and all hikes.
Just wanted to check that parking at Guthega isn't an issue for 4 days needed to complete this walk?
Is the parking public?

Cheers,
Alex
admin - re: Parking Super Administrator | 2013-11-01 01:31:49
Alex wrote:
Hi Matt,
First off - Love the site, makes for a useful planning tool for any and all hikes.
Just wanted to check that parking at Guthega isn't an issue for 4 days needed to complete this walk?
Is the parking public?

Cheers,
Alex


Thanks Alex.
Yep plenty of parking -- and fine for several days.
No public water taps though -- so fill water bottles before you arrive or plan to collect from the creek soon into the walk.

happy walking

Matt :)
D - map IP:101.117.91.xxx | 2013-11-06 23:34:40
where can I get a map for this track?
admin - re: map Super Administrator | 2013-11-06 23:43:07
D wrote:
where can I get a map for this track?

Hi D
You can Download and Print the attached PDF for free. Download the wildwalks iPhone app (a few dollars fee for the walk data), or buy our Kosc book.
You can also get the topo maps from any hiking/camping store (See the maps needed below the map image.
hope that helps.
happy walking.
Matt :)
D - facilties IP:101.117.91.xxx | 2013-11-12 05:16:17
hi,
where can we park whilst doing this track? is parking free?
what national park passes do we need? for the car and for ourselves
are their toilets along the track?
how do you get from the end of the track just after Guthega to the main circuit part?
do you have any suggestions for some good side trips?
do we have to book to walk on this track?

Thanks
Armitage_Shanks - 2 0r 3 day trek IP:115.64.122.xxx | 2013-12-13 13:51:13
hi wanted to do this trek in feb

as there will be plenty of daylight is it possible to do this trek in 2/ 3 days

where would be the best places to camp on the 2 and 3 day respectively

is there water on all parts of the trek?
Mitchell - Easter long weekend IP:60.242.240.xxx | 2014-01-23 11:12:04
What is the expected day light hours and weather normally encountered in mid April?

My wife and I are pretty fit and have a fair bit of hiking experience and plan to complete over 3 days (staying in Guthega the night before and after)
Amy - Mid April Walk IP:121.216.23.xxx | 2014-02-20 10:26:27
Hi, I'm planning to do this walk with a bunch of friends in April. Is it possible/advisable to complete it in 2 and a half days. We are a fit bunch. I walked Kokoda last year and my friends walked in Nepal.
admin - April walking Super Administrator | 2014-03-03 21:03:42
Hi Mitchell and Amy
The weather really could be anything in April, some snow is likely - a lot of snow is possible - as is really big sunny weather. If the weather is clear, you are fit and your packs are lite then completing the walk over three days is achievable. But if the weather turns and you get significant rain or some snow it could be difficult. Sorry for the vague response.
Matt :)
Arun Sharma IP:122.106.175.xxx | 2014-11-06 12:01:01
Hey,

Looking for a 3 to 4 day track to do with some mates which isnt in the blue mountains. I came across this track which looks great (i love the scenery and feel of the area). This track is really appealing, but after reading through the comments seems that we would need some navigational skills for some of the off track parts of the walk. We dont have extensive navigational skills. Is there another track around the area which we could do which has less/none/easier off track components which is still in the area (still get some of those killer views)?? Or even suggestions of some other good tracks in and around nsw which we could consider as a 3 - 4 dayer?
Perry - Water Availability IP:121.44.244.xxx | 2014-11-30 12:43:59
Hi:

My wife and I are planning to do this walk in late February.

I'm wondering about the likely availability of water at that time: you've got a number of notes about limited water at campsites.
Dave - september weather IP:58.6.50.xxx | 2015-08-14 10:26:40
I'm planning to take a group sept 28. Would it be normally snowbound up there or half half?
Steve Barratt - Mr IP:121.44.26.xxx | 2015-08-16 02:51:25
Hi;

We are a group of family and friends comprising, at this stage of 5 adults and 4 children aged from about 9 to 14 years. We are interested in a walk that we found in Wild Walks. It is the "Main Range Circuit from Guthega" walk taking four days to complete 45kms including the summit of Mt Kosciusko.

In February this year most of our group completed the Overland Track in Tasmania (Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair). We are fully equipped with tents, sleeping mats and bags, wet weather and thermal clothing, spirit stoves, locater beacon, etc.

We are proposing stay overnight at Guthega on the 8th February 2016 and to set off on the walk on the 9th. We would return to Guthega on the 12th. We have selected this itinerary based on the Wild Walks notes and our research that indicates that in February the overnight temperatures rarely are less than 20-30 C and it is the driest and least windy month. While we appreciate there are no guarantees, we would like to avoid cold, windy, wet days where possible. If we experience adverse weather on the track we would have enough food and time to spend an extra night on the walk.

I have a few questions that I hoped you could answer:

• Does this itinerary sound reasonable?
• Are we correct in our expectations of the weather in February?
• Is there water available on the track? If we boil it is it OK for drinking? How much water should we plan to carry?
• I note there are huts on the walk. Are these available for walkers or for emergency use?
• Do we need to book for the walk/use of facilities? Is there a booking cost?
• Are there any maps or guides that are available? If so, are they freely available or how much do they cost? We are happy to buy them as the more information we have the better prepared we will be.
• Is there anything else we have missed or should consider based on your local knowledge?

Thank you for your assistance and I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards

Steve Barratt
Admin - re: september weather IP:58.111.140.xxx | 2015-08-19 22:13:19
Dave wrote:
I'm planning to take a group sept 28. Would it be normally snowbound up there or half half?

Hi Dave -- I would plan to expect snow -- but the end of Sept is highly variable and really not predictable. Chances are there would be large drifts of snow and ice across the main range still. I would suggest having a back up plan -- then make a call a few days before depending on forecast and conditions.
Happy Walking.
Matt :)
Admin - re: Mr IP:58.111.140.xxx | 2015-08-19 22:26:06
Hi Steve -- thanks for the questions

• Does this itinerary sound reasonable?
Yes if the kids are fit and used to walking -- Try hard to keep their pack weight down.

• Are we correct in our expectations of the weather in February?
Yes -- but as you note freezing conditions are to be expected - they still occur a often in Feb.

• Is there water available on the track? If we boil it is it OK for drinking? How much water should we plan to carry?
Carry water for the day time - but in normal conditions you will find water in the valleys were you camp. But keep an eye on weather -- if this dry spell continues they some of them can dry up.

• I note there are huts on the walk. Are these available for walkers or for emergency use?
The huts in the area are for daytime use (and only emergency use overnight)

• Do we need to book for the walk/use of facilities? Is there a booking cost?
No booking -- there are no facilities on this walk as such -- nothing to book. THere is a park entry fee.

• Are there any maps or guides that are available? If so, are they freely available or how much do they cost? We are happy to buy them as the more information we have the better prepared we will be.
There are tracknotes and maps you can download here (the PDF button). also see the list of topogrpahic maps that you should buy on the first tab of the walk info.

• Is there anything else we have missed or should consider based on your local knowledge?
This walk is different from the Overland Track - there are very few people on most of the walk. Parts are off track and have no signage. You need to be able to navigate off track. You also need to be prepared for extreme weather and white out conditions at any point along the track. On a sunny day it is one of the most amazing places to be and provides great experience -- if the weather turns in it can be a nightmare for the unprepared. I would suggest getting experience walking off track and in alpine areas before hand. If possible getting familiar and doing a few days trips at the Guthega end of the walk before the walk would also be helpful considering the number of kids, you don't want to be getting surprises.

Hope that helps.
Matt :)
nick IP:122.108.138.xxx | 2015-09-06 02:18:37
great walk. the walk took us 3 days with a few little interesting but fun shortcuts. great views on the walk an is easily customisable
Arlene - camping at Guthega IP:58.7.222.xxx | 2015-09-19 04:25:19
Guthega Alpine Inn is closed this December so we can't stay there the night before we begin our walk. Is there camping available at Guthega that we can use and commence the walk the next morning?
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