This walk takes you on a tour of some of the historic huts north of Geehi Flats. Starting from the northern end of Geehi Flats Camping area near Geehi Hut, you will cross Swampy Plains River and walk across the plain to an intersection just before Keebles Hut. Here the walk heads up on the higher section of Behrs Flat and then down and across Swampy Plains River again. You will then follow another trail to the old Geehi Hut, once used as a youth hostel.
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Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)
Cross sectional view of the Old Geehi Hut tour bushwalking track
Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Old Geehi Hut tour bushwalking track
Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track
Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*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
1.4km of this walk has short steep hills and another 850m is flat with no steps. The remaining (470m) has gentle hills with occasional steps.
Quality of track
2.3km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 360m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (110m) follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.
2.3km of this walk has minimal directional signs and another 360m is clearly signposted. The remaining (60m) has directional signs at most intersection.
1.9km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience and another 470m requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience. The remaining (360m) requires no previous bushwalking experience.
2.5km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety and another 110m is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety. The remaining (85m) is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
1.9km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 470m has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged). The remaining (360m) is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
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This walk leads through an alpine environment and all walkers must be well prepared. During summer, be prepared for both hot and cold weather, high winds, rain, 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, there is a much higher change of snow, ice and extremely cold conditions.
Geehi Picnic Camping Ground
Alt = m
This is a very large campsite with plenty of space for roaming about and with some interesting things to explore. The campsite sits on the bank of the Swampy Plain River, which offers some opportunities for fishing. There are plenty of toilets scattered around (with access for people in wheelchairs). There are several stone shelters, historic huts, and walking tracks in the area. The individual campsites are not marked out, but there are plenty of spots to choose. There is no charge for camping (although vehicle entry fees apply).
Geehi Hut car park
Geehi Hut Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 69 m
Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m
Descent = -3 m
Turn sharp right: From the car park, this walk heads north away from the face of 'The Western Fall' sign along the paved path. The path soon turns away from the road and crosses a small ditch to find a book-like 'Geehi's recent past' information sign. Here the walk heads across the grass to Geehi Hut a short distance away. (Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)
Alt = 415 m
Geehi Hut, also known as Airstrip or Nankervis Hut, was originally built in 1952 by Jim Nankervis and his brother, to assist with grazing. The 11m x 9m river stone building has three rooms, including a fireplace (not for use). Near the hut is a wheelchair-accessible toilet and plenty of space for camping. The hut was restored in 2004 by the NPWS. The remains of the older Tyrrell's Hut can be seen nearby. More info
Geehi Hut car park
Int of Swampy Plain and Bicentennial Trails Track: Hard - road,4wdtrail
Length = 190 m
Time = 3 mins
Climb = 5 m
Descent = -5 m
From the car park, this walk heads west along the dirt road away from the toilet whilst initially keeping the hut a short distance to your right. The trail soon leads past a locked gate (on your right) and the down to a few campsites just before Swampy Plain River crossing and a 'To Behrs Flat - 4 Wheel Drive' sign. Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk crosses the rocky ford Swamp Plain River crossing. This river is impassable after rain or snow melt, take care not to cross when the river is too high or too fast. Once on the other bank, this walk heads through the gate (locked to vehicles in wet conditions) and comes to a clear, three-way intersection with another 4WD trail (on your left).
Geehi Rest Area Entrance
Int of Swampy Plain and Bicentennial Trails Alternate Route:
Track: Hard - road,4wdtrail
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Length = 1.19 km
Time = 23 mins
Climb = 37 m
Descent = -40 m
Turn left: From the entrance to Geehi Rest Area, this walk follows the 'Jindabyne' sign along the Alpine Way. The road soon leads across a bridge, over Swampy Plains River and comes to an intersection with a 4WD trail (on your right), just on the other side of the bridge. Turn right: From the western side of Geehi Bridge, this walk follows the 4WD trail off the main road, down the short hill and along the side of Swampy Plain River (keeping the river to your right). The walk soon passes a short side trail (on your right, that leads down to the river), continuing instead parallel to the river along the clear trail through the trees. The trail soon passes a 'To Behrs Flat - 4 wheel drive - Dry weather only' sign and continues through the forest for about 400m to a large turning circle (on your right), just before a gate (locked to vehicles in wet conditions). From this turning area, this walk continues along the trail steeply uphill, through the gate. As the trail reaches the high point, there are good views down to Swampy Plain River and across Geehi Flats. The trail then leads down the hill to a three-way intersection with the Bicentennial National Trail at Behrs Flat (to your left) and a gate and creek crossing (to your right). Veer left to rejoin the main walk, following the notes from 0.19km 'Int of Swampy Plain and Bicentennial Trails'.
Int of Swampy Plain and Bicentennial Trails
Keebles Loop intersection Track: Moderate - 4wdtrail
Length = 61 m
Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m
Descent = -1 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the flat trail north-west into Behrs Flat clearing (directly away from Swampy Plain River). After a short distance, the trail comes to a 'Y' intersection with a grassy trail (on your right), just before a couple of trees standing by themselves.
Keebles Loop intersection
Int south of Keebles Hut Track: Hard - 4wdtrail
Length = 789 m
Time = 12 mins
Climb = 1 m
Descent = -10 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads north further into Behrs Flat clearing, initially keeping the grassy trail to your right. The clear trail soon passes two shrubby trees then continues to wind through the open, grassy clearing. The trail crosses a small, culverted creek, then about 150m later, comes to a 'Y' intersection (with a trail leading steeply up to the left).
Int south of Keebles Hut
Keebles Hut Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - 4wdtrail
Length = 157 m
Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m
Descent = -3 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads north towards the hut along the wide trail. The trail soon bends right and leads past the 'Keeble's Hut' information sign, coming to a large, open area in front of the hut. (Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn sharp right to continue along this walk.)
Alt = 405 m
Keebles Hut was built in 1948 as a fishing lodge by Arthur Keeble, for Arthur and Flo Nankervis. The hut has been under the management of NPWS since 1970, with upkeep maintained by family members. A renovation was organised in 2002, by Kosciusko Huts Association and the Range Rover Club of NSW. The hut offers a fireplace and a wood-powered stove, as well as a large indoor table. Around the hut is a popular camping area, with picnic tables, a toilet and a river nearby. More info
Int south of Keebles Hut
South side of Swampy Plains River Track: Hard - 4wdtrail
Length = 1.05 km
Time = 18 mins
Climb = 13 m
Descent = -21 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads west up the short rise to soon bend right (keeping Keeble's Hut below and some distance to your right). Following the clear main trail, this walk ignores the side tracks and after about 650m, the trail bends right (ignoring the fainter left branch) to lead down a short but fairly steep bank and through a clearing where the trail bends left. This trail then leads along this flood plain, soon coming to another clearing (and camping area on the left) just before the Swampy Plain River crossing.
South side of Swampy Plains River
Int east of Old Geehi Hut Track: Hard - 4wdtrail
Length = 359 m
Time = 7 mins
Climb = 12 m
Descent = -2 m
Continue straight: From the clearing, this walk follows the trail across the rocky ford Swamp Plain River crossing. This river is impassable after rain or snow melt, take care not to cross when the river is too high or too fast. Once on the other side, this walk follows the trail as it bends left and leads up through the open forest for about 300m to find a clear three-way intersection marked with a 'No Garbage Collection' sign (on your left).
Int east of Old Geehi Hut
Old Geehi Hut Track: Moderate - 4wdtrail
Length = 279 m
Time = 5 mins
Climb = 0 m
Descent = -11 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads north-west along the flat 4WD trail, towards the long range, initially keeping the 'No Garbage Collection' sign to your left. The trail leads through the open forest and soon comes to a grassy clearing and the stone Old Geehi Hut.
Old Geehi Hut
Alt = 400 m
Old Geehi Hut (aka Youth Hostel, YHA Hut), was originally built in 1948 and restored after bushfires in 2003 by NPWS, the NSW Landrover Club and the Range Rover Club of NSW. The 7m x 4m river stone building has had a number of roles (and names) over the years, including private use (by the Nankervis and Mitchell families) and also a youth hostel. It has been managed by NPWS since 1977. The hut offers visitors a fireplace, an indoor picnic table and there is a toilet and camping nearby.More info
Fire Danger 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 4 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.
Region: South Coast & Highlands Park feesCampingFacilities 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)
Four Mile Hill trail
Geehi Dam Road (Olsen's Road)
Goobragandra Powerline Road
Kings Cross Road
Long Plain Road
Major Clews 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.