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Sawpit Walk
Time: 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
9.6 km NW of Jindabyne
Length: 2.2 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 2.2 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Kosciuszko National Park
Climb: 67 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 67 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
Track: Moderate

This short but popular walking track offers a great way to explore the middle section of Sawpit Creek in the Kosciuszko National Park. Start near Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat (or alternatively you can start from Kosciuszko Education Centre), you will cross Sawpit Creek a couple of times and explore the valley environment. The track then leads you up through the more open forest of the ridge and loops back through Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat to Sawpit Creek Picnic Area. (open in app)


There are Closed areas in Kosciuszko National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Sawpit Walk

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Sawpit Walk
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Sawpit Creek Picnic Area
Kosciuszko Education Centre
Sawpit intersection
Powerline Clearing
Sawpit Valley View
Unit 7
Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat
Waterfall trackhead
Starting point for this hiking track: Sawpit Creek Picnic Area

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)

Print a map and track notes here
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Photo Gallery

 
Information sign at Sawpit Creek Picnic Area
 
Information sign at Sawpit Creek Picnic Area +
 
Sawpit Creek Picnic Area
 
Sawpit Creek Picnic Area +
 
Sawpit Creek Picnic Area
 
Sawpit Creek Picnic Area +

 
Crossing Sawpit Creek
 
Crossing Sawpit Creek +
 
Sawpit intersection
 
Sawpit intersection +
 
Kosciuszko Eduction Centre
 
Kosciuszko Eduction Centre +

 
'Pallaibo Track' and 'Sawpit Track' signs
 
'Pallaibo Track' and 'Sawpit Track' signs +
 
Following Pallaibo and Sawpit Tracks along the side of the gully
 
Following Pallaibo and Sawpit Tracks along the side of the gully +
 
Crossing metal grate
 
Crossing metal grate +

 
The track winding through the forest
 
The track winding through the forest +
 
Bridge on Sawpit Creek
 
Bridge on Sawpit Creek +
 
Bridge spanning Sawpit Creek on the Pallaibo and Sawpit Tracks
 
Bridge spanning Sawpit Creek on the Pallaibo and Sawpit Tracks +

 
Sawpit Creek
 
Sawpit Creek +
 
Winding through the open forest
 
Winding through the open forest +
 
Pallaibo and Sawpit Tracks passing under the power lines
 
Pallaibo and Sawpit Tracks passing under the power lines +

 
Track passing through the beautiful trees
 
Track passing through the beautiful trees +
 
Crossing a small gully
 
Crossing a small gully +
 
Pallaibo and Sawpit Tracks high on the western side of Sawpit Creek valley
 
Pallaibo and Sawpit Tracks high on the western side of Sawpit Creek valley +

 
Signposted intersection at the Sawpit Valley View
 
Signposted intersection at the Sawpit Valley View +
 
Looking down the valley from Sawpit Valley View
 
Looking down the valley from Sawpit Valley View +
 
Sawpit Track passing between these trees
 
Sawpit Track passing between these trees +

 
Enjoying a beautiful winter day
 
Enjoying a beautiful winter day +
 
Walking through the forest on the Sawpit Track
 
Walking through the forest on the Sawpit Track +
 
Sign near unit 7
 
Sign near unit 7 +

 
Walking through Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat
 
Walking through Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat +
 
Office and kiosk in Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat
 
Office and kiosk in Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat +
 
Public phone at Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat
 
Public phone at Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat +

 
Sign at entrance to Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat
 
Sign at entrance to Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat +
 
Walking down to the Sawpit Picnic Area
 
Walking down to the Sawpit Picnic Area +
 
Toilet at Sawpit Picnic area
 
Toilet at Sawpit Picnic area +

 
Waterfall Track trackhead at Sawpit Creek Picnic Area
 
Waterfall Track trackhead at Sawpit Creek Picnic Area +
 
Sawpit Creek Picnic Area
 
Sawpit Creek Picnic Area +
 
Walking across the car park
 
Walking across the car park +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Sawpit Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Sawpit Walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Sawpit Walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Sawpit Walk 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.
Length 2.2km
Time 45 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*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
Around 1.7km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 460m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 1.7km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 460m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 1.8km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 440m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 2.2km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 1.2km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 960m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 1.8km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 440m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Drive to Sawpit Creek Picnic Area
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
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Snow & Ice on walk Alt = 1198 m
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.

Sawpit Creek Picnic Area Alt = 1197 m
Sawpit Creek Picnic Area is found beside Kosciuszko Rd, and is accessed through the 'Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat' driveway[1]. The picnic area is about 1km further into the park from the NPWS pay station. A great starting point for several popular walks, this is also a pleasent spot to just stop and rest. Sawpit Creek[2] runs along the side of the open area and there are also several picnic tables[3], wood BBQs[4] and a non-flush toilet[5]. There are information signs about the area, explaining that the creek is named for the Alpine Ash that were milled in the area during the 1860s [6].

(0 km) Sawpit Creek Picnic Area to Sawpit intersection
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 49 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -2 m
From the large 'Sawpit Creek Picnic Area' information signs[7], this walk follows the paved footpath[8] away from the road and across Sawpit Creek[9] using the metal bridge[10]. On the other side of the bridge, the walk comes to T-intersection[11] marked with a 'Pallaibo track' sign[12].

Kosciuszko Education Centre Alt = 1205 m
The Kosciuszko Education Centre is a facility at Sawpit Creek that helps students from primary school through to university learn about the natural and cultural heritage within the national park. The building has a display with some information for visitors[13], but it is not designed to be a general visitor information centre. You can call the Kosciuszko Education Centre on 6451 3700. More info

(0.05 km) Kosciuszko Education Centre to Sawpit intersection
Alternate Entry: Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath ( Show detail)
Length = 314 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -11 m
Turn sharp left: From the front of the large stone 'Kosciuszko Education Centre'[14], this walk heads across the car park towards the timber building[15] (keeping Kosciuszko Rd, some distance to your right). The walk then veers left just before the timber building to find the large metal 'Kosciuszko Education Centre' sign[16] with arrows pointing to various walks. This walk follows these arrows along the paved footpath[17] and after about 100m, the path doglegs past a couple of bench seats[18]. The walk continues down this path for another 150m to a T-intersection[19] marked with a 'Pallaibo track' information sign[20] (and a bridge on your right[21]).
Turn left to join the main walk, following the notes from 0.05km 'Sawpit intersection'.

(0.05 km) Sawpit intersection to Powerline Clearing
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 494 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -16 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Pallaibo Track' and 'Sawpit Track' signs[22] along the dirt track, directly away from the bridge. The track leads along the side of the valley[23] and after about 260m, crosses a short metal grate[24] and then, about 150m later, leads down through the granite boulders[25]. Next, the track leads down some timber steps[26] to cross Sawpit Creek on a flat timber bridge[27]. On the other side of the bridge, the track bends left and heads over a small rise, soon coming to a clearing underneath a set of power lines[28] (and fenced water treatment area up to your right).

(0.54 km) Powerline Clearing to Sawpit Valley View
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 444 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -28 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk crosses under the power lines and follows the clear narrow track[29] along the side of the hill, whilst initially keeping the fenced water treatment area up to your right. The walk winds gently through the forest, passing a couple of timber posts[30] with walking track symbols, heads over a rise then down to cross a small gully with a metal grate[31], about 200m from passing under the power lines. The track continues gently downhill and after about 160m, it bends sharply right[32] to follow the steep side of Sawpit Creek valley[33]. The walk soon comes to a signposted three-way intersection[34] (with an unfenced valley view on your left[35]) and a few 'Pallaibo Track' signs[36].

Sawpit Valley View Alt = 1163 m
At the intersection about halfway around Sawpit Track (where it joins Pallaibo Track) is an unfenced view[37] into the Sawpit Creek valley. From the rocky edge, walkers can look up and down the valley[38]. Looking down the valley, there is a view of Bald Mountain (1300m) and a glimpse over the Thredbo River into the adjoining farmland.

(0.99 km) Sawpit Valley View to Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail
Length = 1 km Time = 22 mins
Climb = 56 m Descent = -18 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the track directly away from the valley view, heading between the two trees to follow the 'Sawpit Track to Picnic Area 1KM' sign[39]. The track leads gently up through the open forest with a scattering of granite boulders for about 800m, coming to a dirt track next to unit 7, at the edge of the Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat. Here is a timber 'Pallaibo Track 1KM'[40] sign pointing back along the track.
Veer left: From beside unit 7[41], this walk heads further into the retreat and turns left to follow the main dirt road through the park[42]. After about 150m, the dirt road leads to a gravelly intersection just outside the 'Office' and 'Kiosk' at the 'Managers Residence'[43]. The walk continues straight (past the public phone[44]) along the gravel road and soon passes a yellow 'DIP' sign[45] to come to a four-way intersection and a large green 'Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat' sign[46].

Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat Alt = 1200 m
The 'Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat' is a caravan park about 1km further into Kosciuszko NP from the paystation on Kosciuszko Rd. The retreat provides cabins and chalets as well as powered and un-powered camping sites. The retreat has a public phone[47], a small kiosk[48], drying room[49], laundry and kids playground. Dave and Gina welcome guests all year round, with many guest skiing in winter and walking in the warmer months. More info

(1.99 km) Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat to Sawpit Creek Picnic Area
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - servicetrail
Length = 208 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -4 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Walking Track' and 'Picnic Area' signs[50] downhill along the dirt road. The road soon passes a historic stone chimney[51] (on your right), before winding down[52] past the toilet[53] to the parking area and the signposted 'Waterfall track' trackhead[54] on the eastern side of Sawpit Creek Picnic Area.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads away from Kosciuszko Rd[55], going just a short distance across the car park[56] to the large information sign and parking area[57].

Drive from Sawpit Creek Picnic Area
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

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Driving Directions
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Near by


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 7.3 km
Wilderness Sports Nuggets Crossing, Jindabyne 1800 654 168 8.8 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 3 Nuggets Crsng, Jindabyne (02) 6457 2233 8.8 km
Snowy Camping World 106 Sharp St , Cooma (02) 6452 2729 52 km
Tumuts Fishing Camping & Outdoor 56 Wynyard St , Tumut (02) 6947 1100 120.7 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Sawpit Walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Sawpit Walk
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1 1227830 Country Energy/Monaro County Council Site JINDERBOINE HILL 11 km (to the ESE)
3 EUC03 Bald Hill via EUCUMBENE 27 km (to the N)
2 1227833 Commsite INGEBIRAH TRIG 34 km (to the SSW)
2 KHN02 Fire Tower MT YOUNGAL 40 km (to the W)
4 VL2OR_4 CB Repeater Site 20 km S of Cooma SOUTH BROTHER 49 km (to the E)

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)
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
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Tue      16°Mostly sunny.
Wed|18°Sunny.
Thu|20°Mostly sunny.
Fri|25°Late rain at times.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

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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