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Waterfall Walk
Time: 2 hrs 15 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
9.7 km NW of Jindabyne
Length: 5.8 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 5.8 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Kosciuszko National Park
Climb: 205 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 205 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 walk explores the upper section of Sawpit Creek from the Sawpit Creek picnic area beside Kosciuszko Road. You will follow a circuit track visiting the main highlight, a small but lovely cascade near the halfway point. The walk guides through the tall eucalypt forest, exploring the sides of the valley and passing some frost hollows and large granite boulder outcrops. An enjoyable way of exploring this pocket of Kosciuszko National Park (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 Waterfall Walk

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Waterfall Walk
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Waterfall trackhead
Tunnel intersection
Waterfall Lookout
Granite Outcrop
Tunnel intersection
Starting point for this hiking track: Waterfall trackhead

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
 Kalkite Mountain 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-86253N 
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Photo Gallery

 
Waterfall Track trackhead at Sawpit Creek Picnic Area
 
Waterfall Track trackhead at Sawpit Creek Picnic Area +
 
Walking through underpass
 
Walking through underpass +
 
Western side of underpass
 
Western side of underpass +

 
NPWS walking sign on Waterfall Walk
 
NPWS walking sign on Waterfall Walk +
 
Walking through Kosciuszko National Park
 
Walking through Kosciuszko National Park +
 
Forest on the Waterfall Walk
 
Forest on the Waterfall Walk +

 
Metal grate in Kosciuszko National Park
 
Metal grate in Kosciuszko National Park +
 
Grand burnt tree
 
Grand burnt tree +
 
Crossing clearing on the Waterfall Walk
 
Crossing clearing on the Waterfall Walk +

 
Posts beside track in Kosciuszko National Park
 
Posts beside track in Kosciuszko National Park +
 
Tree hugging in Kosciuszko National Park
 
Tree hugging in Kosciuszko National Park +
 
Track winding up the side of the gully
 
Track winding up the side of the gully +

 
Sawpit Creek upper waterfall lookout
 
Sawpit Creek upper waterfall lookout +
 
Sawpit Creek Falls
 
Sawpit Creek Falls +
 
Sawpit Creek Falls and pool
 
Sawpit Creek Falls and pool +

 
Icy plants beside Sawpit Creek falls in Kosciuszko National Park
 
Icy plants beside Sawpit Creek falls in Kosciuszko National Park +
 
Crossing Sawpit Creek
 
Crossing Sawpit Creek +
 
Icy morning on track near Sawpit Creek
 
Icy morning on track near Sawpit Creek +

 
Friends' footprints in fresh snow
 
Friends' footprints in fresh snow +
 
Snow beside Waterfall Track
 
Snow beside Waterfall Track +
 
Fallen tree beside track
 
Fallen tree beside track +

 
Passing the three kilometre milestone
 
Passing the three kilometre milestone +
 
Walking along the waterfall track
 
Walking along the waterfall track +
 
Walking amoung some granite boulders
 
Walking amoung some granite boulders +

 
Granite outcrop with view
 
Granite outcrop with view +
 
Walking through tall forest
 
Walking through tall forest +
 
One kilometre milestone
 
One kilometre milestone +

 
Burnt out tree
 
Burnt out tree +
 
Passing split rock
 
Passing split rock +
 
Tree beside track
 
Tree beside track +

 
Crossing Sawpit Creek
 
Crossing Sawpit Creek +
 
Sawpit Creek Picnic Area
 
Sawpit Creek Picnic Area +
 
Sawpit Creek Picnic Area
 
Sawpit Creek Picnic Area +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Waterfall Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Waterfall Walk bushwalking track



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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Waterfall Walk 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 6km
Time 2 hrs 15 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
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
3.2km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 2.5km has short steep hills. The remaining (110m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 6km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 110m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 6km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 110m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 6km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 6km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 110m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 6km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 110m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Waterfall trackhead
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.

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[1], a small kiosk[2], drying room[3], 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

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[4]. 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[5] runs along the side of the open area and there are also several picnic tables[6], wood BBQs[7] and a non-flush toilet[8]. 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 [9].

(0 km) Waterfall trackhead to Tunnel intersection
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 57 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = 0 m
From the 'Waterfall Track' sign[10] (on the western side of Sawpit Creek Picnic Area), this walk follows the paved footpath upstream through the underpass[11], under Kosciuszko Rd. The underpass may become impassable after rain, in which case you can walk around and cross over the road. The walk passes through the tunnel[12], then leads across the clearing[13] a short distance to find an intersection marked with a National Parks arrow[14] (and a footbridge a short distance to your right).

(0.06 km) Tunnel intersection to Waterfall Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.46 km Time = 48 mins
Climb = 103 m Descent = -24 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along the track into the bush following the National Parks sign[15], directly away from the road[16]. The track leads up along the side of the hill, keeping Sawpit Creek a short distance to your right. After walking through the wooded forest[17] for about 400m, the track crosses a small gully on a metal grate[18], then about 300m later crosses a wider open area[19] on a longer metal path[20]. The track then leads through the forest for about 500m, passing another clearing before crossing an old management trail marked with a series of white and blue posts[21] (marking a buried water main). About 300m further along, the track passes the same series of white and blue posts[22] again, before climbing up a short but moderately steep climb[23] and wandering along the side of the steep valley[24] among the tall alpine ash[25] (Eucalyptus delegatensis[26]). The track then leads up a some timber steps[27] (with a revegetating trail crossing the track[28]) and, about 150m later, comes to the top of some metal steps[29] and the lookout at the waterfall[30].

Waterfall Lookout Alt = 1280 m
This waterfall on upper Sawpit Creek is not formally named, but is the focal point of the waterfall track that passes just in front of the falls. The water cascades down these fairly wide falls to a shallow pool below[31]. The main fall is about 4m high but the overall cascades are taller. NPWS have installed a metal bridge[32] for crossing the creek, and a small platform[33] on the south side that provides the best view of the falls.

(2.52 km) Waterfall Lookout to Granite Outcrop
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.58 km Time = 36 mins
Climb = 97 m Descent = -55 m
Turn right: From the waterfall lookout[34], this walk heads down the metal stairs[35] and crosses the creek just below the waterfall. This walk then follows the metal path and steps[36] to the right as they lead up and out of the valley. The metal path soon stops and the dirt track leads along the side of the hill before climbing a last set of metal steps[37]. The track continues to lead further away from the main valley through the eucalypt forest and about 300m after crossing Sawpit Creek, this track leads past a '3K' timber milestone[38]. The track then heads down to cross a gully[39], then about 200m later crosses another gully with a metal erosion control grate[40]. From here, the track meanders through the forest for about 800m to come to a large granite outcrop[41] (mostly on your right). Here the walk continues down for another 150m through a series of granite boulders[42] to another even larger and clearer granite outcrop[43] (on your right). There is a clear view down over Lake Jindabyne[44] from the top of these boulders - much care is needed if climbing them.

Granite Outcrop Alt = 1318 m
This granite outcrop is perched on the northern side of Sawpit Creek. The track passes by the rocks[45], but in favourable weather and with great care, walkers can climb up on some of these rocks[46] to enjoy the view down the valley. The view extends down Sawpit Creek valley to Lake Jindabyne and parts of the Jindabyne township.

(4.1 km) Granite Outcrop to Waterfall trackhead
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,footpath
Length = 1.71 km Time = 32 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -125 m
Continue straight: From the granite outcrop[47], this walk follows the track gently downhill, keeping the main valley to your right. The track leads past a few more granite boulders then, after about 700m, passes a '1K' timber milestone[48]. About 500m further downhill, the track turns right at an interesting burnt tree[49] before passing between two large split granite boulders[50]. The track continues to lead through the wooded forest towards the sound of the road and, about 500m after passing between the split rocks, the track leads down some stone steps[51] and across a metal bridge[52] spanning Sawpit Creek. Just after crossing the creek, the walk comes to an intersection on the edge of a large clearing, next to the Kosciuszko Rd embankment[53].
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads across the clearing[54] then through the underpass[55], under Kosciuszko Rd. The underpass may become impassable after rain, in which case you can walk around and cross over the road. The walk continues a short distance along the paved path[56] on the other side of the tunnel to the 'Waterfall Track' sign[57] (on the western side of Sawpit Creek Picnic Area).

Drive from Waterfall trackhead
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 8.9 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 3 Nuggets Crsng, Jindabyne (02) 6457 2233 8.9 km
Snowy Camping World 106 Sharp St , Cooma (02) 6452 2729 52.1 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 Waterfall Walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Waterfall 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 3 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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