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Wheatley Circuit
Time: 3 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.8 km ENE of Perisher Valley
Length: 7.3 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 7.3 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Kosciuszko National Park
Climb: 251 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 251 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: Hard

This snowshoe walk follows a winter-only route. From Perisher Valley, you walk up along the Kosciuszko Rd to a gap, just past the last ski lift. Here you leave the road to follow the snow pole line up along the Wheatley Link among the snow gums and crossing some open plains. This link leads up to a valley below Porcupine Rocks, where you follow the snow poles and valley back down towards Perisher. A great walk for people comfortable on snowshoes and wanting to explore a more remote area near Perisher Valley. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Wheatley Circuit

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Wheatley Circuit
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Int Kosciuszko and Porcupine Rds
Rock Creek Ski Club intersection
Wheatley and Kosciuszko Roads
Int Wheatley Link Track and Kosciuszko Rd
Int of Porcupine Trail and Wheatley Link Track
Int of Porcupine Trail and Wheatley Link Track
Int of Porcupine and Link Track
Perisher Reservoir intersection
Rock Creek Ski Club intersection
Starting point for this hiking track: Rock Creek Ski Club intersection

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
 Perisher Valley 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-85252S 
 Kosciuszko 1:100 000 Map Series 8525 

Photo Gallery

 
The Man from Snowy River Hotel
 
The Man from Snowy River Hotel +
 
NPWS visitors' centre
 
NPWS visitors' centre +
 
Skitube building
 
Skitube building +

 
Kosciuszko in Winter
 
Kosciuszko in Winter +
 
Snowshoe sign beside Kosciuszko Rd
 
Snowshoe sign beside Kosciuszko Rd +
 
Rock Creek Ski Lodge
 
Rock Creek Ski Lodge +

 
Intersection of Wheatley and Kosciuszko Roads
 
Intersection of Wheatley and Kosciuszko Roads +
 
Looking down the valley from Kosciuszko Road
 
Looking down the valley from Kosciuszko Road +
 
Looking up Kosciuszko Road in winter
 
Looking up Kosciuszko Road in winter +

 
Looking across the ski fields
 
Looking across the ski fields +
 
Looking across the ski fields
 
Looking across the ski fields +
 
Oversnow transport on Kosciuszko Road in winter
 
Oversnow transport on Kosciuszko Road in winter +

 
Eyre Tbar
 
Eyre Tbar +
 
Ridge on Kosciuszko Road in winter
 
Ridge on Kosciuszko Road in winter +
 
Wheatley Link sign
 
Wheatley Link sign +

 
Looking up along the Wheatley Link track
 
Looking up along the Wheatley Link track +
 
Nice wide gully
 
Nice wide gully +
 
Following the poles along the Wheatley Link
 
Following the poles along the Wheatley Link +

 
Wheatley Link track
 
Wheatley Link track +
 
Wide vista from the Wheatley Link track
 
Wide vista from the Wheatley Link track +
 
Snow gums on the Wheatley Link
 
Snow gums on the Wheatley Link +

 
Snow poles and boulders
 
Snow poles and boulders +
 
Crossing the wide valley
 
Crossing the wide valley +
 
Pure snow
 
Pure snow +

 
Boulders on the Wheatley Link
 
Boulders on the Wheatley Link +
 
Crossing the wide valley on Wheatley Link
 
Crossing the wide valley on Wheatley Link +
 
Near Wheatley Gap
 
Near Wheatley Gap +

 
Int of Porcupine Trail and Wheatley Link Track
 
Int of Porcupine Trail and Wheatley Link Track +
 
Near the Int of Porcupine Trail and Wheatley Link Track
 
Near the Int of Porcupine Trail and Wheatley Link Track +
 
Ice on a dead branch
 
Ice on a dead branch +

 
Walking down the Pocupine track in winter
 
Walking down the Pocupine track in winter +
 
Walking amoung the snow gums
 
Walking amoung the snow gums +
 
Looking down towards Perisher Valley
 
Looking down towards Perisher Valley +

 
Well used trail
 
Well used trail +
 
Granite Tor in the snow
 
Granite Tor in the snow +
 
Signpost at the intersection of Porcupine and Link Track
 
Signpost at the intersection of Porcupine and Link Track +

 
Crossing the creek
 
Crossing the creek +
 
Looking up the valley
 
Looking up the valley +
 
A short steep section of the trail
 
A short steep section of the trail +

 
Enjoying the snow
 
Enjoying the snow +
 
View over the reservoir
 
View over the reservoir +
 
Passing the pump house
 
Passing the pump house +

 
Intersection looking over pump house
 
Intersection looking over pump house +
 
Rock Creek snowshoe walk
 
Rock Creek snowshoe walk +
 
Passing below a lodge
 
Passing below a lodge +

 
Scattering of boulders and lodges
 
Scattering of boulders and lodges +
 
Passing a bridge over Rock Creek
 
Passing a bridge over Rock Creek +
 
Rock Creek and some lodges in winter
 
Rock Creek and some lodges in winter +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Wheatley Circuit bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Wheatley Circuit bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Wheatley Circuit bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Wheatley Circuit 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 7km
Time 3 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
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 Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)
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
4.8km of this walk has short steep hills and another 2km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (480m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
4.8km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (480m) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 4.3km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 3km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
2.9km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience and another 2.5km requires no previous bushwalking experience. The remaining (1.9km) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.

Weather
4.3km of this walk is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety and another 2.1km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation). The remaining (860m) is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 5km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 2.3km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Int Kosciuszko and Porcupine Rds
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.
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Share the Snow Alt = 1724 m
Here are some tips to help you share the snow with skiers. Please avoid snowshoeing on ski trails, whether groomed or ungroomed - it is fine to walk right next to the ski trail. When crossing a ski trail, please do so in a single file and on a flat, more visible, section. These tips aim to minimise trail ruts and collisions. Visit Wilderness Sports for snowshoe hire.

Winter only route Alt = 1724 m
This walk follows an over-snow only route. During the warmer months, this walk crosses important and sensitive bogs that can be significantly damaged, even by light footed walkers. Please only walk this track when it is well covered with snow.

Perisher Valley Village Alt = 1720 m
Perisher Valley village is centred about the Skitube[1] building, Perisher Centre[2] and the National Park Visitor Centre[3]. Just outside the Skitube is the shelter for the shuttle bus service to Smiggins. Perisher Centre is accessed by the long metal bridge - inside, you will find food shops, toilets and skiing-related shops. Inside the Skitube building is the train station, kiosk, medical centre and some other services. The National Park Visitor Centre provides a warm shelter, toilets, seats and information about the park. Most of these services only operate during the ski season, but the NPWS visitor centre is open most of the year and a food outlet is generally open for lunch Monday-Friday.

(0 km) Int Kosciuszko and Porcupine Rds to Rock Creek Ski Club intersection
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 179 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -2 m
From the intersection, this walk heads west along the main Kosciuszko Rd, away from the 'The Man from Snowy River Hotel'[4] and keeping the main valley to your right. The walk soon crosses Rock Creek, then continues beside the road to an intersection marked with a 'Rock Creek Snowshoe Track' sign[5] just after the 'Rock Creek Ski Club' hut[6](both on your left).

Rock Creek Ski Club Alt = 1722 m
This building was first opened for use in 1948 then destroyed by a lighting strike in January the next year. In 1959, a few men drove down from Sydney most weekends over a few years to build the current lodge[7]. Still owned by the builders' families, the lodge is available to the public for hire[8]. The lodge has two bedrooms and sleeps 6 people[9]. The lodge can be hired[10] in winter or in summer and makes for a great base with its central location in Perisher Valley. rockcreek.org.au info@rockcreek.org.au More info

(0.18 km) Rock Creek Ski Club intersection to Int Wheatley Link Track and Kosciuszko Rd
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 2.12 km Time = 40 mins
Climb = 111 m Descent = -25 m
Continue straight: From the Rock Creek Ski Club intersection[11][12], this walk follows Kosciuszko Rd gently uphill[13], away from the main village. After about 50m, this walk continues along the road, passing a track (which leads to bridge[14] over Perisher Creek, on your right) and continuing for about another 60m to find an intersection with Wheatley Rd, just before 'Corroboree Restaurant & Bar'[15][16] (on your left).
Continue straight: From this intersection, this walk follows the Kosciuszko Rd east gently uphill, out of town. The walk immediately passes 'Corroboree Restaurant & Bar'[17] (on your left) and continues up the hill past a series of other lodges [18][19] (up to your left). The road steadily begins to climb a bit more steeply, then soon after passing the last ski lift (in the valley on your right[20]), the road comes to a high point and a clearing[21] with a large metal sign and map[22] (on your left).

(2.3 km) Int Wheatley Link Track and Kosciuszko Rd to Int of Porcupine Trail and Wheatley Link Track
Track: Hard - undefined
Length = 1.88 km Time = 39 mins
Climb = 127 m Descent = -41 m
Turn left: From the grassy clearing on the south side of Kosciuszko Road[23], this walk follows the 'Wheatley Link' sign[24] uphill following the snow-poles. The track leads through a narrow grove of snow gums[25], then climbs up to a flat clearing[26] to follow the line of snow poles[27] up through the trees. After dipping down a bit, the poles wind up the hill to pass through a gap in the ridge[28], revealing a large fairly flat plain[29] (with a view back over Perisher, behind you[30]). The walk continues to follow the poles down and across the plain[31]. The poles soon lead right, rounding a rocky outcrop[32] (on your right) and passing a open section, where the poles then tends left and up the hill. The walk soon comes to a intersection in a large saddle[33], near a sign pointing back down 'Wheatley Link' track[34].

(4.19 km) Int of Porcupine Trail and Wheatley Link Track to Porcupine Saddle
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 319 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -7 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Porcupine' trail signs[35][36] north-west over the top of the saddle and towards the large rocky pinnacle[37]. The track soon begins to steepen through a rocky area and, just after passing a large rocky outcrop[38] (on your left), the track leads up to a three-way intersection beside the gap[39] (on your left) between the two main peaks[40].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

Porcupine Rocks Alt = 1910 m
The Porcupine Rocks are a large granite outcrop on the ridge, south of Perisher Valley. There are two main peaks[41][42], and a rock scramble[43] leads to the top of the southern peak, providing fantastic views of Perisher Valley[44], Mt Duncan[45], Thredbo River Valley[46] and Bullocks Flat. The gap between the two summits provides some shade and protection from the wind. An amazing place to visit - allow time to just relax and enjoy this place. The summit can be slippery and icy, and there is a shear drop and other hazards. Much care is required.

(4.19 km) Int of Porcupine Trail and Wheatley Link Track to Int of Porcupine and Link Track
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.34 km Time = 31 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -109 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads north-east, downhill, following the old timber 'Perisher Valley 3km' sign[47]. The track leads down through the wide valley past the newer sign (pointing back up to 'Porcupine Trail'[48]), over some metal grates and through a grove of old dead snow gums to come to a signposted intersection with the Porcupine Link Track (on your right)[49].

(5.52 km) Int of Porcupine and Link Track to Perisher Reservoir intersection
Track: Hard - undefined
Length = 1.1 km Time = 22 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -58 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Perisher Valley 2km' sign[50] north-east along the track that soon leads across an flat timber bridge[51] over Rock Creek. Now, the walk leaves the creek for a while and heads downhill, following the series of snow-poles[52] on a groomed trail towards the Perisher Valley Resort[53]. After about 1km and just before the Perisher Valley Reservoir[54], the snow poles lead left[55] across a valley (near the stone pump house building[56]) to head up the rise to a three-way intersection with another snow-pole line[57], near the pole with the second yellow sign[58].

(6.62 km) Perisher Reservoir intersection to Int Kosciuszko and Porcupine Rds
Track: Moderate - undefined,road
Length = 676 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -16 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the snow-pole line (with the yellow signs, facing away) over the gentle rise[59], whilst keeping Rock Creek a short distance to your right. The track leads over the hill, keeping the poles to your right, and soon passes a large green timber lodge[60]. The walk leads down closer to the creek[61] and continues following the snow-poles, soon passing straight through an intersection (ignoring the bridge over Rock Creek to your right[62]). The poles lead over another small rise past the Rock Creek Ski Club building[63], then under the power-lines to find the 'Rock Creek Snowshoe Track' information sign[64]. Here, the walk heads the short distance towards the main ski field to an intersection with Kosciuszko Rd[65].
Turn right: From this intersection near the 'Rock Creek Ski Club' hut[66], this walk follows the main road gently downhill[67] towards the resort centre, where the road soon crosses Rock Creek[68]. The walk crosses the creek[69] and passes a few buildings to come to an intersection with Porcupine Road[70] (on your right), just before 'The Man from Snowy River Hotel'[71] (and the ski tube station on your left[72]).

Drive from Int Kosciuszko and Porcupine Rds
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
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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 16.4 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 3 Nuggets Crsng, Jindabyne (02) 6457 2233 18.7 km
Wilderness Sports Nuggets Crossing, Jindabyne 1800 654 168 18.7 km
Snowy Camping World 106 Sharp St , Cooma (02) 6452 2729 66.8 km
Tumuts Fishing Camping & Outdoor 56 Wynyard St , Tumut (02) 6947 1100 124.1 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Wheatley Circuit.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Wheatley Circuit
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1 1227830 Country Energy/Monaro County Council Site JINDERBOINE HILL 23 km (to the E)
2 KHN02 Fire Tower MT YOUNGAL 26 km (to the W)
2 1227833 Commsite INGEBIRAH TRIG 27 km (to the S)
3 EUC03 Bald Hill via EUCUMBENE 35 km (to the NNE)
4 VL2OR_4 CB Repeater Site 20 km S of Cooma SOUTH BROTHER 63 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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