Thredbo Hikes Track Report | 25 November
Posted on 25 Nov, 2020 in
Track Report by Rachael Schultz | Guest Services Outdoor Operations Manager
The first week of hiking season has treated us to some fantastic clear skies and varying seasonal blooms. There is no better time to get out there!
THREDBO TO MT KOSCIUSZKO
It’s all about the detail, with much of the local flora and fauna requiring a closer look. Keep an eye out for the Spotted Mountain Grasshoppers eating close to their bodyweight each day on the Alpine Mint Bush, Snow Eyebrights beginning to bloom in wet areas and Mountain Plum Pine sprawling over boulders with bright red berries blooming as a critical food source for the endangered Mountain Pygmy Possum. Hikers will still pass snow close to the track but no crossings are required from Thredbo to Australia’s Highest Peak.
MT KOSCIUSZKO TO CHARLOTTE PASS
The Main Range track has three snowdrift crossings but they are significantly smaller then what hikers would usually see for this time of year. Caution is advised when crossing as all three snowdrifts have steep sides. Hiking poles are recommended if you require some extra stability.
In the higher areas of the Main Range walk Billy Buttons are beginning to bloom (but are not quite yet their characteristic bright yellow). Along the walk you’ll see Alpine Rice Flowers scattered as a low shrub with white and pink petals and Anemone Buttercups standing proud around Lake Albina. Be sure to watch your feet for happy skinks along the track and ponds full of tadpoles!
THREDBO VALLEY FLORA
Merritts Nature track is now open! Watch your step when travelling on the track as surfaces and steps remain uneven in areas. The Common Shaggy-pea and Yellow Kunzea are adding their bright yellow blooms to the valley. Alpine Grevillea is also in bloom and hikers will be able to smell their strong sweet scent before they see it at this time of year.
For the most up to date lift and trail status click here.
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