Thredbo Hikes Track Report | 15 January
Posted on 15 Jan, 2021 in
Track Report by Rachael Schultz | Guest Services Outdoor Operations Manager
It’s the most spectacular time of year for a wander in the mountains and to stop and smell the flowers.
THREDBO TO MT KOSCIUSZKO
Variable Eyebrights with their vibrant purple flowers continue to steal the show on the hike from Thredbo to Australia’s Highest Peak. Amongst the Tall Alpine Herbfield, which occupies half of the Kosciuszko alpine zone, are extensive carpets of Snow Daisies (Herbfield Clemisia) with pure white flowers and silver lined leaves. Gwendas, Spoon and Baw Baw Daisies are all in bloom. White Purslane, a snowpatch species, can be spotted near watercourses with a small white and pink flower.
The 22km hike to Mt Townsend’s summit at 2209m is certainly vibrant this week. With hundreds of flowers in bloom it is challenging to stay focused to reach the summit in time for the last chairlift at Thredbo! The views are second to none off the beaten track, looking back at Mt Kosciuszko and beyond in all directions. It’s important to be well prepared for this hike in terms of fitness and provisions for the day.
Varieties of snakes are out and about so be sure to stay vigilant particularly on the Dead Horse Gap track. Alpine Trigger Plants are a stand out in the valley. The tufted herb has a hammer-shaped column ‘trigger’, which snaps when insects visit to exchange pollen. Derwent Speedwell are growing in many places with several stems, toothed leaves and dense, small white flowers. Scaly Everlasting has a strong aroma and is also named Kerosene Bush. These highly flammable shrubs recover strongly after fire with scale like leaves on their branches.
As we draw nearer to the long weekend stay up to date with lift and trail status here.
We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them their cultures, and elders past, present and future.
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