Thredbo Hikes Track Report | 21 December
Posted on 21 Dec, 2023 in
Track Report by Rachael Petrou | Outdoor Operations Manager
To preserve and conserve the longevity of the unique Australian alpine region, it is each individual’s responsibility to follow the Leave No Trace principles.
THREDBO TO MT KOSCIUSZKO
The wildflowers are in full bloom and this is one of the best times of the year to walk to Australia’s highest summit!
Hikers are encouraged to smell the flowers, many of the alpine flowers bloom for a short window in summer before becoming dormant to protect themselves against harsh winters. When enjoying the flowers, particularly those close to the track, it is important not to pick them and if stepping off the track to please stand on durable surfaces like rocks or grasses. Avoid wet sites at all times.
Track upgrades will pause over the holiday period but work materials remain at the summit, be sure to mind your step. Please make note of any signage and adhere to all instruction for your own safety and enjoyment.
Be sure to check out and use the boot wash station provided by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services at the top of Kosciuszko Chairlift, by the trail map as you leave Thredbo towards Mt Kosciuszko summit. The boot installation has brushes for under and sides of shoes, a handheld pick for tricky spots and a liquid spray of Phytoclean; instructions for use are on the station itself. These cleaning stations are found in various locations of the National Park and help to manage the spread of any harmful weeds and pathogens which can infiltrate waterways and soil.
The flora within the alpine typically grows low to the ground and is threaded between heathlands and grasslands, rockeries and boggy sites. The vegetation and its variations are impacted by the drainage patterns of the topography, the ways in which cold air and water move over the land, types of soils, the aspects which they are growing effect degree of exposure to the sun and dominant winds. This is one reason why hikers can see similar characteristics in plants grouped together in the alpine. Come along with Thredbo Guided Hikes to learn more about these unique differences and how to recognise these communities.
To make the most of lift operating hours and hiking opportunities, check out the 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 emerging.
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Thredbo sits on the traditional land of the Monero – Ngarigo people who have looked after this land, water and community for over 60,000 years. We thank them for all they have done and continue to do to look after their country, a special place which we all love and respect.