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Thredbo Hikes Track Report | 24 November

Posted on 24 Nov, 2023 in Hikes Track Report

Track Report by Rachael Petrou | Outdoor Operations Manager

Mass flowering across the rare ecosystem, the alpine of Kosciuszko National Park has commenced.

THREDBO TO MT KOSCIUSZKO

After a warmer than average spring the track from Thredbo to Mt Kosciuszko is clear of snow, this is significantly unusual for this time of year. Upgrades have occured on many sections of the track, included new signage at the 2km mark, Mt Kosciuszko Lookout. The installation highlights the unique way the the Great Dividing range was formed and the significant cultural connection to Country the Aboriginal People of the Mountains hold.

Small sections of hand rails have been installed for ease of travel through the more curved sections of walking track. At Rawson Pass, the highest toilets in Australia are now open. Please make note there is no running water or rubbish bins here.

As hikers spiral to the west of Mt Kosciuszko, large and steep walls of snow remain to the left of the track. This snow is a crucial water source to the streams and the longevity of the alpine flora and fauna throughout summer.

Be sure to mind your step as you near the summit. Track works continue this season with upgrades to the upper section, making the top of Australia more accessible. Large bags (for helicopter liftings) are lined to the side of the track and some rock work remains to be completed. Please make note of any signage or workers and adhere to all instruction for your own safety and enjoyment.

 

Mt Kosciuszko Lookout

 

Steep snow patch off summit.

 

Helicopter delivery bags.

 

Rock work continues to improve accessibility to the summit.

FLORA 

Within Kosciuszko National Park there are a known 212 native fern and flowering species, of this around 30 known to exclusively be in Kosciuszko’s alpine area.

Alpine Stackhousia.

 

Berry on Snow Beard-Heath.

 

Ovate Phebalium – only found in Kosciuszko National Park.

 

Gunn’s Alpine Buttercup.

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.

Want to Learn More?

To learn more about how you can hike the amazing alpine with Thredbo’s local knowledgeable guides, click here

For more information please contact Thredbo Guided Hikes at guides_thredbo@evt.com 

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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.

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