Thredbo Hikes Track Report | 23 January
Posted on 23 Jan, 2024 in
Track Report by Alex Parsons | Outdoor Programs Coordinator
Warmer temperatures and wildflowers galore make this the perfect time to hike to the summit.
THREDBO TO MT KOSCIUSZKO
Track work at the summit continues, with helicopter sling load operations occurring outside of peak times. Certain days will see the Mt Kosciuszko Summit Walk closed beyond Rawson Pass 7am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm. Contact the local NPWS office for more information.
There are currently stairs constructed from scaffolding giving access to the summit so prepare your legs for some extra work at the highest point. There are a number of barriers, trip hazards and construction materials around so mind your step.
Wildflower season is still in full swing with the beautiful Highland Leek Orchid on display for those with a keen eye.
You might also spot Mueller’s Snow Gentian – this low lying herb is endemic to the Australian alpine. Look for its white flowers that have a delicate pin stripe. Mueller’s Snow Gentian is one of the last of the wildflowers to bloom every summer. Usually found in February and March, it has appeared ahead of time due to early snow melt and warmer spring temps.
Our endemic and endangered Bogong moths have made the migration to the mountains and are coming out in full force as the sun sets. Our sunset hikes have been swarmed by these beautiful and gentle creatures – quite a sight!
Our moths are currently undertaking aestivation – during the day they seek cool, shady spots among the granite boulders and sit quietly with their heads tucked under the wings of the moth above. At dusk they become active and fly around, making a high-pitched humming sound.
Bogong moths have a rich history, intertwined with the Traditional Custodians of the land here. They are also essential to the ecosystem and many of our endangered species like the mountain pygmy possum rely on them as a food source. To learn more, we recommend coming on a Sunset Hike – Mt Kosciuszko and learning from our clever guides.
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.