For recipe ideas read 'The Outdoor
Hampton. Its available from Open Spaces Publishing www.osp.com.au
Page 32 - Food Drops -
hiding food drops, they should be placed well away from roads and
tracks, we suggest at least 100m and preferably 200m away to reduce
risk of discovery. Do not leave them inside or underneath obvious
places like huts or buildings. Parks have requested that drops not be
dug into the ground, rather hide them inside scrub or in natural
hollows buried with leaf and forest litter. Do not mark them with tape,
flags or other markers, instead draw a small map for yourself with
bearings and distances so you dont have to remember its location. If
you can see the drop from a distance then others can as well!
- Thomson River - log
bridge gone, wade or use logs downstream or at high water
levels cross on walk bridge below Easton Dam wall 1km upstream
Camping is now
banned at Red Jacket, camp at Blue Jacket.
70.3km, just after
the road, ignore a foot track on the left that sidles the spur, instead
follow the spur crest, the track is marked and well defined.
94.4km, Black River,
5m before the river, keep left and follow the bank for 50m to a log
- water west of
Rumpff Saddle difficult to access, water south of saddle is a better
, Maps, the Bush
Victoria map is now a 1:50,000 scale map
Low Saddle water,
small puddle is now hard to find, an alternative is to follow the road
north for 900m to the obvious creek
fire regrowth has
made it hard to follow the sidles
of Square Top, at present easier to simply follow ridge
crest, parks intend to clear this soon
Viking Saddle, from
early summer, carry water to camp here as the local water supplies are
usually then dry.
838942 ensure you
swing north to avoid a very old closed track to the south
Tank no longer works. New water tank placed 2km north at 848967. Also
another new tank on
Selwyn South at
2nd last line in
Southbound, 'turn east' should be 'turn west'
new water tank
on ridge top west of The Twins at GR 036019 (installed June 2010), no
water tank at Diamantina Hut
line 5, from
Diamantina Hut its south-east not south-west
near Dibbins Hut,
new tent platforms and toilet in side gully on north side of river
Tent platforms have
been erected near Cope Hut. Also AAWT has been rerouted from the saddle
west of Cope Hut direct to Wallaces Hut. This was the original route
when the track was first opened in 1970. Also camping is not allowed
near Wallaces Hut.
the signpost at Big
River Road is incorrect (someone has tampered with it), turn left onto
the road as per the notes, do not follow the pad straight ahead into
5th line, the Mitta
Mitta is the lowest point north of the Baw Baws (the Thomson River is
actually the lowest point on the track)
317.3km - track
location has been moved to follow Toms Link Track then Kelleys Track to
Four Mile Track Its then about 600m to the ford of Four Mile Creek, not
Johnnies Top, new
communication tower with generator has been added to the summit.
Suggest to not camp close to tower
362.4 to 364.4km,
most walkers follow the road instead of the overgrown ridge crest
-145 map, the track
from Macs Creek Track to Dead Horse Creek was realigned and cleared in
early 2017 (we did some of the work). Parts were moved by several
hundred metres, ignore the map alignment and follow the markers.
regrowth from the 2006 fires made the range every scrubby. Expect slow
walking and overgrown campsites.
bottom of page, old
fence has vanished and tiny side track to Cascade Hut is easily missed.
240807, due to
scrub regrowth, steel
reinforcement in saddle is no longer visible. From the saddle, a faint
track with the odd cairn leads to the old track which can then be
followed to Whites River
Official Route, no
camping within 50m of the road, second last paragraph, bridge over
Munyang River destroyed, alternative is to follow road to Whites River
Whites River Hut,
collect water upstream from the hut. Its a popular camp site and it
should be obvious that water below the toilet is polluted.
old pad leading to
Mawsons Hut no longer visible
516.5km - line 1
south-west should be south-east, 4th line north-west
should be north-east.
Happys Hut to Boltons
Hill Train Junction, follow the spur through snowgums as on the map on
page 202, not the scrubby gully which some are doing
side track to Four
Mile Hut is now signposted.
dont try to follow
the 'old fire track' shown on the map as its becoming overgrown. It was
put on the map so walkers would realise it was not the AAWT. Unmarked
route across Dairymans Creek marked in 2015, there is no track, only
Page 219 map and page 221
599.1km - 'Harris Hut Road' has now been renamed with signposts as
'Blue Waterholes Trail'
The campsite on the
grassy flat near Blue Waterholes has
been closed, instead a new campsite has been opened near the locked
gate and toilet.
- the toilet at
Pocket Hut has been removed
sidetrack to Pocket
Hut now has a signpost.
Bimberi Peak, there
is now a well defined pad the summit
614.3km - line 5, A
steep descent then leads 'westward' should say 'eastward'
Cotter Gap is no longer an excellent campsite
signposts at Link
Track/Orroral Road junction have changed
map, grid markings
for eastings should range from 82 to 87 (not 62 to 67)
- No regular public transport, charters
operators may be possible. For Walhalla, try the Star Hotel or the
store, they can
sometimes help. For Mt Hotham and the Bogong High Plains try the taxi
at Bright (tel 0408 589370) or the taxi at Mt Beauty (tel 0409 573909),
for access from
Omeo to Omeo Highway, Benambra-Corryong Road and Buenba Hut try
O'Connells Bus Services (tel 03-5159 1377), for access from Cooma to
Perisher, Guthega and Kiandra try Hummingbird Charters (tel 02-6456
Track break - Kiandra
- Walgal Hut
at Kiandra can
now be booked for two nights at a time. It sleeps up to 8 and costs
$250 per night - see
the NSW parks website
Track break - Mt Hotham
summer not much is open at Mt Hotham. For many, a
better alternative is to continue 26.6km further to Langfords Gap then
leave the AAWT and follow either the Bogong High Plains Road or Heathy
Spur for about 5km to Falls Creek. Falls Creek is also a winter ski
village but has many more facilities such as a supermarket,
accommodation and restuarants open during summer.
Track conditions keep changing as storm damage and scrub
regrowth from fires is
unpredictable. Parks and volunteers are also doing track clearing work
- even with this work regrowth in some areas has been so vigorous that
clearing only lasts two or three years. This will be a summary of the
have heard about the condition of parts of the track.
Note - these changes all effect track times, if it has been cleared
then expect to take less time and if a section is currently ovegrown
expect it to take much longer. Its impossible to accurately provide
conditions keep changing.
Mt Baw Baw plateau
- over the
last three years most of
the plateau has been cleared of
scrub by both volunteers and park staff, most of it is now
than the photo
on page 49 .The result is
Black River to Mt Macdonald (95.5km to
all of this section was cleared in 2012 by DCE staff and is currently
OK to follow.
Catherine Saddle to Barry
- In May 2012 park staff cleared and remarked most of this section and
most of it is currently reasonably easy to follow. As much of this
section was severely burnt in 2006, expect regular treefall and
Barry Saddle to Harry
- burnt in 2003 fires, old track currently overgrowing and scrubby.
Barry Saddle water tank replaced with a new tank.
Van Damme Track to East
- burnt in 2003 fires, overgrown with some treefall - slow
going, improved recently but expect to take longer.
Murray Hut Site to The
(216.4km to 222.4km) - most of the track along the ridge has been
recently cleared of 2003 regrowth and is much easier to follow.
Mt Hotham to The Park
section has had a major upgrade in standard, steps have been installed
on steep sections, stepping stones and bridges across wet sections and
rubber matting used in some areas to reduce track braiding.
Duane and T-Spur
have both been cleared three times
since the 2003 fire. The track keeps overgrowing and this is a common
problem in many
the fire effected areas.
Big River Saddle to Mt
122) - blackberries and other regrowth are covering parts of the track,
expect slower progress.
Mt Wills to Omeo Highway
burnt in 2003 fires, cleared and marked in January 2012 by volunteers,
track has been straightened and now easier to follow but expect future
blackberry regrowth between Mt
Wills South and the Omeo Highway
page 130, track
has been cleared and easy to follow
Buenba Hut Site to Dead
(page 140 to 146) was cleared and remarked in 2011, some by volunteers
and some by contractors, should be fairly easy to follow for
a few years.
Misery Trail to Cowombat
- (page 146 to 151) - cleared and remarked in March 2016, some by
volunteers and some by contractors.
members of Bushwalking Victoria (Monica and myself are two of the
volunteers and we try to spend one weekend each year doing track work)
page 56 - The Mt Victor Road is currently 4wd drive access only
page 66 - Rumpff Saddle, during winter each year the road closed to all
vehicles until October 31st.
Many of the 4wd tracks have lots of tree fall - a result of the huge
2003 and 2006 fires and recent wind storms. A chainsaw (and the
skill to use it) is a
must if using 4wd tracks for food drops.
Volunteer track clearings
- Bushwalking Victoria
clearing of many tracks including the AAWT. In recent years they (we
often participate ourselves) have cleared Deadhorse Creek, Thomson
River area, Baw Baw Plateau and Mt Will. Its mainly the same group of
people who come along and we really do need more to participate.
Instead of complaining about overgrown tracks, why not assist!.