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!
4.8 to 8.5km A detour is in place while the Poverty Point bridge is
repaired. Descend Mormon Town Track, cross road bridge then follow the
side of the river north.m - described in the new edition
Page 51 -
see map, Southbound on
Casper Creek Track, turn left onto Easton Track, there is a gate and
blackberies but no markers or signpost for track name
Camping is now
banned at Red Jacket, camp at Blue Jacket., water is a long unpleasant walk through blackberries, do it once onlyPage 59
- Champion Spur, due to fires, roads have significantly changed, the
road no longer divides. From 86,5km, just follow the road, turnoff to
Black River Track has a marker on a knoll on right. Its easier to
continue straight ahead, then at the next two junctions turn right to
descend to the campsite at the start of the short walking track to the
log crosing over the Black River at 95.5km.Page 63
- Black River to Mt Shillinglaw, currentl;y an unmarked walking track
can be followed most of the way, it becomes indistinct at the start of
the snowgum country but 200m further on becomes better defined.
- water west of
Rumpff Saddle difficult to access, water beside road south of saddle is
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. Barry Saddle tank has been
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 (fees apply) and toilet in side gully on
north side of river
Tent platforms (fees apply) 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.Page 119
- the chain across Big River is currently broken.
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)
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.
bottom of page, old
fence has vanished and tiny side track to Cascade Hut is easily missed.
458.0km, 1.7km of the
track past Mt Lee has been re-routed to the western side of the ridge crest to avoid an
environmentally sensitive area
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
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
O'Keefes Hut has been rebuilt, has three rooms
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, Happs Hut has been burnt
- Four Mile Hut has been burnt, instead many stay at Broken Dam Hut
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
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 closed
sidetrack to Pocket
Hut now has a signpost.
614.3km - line 5, A
steep descent then leads 'westward' should say 'eastward'Page 233
: track now goes through Honeysuckle Creek,
signposts at Link
Track/Orroral Road junction have changed
map, grid markings
for eastings should range from 82 to 87 (not 62 to 67)
– In Kosciuszko
National Park - Fences have been erected on some open areas. These
areas of weeds and are designed to keep walkers on the track to prevent
seeds being spread into new areas.
- 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 - 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 small supermarket,
accommodation and restuarants open during summer.
With the recent 2019-2020 fires, there will
undoubtedly be some significant changes to conditions on parts of the
track for many years.
Johnnies Top 346.1km to Thredbo 447.1km is closed (we hope this will open soon)
Murray Gap 614.2km to Tharwa (track end) 659.6km is closed.
will all parts of the track be reopened. While staff cannot give
definite dates, it is planned to reopen the closed sections in autumn
2021, in other words in the next 2 to 3 months. For when
tracks have been re-opened, refer to each parks website.
All buildings at Kiandra including the
old court house (page 210-211) plus Happys Hut and Four Mile
Hut were all burnt. They might be replaced but not quickly. The court house now has a new roof.
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
Black River to Mt Macdonald (95.5km to
all of this section was cleared in 2012 by DCE staff , its mostly easy
to follow but expect some patches of light scrub on Mt Shillinglaw and treefall.
Mt Sunday to Low Saddle
- logs have been pushed over the entrances to the track, it seems this
was a result of road clearing!
Catherine Saddle to Barry
-This has been cleared several times. It was very heavily burnt in
fires and will take decades before the forest recovers and the scrub
reduces. Treefall is often a major problem on this section..
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, lightly 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 has been burnt again in 2020, currently easy to follow but will get scrubby.
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. Tent
platforms have been put at some sites, fees apply to their use, its free
to camp elsewhere.
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.
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 blackberry regrowth between Mt
Wills South and the Omeo Highway
page 130, track
has been cleared and easy to followJohnnies Top to Buenba Creek
: heavily burnt in 2019-20 fires, expect thick regrownth in coming years. Currently grass is very tall along Buenba Creek.
Buenba Hut Site to Dead
(page 140 to 146) was cleared in 2011 b ut burnt in 2020 fires, currently closed, status unknown.
Misery Trail to Cowombat
- (page 146 to 151) - cleared and remarked in March 2016, some by
volunteers and some by contractors. Some burnt in 2020 fires.
. Snowy 2 has not changed the track as most work so far is west of the track. No real effect for
members of Bushwalking Victoria (Monica and myself are two of the
volunteers and we try to spend at least one weekend each year doing track work)
page 66 - Rumpff Saddle, during winter each year the Mt Skene Road and the side road to Rumpff Saddle road is closed to all
vehicles, curently Mt Skene Road is very rough, the Mt Victor Road is currently in good conditon and better for food drops.
The 4wd tracks often have tree fall - a result of 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, Mt Wills and in 2021 Whitelaw Hut to Stronachs Camp. 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!.