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What can you expect from this walk?

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Group guided

Highlights:

  • 7 day group guided trip
  • A genuine 360 degree view from Australia’s highest mountain
  • Unique feldmark plants that occur nowhere else on earth
  • This region has earned prestigious UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status
  • Blue Lake, Headley Tarn and Cootapatamba ancient glacial lakes
  • Cosy lodges in alpine villages nestled snuggly in pretty valleys

Overview:

This is a group guided walking holiday. Located half way between Sydney and Melbourne, the Snowy Mountains preserves an area containing Australia’s highest mountains. Appropriately called the Roof of Australia, this walking holiday traverses some of the Australian Alps, staying overnight in secluded ski villages.

These mountains were once covered by glaciers that carved 5 exquisite lakes from the granite rock, as well as numerous steep sided valleys. Much of the national park is snow covered from May to November, but then the winter snows melt, flow as life giving fresh water into Australia’s folklore rivers, the Snowy, Murrumbidgee and the Murray.

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More on what you'll see

The high peaks of Kosciuszko National Park then become a mecca for walkers keen to see the rugged scenery, masses of spectacular wildflowers and of course reach the summit of Mt Kosciuszko.

The walking is exhilarating and relatively easy for a mountain environment. Follow the Aqueduct Trail, learning about the mighty Snowy Mountains Scheme. Step back in time as we visit an historic cattleman’s hut. High above the tree-line we’ll learn how delicate plants can thrive in such challenging conditions and gain an insight into the geology of this rugged landscape.

These high peaks are true “Man from Snowy River” country. Legend has it that this brave young man rode his horse into the high country where no other riders dared go in pursuit of a valuable stallion who had escaped to run with the wild bush horses. Will you be lucky enough to spot a wild brumby? On this walk you will see an ancient landscape carved out by receding glaciers of the last Ice Age, enjoy lunch beside a pristine lake and walk through snowgum woodlands and colourful alpine meadows. In summer the wildflowers have to be seen to be believed – fields of snow daisies, alpine buttercups, billy buttons, golden everlastings and unique alpine gentians. The route culminates in an ascent of the highest mountain in Australia, Mt Kosciuszko – with a little help from a chairlift!

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Location

This trip starts and finishes in Canberra.

Grading

This is an inn-to-inn walk, progressing from one alpine village to the next. The walking is mostly moderate but altitudes between 1400 and 2228 metres can leave you short of breath. The chairlift at Thredbo assists with one major ascent and descent. This trip operates with two guides so we can offer easier and harder walk options along the way.

For more detailed information including daily walk distances and times please download our Fact Sheet below.

Accommodation

Alpine lodges in ski village settings.

What’s included

Two guides, all transport from Canberra, 6 nights accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, chairlift rides, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps & map case & info pack.

What’s not included

Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

The best time to go

This mountain environment is about 10 degrees cooler than Sydney. January-February is usually warm and the alpine wildflowers are at their best. December & March are usually cool to mild. By April the conditions usually start to deteriorate. This holiday is not available for the rest of the year due to the likelihood of snow covering the walking tracks.

See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

Regional food and wine

The area is noted for fresh Snowy Mountains trout and tender high country beef, and also boasts the highest winery in the country.

The Itinerary

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Day 1

Starts at Canberra airport at 10.00am with an earlier pickup in Queanbeyan. Travel to Jindabyne for lunch. Afternoon walk featuring a beautiful section of the Thredbo River, superb wildflowers and an historic hut.

Accommodation: Jindabyne

Day 2

After a transfer high into the mountains, the walk begins with the easy Aqueduct Trail. Marvel at one of the greatest engineering feats in the world – the mighty Snowy Mountains Scheme built in the 1950s and 60s to change the direction of the rivers and provide water for farmers on the dry inland plains. The path meanders beside the scheme’s aqueducts, rivers and dams that opened up this isolated country. The route continues to Guthega Alpine village, set on the banks of the Snowy River.

Accommodation: Guthega.

Day 3

Traverse through Blue Cow alpine ski resort to Perisher Valley. Climb to Porcupine Rocks for spectacular views of Crackenback. The ancient snowgum trees here are twisted and gnarled through centuries of harsh winters. After rain or fog these tree trunks change colour to brilliant shades of red, orange, yellow and green.

Accommodation: Charlotte Pass Alpine Village

Day 4

Did you know that Australia has glacial lakes? You’ll see several on this walk above the tree-line. Cross our famous Snowy River, walk through fields carpeted in wildflowers, stroll along high grassy ridges and chill your drink in an icy lake. Watch out for spaghnum bogs – large mossy plants that hold six times their weight in water then slowly release it into the alpine streams.

Accommodation: Charlotte Pass Alpine Village

Day 5

Walk to the summit of the highest mountain in Australia, Mt Kosciuszko, a highlight not to be missed. This mountain is a mecca for walkers and you’ll share the summit with people from all over the world. Finish the day with an exhilarating ride down the country’s longest chairlift. Hardy walkers can choose to walk Merritt’s Track steeply down through unique mountain ash forests and waterfall valleys.

Accommodation: Thredbo Alpine Village

Day 6

Take the easy way and ride the chairlift up! Today’s walk descends through fields of alpine wildflowers and snowgum forests to the Thredbo Valley. Will you be one of the lucky ones to see wild brumbies roaming the plains? Walk quietly in this special, pristine place. Finish the day with an easy stroll along the banks of the swift Thredbo River as it meanders down to the village.

Accommodation: Thredbo Alpine Village

Day 7

After breakfast we’ll tour back to Canberra airport where the trip finishes at around 1.00pm.

Enjoy a Flawless Experience

Traveller’s Tales

Cynthia Taafe – January 2017, Roof of Australia

Thanks Auswalk. Another fantastic, stress free holiday completed with you.
I returned to work refreshed and rejuvenated and it was noticed by my colleagues.
Think the transformation in me may have been the best possible advertisement I give you!

Roof of Australia

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$ 2895 per person twin/double share
$ 595 Single Supplement (private room)

(A $100 Early Bird Discount is applicable for all bookings made 6 months prior to the the selected departure date.)

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