Hiking The Australian Alps Walking Track
The 15th most popular hiking trail in Australia.
Friday 29 July 2016 05:58 GMT
Southwest of Canberra and west of Cooma, the Australian Alps Walking Track (also known as the Alps Track) is a 650 kilometre track that winds through the high country of Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT. On the Alps Track you will discover some of Australias finest mountain national parks. The track climbs our highest mountains and crosses exposed remote alpine country and bushwalkers must always be experienced, self reliant and have good navigation skills. The Australian Alps Walking Track can be walked from start to finish in ten weeks, or it can be joined at the various access points between Walhalla (Victoria) and Tharwa (ACT). Most people choose to walk short sections such as the Baw Baw Plateau, Mount Howitt and the Crosscut Saw, Bogong High Plains, Main Range, Jagungal Wilderness, and the Brindabellas in Namadgi National Park.
For its entire length the Alps Track is distinctively marked by small totems and confirmation markers at track and road intersections only. The markers are designed to indicate direction of travel at intersections and confirm that you are on the Australian Alps Walking Track, and you must not depend on track markers for navigation.
Please note: New yellow track markers have replaced the older blue markers to improve visibility and to meet new Australian standards.
In some heavily forested sections of track in Victoria where it is difficult to navigate, the yellow track markers will be placed on trees. Please remember that there are no markers in Wilderness Areas.
To reach the Kosciuszko National Park, fly into Canberra and follow Highway 23 south to Cooma, which makes a great base. Then head west on Highway 18 to Pine Valley. Veer left on Kosciousko Road heading southwest through Berridale to Jindabyne. Just past Jindabyne, turn left on Alpine Way Road and follow into the Snowy Mountains.
Overall, Australian Alps Walking Track is the 15th most popular hiking trail of all 16 hikes in Australia.