Australian Alp Walking Track – Whats going on?

Approaching Mt Anton, Main Range, NSW. Photo by Meg Wettenhall

To train for the PCT and to make sure we would all still love each other at the end of a hard day, PCT girl-gang (aka Phoebe, Harriet and Meg) went for a 3 week hike southbound along the Australian Alps Walking Track from Canberra (ACT) to Mt Bogong (VIC). Here is our ambitious itinerary, and we still love each other.

1. Sunday Nov 27th
Aeroplane melb – canberra
Taxi to Tharwa
Tharwa – Booroomba Rocks Track
11.6km, 800m, 5hrs
Booroomba Rocks Track – Honeysuckle Creek
3.8km, 100m, 1hr
(15.4km, 900m, 6hrs)

2. Monday Nov 28th
Honeysuckle Creek – Orroral River
7.7km, 230m, 2.5hrs
Orroral River – Cotter Gap
9.3km, 500m, 3.5 hrs
Cotter Gap – 1km past Cotter Hut
7.3km, 50m, 3hrs
(24.3km, 770m, 9hrs)
*Murray Gap is really beautiful, if we are feeling good push on*

3. Tuesday Nov 29th
1km past Cotter Hut – Murray Gap
5.6km, 520m, 3hrs
Murray Gap – Oldfields Hut
4.3km, 75m, 1.5hr
Oldfields Hut – Seventeen Flat Creek
8.4km, 170m, 3.5hrs
Seventeen Flat Creek – Blue Waterholes
3km, 1hr
(21.3km, 765m, 9hrs)

4. Wednesday Nov 30th
Half day at Blue Waterholes
Blue Waterholes – Seventeen Flat Creek
3km, 1hr
Seventeen Flat Creek – Morris Creek
5.5km, 80m,1.5hr
Morris Creek Hainsworth Hut Junction
7km, 200m, 2hrs
(15.5km, 280m, 4.5hrs)

5. Thursday Dec 1st
Hainsworth Hut Junction – Ghost Gully
3km, 1hr
Ghost Gully – Murrumbidgee River
8.5km, 125m, 3.5hrs
Murrumbidgee River – Witzes Hut
10.5km, 270m, 3hrs
(22km, 395m, 7.5hrs)

6. Friday Dec 2nd
Witzes Hut – Kiandra
12.4km, 345m, 4.5hrs
Kiandra – Four Mile Hut
7.3km, 215m, 2.5hrs
Four Mile Hut – Nine Mile Creek
4.1km, 150m, 1.5hrs
(23.8km, 710m, 8.5hrs)

7. Saturday Dec 3rd
Nine Mile Creek – Happy Hut
12.2km, 300m, 4hrs
Happys Hut – Mackays Hut
14.4km, 355m, 6hrs
(26.6km, 655m, 10hrs)

8. Sunday Dec 4th
Mackays Hut – O’Keefes Hut
8.8km, 355m, 3hrs
O’Keefes Hut – Round Mountain Trail
4.9km, 120m, 1.5hrs
Round Mountrain Trail – Grey Mare Hut
7.5km, 115m, 2.5hrs
Grey Mare Hut – Valentine Hut
7km, 295m, 2.5hrs
(28.2km, 885m, 9.5hrs)

9. Monday Dec 5th
Valentine Hut – Schlink Hut
6.2km, 170m, 2hrs
Schlink Hut – Whites River Hut
3.2km, 30m, 1hr
Whites River Hut – Consett Stephen Pass
5.6km, 310m, 3hrs
(15km, 510m, 6hrs)
*push on if possible to make next day shorter*

10. Tuesday Dec 6th
Consett Stephen Pass – Anderson Saddle
5.1km, 170m, 2hrs
Anderson Saddle – Muellers Pass
11.2km, 460m, 4.5hrs
Muellers Pass – Rawson Pass
1.9km, 140m, 0.5hrs
Rawson Pass – Kosciuszko Express Chairlift
4.3km, 20m, 1.5hrs
(22.5km, 790m, 8.5hrs)

11. Wednesday Dec 7th
Rest Day

12. Thursday Dec 8th
Thredbo Village – Dead Horse Gap
3km, 150m, 1hr
Dead Horse Gap – Cascade Hut
8.9km, 295m, 3hrs
(11.9km, 445m, 4hrs)

13. Friday Dec 9th
Cascade Hut – Tin Mine Hut
15.9km, 230m, 4hrs
Tin Mine Huts – Cowombat Flat
16.7km, 495m, 5hrs
(32.6km,725m, 9hrs)

14. Saturday Dec 10th
Cowombat Flat – Cowombat Flat Track
14.6km, 530m, 4.5hrs
Cowombat Flat Track – Limestone Creek
6.4km, 2hrs
(21km, 530m, 6.5hrs)

15. Sunday Dec 11th
Limestone Creek – Dead Horse Creek
4.2km, 180m, 2hrs
Dead Horse Creek – Buckwong Creek
10.5km, 675m, 6.5hrs
(14.7km, 855m, 8.5hrs)

16. Monday Dec 12th
Buckwong Creek – Buenba Hut site
12.1km, 315m, 4hrs
Buenba Hut site – Johnnies Top
11.7km, 805m, 6hrs
(23.8km, 1120m, 10hrs)

17. Tuesday Dec 13th
Johnnies Top – Benambra/Corryong Road
14.8km, 155m, 5hrs
Benambra/Corryong Road – Taylors Crossing
8.8km, 305m, 3.5hrs
(23.6km, 460m, 8.5hrs)

18. Wednesday Dec 14th
Taylors Crossing – Gill Creek
13.8km, 820m, 6hrs

19. Thursday Dec 15th
(Harry’s Bday!)
Gill Creek – Omeo Highway
5.9km, 555m, 3hrs
Omeo Highway – Mt Wills
6.4km, 630m, 3.5hrs
(12.3km, 1185m, 6.5hrs)

20. Friday Dec 16thMt Wills – Big River Saddle
3.4km, 1hrs
Big River Saddle – Maddisons Hut Site
12.5km, 855m, 5hrs
Maddisons Hut Site – Cleve Cole Hut
1.6km, 0.5hrs
(17.5km, 855m, 6.5hrs)

21. Saturday Dec 17th
Cleve Cole Hut – Bogong Car Park

days – 20 + 1 rest day
Kms – 399


Phoebe and Harriet on the slopes of Cradle Mountain many many years ago, Tasmania


Dehydrating beetroot freekah salad, Photo Phoebe Robertson


One thought on “Australian Alp Walking Track – Whats going on?

  1. Ooooh this is on the list for the future. So glad I stumbled upon your blog. I’ve got lots of reading to catch up on now!


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