The Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT) is a 655km, grade 5 hike that traverses rugged remote alpine country in Victoria, NSW and the ACT. The hike should take around 5-8 weeks to complete.
The Australian Alps Walking Track traverses rugged remote alpine country in Victoria, NSW and the ACT. Bushwalkers must always be experienced, self reliant and have good navigational skills. It is important that you plan, prepare and equip yourself well for a walk on the Alps Track.
Note, the Poverty Point bridge near Walhalla has been closed for some time so you will need to cross to the opposite side of the river at Thompson Bridge.
The 655km Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT) is a long distance walking trail through the alpine areas of Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Starting at Walhalla, Victoria and running through to Tharwa near Canberra, the AAWT weaves mainly though Australian national parks, such as Alpine National Park and Kosciuszko National Park, though it is not exclusively restricted to national parks.
The AAWT ascends many peaks including Mount Kosciuszko, Mount Bogong, and Bimberi Peak, the highest points in NSW, Victoria, and the ACT respectively. The AAWT crosses exposed high plains including the Victorian Bogong High Plains and the Main Range in NSW.
To walk the entire trail can take between 5 to 8 weeks. Food drops or a support crew are necessary, as the trail passes through no towns, although it passes close to the ski resorts of Mount Hotham, Falls Creek, Mount Baw Baw, Thredbo, Charlotte Pass and Perisher.
The AAWT has been signposted for part of its length in a tri-state agreement. However, most parts of the track require hikers to have highly developed navigation skills, particularly in wilderness areas.
The Australian Alps Walking Track is an extension of the older Victorian Alpine Walking Track, established during the 1970s. The Victorian track was extended after many years of promotion by the Federation of Victorian Walking Clubs and various government departments. The NSW stretch of the walk is less imaginative than the Victorian section. Where the Victorian section typically follows spurs and ridges, the NSW section typically follows fire trails/tracks. The route recommended by John Siseman adds some interest to the NSW section of the walk.
Between Walhalla and Tharwa the AAWT passes through the following National Parks
Baw Baw National Park
Alpine National Park (including Cobberas Wilderness Area), up to the New South Wales border.
Kosciuszko National Park (including Jagungal Wilderness Area), immediately north of the border.
Namadgi National Park, adjoining Kosciuszko National Park.
Brindabella National Park
The following maps should only be used as a guide and are not designed for navigation in the field.
1 - Walhalla - Thomson Valley Rd 40km (PDF)
2 - Thomson Valley - Mount Shillinglaw 50km (PDF)
3 - Mount Shillinglaw - Mount Mc Donald 37km (PDF)
4 - Mount McDonald - Barry Saddle 46km (PDF)
5 - Barry Saddle - Mount Hotham 46km (PDF)
6 - Mount Hotham - Maddisons Hut Site 47km (PDF)
7 - Maddisons Hut Site - Mitta Mitta River 42km (PDF)
8 - Mitta Mitta River - Buenba Hut Site 34km (PDF)
9 - Buenba Hut Site - Cowombat Flat 46km (PDF)
10 - Cowombat Flat - Dead Horse Gap 40km (PDF)
11 - Dead Horse Gap - Guthega 39km (PDF)
12 - Guthega - McKeahnies Creek 52km (PDF)
13 - McKeahnies Creek - Kiandra 30km (PDF)
14 - Kiandra - Murrumbidgee River 23km (PDF)
15 - Murrumbidgee River - Murrays Gap 38km (PDF)
16 - Murrays Gap - Namadgi Visitor Centre 40km (PDF)
To plan your trip along the Australian Alps Walking Track (AAWT) view the detailed track notes at www.theaustralianalpsnationalparks.org/experience/aawt/