Nichols Gorge walking track Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 7km

  • Duration: 5hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Blue Waterholes Trail, Cooleman

  • End: Blue Waterholes Trail, Cooleman

  • Location: Kosciuszko National Park

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  • Distance from CBD: 507 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -35.6315466666665

  • Longitude: 148.664250000001

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Nichols Gorge walking track is a 7km, grade 4 circuit hike, located in the Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 5hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

You won’t be very far into this challenging 7km walk – just 500 metres or so – before you’ll come across the opening of Cooleman Cave. Make sure you’ve got a torch with you so that you can explore inside. Back out in the sunshine, follow the often dry Cave Creek. Don’t move too quickly across the surface because you can find ancient fossilised shells of brachipods and sea lilies on its bed.
There are some unique longer views of the limestone gorge and on to the snow grass plains surrounded by the wooded slopes of Gurrangorambla Range and Tom O’Rourkes Peak. For photographers, it’s an absolute gem of an amble. Birdwatchers, too, will be well-rewarded with sightings of magpies, flame robins, and soaring wedge-tail eagles.

About the region

Kosciuszko National Park

Getting there

Nichols Gorge walking track is in the Blue Waterholes precinct of Kosciuszko National Park, 25km north-east of Snowy Mountains Highway via Long Plain Road and Blue Waterholes trail. Road quality There’s no vehicle access to the trackhead of Nichols Gorge walking track in winter, and roads may close in extreme weather. Check the weather before you set out as Long Plain Road and Blue Waterholes trail can become boggy when it rains. Parking Parking is available on Blue Waterholes trail, adjacent to the campground.

Tips

Please ensure sure you’re properly kitted out for this walk. You’ll need good boots, because the surface is often uneven and wet, torches and jackets for the caves, and a topographic map.
It’s a good idea to fill in the free trip intention form and hire a PLB before you set out. Bring a topographic map and compass or GPS.


Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.

The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.

 

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