Cascade Hut (26-27 January 2018)

Total distance: 21.32 km
Max elevation: 1791 m
Min elevation: 1457 m
Total climbing: 1484 m
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This Australia Day we took a trip down to Kosciuszko National Park for an overnight hike at Cascade Hut. After parking the car at Dead Horse Gap, we made our way along the fire trail which followed a beautiful, meandering creek (Thredbo River). It was a 10kilometre walk out to the hut, passing through an array of different scenery; open plain areas, areas of beautiful snow gums, and a tall wooded forest area.

In addition to the stunning scenery, the National Park area is also known for the wild brumbies; it was easy to see why. Along the trail, there were mounds of horse droppings and we were surprised that we only caught sight of the Brumbies when we were a couple of kilometres from the hut. After setting up the tent, and checking out Cascade Hut, we took a short walk down to Cascade Creek, and it was easy to see why the Brumbies pose such a significant threat to the ecosystem; large ruts in the area close to the creek and areas that has been trampled.

We had in our minds that the Brumbies would be mangy, but they were quite the opposite. They had beautiful shiny coats, and seemed quite curious of the humans, stopping to take a look at us at the campsite.

After a delicious dinner of three cheese tortellini and scrumptious apple pie dessert, we hit the hay, ready for the walk out the following day.

This is an amazing place to visit and camp if you have the time. A great supply of water and even a pit toilet (if you could brave the relentless March flies who took relish In biting humans). A popular spot for bushwalkers and bike riders alike!

Photos from the trip can be found here.

Splendour Rock & Knights Deck

The Route:

Total distance: 25.9 km
Max elevation: 1185 m
Min elevation: 166 m
Total climbing: 2220 m
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Report:
What a fabulous four days we had! Our plans got switched around at the last minute, which meant we could leave Wednesday night rather than Friday noon, so quickly after a quick run around we had everything sorted at set off, with a quick stop in at Katoomba to drop off the trip intention form & pick up an EPIRB and get some delicious pizza from Rene Pizza Place. We didn’t end up reaching Green Gully until 10!

The walk down breakfast creek went quite well, despite the stinging nettles (we were prepared with long pants and gaiters, but they had grown allot since I was there last!). We eventually got into bed around 12:30am, took a little longer than we had planned and we missed the bottom of Black Horse Ridge which set us back about 15 minutes.

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