Get your hiking boots ready, because the Outdoor Club is heading to..... Mt Kosciuszko!!
That's right, we're taking YOU on a trip to the beautiful Snowy Mountains to tick off this hike off your bucket list! If you've always wanted to do a camping and hiking trip then this is the event for you.
Mt Kosciuszko, Australia's tallest mountain at 2228m, is an iconic destination nestled in the heart of the Snowy Mountains. And since we're visiting a National Park, we can't just stop at one hike! Keep reading for a full itinerary...
We'll be meeting as a group at UOW at 8.15am on Saturday 20th April for a final gear check before departing at 9am. The group will travel together via minibus.
We'll be taking a road trip down to Thredbo, Australia's most popular ski destination, and staying at the quaint Thredbo Diggings Campground on the banks of the Thredbo River (check it out here: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/thredbo-diggings-campground). On the way we'll stop at Jindabyne where you can shop for food, water and any other essentials you need.
We expect to arrive at the campground around 3pm, where we'll set up our tents, play some games (Finska, Kubb, cards, etc.) and later have dinner on the BBQ!
On Sunday we'll be heading to the village of Thredbo to ride the chairlift up to the start of the Kosciuszko hiking track. From there we'll hike to the summit of Kossie before coming down and taking the turn-off to the Dead Horse Gap trail. After finishing our epic day, we'll make our way back into the village for a celebratory drink and dinner at the local pub :)
On Monday morning, there is an optional short hike for those early birds keen to stretch their legs. Afterwards we'll pack up, get on the road and visit the Wild Brumby Distillery just outside Jindabyne for a taste of their famous schnapps and stroll around the quirky location. We expect to arrive back at UOW at around 5pm.
If you're keen to join us on this adventure, then carefully read below on what to expect on this trip.
We're going just before the start of the snow season, so be prepared for some very cold nights on the campsite (averaging around 0 to 1 degree). At night you'll need beanies, gloves, thermals and layers to keep you warm in your tent. It is essential you stay warm at night!! There is nothing worse than being too cold and not being able to sleep! During the day you'll need clothes appropriate for hiking, including good hiking boots.
What to bring: small backpack for hiking, sunscreen, personal medication, camera/phone, sleeping bag, tent, rain jacket, hat, sunglasses. Hiking poles are not essential but recommended if you have knee problems.
While we recommend bringing your own tent, the Outdoor Club owns 6 one-man tents available for hire at $10 each. Hire is on a "first in first served" basis - if you would like to hire one please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Food: we'll be providing dinner on the first night and lunch the next day. All other food is BYO (snacks, breakfasts, lunch on the 1st and 3rd day, pub dinner, etc.) There is also no fresh water at this campground so please bring enough water for 3 days!
IMPORTANT: Please email us if you have any dietary requirements/allergies so that we can accommodate your needs: email@example.com
Fitness levels: the day of hiking on Sunday clocks up around 18km. The Kossie track is a steady 6km ascent to the summit - while you don't need to be the next Usain Bolt, a good base level of fitness is recommended for your experience to be comfortable. The Dead Horse Gap track back down to the Thredbo River has a lot of rocks to step around and towards the end includes a steeper stair descent. If you have knee problems then please take the stairs into consideration.
Pricing: the ticket price on this site is inclusive of the lunch/dinner and National Parks vehicle pass. You will need to budget accordingly for your own food, water, pub dinner (around $25), chairlift hire ($38 one way), tent hire, and anything you may want to purchase at the Wild Brumby Distillery.
If you forget to bring something, don't stress! We'll never be more than 30 minutes away from the local shops/village if you need to pick something up. There are no showers on site, only a bush toilet available for our use.
There will be a first aid officer on the executive team qualified in Wilderness First Aid present at all times, and a first aid kit will be brought to all activities.
For any questions about the event, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or post in the discussion section of the event page on Facebook (head here for our list of events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/330309390509824/events/ ).