Sawpit Walk
Ngarigo Country

50 min to 1 h 30 min

2.1 km
circuit

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Moderate track
This short but popular walking track offers a great way to explore the middle section of Sawpit Creek in the Kosciuszko National Park. Start near Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat (or alternatively you can start from Kosciuszko Education Centre), you will cross Sawpit Creek a couple of times and explore the valley environment. The track then leads you up through the more open forest of the ridge and loops back through Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat to Sawpit Creek Picnic Area. Let us begin by acknowledging the Ngarigo people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Information sign at Sawpit Creek Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Sawpit Creek Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sawpit Creek Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Crossing Sawpit Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Sawpit intersection . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Kosciuszko Eduction Centre. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
'Pallaibo Track' and 'Sawpit Track' signs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Following Pallaibo and Sawpit Tracks along the side of the gully. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Crossing metal grate. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
The track winding through the forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Bridge on Sawpit Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Bridge spanning Sawpit Creek on the Pallaibo and Sawpit Tracks. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Sawpit Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Winding through the open forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Pallaibo and Sawpit Tracks passing under the power lines. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track passing through the beautiful trees. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Crossing a small gully. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Pallaibo and Sawpit Tracks high on the western side of Sawpit Creek valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Signposted intersection at the Sawpit Valley View. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking down the valley from Sawpit Valley View. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Sawpit Track passing between these trees. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Enjoying a beautiful winter day. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking through the forest on the Sawpit Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking through Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Office and kiosk in Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Public phone at Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Sign at entrance to Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking down to the Sawpit Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Toilet at Sawpit Picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Waterfall Track trackhead at Sawpit Creek Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking across the car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-36.3502596,148.5643904)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Barry Way
  • Turn on to Kosciuszko Road then drive for 12.4 km
  • Keep left and drive for another 255 m
  • Turn slight left onto Kosciuszko Road and drive for another 850 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 45 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 175 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the large 'Sawpit Creek Picnic Area' information signs, this walk follows the paved footpath away from the road and across Sawpit Creek using the metal bridge. On the other side of the bridge, the walk comes to T-intersection marked with a 'Pallaibo track' sign.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 15 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 75 m come to the "Kosciuszko Tourist Park" (80 m on your right).
There is a fee to use this campsite.
Then cross the bridge (about 5 m long)
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Sawpit Track.
After another 325 m cross the bridge (about 25 m long)
After another 540 m (at the intersection of Sawpit Track & Pallaibo Walking Track) turn right, to head along Sawpit Track.
After another 20 m find the "Sawpit Valley View" (on your left).
Sawpit Valley View
Sawpit Valley View

At the intersection about halfway around Sawpit Track (where it joins Pallaibo Track) is an unfenced view into the Sawpit Creek valley. From the rocky edge, walkers can look up and down the valley. Looking down the valley, there is a view of Bald Mountain (1300m) and a glimpse over the Thredbo River into the adjoining farmland.
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At the intersection about halfway around Sawpit Track (where it joins Pallaibo Track) is an unfenced view into the Sawpit Creek valley. From the rocky edge, walkers can look up and down the valley. Looking down the valley, there is a view of Bald Mountain (1300m) and a glimpse over the Thredbo River into the adjoining farmland.

After another 760 m turn left.
After another 75 m continue straight.
After another 45 m veer left.
After another 90 m find the "Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat" (20 m on your right).
Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat
Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat

The 'Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat' is a caravan park about 1km further into Kosciuszko NP from the paystation on Kosciuszko Rd. The retreat provides cabins and chalets as well as powered and un-powered camping sites. The retreat has a public phone, a small kiosk, drying room, laundry and kids playground. Dave and Gina welcome guests all year round, with many guest skiing in winter and walking in the warmer months.
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The 'Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat' is a caravan park about 1km further into Kosciuszko NP from the paystation on Kosciuszko Rd. The retreat provides cabins and chalets as well as powered and un-powered camping sites. The retreat has a public phone, a small kiosk, drying room, laundry and kids playground. Dave and Gina welcome guests all year round, with many guest skiing in winter and walking in the warmer months.

Continue straight.
After another 90 m pass the toilet (15 m on your right).
After another 35 m veer right.
After another 70 m turn left.
After another 20 m come to the end.
"Sawpit Creek Picnic Area".
Sawpit Creek Picnic Area
Sawpit Creek Picnic Area

Sawpit Creek Picnic Area is found beside Kosciuszko Rd, and is accessed through the 'Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat' driveway. The picnic area is about 1km further into the park from the NPWS pay station. A great starting point for several popular walks, this is also a pleasent spot to just stop and rest. Sawpit Creek runs along the side of the open area and there are also several picnic tables, wood BBQs and a non-flush toilet. There are information signs about the area, explaining that the creek is named for the Alpine Ash that were milled in the area during the 1860s .
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Sawpit Creek Picnic Area is found beside Kosciuszko Rd, and is accessed through the 'Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat' driveway. The picnic area is about 1km further into the park from the NPWS pay station. A great starting point for several popular walks, this is also a pleasent spot to just stop and rest. Sawpit Creek runs along the side of the open area and there are also several picnic tables, wood BBQs and a non-flush toilet. There are information signs about the area, explaining that the creek is named for the Alpine Ash that were milled in the area during the 1860s .

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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Sawpit Walk


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 2.1 km
Time 50 min to 1 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Campsite: There are 2 on route, on average they are 710 m apart with the largest gap of 1.8 km.

Toilet: There is one 2 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Camp site
95 mKosciuszko Tourist Park
Campsite
1.9 kmKosciuszko Mountain Retreat
Toilet
2 km[toilet]
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Snow & Ice on walk
This walk leads through an alpine environment and all walkers must be well prepared. During summer, be prepared for both hot and cold weather, high winds, rain, extreme UV levels and some sections of snow or ice on the ground. Before starting this walk, check advice with
Snowy Region Visitor Information Centre (02) 6450 5600, the weather forecast and the snow conditions then change your plans as needed. These notes, grades and walking times have been written for use in the summer months only. Between May and the end of October, there is a much higher change of snow, ice and extremely cold conditions.
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