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Major Clews Hut trail

Khancoban area in Kosciuszko National Park

Overview

This 4WD and mountain bike trail takes you past historic Major Clews Hut, near Khancoban, in western Kosciuszko National Park.

Where
Khancoban area in Kosciuszko National Park
Accessibility
Hard
Distance
16km return
Grade
Hard
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

This trail is subject to seasonal closures.

Please note
  • This is a return track from Alpine Way to Major Clews Hut, but can connect with Geehi Walls track for a 47km loop.
  • Major Clew Hut trail is unsealed and steep in parts. It can become boggy when it rains and involves a small creek crossing. For your safety, it's best travelled in dry weather, and shouldn't be attempted by 2WD vehicles.

Head off Alpine Way, around 17km south of Khancoban, to explore Major Clews Hut trail. This popular 4WD trail travels through alpine ash, blooming yellow wattle, and montane forest as it descends steep ridges and gullies. You can also mountain bike this challenging trail, if you're well-prepared and watch out for 4WDs.

After driving 8km in a north-westerly direction, you’ll reach Major Clews Hut. Stop to stretch your legs, enjoy a picnic, and take a good look at this historic mud brick hut in the shade of a liquid amber tree. The hut was built in the late 1950s as a residence for the colourful Major Clews, a surveyor for the Snowy Mountain Scheme who mapped the area.

Return along the same track (uphill), or connect with Geehi Walls trail which loops 27km back to meet Alpine Way. From here, it's 12km back to the start of Major Clews Hut trail via the impressive views of Scammells lookout, or 2km south to picturesque Geehi Flats campground and picnic area.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

Conservation program:

Iconic species - Southern corroboree frog conservation program

An iconic endangered species, the southern corroboree frog, found only in Kosciuszko National Park, faces the grave threat of extinction. Saving Our Species aims to prevent this from happening by battling chytrid fungus, protecting frog habitat from pests, and fostering a captive breeding program. 

Southern corroboree frog (Pseudophryne corroboree), Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Park info

  • in the Khancoban area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
  • The Khancoban area is open all year, but access along the Khancoban to Cabramurra Road is closed in winter (June to October long weekends).

  • Park entry fees apply on Alpine Way

    Winter (June to October long weekends): $29 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $12; bus passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child per day. Find out  more about the winter entry surcharge.

    Rest of Year: $17 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $7; bus passengers $6.60 per adult, $2.20 per child per day.

    Entry passes available from Khancoban Visitor Centre's 24-hour vending machines. 

    See vehicle entry fees for other areas in Kosciuszko National Park.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Khancoban Visitor Centre
      (02) 6076 9373
      (02) 6076 9382
      Contact hours: 9am-4pm (closed 12.30pm-1pm) Monday to Friday. Open daily during peak summer season and school holidays.
    • Corner Scammell Street and Alpine Way, Khancoban NSW 2642
    • Fax: (02) 6076 9567
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Major Clews Hut walking track, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer