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Major Clews Hut trail

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
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 Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
  • Kosciuszko National Park is open all year round but at times some roads and trails close due to weather conditions or other park management issues, for details click on the alerts button or contact one of the park's visitor centres.

  • Park entry fees:

    Winter (Alpine Way, Kosciuszko Rd and Link Road) From start of June long weekend to end of October long weekend: $29 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $12; bus passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child per day(24hrs). Find out more about the Winter entry surcharge.

    Rest of the year (Alpine Way and Kosciuszko Road only) $17 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $7; bus passengers $6.60 per adult, $2.20 per child per day (24hrs).

    Yarrangobilly Caves (year-round): $4 per vehicle per day, unless park entry has been paid.

    Passes: Day passes (based on daily entry fees above), multi-day passes and annual All Parks Pass available from local visitor centres, local agents and operating vehicle entry stations. Read our Annual Pass FAQs for information on upgrades. Short Breaks Pass: $68 for five-days park entry at price of four days (not valid winter). Pensioners are exempt from park entry fees. Download the exemption form.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Snowy Region Visitor Centre - Jindabyne
      (02) 6450 5600
      Contact hours: 8.30m-4.30pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
    • 49 Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne NSW 2627
    • Email: srvc@environment.nsw.gov.au
      Fax: (02) 6456 1249
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    • 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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    • Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre
      (02) 6454 9597
      Contact hours: 9am-5pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
    • Yarrangobilly Caves Entrance Road, off Snowy Mountains Highway, Yarrangobilly Caves NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6454 9598
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    • Perisher Office
      (02) 6457 4444
      Contact hours: Winter: 8am-4pm Monday to Friday, 8am-12pm and 1-4pm Saturday and Sunday. Summer: 8am-12pm and 1-4pm Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
    • NPWS Building, 9914 Kosciuszko Road, Perisher Valley NSW 2624
    • Email: perisher@environment.nsw.gov.au
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Major Clews Hut walking track, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer