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Major Clews Hut walking track

Kosciuszko National Park

Overview

This Snowy Mountains day walk, ride or 4WD trail near Khancoban, takes you past historic Major Clews Hut in western Kosciuszko National Park.

Where
Kosciuszko National Park
Accessibility
Hard
Distance
16km return
Time suggested
6 - 7hrs
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, snacks, clothes for all weather conditions, sturdy shoes
Please note
  • This is a return track from Alpine Way to Major Clews Hut, but can connect with Geehi Walls track for a 35km loop back to Alpine Way.
  • This track is popular with 4WD vehicles so please take care if walking or mountain biking. 
  • Check the weather before you set out as the walking track to Major Clews Hut can become boggy when it rains.
  • There is limited mobile reception in this area of the park.
  • It's a good idea to check out the Think Before You Trek website when planning your hike, and bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.

Diversity’s the name of the game on this fantastic day walk. Lace up your walking shoes, fill up your drink bottle, and set off through a host of ever-changing landscapes on Major Clews Hut walking track.

Begin walking on Major Clews Hut walking track, located on Alpine Way, about 16km south of Khancoban. You’ll travel past alpine ash, wattle blooming in abundant yellow flashes, and montane forests balancing atop craggy ridgelines. Feel the temperature drop as you trek down into the park’s gullies, and soak up the amazing views, both pristine and varied.

After hiking 8km in a north-westerly direction, you’ll reach Major Clews Hut on the left – don’t forget to take a good look at this historic alpine hut. It was built in the late 1950s for the eponymous Major, a surveyor for the Snowy Mountain Scheme. Return along the same track (uphill).

If you're driving or riding, you can connect with Geehi Walls track for around 27km, which loops back to meet Alpine Way, 12km south of your start point.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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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.
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    • Khancoban
      (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.
    • Scammell Street, Khancoban NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6076 9567
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    • Yarrangobilly Caves
      (02) 6454 9597
      Contact hours: 9am-5pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
    • Snowy Mountains Highway, Yarrangobilly Caves
    • 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
    • Email: perisher@environment.nsw.gov.au
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Major Clews Hut walking track, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer