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Nichols Gorge walking track

High Plains area in Kosciuszko National Park

Overview

The 7km Nichols Gorge walking track, suitable for experienced hikers, follows Cave Creek and passes some karst features before rejoining Blue Waterholes trail.

Where
High Plains area in Kosciuszko National Park
Distance
7km loop
Time suggested
4 - 6hrs
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
Opening times

Nichols Gorge walking track is open between the October and June long weekends but may have to close within those times due to poor weather or fire danger.

What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, snacks
Please note
  • Please ensure sure you’re properly kitted out for this walk. You’ll need good boots, because the surface is often uneven and wet, torches and jackets for the caves, and a topographic map.
  • There is no 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 GPS.

You won’t be very far into this challenging 7km walk – just 500 metres or so – before you’ll come across the opening of Cooleman Cave. Make sure you’ve got a torch with you so that you can explore inside. Back out in the sunshine, follow the often dry Cave Creek. Don’t move too quickly across the surface because you can find ancient fossilised shells of brachipods and sea lilies on its bed.

There are some unique longer views of the limestone gorge and on to the snow grass plains surrounded by the wooded slopes of Gurrangorambla Range and Tom O’Rourkes Peak. For photographers, it’s an absolute gem of an amble. Birdwatchers, too, will be well-rewarded with sightings of magpies, flame robins, and soaring wedge-tail eagles.

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

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Blue Waterholes - Nichols Gorge Walk, Kosciuszko National Park, Photo: Murray Vanderveer