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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
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 34km 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 13km back to meet Alpine Way. From here, it's another 12.5km 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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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

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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Major Clews Hut walking track, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer