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Four Mile Hut walk

Selwyn area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Learn more about why this area is special

Four Mile Hut walk is in Selwyn area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Kiandra's claims to fame

Kiandra Heritage track, Kosciszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer/NSW Government

The discovery of gold at Kiandra in 1859 attracted up to 10,000 prospectors hoping to strike it rich. Just 18 months later, after harsh winters and falling gold finds, only a few hundred gold miners remained. It's remembered as one of Australia’s shortest gold rushes, not to mention it’s highest (and coldest). In 1861, Kiandra became the birthplace of skiing in Australia, when Norwegian gold miners fashioned skis from fence palings. By the 1870s regular ski carnivals were arranged, and Australia had its first official ski slope here. Mining continued into the 1930s, with grazing and winter skiing also keeping the community alive. Today, only 4 buildings still stand including Kiandra Courthouse, which has served as a courthouse, private residence, ski chalet, hotel and bar.

  • Kiandra heritage precinct Explore the early history of goldmining at Kiandra heritage precinct in Kosciuszko National Park, near Adaminaby with hiking, fishing and skiing.
  • Kiandra heritage track Walk the short and easy Kiandra heritage track in Kosciuszko National Park for an insight into Australian gold rush history.

Snow sports and summer trails

Deck chairs in the snow at Wolgal Hut, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer

Kosciuszko National Park is home to all of NSW’s ski resorts, including the family-friendly Selwyn Snow Resort, in the northern part of the park. But there’s plenty to see year-round, with fishing, bushwalking, mountain biking, horse riding and driving all catered for. The self-guided Kiandra heritage track is a must for history buffs, bringing the stories of the gold rush and grazing days to life. Keep an eye out for open days at Kiandra Courthouse (group tours by advance booking. Contact Tumut Visitor Centre. Fees apply). You can also stay in historic Wolgal Hut.

  • Snowy Mountains Highway Snowy Mountains Highway is a scenic driving route between Tumut and Adaminaby, taking in caves, campgrounds, ski fields, trails for hiking, biking and horse riding in northern Kosciuszko National Park...

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Common wombat. Photo: Ingo Oeland

    Common wombat (Vombatus ursinus)

    A large, squat marsupial, the Australian common wombat is a burrowing mammal found in coastal forests and mountain ranges across NSW and Victoria. The only other remaining species of wombat in NSW, the endangered southern hairy-nosed wombat, was considered extinct until relatively recently.

  • Platypus climbing on to a submerged tree branch. Photo: Sharon Wormleaton/OEH

    Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

    One of the most fascinating and unusual Australian animals, the duck-billed platypus, along with the echidna, are the only known monotremes, or egg-laying mammals, in existence. The platypus is generally found in permanent river systems and lakes in southern and eastern NSW and east and west of the Great Dividing Range.

  • Wedge-tailed eagle. Photo: Kelly Nowak

    Wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax)

    With a wingspan of up to 2.5m, the wedge-tailed eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey. These Australian animals are found in woodlands across NSW, and have the ability to soar to heights of over 2km. If you’re bird watching, look out for the distinctive diamond-shaped tail of the eagle.

Plants

  • Billy Button flowers at Peery Lake picnic area. Photo: Dinitee Haskard OEH

    Billy buttons (Craspedia spp. )

    Billy buttons are attractive Australian native plants that are widespread throughout eastern NSW in dry forest, grassland and alpine regions such as Kosciuszko National Park. The golden-yellow globe-shaped flowers are also known as woollyheads. Related to the daisy, billy buttons are an erect herb growing to a height of 50cm.

Look out for...

Wedge-tailed eagle

Aquila audax

Wedge-tailed eagle. Photo: Kelly Nowak

With a wingspan of up to 2.5m, the wedge-tailed eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey. These Australian animals are found in woodlands across NSW, and have the ability to soar to heights of over 2km. If you’re bird watching, look out for the distinctive diamond-shaped tail of the eagle.

Environments in this area

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Four Mile Hut walk in the sub-alpine plains of Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Elouise Peach/OEH.