Four Mile Hut walk

Selwyn area in Kosciuszko National Park

Overview

Combine alpine scenery, bird watching and a spot of history on this day walk from Mt Selwyn Resort to Four Mile Hut, in a quieter section of Kosciuszko National Park.

Where
Selwyn area in Kosciuszko National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
10km return
Time suggested
3hrs 30min - 4hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 3
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Price
Free
Entry fees

Vehicle entry fees apply on Link Road to Selwyn Ski Resort in winter only, when this walk is closed.

Opening times

This walk is closed in winter (June to October long weekends).

What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, snacks, topographic map, gps, compass
Please note
  • There is limited mobile reception in this area of the park.
  • Weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable. Read our safety tips before you set out.

This moderate walk sets out from the Mt Selwyn Resort carpark, along the access trail behind the resort, winding through snowgum forest to Mt Selwyn Radio Tower. Further along, the trees open up into vast sub-alpine grasslands with views of Tabletop Mountain and Mt Jagungal.

The open plains are awash with wildflowers in summer, including golden-stemmed billy buttons and orange everlasting daisies. Birds are active in autumn and spring - keep an eye out for wedge-tailed eagles, flame robins and brown falcons.This track is also a great option for horse riding and mountain biking adventures.

Turn right at the junction with Tabletop trail and follow for 1.3km to reach Four Mile Hut access trail, where you can spot faint remnants of the area's gold mining days. Four Mile Hut is 750m along the lightly marked access trail, by foot only. Built in 1937, by the last active gold miner in this area, the striking timber and tin strip hut is a scenic backdrop for a picnic to refuel before retracing your steps to the carpark.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/four-mile-hut-walk/local-alerts

Park info

See more visitor info

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Four Mile Hut walk.

Track grading

Grade 3

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    3hrs 30min - 4hrs 30min

  • Quality of markings

    Sign posted

  • Gradient

    Gentle hills

  • Distance

    10km return

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

Four Mile Hut walk is located near Selwyn Snowfields Ski Resort in the northern precinct of Kosciuszko National Park. 

To get there from Tumut (95km):

  • Drive south along the Snowy Mountains Highway
  • Turn right on to Link Road at the Selwyn Snowfields turn-off
  • Turn left on to Kings Cross Road and follow the signage to the Selwyn Snowfields Ski Resort 

To get there from Adaminaby via Kiandra (45km):

  • Drive west along Snowy Mountains Highway
  • Soon after passing through historic Kiandra, take the left turn-off on to Link Road towards Selwyn Snowfields
  • Turn left on to Kings Cross Road and follow the signage to the Selwyn Snowfields Ski Resort carpark

Road quality

  • It's recommended that all vehicles carry snow chains from the June to October long weekends. Read our snow driving in Kosciuszko tips.

Parking

Parking is available at Selwyn Snowfields Ski Resort, including several designated disabled spots. Bus parking is available.

Facilities

Toilets

Non-flush toilet located at Four Mile Hut.

Carpark

Drinking water

Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

Maps and downloads

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Not wheelchair-accessible.

Prohibited

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

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.

Environments in this area

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