Four Mile Hut walk
Selwyn area in Kosciuszko National Park
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.
- Selwyn area in Kosciuszko National Park
- No wheelchair access
- 10km return
- Time suggested
- 3hrs 30min - 4hrs 30min
- Grade 3
- Trip Intention Form
It's a good idea to let someone know where you're going. Fill in a trip intention form to send important details about your trip to your emergency contact.
If you're planning to loan a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) from one of these locations, wait and fill out your trip intention form in person.
- 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
- 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 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
- in the Selwyn area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
The Selwyn area is open all year, but some roads and trails may close due to weather conditions or park management issues. Kings Cross Road and the Khancoban-Cabramurra Road are closed in winter (June to October long weekends). Some campgrounds in the Selwyn area close in winter.
Park entry fees apply in winter on Link Road
June to October long weekends: $29 per vehicle per day (24hrs from purchase); motorcycles $12; bus passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child per day (24hrs).Buy annual pass.
All the practical information you need to know about Four Mile Hut walk.
Grade 3Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
3hrs 30min - 4hrs 30min
Quality of markings
Quality of path
Formed track, some obstacles
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
- It's recommended that all vehicles carry snow chains from the June to October long weekends. Read our snow driving in Kosciuszko tips.
Parking is available at Selwyn Snowfields Ski Resort, including several designated disabled spots. Bus parking is available.
Non-flush toilet located at Four Mile Hut.
Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
Maps and downloads
Disability access level - no wheelchair access
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
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
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
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 (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 (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.
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.