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Nichols Gorge walking track

High Plains area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Nichols Gorge walking track.

Track grading

Grade 4

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

    4 - 6hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Sign posted

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    7km loop

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Rough track, many obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

Nichols Gorge walking track is in the Blue Waterholes precinct of Kosciuszko National Park, 25km north-east of Snowy Mountains Highway via Long Plain Road and Blue Waterholes trail.

Road quality

  • There's no vehicle access to the trackhead of Nichols Gorge walking track in winter, and roads may close in extreme weather.
  • Check the weather before you set out as Long Plain Road and Blue Waterholes trail can become boggy when it rains.

Parking

Parking is available on Blue Waterholes trail, adjacent to the campground.

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Safety messages

Cave Creek can experience strong flows and can be very cold, so please ensure you're well-prepared. Bring appropriate clothing as weather can be extreme and unpredictable in this remote location.

Adventure sports

Adventure sports like climbing, caving, canyoning and abseiling offer a thrilling opportunity to explore our unique environments. Before you head out, be aware of the risks and stay safe during adventure sports.

Alpine safety

Alpine areas present special safety issues. Conditions can be extreme and may change rapidly, particularly in winter. It’s important to be prepared and find out how to stay safe in alpine areas.

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Prohibited

Drones

Flying a drone for recreational purposes is prohibited in this area. Drones may affect public enjoyment, safety and privacy, interfere with park operations, or pose a threat to wildlife. See the Drones in Parks policy.

This area may be a declared Drone Exclusion Zone, or may be subject to Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) rules for flying near airports, aerodromes and helicopter landing sites. See CASA's Drone Flyer Rules.

Commercial filming and photography

Commercial filming or photography is prohibited without prior consent. You must apply for permission and contact the local office.

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.

Nichols Gorge walking track

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