Pallaibo Walk
Ngarigo Country

1 h 45 min to 2 h 30 min

5.3 km
oneway

↑ 69 m
↓ -350 m

Hard track
This wonderful walk explores the lower half of Sawpit Creek. Starting from high up on Kosciuszko Road at the Sawpit Creek Picnic Area, you will follow the well signposted track as it follows Sawpit Creek through the valley. You will explore various forest types as you make you way down to the Thredbo River. The walk finish with a stroll along the Thredbo River to find the well established Thredbo River Picnic Area. Plan ahead to organise a lift from the end of this walk or allow extra time to walk back up. Let us begin by acknowledging the Ngarigo people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Information sign at Sawpit Creek Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Sawpit Creek Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sawpit Creek Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Crossing Sawpit Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Sawpit intersection . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Kosciuszko Eduction Centre. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
'Pallaibo Track' and 'Sawpit Track' signs. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Following Pallaibo and Sawpit Tracks along the side of the gully. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Crossing metal grate. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
The track winding through the forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Bridge on Sawpit Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Bridge spanning Sawpit Creek on the Pallaibo and Sawpit Tracks. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Sawpit Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Winding through the open forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Pallaibo and Sawpit Tracks passing under the power lines. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track passing through the beautiful trees. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Crossing a small gully. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Pallaibo and Sawpit Tracks high on the western side of Sawpit Creek valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking down the valley from Sawpit Valley View. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Pallaibo Track to Thredbo River 4 KM sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
A switchback high up on the Pallaibo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Winding down hill on the Pallaibo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking along the Sawpit Creek valley floor on the Pallaibo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Crossing Sawpit Creek on the Pallaibo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
A spiky friend (Echidna) on the Pallaibo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Three Echidnas in a row. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Bushwalking along the Pallaibo Track in Kosciuszko National Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Pallaibo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View to Sawpit Creek falls from Pallaibo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Stone Steps on Pallaibo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking across the valley on the Pallaibo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Getting close to nature on the Pallaibo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Crossing Sawpit Creek on the Pallaibo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking along Sawpit Creek valley floor on the Pallaibo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View to Lake Jindabyne on the Pallaibo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
3km milestone post on the Pallaibo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Distant valley views. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Granite Boulders on the Pallaibo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking down on the Trout farm. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking along the lower section of the Pallaibo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Steps on the Pallaibo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Cleaing at the lower end of the Pallaibo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Crossing the lower end of Sawpit Creek on the Pallaibo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Lower end of Sawpit Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Glimpse of the Thredbo River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Pallaibo Track near the Thredbo River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Rockfall on the Pallaibo Track near Thredbo River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Thredbo River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Thredbo River Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Thredbo River Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Thredbo River Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Thredbo River Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Lower end of the Pallibo Track at Thredbo River Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Infromation sign at the Thredbo River Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-36.3502596,148.5643904)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Barry Way
  • Turn on to Kosciuszko Road then drive for 12.4 km
  • Keep left and drive for another 255 m
  • Turn slight left onto Kosciuszko Road and drive for another 850 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 45 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 175 m
Finish (-36.3694508,148.5891223)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car   (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the large 'Sawpit Creek Picnic Area' information signs, this walk follows the paved footpath away from the road and across Sawpit Creek using the metal bridge. On the other side of the bridge, the walk comes to T-intersection marked with a 'Pallaibo track' sign.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat (about 110 m back from the start).
Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat
Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat

The 'Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat' is a caravan park about 1km further into Kosciuszko NP from the paystation on Kosciuszko Rd. The retreat provides cabins and chalets as well as powered and un-powered camping sites. The retreat has a public phone, a small kiosk, drying room, laundry and kids playground. Dave and Gina welcome guests all year round, with many guest skiing in winter and walking in the warmer months.
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The 'Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat' is a caravan park about 1km further into Kosciuszko NP from the paystation on Kosciuszko Rd. The retreat provides cabins and chalets as well as powered and un-powered camping sites. The retreat has a public phone, a small kiosk, drying room, laundry and kids playground. Dave and Gina welcome guests all year round, with many guest skiing in winter and walking in the warmer months.

There is a toilet (about 50 m back from the start).
Sawpit Creek Picnic Area (about 4 m back from the start).
Sawpit Creek Picnic Area
Sawpit Creek Picnic Area

Sawpit Creek Picnic Area is found beside Kosciuszko Rd, and is accessed through the 'Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat' driveway. The picnic area is about 1km further into the park from the NPWS pay station. A great starting point for several popular walks, this is also a pleasent spot to just stop and rest. Sawpit Creek runs along the side of the open area and there are also several picnic tables, wood BBQs and a non-flush toilet. There are information signs about the area, explaining that the creek is named for the Alpine Ash that were milled in the area during the 1860s .
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Sawpit Creek Picnic Area is found beside Kosciuszko Rd, and is accessed through the 'Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat' driveway. The picnic area is about 1km further into the park from the NPWS pay station. A great starting point for several popular walks, this is also a pleasent spot to just stop and rest. Sawpit Creek runs along the side of the open area and there are also several picnic tables, wood BBQs and a non-flush toilet. There are information signs about the area, explaining that the creek is named for the Alpine Ash that were milled in the area during the 1860s .

There is a car park.
After another 7 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 15 m cross the bridge (about 5 m long)
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Sawpit Track.
After another 325 m cross the bridge (about 25 m long)
After another 540 m (at the intersection of Sawpit Track & Pallaibo Walking Track) veer left, to head along Pallaibo Walking Track (a walking track).
After another 20 m find the "Sawpit Valley View" (on your left).
Sawpit Valley View
Sawpit Valley View

At the intersection about halfway around Sawpit Track (where it joins Pallaibo Track) is an unfenced view into the Sawpit Creek valley. From the rocky edge, walkers can look up and down the valley. Looking down the valley, there is a view of Bald Mountain (1300m) and a glimpse over the Thredbo River into the adjoining farmland.
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At the intersection about halfway around Sawpit Track (where it joins Pallaibo Track) is an unfenced view into the Sawpit Creek valley. From the rocky edge, walkers can look up and down the valley. Looking down the valley, there is a view of Bald Mountain (1300m) and a glimpse over the Thredbo River into the adjoining farmland.

After another 1.1 km find the "Sawpit Falls view" (6 m on your right).
Sawpit Falls view
Sawpit Falls view

Sawpit Falls view is found on the rocky edge of a steep cliff of Pallaibo Track. The unfenced view looks between two trees, peering down into the Sawpit Creek Valley to a large waterfall cascading down the wide rockface. The waterfall is some distance away and the view is filtered through the trees, but it is still worth stopping to enjoy.
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Sawpit Falls view is found on the rocky edge of a steep cliff of Pallaibo Track. The unfenced view looks between two trees, peering down into the Sawpit Creek Valley to a large waterfall cascading down the wide rockface. The waterfall is some distance away and the view is filtered through the trees, but it is still worth stopping to enjoy.

After another 225 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 1.6 km cross the bridge (about 6 m long)
After another 1.2 km continue straight, to head along Pallaibo Walking Track.
After another 245 m pass the toilet (10 m on your left).
After another 20 m come to a shelter.
The end.
"Thredbo River Picnic Area".
Thredbo River Picnic Area
Thredbo River Picnic Area

The Thredbo River Picnic Area, as the name suggests, sits on the northern bank of the Thredbo River. The picnic area is just within the bounds of Kosciuszko National Park and is signposted on Kosciuszko Rd. There are well covered (and uncovered) BBQs and picnic tables, as well as a toilet block and open grassy area. There is a large car park and paved path linking the main facilities. Sitting at the lower end of Pallaibo Track, this is a popular spot for people walking, fishing and enjoying this gateway to the national park.
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The Thredbo River Picnic Area, as the name suggests, sits on the northern bank of the Thredbo River. The picnic area is just within the bounds of Kosciuszko National Park and is signposted on Kosciuszko Rd. There are well covered (and uncovered) BBQs and picnic tables, as well as a toilet block and open grassy area. There is a large car park and paved path linking the main facilities. Sitting at the lower end of Pallaibo Track, this is a popular spot for people walking, fishing and enjoying this gateway to the national park.

A sign.
A car park.
About 20 m past the end is a BBQ.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Pallaibo Walk


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 5.3 km
Time 1 h 45 min to 2 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Campsite: There is one -101 m back from the start.

Shelter: There is one 5.3 km from the start.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 1.8 km apart with the largest gap of 5.3 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Campsite
-101 mKosciuszko Mountain Retreat
Toilet
-38 m[toilet]
Toilet
5.3 km[toilet]
Shelter
5.3 km[shelter]
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This walk leads through an alpine environment and all walkers must be well prepared. During summer, be prepared for both hot and cold weather, high winds, rain, extreme UV levels and some sections of snow or ice on the ground. Before starting this walk, check advice with
Snowy Region Visitor Information Centre (02) 6450 5600, the weather forecast and the snow conditions then change your plans as needed. These notes, grades and walking times have been written for use in the summer months only. Between May and the end of October, there is a much higher change of snow, ice and extremely cold conditions.
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