As the track is over 650kms in length and sections of the Australian Alps Walking Track traverse remote wilderness locations, track conditions are constantly changing. Park staff and volunteers work hard to maintain sections of the track and whilst general current track conditions and status are listed here, it is best to check with each of the Park agencies websites for updates on the most up to date and detailed current status and conditions.
We also rely on people who have recently walked the track, or sections of it, to provide feedback on track conditions. You can do this by submitting feedback below.
It is always best to contact regional visitor centres throughout the Alps prior to your walk to obtain the very latest track status information. Areas of the track are sometimes closed for maintenance, bushfires or other emergencies.
Track status due to 2019/20 bushfire impacts?
Due to the 2019/20 bushfires that impacted and affected many areas of the Australian Alps national parks including the AAWT we have been getting a few enquiries from those planning upcoming walks as to what it the current status of the AAWT. In short, some sections still are currently closed and likely to be for some time. This is to ensure public safety while important risk assessment and hazard treatment works are undertaken such as treating hazardous trees, clearing sections of the track and repairing infrastructure. Alternate routes or detours are suggested where possible for closed sections.
Please don’t enter closed areas for your own and your groups safety. Walkers, campers and visitors to the Australian Alps National Parks, AAWT and any bushfire affected areas should be aware that there will be residual tree fall and slope/rock instability risks in many of these areas for years to come even after they are officially opened.
Key to minimising these risks is to:
- avoid recently burnt forested areas if at all possible and in particular during any windy or wet weather, when tree/limb fall and slope/rock instability risks are likely to be higher.
- do not stop for any rest breaks or camp within forested areas where tree structural integrity may have been compromised by either recent bushfire or forest die back.
- constantly check and be looking up for any ‘widow makers’, particularly if stopping for a rest break or making camp in any forested area, which is good practice regardless.
- be aware that periods of heavy rain or storms may cause slope/rock instability risks or flash flooding in drainage lines within bushfire affected areas.
Current AAWT Alerts and Closures:
As at September 2021 bushfire affected area closures that are still in place that impact the AAWT route for the following section of the track:
- between Buenba Road and Misery Trail in Victoria – An alternate route using vehicle trails for the closed AAWT west to east from Buenba Rd to Misery Trail is possible via using Buenba Road; Mt Hope Road; Buckwong Track; Misery Trail.
- Namadgi National Park, including the Visitor Centre, is closed until further notice in line with the current public health directions. For more information visit COVID-19 information and advice in the ACT.
- The Poverty Point bridge (otherwise known as the Old Steel Bridge) which crosses the Thomson River just out of Walhalla is closed following an engineering inspection. – There is a detour in place which involves Mormontown Track, crossing the river via the Walhalla Rd bridge and following the Thomson River on the West side to regain the AAWT at the west end of Poverty Point Bridge.
There are still many great options with sections of the track, alternate routes and many areas of the parks open to visit, walk, camp and enjoy. Best to check with each of the Park agencies websites for updates on current conditions:
Check with Namadgi Visitor Centre (02 6237 5307) beforehand.
ACT Parks and Conservation Alerts and Closures: ACT Parks and Conservation
General Information: Snowy Region Visitor Centre
NPWS Alerts: Fires, Floods and Park Closures
General Information: https://parkweb.vic.gov.au/ or phone 131963
Parks Victoria Alerts: Park closures and conditions
The following websites contain up to date information on the AAWT and are good locations for more first hand information on the track.
Australian Alps Walking Track by John Chapman – a detailed page with great information for people wishing to attempt the whole track or sections of it. Access, track notes, suggested maps, food drop info and suggested itiniraries are covered. Additionally, John has published a guide book for the track which is kept up to date with online updates.
Bushwalk.com – A forum covering all aspects of bushwalking, locally and internationally. Relevant sections are the Victoria section and the NSW/ACT section. Searching and monitoring these forums should result in recent reports from walkers who have completed the track. Failing that, post a question and see if anyone can help.