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Chris and Nathan on the Illawong walk in Kosciuszko National Park

Guthega Back Country Snow Touring | Explore With Tom's

Chris and Nathan leave their basecamp, in the wilderness near Guthega, for a day of ski touring and splitboarding. They follow the Illawong walking track, a 5km return journey from Guthega Village, over Blue Cow Creek, alongside the twists and turns of the Snowy River to Illawong Lodge and the suspension bridge. 

Our 'Explore with Tom's' series is a permission slip to make yourself a cup of tea, curl up somewhere comfortable and tune out while tuning in to nature. Escape from the hustle and bustle of our modern day lives and immerse yourself in the natural world's quietude.

Filmed and edited by Dean Johnson

The suspension bridge over the Snowy River provides spectacular views through the Snowy River Valley, nestled in between dense forests of snow gums and mountain ash. In the summer, the valley becomes alive with meadows of alpine heath and wildflowers. For more information about hiking the Illawong Walk in summer, including track updates, visit the NSW National Parks website here.

Illawong Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Kosciuszko National Park. Perched at 1600 metres altitude, the lodge has been used since the 1950s for skiing in winter and bushwalking in summer. The original building, then known as Pounds Creek Hut, was constructed in the 1920s for the first ski tour across the southern region of the Snowy Mountains. Learn more about Illawong Lodge by visiting Kosciuszko Huts Association here. 

View the full photo epic from this trip here.

Crossing the Illawong Suspension Bridge in Kosciuszko National Park
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