• Distance 2.1km
  • Altitude max 1223m
  • Altitude min 1185m
  • Duration .75 hours
  • Trail type Return
Three Stars

Three Stars

Worth Doing

The Australian Hiker Experience Rating is a measure of the overall quality of a walk. It is intended to help you decide whether to walk a trail, not to measure anything objective. Consider this our personal take on the walk.

Grade Three

Grade Three

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.

The Australian Hiker Difficulty Grading System is based on the australian standard for measuring trail hikes.

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Sawpit Walking Track NSW (2.1km)

NSW

Nearest Town

Jindabyne, NSW

Best Time of the Year to Travel

  • For newer hikers – November-late March
  • For experienced hikers who can cope with snow conditions and navigation off trail – year round

Starting Location

Kosciuszko Tourist Park picnic area, NSW

Finish Location

Kosciuszko Tourist Park picnic area, NSW

Sawpit Walking Track Review

The best location to access this walk is at the Kosciuszko Tourist Park picnic area which provides access to two other walks, the 11.2km Pallaibo Walking Track, and the 6km Waterfall Track.

The Sawpit Walking Track can best be described as a ‘walk in the woods’ because that’s what you get. The trailhead has an information kiosk, large grassy area, and kiosk which provides a good opportunity for a picnic.

The Sawpit Walking Track starts at the rear of the kiosk and shares a section of trail with the Pallaibo Walking Track so you need to pay attention to the very obvious signage that directs you to the correct track. This walk is a loop that circles the tourist park. It starts by almost immediately crossing a shortish metal bridge over Sawpit Creek with the trail following the adjacent to the creek, moving away occasionally and then coming back for around 1km before you start looping into the bush and back to the start point. The last section of the walk takes you through the tourist park and you will walk the short dirt road you entered to the picnic area, walking straight past the toilet to get to the car.

The drop in elevation for this walk brings you down into a different vegetation zone and it definitely feels like you are away from the alpine region. On the day I did this walk I didn’t see any wildlife but there were a lot of birds around.

The elevation change on this walk is minimal so it won’t exert most walkers and as such is suitable for just about anyone who can do the distance. While there are better walks of similar length in close proximity, I still enjoyed this walk and it’s definitely worth doing providing good facilities for non walkers.

Entry to the tourist park on the left side of the road if approaching from Jindabyne

Trail signage

Trailhead information kiosk

Close up of Sawpit information signage

Crossing Sawpit Creek at the start of the walk

Sawpit Creek

Follow the signs

Trail example

Sawpit Walking Track

Panorama image of the track

Crossing the creek again

Trail directional signage

Trail example

 

Follow the signs

Looking down to the creek below

Alternate track option

Trail example

Coming to the tourist park

Walking through the tourist park

Old infrastructure

Toilets at Sawpit Creek

Back to the car

Walk Video

This video includes a slideshow from start to finish of this walk that includes still and video images to give you a real time idea of what the walk is like

Getting There

Travel to Jindabyne via Cooma and head towards Charlotte Pass. There is a park entry fee which you can pay for as a day or annual pass at the visitor centre in Jindabyne or at the toll gates on nearing the park. The visitor centre  in Jindabyne opens at 8:30am most days but check the timings on the website just in case.

Follow Kosciuszko Road and turn into Kosciuszko Tourist Park. Take the first turn on the left to the picnic area

Entering the National Park

Park entry point

Approaching Sawpit Creek with the trail head on the left

Entry to the tourist park

Turn left on entering the tourist park

Trailhead car park

Things to Know

  • There is minimal phone signal on this track
  • You need to bring your own water. There are some locations to draw water on the trail but if doing so you should filter
  • The only set of toilets on the trail are at the trailhead
  • The March Flies can be ruthless from about mid November-Mid March so wear long sleeves and and long pants. They don’t care about insect repellent
  • No dogs allowed

Disclaimer

This walk was undertaken by the team from Australian Hiker

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