Kosciuszko Lakes Walk
Kosciuszko National Park, Australia
Danny Yee, Camilla Ip
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The lakes walk from Charlotte Pass to Blue Lake is an accessible daywalk
through a gorgeous alpine area (Australia's largest). It is less than 10
kilometres to Blue Lake and back, on what is a effectively a small road
except for the final descent to the lake, but the climbing involved (a
total of 600m ascent and 600m descent over the return trip) may deter the
unfit - and the weather can turn nasty at any time. More people do the
climb of Mount Kosciuszko, but I think this walk is nicer.
Camilla and I weren't sure what we were going to do when we
woke up in the Sonnblick Inn in Jindabyne. We'd just finished a three day walk out to Big Bend and Tarn
Bluff and, having some blisters, Camilla wasn't keen on more walking.
So we had breakfast and went to the Jindabyne Visitors Centre, where
I bought the Kosciuszko Alpine Flora tome (Costin, Gray,
and Totterdall) and Camilla the rather more portable "Wild Guide".
Inspired by that, and with Camilla feeling perkier after coffee, we
decided to do the Lakes Walk after all and drove up to Charlotte Pass.
It was overcast and windy on the way out, but the sun came out for the
final climb at the end, back to Charlotte Pass and the car.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, given we took the books we'd just bought and
were carrying with us, the trip turned into something of a botanical
excursion - though a "short cut" from Headley Tarn back to the main
track brought us closer to some of the scrub than we might have wanted!