Section Eleven – Kosciusko to Omeo

Overview

Here the Trail crosses the vast alpine playground of Kosciusko National Park, the land of mountain horsemen, wildflowers and snow gums. The Trail connects with the Alpine Walking Track which offers walkers an alternate route through Victoria. The National Trail in Victoria accesses the lesser known, remote rugged areas, part of the huge Australian Alps National Park.

Location map GB11

Location Map Guidebook 11

Rating

Challenging. The more remote areas are recommended for competent, fit travellers and the going is often steep. This section should not be travelled alone.

Climate

Cool temperate – mild, warm summer, cold winter. Snow is a possibility at any time, and the change in the weather can be very rapid and dramatic. Even in summer you should be prepared for both extremes of temperature, including severe heatwaves when it is too hot for trekking. For days on end it is not unusual to be in shorts at lunchtime and wrapped in everything you have after dark.

This part of the Trail is closed by snow in winter, and snowfalls can occur even in summer. Ski tourers will enjoy the Trail in winter, for others the best time is October to April.

Special fire precautions apply January to March.

Terrain

Rugged and remote, with long steep climbs. Travellers should not underestimate how tough this section is, both on themselves and pack animals, especially in Victoria.

Navigation

Topographic maps should be obtained . Use of a compass is necessary. Unexpected detours may be required.

Water

Availability decreases as the dry summer progresses. Expect difficulty finding water in some areas, especially later in summer.

Planning Considerations

There are no sources of provisions between Khancoban and Omeo. Parts of this section are closed over winter from 15 June to 31 October. This section is not pleasant in winter so plan for trips from November through mid-April. Water and grass availability decrease as summer progresses.

TSR Permits

Parts of this section follows travelling stock reserves (TSR). Campsites on TSRs require Permits for overnight stays. See the downloads page for more information.

Cyclists

The Trail in Victoria is nearly all a series of long steep stony climbs either up or down. Cyclists may prefer to take alternative road routes which are detailed in Guidebooks and Trail Updates.

Recollections

In 1975 and 1976 the [Cumburrie Trail Horse Riding] club was actively engaged in exploring and mapping the BNT from Crows Nest to the NSW border. On the Killarney section RM [Williams] arranged for the Army’s 4th Cavalry Regiment based

Rowanne Williams

2012

We prepared for this trip for three months, planned the menu carefully and worked all our horses and mules up slowly and carefully so as they were fit enough for the trail. All this proved successful by the fact we

Jo Kasch

2012

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