Wee Jasper to Snowy Mountains HWY
From the Fitzpatrick Trackhead, the track heads west through fairly rocky terrain before meeting up with Wee Jasper Road, and the junction of the walking track through the Wee Jasper Reserve. The next 6km of the track is all uphill to the summit of Mt Wee Jasper (1,121m). Views from the top of Mt Wee Jasper are restricted, but the climb does offer a rest stop and the chance to sign the visitors’ book, located in a white, plastic container. It’s the first of several such log books placed on the track.
From Mt Wee Jasper, it is 4.8km to Log Bridge Campsite through mostly eucalypt forest and sometimes along the edge of pine plantations. The campsite is a good one to spend the night. If you are not camping here, it’s another 13.1km to Micalong Creek Campsite.
The section between these two campsites follows Millers Creek and back up Pompey Pillar Creek on a single track in fairly challenging terrain. A six metre high natural column of rock (Pompey’s Pillar) halfway up Pompey Pillar Creek is just one of the features of this section of track.
Where the track reaches the Micalong Station on Four Tree Rd, turn sharp right and then sharp left onto a 4WD track which runs alongside Micalong Creek. Forestry roads following the creek are used to reach Micalong Creek Campsite.
The track continues to follow Micalong Creek, both on forestry roads and foot track. For several kilometres the track is no more than 50m from the creek. A kilometre further on from here you will reach the Brindabella Road, which is one of the best all-weather access roads to the track. Approximately 3km south of Bossawa Campsite a boardwalk crosses the Micalong Swamp, which is near the explorers’ original crossing place.
The track then follows a firetrail for 2.5km before a boardwalk across the Chinaman’s Creek arm of the swamp, which is also used by some wildlife to make a dry crossing. Just beyond the boardwalk there’s a clear, level area that’s suitable for camping.
The descent from the tableland to the Goobarragandra Valley, passing through The Hole, is on a foot track and is a favoured section for many track users. It is then approximately 6km over undulating terrain to the Thomas Boyd Trackhead.
The Thomas Boyd Trackhead is one of the most used facilities on the track. It’s popular with walkers, campers, fishermen, picnickers and car-bound tourists. The campground is managed by the Goobarragandra Valleys Trust and camping fees will apply. More information is located here.
The first of two bridges, the Norm Harris Bridge, is within the trackhead grounds and crosses the Goobarragandra River. A foot track follows the river bank for about 4km to recross the river at the second bridge, the Jack Cribb Bridge.
After the second bridge the track continues for a short section in a reserve, then on a the Goobarragandra Rd, before dropping down to cross Buckleys Bridge over the river. From there a public road, passing through grazing properties, becomes the walking track for about 6km.
Just before reaching the heavily timbered country there’s a resting spot under some elm trees near the junction of Mill and Walls Creeks. The track crosses Walls Creek and then climbs steeply for about 600m before briefly entering Kosciuszko National Park. Signs and logos take walkers along a fence towards Foxes Gap saddle, you go over a stile at the fence and then head down a rough 4WD track.
The next 5km is through fairly open grazing land until it reaches the Snowy Mountains Highway - the start point for the next section covered by Map 3.