Wheatley Circuit
Ngarigo Country

2 h 30 min to 3 h

7.4 km
circuit

↑ 210 m
↓ -210 m

Hard track
This snowshoe walk follows a winter-only route. From Perisher Valley, you walk up along the Kosciuszko Rd to a gap, just past the last ski lift. Here you leave the road to follow the snow pole line up along the Wheatley Link among the snow gums and crossing some open plains. This link leads up to a valley below Porcupine Rocks, where you follow the snow poles and valley back down towards Perisher. A great walk for people comfortable on snowshoes and wanting to explore a more remote area near Perisher Valley. Let us begin by acknowledging the Ngarigo people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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The Man from Snowy River Hotel. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
NPWS visitors' centre. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Skitube building. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Kosciuszko in Winter. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Snowshoe sign beside Kosciuszko Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Rock Creek Ski Lodge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Intersection of Wheatley and Kosciuszko Roads. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking down the valley from Kosciuszko Road. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking up Kosciuszko Road in winter. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking across the ski fields. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Oversnow transport on Kosciuszko Road in winter. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Eyre Tbar. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Ridge on Kosciuszko Road in winter. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Wheatley Link sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking up along the Wheatley Link track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Nice wide gully. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Following the poles along the Wheatley Link. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Wheatley Link track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Wide vista from the Wheatley Link track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Snow gums on the Wheatley Link. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Snow poles and boulders. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Crossing the wide valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Pure snow. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Boulders on the Wheatley Link. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Crossing the wide valley on Wheatley Link. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Near Wheatley Gap. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Int of Porcupine Trail and Wheatley Link Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Near the Int of Porcupine Trail and Wheatley Link Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Ice on a dead branch. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking down the Pocupine track in winter. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking amoung the snow gums. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking down towards Perisher Valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Well used trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Granite Tor in the snow. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Signpost at the intersection of Porcupine and Link Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Crossing the creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking up the valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
A short steep section of the trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Enjoying the snow. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
View over the reservoir. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Passing the pump house. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Intersection looking over pump house. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Rock Creek snowshoe walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Passing below a lodge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Scattering of boulders and lodges. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Passing a bridge over Rock Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Rock Creek and some lodges in winter . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Kosciuszko Road & Porcupine Road (-36.4057756,148.4119718)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Barry Way
  • Turn on to Kosciuszko Road then drive for 12.4 km
  • Keep left and drive for another 255 m
  • Turn slight left onto Kosciuszko Road and drive for another 18.5 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection, this walk heads west along the main Kosciuszko Rd, away from the 'The Man from Snowy River Hotel' and keeping the main valley to your right. The walk soon crosses Rock Creek, then continues beside the road to an intersection marked with a 'Rock Creek Snowshoe Track' sign just after the 'Rock Creek Ski Club' hut(both on your left).....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Kosciuszko Road & Porcupine Road Start heading along Kosciuszko Road (a road).
After another 20 m continue straight, to head along Kosciuszko Road.
There is a car park (about 130 m back from the start).
Perisher Valley Village (about 115 m back from the start).
Perisher Valley Village
Perisher Valley Village

Perisher Valley village is centred about the Skitube building, Perisher Centre and the National Park Visitor Centre. Just outside the Skitube is the shelter for the shuttle bus service to Smiggins. Perisher Centre is accessed by the long metal bridge - inside, you will find food shops, toilets and skiing-related shops. Inside the Skitube building is the train station, kiosk, medical centre and some other services. The National Park Visitor Centre provides a warm shelter, toilets, seats and information about the park. Most of these services only operate during the ski season, but the NPWS visitor centre is open most of the year and a food outlet is generally open for lunch Monday-Friday.
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Perisher Valley village is centred about the Skitube building, Perisher Centre and the National Park Visitor Centre. Just outside the Skitube is the shelter for the shuttle bus service to Smiggins. Perisher Centre is accessed by the long metal bridge - inside, you will find food shops, toilets and skiing-related shops. Inside the Skitube building is the train station, kiosk, medical centre and some other services. The National Park Visitor Centre provides a warm shelter, toilets, seats and information about the park. Most of these services only operate during the ski season, but the NPWS visitor centre is open most of the year and a food outlet is generally open for lunch Monday-Friday.

There is a toilet (about 115 m back from the start).
After another 135 m cross the bridge (about 20 m long)
After another 125 m continue straight, to head along Kosciuszko Road.
After another 2.1 km (at the intersection of Kosciuszko Road Trail & Wheatley Link) turn left, to head along Wheatley Link.
After another 1.5 km cross the ford.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Porcupine Saddle. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 430 m continue straight.
After another 70 m cross the ford.
After another 1.1 km continue straight.
After another 70 m cross the ford.
After another 950 m cross the ford.
Turn sharp left, to head along 5km loop.
After another 580 m find the "Rock Creek Ski Club" (10 m on your right).
Rock Creek Ski Club
Rock Creek Ski Club

This building was first opened for use in 1948 then destroyed by a lighting strike in January the next year. In 1959, a few men drove down from Sydney most weekends over a few years to build the current lodge. Still owned by the builders' families, the lodge is available to the public for hire. The lodge has two bedrooms and sleeps 6 people. The lodge can be hired in winter or in summer and makes for a great base with its central location in Perisher Valley. rockcreek.org.au info@rockcreek.org.au
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This building was first opened for use in 1948 then destroyed by a lighting strike in January the next year. In 1959, a few men drove down from Sydney most weekends over a few years to build the current lodge. Still owned by the builders' families, the lodge is available to the public for hire. The lodge has two bedrooms and sleeps 6 people. The lodge can be hired in winter or in summer and makes for a great base with its central location in Perisher Valley. rockcreek.org.au info@rockcreek.org.au

After another 100 m (at the intersection of Kosciuszko Road & Wheatley Road) turn right, to head along Kosciuszko Road (a road).
After another 75 m continue straight, to head along Kosciuszko Road.
After another 45 m continue straight, to head along Kosciuszko Road.
After another 165 m continue straight, to head along Kosciuszko Road.
After another 20 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Porcupine Saddle.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 380 m continue straight.
After another 90 m cross the ford.
After another 190 m find the "Porcupine Rocks" (85 m on your left).
Porcupine Rocks
Porcupine Rocks

The Porcupine Rocks are a large granite outcrop on the ridge, south of Perisher Valley. There are two main peaks, and a rock scramble leads to the top of the southern peak, providing fantastic views of Perisher Valley, Mt Duncan, Thredbo River Valley and Bullocks Flat. The gap between the two summits provides some shade and protection from the wind. An amazing place to visit - allow time to just relax and enjoy this place. The summit can be slippery and icy, and there is a shear drop and other hazards. Much care is required.
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The Porcupine Rocks are a large granite outcrop on the ridge, south of Perisher Valley. There are two main peaks, and a rock scramble leads to the top of the southern peak, providing fantastic views of Perisher Valley, Mt Duncan, Thredbo River Valley and Bullocks Flat. The gap between the two summits provides some shade and protection from the wind. An amazing place to visit - allow time to just relax and enjoy this place. The summit can be slippery and icy, and there is a shear drop and other hazards. Much care is required.

After another 160 m come to the end.
About 60 m past the end is "Porcupine Rocks".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 830 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Wheatley Circuit


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 7.4 km
Time 2 h 30 min to 3 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one -94 m back from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-94 m[toilet]
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