Illawong Walk

2 hrs 45 mins

6.4 km Return

343 m

Moderate track
From Guthega village, this walk leads you over Blue Cow Creek and alongside the Snowy River to Illawong Lodge and the suspension bridge. You will be using a narrow, unsignposted but generally clear track. A flying fox is in place over Blue Cow Creek, however a more modern bridge offers a safer path across. This walk takes you to remote (locked) hut on the flat plain beside the Snowy River, where the suspension bridge provides great views up and down the valley.

Maps for the Illawong Walk walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Perisher Valley 1:25 000 Map Series 85252S PERISHER VALLEY NSW-85252S
Chimneys Ridge 1:25 000 Map Series 85241N CHIMNEYS RIDGE NSW-85241N
Kosciuszko 1:100 000 Map Series 8525 KOSCIUSZKO 8525
Jacobs River 1:100 000 Map Series 8524 JACOBS RIVER 8524

Cross sectional view of the Illawong Walk bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Illawong Walk

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 6.4 km
Time 2 hrs 45 mins

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


2.6km of this walk has short steep hills and another 410m has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (240m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

Around 2.7km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 480m follows a smooth and hardened path.


Around 2.7km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 480m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

Around 2.7km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 480m requires no previous bushwalking experience.


Around 2.8km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 400m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 2.9km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 330m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Illawong Walk walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Illawong Walk walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Illawong Walk walk starts and ends at the Car park below Guthega Alpine Inn (gps: -36.382035, 148.37259)
Your main transport option to Car park below Guthega Alpine Inn is by;
Car. A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather Forest

This walk starts in the Snowy Mountains weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt :)