Pallaibo Walk

2 hrs 30 mins

5.5 km One way

114 m

Hard track
This wonderful walk explores the lower half of Sawpit Creek. Starting from high up on Kosciuszko Road at the Sawpit Creek Picnic Area, you will follow the well signposted track as it follows Sawpit Creek through the valley. You will explore various forest types as you make you way down to the Thredbo River. The walk finish with a stroll along the Thredbo River to find the well established Thredbo River Picnic Area. Plan ahead to organise a lift from the end of this walk or allow extra time to walk back up.

Maps for the Pallaibo 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.
Kalkite Mountain 1:25 000 Map Series 86253N KALKITE MOUNTAIN NSW-86253N
Tombong 1:50 000 Map Series 8624S TOMBONG NSW-8624S
Numbla Vale 1:50 000 Map Series 8624N NUMBLA VALE NSW-8624N
Berridale 1:100 000 Map Series 8625 BERRIDALE 8625

Cross sectional view of the Pallaibo Walk bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Pallaibo 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 5.5 km
Time 2 hrs 30 mins

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
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


3km of this walk is very steep and another 1.5km has short steep hills. Whilst another 940m has gentle hills with occasional steps and the remaining 50m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

Around 5km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 50m follows a smooth and hardened path.


Around 4.9km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 540m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

Around 4.5km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 990m requires no previous bushwalking experience.


Around 4.9km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 540m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 3.4km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 2km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

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

Other Nearby walks

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

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Pallaibo Walk walk starts at the Sawpit Creek Picnic Area (gps: -36.350229, 148.56435)
Your main transport option to Sawpit Creek Picnic Area is by;
Car. A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
(get details)

The Pallaibo Walk ends at the Thredbo River Picnic Area (gps: -36.369401, 148.5892)
Your main transport option to Thredbo River Picnic Area 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 :)