Tabletop Mountain Walk
Distance: 25km circuit, 10 hours or overnight camping
Maps: Yarrangobilly 1:100 000, Tantangara 1:100 000, Cabramurra 1:25 000
The Kiandra - Tabletop Mountain trail was used by gold diggers in the 1860's and is one of the oldest routes in the area. One of the largest and most productive gold mining areas was located at Nine Mile Creek.
The Tabletop Mountain area is located to the south of Kiandra in Kosciuszko National Park and has a number of interesting features which include the Nine Mile Diggings, Four Mile and Broken Dam Hut and Tabletop Mountain. Access is from Kiandra, where the Snowy Mountains Highway crosses Pollocks Creek and parking is available here known as Pollocks Gully. From the parking area follow the Tabletop Mountain fire trail up Dunns Hill and along to the second junction of Mt. Selwyn ski trail. The vegetation is typical subalpine vegetation seen in the Kiandra area. The fire trail leads down hill heading towards Four Mile Diggings and continue, generally following the line of the Great Dividing Range through open grassland, descending on the western side to the headwaters of Nine Mile Creek. The cut of Nine Mile Diggings (10km south of Kiandra) can be seen to the right of the track showing an exposed large vertical slope cut 15 metres into the hillside. Nine Mile is the junction of many trails. To the left a suitable overnight camping area can be found by following the Four Mile Hill fire trail down at Broken Dam Creek in the vicinity of Broken Dam Hut only about 3km away from Tabletop Mountain. From the top of Tabletop mountain you can see right down to the Main Range in the south, the snowplains of Kiandra in the north and Lake Eucumbene to the south east. The return walk is via the Four Mile Hill Fire Trail heading north.
Optional: The walk may be extended by following management fire trails in the area and the Alpine Walking track.
Safety Tips: Plan ahead, think about weather, maps, equipment and safety. When possible travel with others, ensure family and friends know of your travel plans and when you will return. Always have plenty of food and water. Always take a suitable tent (huts are for emergencies only and maps may show huts that have burnt down).
For further information, maps, safety advice, PLB hire, please contact the Tumut Region Visitor Centre on 02 6947 7025