Monday, April 18, 2011

Illawong Autumn

Illawong lodge is a private lodge located 2.5km from Guthega village on the banks of the Snowy River. Adjacent to the lodge is the only crossing of the upper river apart from the stepping stones at the bottom of Guthrie Ridge at Charlottes Pass.

In winter, Illawong marks the beginning of the ascent into the main range. On the way home, the lodge marks the beginning of an hour of pain back to Guthega at the end of a long day and has claimed many a toe nail.

Approaching Illawong in spring



Crossing the Snowy in spring



Some of the terrain available after a three hour hike



Crossing the Snowy, October 2010, pretty much no snow left




Anyway, all summer I have been wanting to hike out to the crossing. When the clouds broke on a Saturday I had the opportunity to check it out.

Approaching Illawong



Lunch with a view



My silly hiking hat



Holly and the bridge



The Snowy River





Heading back



Mt Tate area



Guthega village

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