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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