|Blue Lake, Kosciuszko National Park|
On the second count, I have to agree - during the few hours walking, we only passed about six other people compared with the Kosciuszko walk where at times it felt like jostling for position on Pitt Street at peak hour. In terms of which walk is prettier, I think that is like comparing apples with oranges - both have some absolutely spectacular scenery, the kind of awe inspiring panoramas that make you feel like a tiny speck in an amazing world!
|Storm brewing between Charlotte Pass and Blue Lake, Kosciuszko National Park|
The walk undulates through the hills so it seems like just as your legs are really about to give up, there is a nice downhill run to pep you back up. The criticism I have of this walk is that (unlike the Thredbo to Kosciuszko walk) there is no real information about how far there is to go - there are some boards with information on the area but nothing to let you know where you are in relation to Blue Lake. It took about an hour and 45 minutes to reach the lake and maybe an hour and ten minutes back (more downhill).
|Gnarly snow gum, Kosciuszko National Park|
Important things to remember if hiking from Charlotte Pass to Blue Lake:
- The road to Charlotte Pass closes in the winter
- Some parts of the walk including the very end are extremely steep
- The weather in the mountains can change very quickly so be prepared
- You will need to buy a National Parks Pass for the drive - there is a booth on the way where you can get one of these and a map
|Snowy River, Charlotte Pass|
|Mossy granite, Kosciuszko National Park|