Waterfall Track: is one of many walking tracks in
The track begins at Sawpit Creek* picnic area, on the road to Kosciuszko National Park. and passes under the road. The track is circular, six kilometres in length and is a medium-hard walk. The Track follows Sawpit Creek until the creek is crossed near a small waterfall. We walked this Track in May 2005. Charlotte Pass,
Woolly Tea-trees (Leptospermum lanigerum) line the creek and near the waterfall there are large trees with fibrous bark. These are Alpine Ash (Eucalyptus delegatensis) and they were logged in the late 19th century. Eucalyptus stellulata (Black Sallee) is a smaller tree that grows in sheltered sites, has olive-green bark and is present along the Track and in the picnic area.
Specimens of Podolepis were flowering along the Track. Their bright yellow, daisy flowers lit up the surrounding bush.
Waterfall Track is below the treeless, alpine zone so for most of the Track you are walking beneath a canopy of Eucalypts. In some areas the Track passes between large granite boulders.
The Waterfall Track is a pleasant walk and
Snowy Mountainís scenery is visible from many places along the Track.
The Park protects a large population of Common Wombats. We did not see any Wombats on the Waterfall Track but saw plenty of evidence of where they had been. Wombats produce unusual cube-shaped droppings and usually deposit them on the top of rocks and fallen logs. Logs are used along, the Track to provide steps. Almost every log was crowned by samples of Wombat droppings (see image).
*Sawpit Creek derives its name from a sawpit that was beside the creek in the late 1860ís. Alpine Ash logs were hauled to the site by bullocks. The logs were sawn into planks. The planks were used in many buildings in Cooma, a nearby town.
A sawpit was a deep hole. The log, to be sawn, was placed across the pit. A crosscut saw was operated by two men. One stood in the pit, on one end of the saw, whilst the other operator was at the other end of the saw at the top of the pit. They sawed slowly through the log. The man in the pit had an uncomfortable job as he was constantly showered by sawdust.