Kiandra west circuit day hike + car camp at Three Mile Dam

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Kiandra west circuit day hike + car camp at Three Mile Dam

Sat 25th May 2024

Cancelled 3 Days+

Walk, Back-pack, Car Camp, Social

Using Three Mile Dam campground as a base for two nights, we will complete a long day hike from Mount Selwyn resort to summit Tabletop Mountain, via the Selwyn Trail and Tabletop Mountain Trail North tracks and passing alongside the Nine Mile diggings.

On the return leg we will head north on the Four Mile trail to visit Broken Dam hut, then go off track over ground heavily mined for gold in the back half of the 19th century thru-1930's, to visit the Elaine Mine site and the recently-rebuilt Four Mile hut. We will then re-join the Tabletop Mountain Trail North and backtrack to our parking near Mount Selwyn resort, concluding the walk and heading back to camp to relax for night #2.

Using the long weekend permits us to drive up at a leisurely pace, arriving in the mid-afternoon to set up for night #1, virtually at the trail head for a dawn start (we have ten hours of daylight and will use most of it). Pending interest we'll walk the 3km Goldseekers Track early on Monday as an optional cooldown (the trailhead is opposite the dam entrance)., then head home.

Given the time of year it is likely to be cold, particularly overnight (avg. daily temps then are 9° day / -2° night), the position can get very windy (at 1430m the dam is among the highest in Australia), and there's a chance of snow in late May.

This hike is long, the setting exposed, and the weather unpredictable. Anticipate a four-season experience on this trip, please ensure you have the fitness and necessary equipment to safely participate, and gear to comfortably enjoy the nights. A list of essential (and optional) equipment can be found at the Tasmanian PWS website. In addition to the 'Essentials', please ensure you have the 'Alpine Walks' list covered also. A number of members will have PLB's.

Additional Information

Booking deadline

Sun 05th May 2024 12:00pm


Extra Long




Partly Exploratory Partly Wet

Distance (km or hrs)






Map name

1:25,000 DENISON, 1:25,000 CABRAMURRA

Terrain information

Mostly open sub-alpine grassland. There's a little bit of fire-affected scrub to negotiate but it's very sparse and intermittent. Around two-thirds of the walk is on a grassy fire trail, while the section from Broken Dam hut to the Elaine Mine site and then on to Four Mile hut is off-track, and depending on the preceding weather may be spongy in parts. Not anticipating any significant bush bashing but it's a popular area for snakes. Gaiters are recommended.

Transport information

$130 per car if we car pool. I appreciate that people might like to make their own way up so they can camp in style, with rooftop tents, camper trailers etc. Please let me know if you'd like to do this. We will discuss final arrangements as numbers firm up.

Travelling date

Sat 25th May 2024 11:00am

Accommodation options


Accommodation information

Camp at Three Mile Dam campground Cost is $2 per person (covers both nights). You are welcome to book your own site if you plan to stay longer etc. Please let me know if you do so. There are fire pits w/BBQ plate, and a picnic table, at most but not all sites. We will try our best to do so but please don't rely on us getting a site with these facilities. Toilets are usually a short walk away.

A multi day backpacking or base-camping activity with overnight gear required.

Date and Time

Start: Sat 25th May 2024 @ 11:00am
Approx Return: Mon 27th May 2024 @ 01:00pm
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