Several months ago I let the forum know that a new book was to be published about bushwalking in Kosciuszko National Park. At the time the book did not have a name.
The name is "Exploring the Jagungal Wilderness".
It was initially published as an ebook and is available on both Amazon and Apple. It has now been printed as a spiral bound book.
The background to the book was given previously but for the sake of completeness in this post it is stated below.
"The 2003 fires in Kosciuszko National Park, destroyed 23 huts and did enormous environmental damage. But they had some beneficial side effects. By clearing the undergrowth they revealed things which had been hidden or forgotten. This book tells of the hut ruins, graves and other features which were found; and also the old dray tracks and bridle trails which were traced and recorded.
A real revelation was that the bridle trails and dray tracks, which had been used by graziers and miners for over 100 years, were very sensible routes, which are just as useful for bushwalkers today as they were to the old-timers then. Even if the tracks fade away, as many have, we now know where they went. That makes it a lot easier for us to traverse the same country.
This book gives precise details of routes and interesting locations. It makes recommendations for long and short walks in the Jagungal Wilderness.
Klaus Hueneke, author of “Huts of the High Country” and “Kiandra to Kosciusko” described it as
“The most detailed coverage of track and hut sites in the Jagungal Wilderness ever compiled. Chapter after chapter, map after map, reveal numerous routes and sites between Snowy Plain in the east and the Grey Mare Range to the west, and between Island Bend in the south and Happy Jacks Plain to the north.”
One of the suggested destinations is Bluff Tarn (below), which does not even appear on the current Jagungal map.
The book deals with the area east of the Grey Mare Fire Trail and recommends that bushwalkers make use of the area south and east of Mt Jagungal which includes Cesjacks, Mawsons, Valentine, Kidmans and Tin Huts, and also the Diggers Creek area beside the Gungarlin River. Some of those huts do not have formed tracks to them and as a result do not receive as many visitors as they merit. The book includes extracts from the old maps which show the tracks and gives precise GPS coordinates for each route.
Significant inclusions are details of the Bulls Peaks Fire Trail, the Strawberry Hill Fire Trail, the old bridle trail into Kidmans Hut and past it to Mawsons Hut, the direct route between Tin Hut and Kidmans Hut and the route between the Burrungubuggee River and Tin Hut, via the Mt Porcupine Ridge. All these open up parts of Kosciuszko National Park which are away from the formed fire trails and which are good walks.
The book is initially available from Tabletop Press and directly from me. New retail outlets, some of which have been suggested on this forum, are being approached to stock it. I can be contacted on email@example.com
If there are any questions about the book or walks in the Jagungal Wilderness area, I would be delighted to answer them.