The shortest walking route is from the locked gate at Gurrangorambla Creek in Kosciuszko NP, 4 kilometres into Oldfield's Hut, then 3 ks to Murray's Gap finally, another 3 ks to the summit. From the October long weekend, Tantangara Road off the Snowy Mountains Highway opens again. Drive to the locked gate on Pockets Saddle Road. If the weather is bad, like the rain we are having here today in the ACT or there is still snow and ice and the road at Tantangra Dam, the road is likely to cut up, then the locked gates will only be open to Nungar Creek. Ring ahead to Tummut 6947 7025 (firstly for the road conditions) or Yarangobilly 6454 9597 as another option. Tummut is best.
When I went into Bimberi, with one of my friends, we started at Corin Dam. Just past the dam wall there is a track that takes a minor spur up onto Stockyard Spur. We then followed the firetrail into Bimberi. Although the walk was long it was relatively easy being on the fire trails, once we had climbed Stockyard Spur. There was an old fire trail that isn't that easy to find. It is on the Rendezvous Creek Map, just east of Bench Mark 1301. On the track about half way between Leura Gap and Cotter Hut. This old trail although it is shown terminating 1 kilometre east of Bimberi Peak, it went through to join the Australian Alps Walking Track near Murray's Gap.
The only issue on the walk-in was at Corin Dam, the climb started immediately. It was good to get this climb over early. After Bimberi we dropped down to Oldfield's Hut then onto Pockets Saddle hut through Murray's Gap, and stayed at Pockets on the first night. 36 kilometres the first day was, I was rooted. On the second day we manage the 12 ks to Coolamine Homestead where we rested for most of the day and stayed that night. On the 3rd day, we crossed Coolamon Plain, then went over Mary's Hill, and on to summit of Mount Jackson. We dropped to the Goodradigbee Rivers and followed the river until we hit Harry's Spur Fire Trail. The Tea Tree on the Goodradigbee was shocking and affecting, and the river was too high to rock hop. The climb to the summit of Ginini was monstrous. Then it was back along the firetrail to the top of Stockyard Spur south of Little Ginini. Then it was all downhill from there.
If it wasn't for my friend Simon being such a strong walker and him needing to work the following day ... I would have been happy to camp that night on Ginini or die, rather than continue walking. The 3rd day could have been another 36-40 kilometres, maybe even more. This was a killer and a once in a lifetime walk.
The view to the sleeping lion, Jagungal ... and a hint of the the snow capped Main Range.
Coming off Jackson remains a blur. When I think about the trip I smile heaps and feel very satisfied, but I have know idea why I do smile and feel satisfied.
I didn't get around to measuring the distance of the 3rd day. I think that I was just happy to have survived.