12km (moderate to hard) - 5 hours approx
After breakfast and lunch making we depart the lodge and head out for a delightful walk to the Porcupine.
Starting at the Perisher Valley Reservoir, this 5 km (2 hours) walk heads up through Rock Creek valley to the panoramic views from Porcupine Rocks. On this walk, you will wander through button grass plains and among groves of snow gums whilst passing some granite tors. From the top of this walk, there are magnificent views down both Perisher Valley and Thredbo River Valley as well as to Mt Duncan.
Rainbow Lake is our next destination. There are some gentle climbs and small creeks to cross before catching first glimpses of sun sparkling upon Rainbow Lake, but it’s all part of the adventure.
Here we can take our pick of lakeside picnic spots, and bask in the sunshine while enjoying our lunch.
During the next 6 km walk, you’ll pass through a variety of settings, including tall eucalypt forest, outcrops of hefty granite boulders, and flowering and fruiting heathland. Then, of course, there’s the waterfall itself, which is wonderfully peaceful. Head to the platform on the south side for great scenic views. Be sure to check out the tall, fibrous -barked alpine ash trees nearby, which were logged in the area late last century and can grow to 90m tall.
Then it’s off to Kosciusko Education Centre at Sawpit Creek to view a range of hands-on displays and innovative programs to engage visitors wanting to learn more about the natural, cultural and historic heritage of Kosciuszko National Park. Back to the Lodge for the evening and a two-course dinner prepared by your guides.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner