Mount Kosciuszko

Mount Kosciuszko, Kosciuszko National Park NSW, Australia

The main attraction of Kosciuszko National Park would have to be Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko. Sitting at 2,228 metres tall, it is to the west of Crackenback and nearby to Jindabyne.

 If you plan to conquer the mountain in the warmer months, take the day walk from Thredbo, and you’ll accomplish the trail within a couple of hours. Ride the Kosciuszko Express chairlift to cut off some time on foot; leaving a four to five-hour walk in total. The 13 kilometres return trek will guide you on to Ramshead Range passing the Snowy River to the summit. The summit showcases incredible views and is the highest viewpoint in Australia. The gradual climb brings 360-degree views across the Snowy Mountains and Victorian High Country. The air is crisp so pack a snack and stop for a little while to truly take it all in.

For a slightly longer adventure, skip the chairlift and walk from Charlotte Pass. This route is 18.6 kilometres return and takes about six to eight hours in total. For those riding, drop your bike off at Rawson Pass and continue on foot up to the summit.

For something, more challenging opt for the Main Range walk or Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko walk. The best time to enjoy trek is after the snow has melted from December through to March, in the summer months. Ensure you check the forecast before departing and arrive prepared with enough food and correct clothing so that you can have a safe and comfortable journey. To return, take the same track or if you would like to extend your trip take the Main Range walk passing glacial lakes like Hedley Tarn and Blue Lake. These lakes are part of a UNESCO protected Biosphere Reserve. Views along the journey bring some of Australia’s highest mountains, rugged rock formations and wildlife like marigolds, mountain roses and silver snow daisies. This summer walk is favoured by hiking lovers and mountain bikers and is a must do while you’re visiting the Snowy Mountains. Experience views from Australia’s highest peak and enjoy the crisp mountain air and rugged landscape.

Mount Kosciuszko, Kosciuszko National Park NSW, Australia