Snowy Mountains

New South Wales

Ngarigo Country

Mount Kosciuszko - Our tallest mount

Mount Kosciuszko

Mount Kosciuszko

Mount Kosciuszko is Australia’s highest mountain, located in the Snowy Mountains in Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales. The mountain was formed by a geologic uplift and not  by volcanic activity.

Kosciuszko National Park is the location of the closest downhill ski slopes to Canberra and Sydney, where you will find the Thredbo, Charlotte Pass, and Perisher ski resorts. The peak and surrounding areas get a covering of snow in the winter & spring (June-October or later).

There are 3 popular walks to the peak:

  1. You used to be able to drive from Charlotte Pass to within a few metres of the summit, but in 1977 the road was closed to public vehicle access due to environmental concerns. The road is open from Charlotte Pass for walkers and cyclists for 7.6km to Rawson Pass, from there a 1.4km walking path leads to the summit. Cyclists must leave their bicycles at the bicycle rack at Rawson Pass, then continue on to the summit on foot. A modest level of fitness is required to walk to the top. The road from Charlotte Pass is marked by snow poles, providing as a guide for cross-country skiers.
  2. The peak can be approached from Thredbo, taking 3 to 3.5 hours return. The Thredbo Kosciuszko Express chairlift operates all year-round, and the walk to the peak starts there. The walking path is a mesh walkway constructed to protect the native vegetation and prevent erosion. It is 5km to Rawson Pass, where it meets the track from Charlotte Pass. From there it is a further 1.4km to the summit. This walk to the summit is the easiest of all the Seven Summits and a popular walk in summer months. The track from Thredbo is easily followed until covered by snow in winter.
  3. Hannel's Spur Track, is officially Australia's biggest vertical ascent of 1800m. It is a challenging 15.5km track which approaches from the north west and is the only route to pass though the Western Fall Wilderness Zone (4 different bio-diversity bands along the ascent). This is the same annual route that the stockmen once brought the cattle up & down from the valley almost 2km below to graze in the alpine meadows. Hannel's Spur Track is about a 1.4km hike south/south/east of the Geehi Rest Area on the Alpine Way road between the towns of Thredbo and Khancoban.

Every year in December, the Coast to Kosciuszko ultramarathon running race (240km) takes place. It starts at the coast & concludes by ascending to the top of Mount Kosciuszko.



Mount Kosciuszko Map   

Latitude:

-36.4539979

Longitude:

148.2550252



18 Mar 2018

MORE ABOUT NSW

Browse State by State



More Places to Go


Midnight Oil recorded a song called "Kosciusko" on its 1984 album Red Sails in the Sunset


It used to be possible to access the summit of the mountain by road until it was closed from Charlotte Pass in 1977 due to environmental concerns.


The Beauty of Crystal Shower Waterfalls
The Beauty of Crystal Shower Waterfalls

Crystal Shower Falls walk starts from the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre and the walk takes you behind the waterfall.

Ghostly Tales of Fremantle Prison
Ghostly Tales of Fremantle Prison

For over 100 years Fremantle Prison has been home to stories of strange and unexplained occurrences.

How to BBQ a Steak
How to BBQ a Steak

Australians are famous for their BBQ's. Enjoying the beautiful climate, standing over the BBQ waiting for the feed. Australian meat eaters are also pretty fussy about how their steak is done.

The Australian Dunny
The Australian Dunny

In Australia, the outdoor toilet is affectionately known as the dunny. It may seem strange to outsiders, but the dunny is a unique part of Australian culture, and it has a rich history.

Menzies
Menzies

Menzies is a historic gold mining town where in 1894, a prospector named Robert Menzies stubbed his toe on the rich gold bearing rocks during the "gold rush".

Cultural Appropriation - Principles and Protocols
Cultural Appropriation - Principles and Protocols

In recent years, there has been a growing concern over the issue of cultural appropriation.

Monkey Mia / Denham
Monkey Mia / Denham

Monkey Mia, 850kms north of Perth is renowned for its wild, free-ranging friendly bottlenose dolphins.

Exploring Western Australia with Free Camping
Exploring Western Australia with Free Camping

Read on for a few tips on where to find some of the best free camping spots in WA!

The Gulf Country
The Gulf Country

The Gulf Country is a region of woodland and savanna grassland surrounding the Gulf of Carpentaria in the region of north western Queensland.

The Ghan - A journey by train
The Ghan - A journey by train

The Ghan is an Australian passenger train service that travels between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin on the Adelaide - Darwin railway.

TOP