• Claire

Climbing Australia's Highest Mountain - Mt Kosciuszko

Updated: Apr 27, 2019

Compared to many other countries in the world, Australia's highest mountain - Mt Kosciuszko at 2,228m is tiny and climbing it is an easy feat. Nevertheless, Mt Kosciuszko and the Snowy Mountains in Kosciuszko National Park should be a must-do for every nature lover. The park is home to some insanely beautiful scenery and a whole range of hikes to suit every level.

My friend a I drove to Kosciuszko National Park from Canberra during our East-coast road trip in April (see my montage video from this trip here). We had a really limited time frame to do the walk as we had driven 3 hours from Canberra to Thredbo in the morning and had to drive 4 hours back up to Batemans Bay that night.

It's possible to begin the Mt Kosciuszko summit walk either from Thredbo ski resort or from Charlotte Pass. In Thredbo you can take the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift as a short cut to reach the start of the Kosciuszko summit walk which is 13km return (4-5hours) compared to Charlotte Pass which is 18.6km return (6-8 hours).

As we were short on time, we chose to ride the chairlift from Thredbo. The chairlift went for around 15 minutes and gave us a great view over Thredbo.

Chairlift from Thredbo

The 13km return Kosciuszko summit trail is marked the entire way with a metal walkway and is an easy incline the whole way. The barren alpine landscape is incredibly beautiful - there was even some patches of snow on the ground!

The final summit track up to Mt Kosciuszko was a rocky, slightly inclined path but nothing strenuous. After roughly 2 hours of walking we were on the top of Australia at 2,223m!

Mt Kosciuszko Summit

Mt Kosciuszko Summit

The Snowy Mountains are definitely a place I wish I had more time to explore and somewhere I will definitely be returning to! The Mt Kosciuszko summit is definitely a do-able day trip from Canberra but I would recommend you stay at least a night in Thredbo or nearby Jindabyne to have more time to explore the area!

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You can watch the YouTube video I made about this trip here. Check out all my other adventures in Australia right here on my blog!