• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    12.4 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1476.4 Feet

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
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River
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Wildflowers
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Swimming Hole

Beautiful scenic views leading you to the summit of Australia's tallest mountain.

The walk to Kosciuszko's Summit is easily one of the most scenic walks Australia has to offer. Australia's 'Snowy' Mountain range is enveloped in deep snow through Winter, so Spring, Summer and Autumn are the best times to hike this track - although a weather check doesn't go astray in the cooler months. During the Spring and Summer the alpine flora is visible, and snow melts to create stunning glacial pools.

Park at Charlotte Pass before heading out along Summit Road, a four wheel drive track up to the Summit. From here, journey along the Main Range Track. Along this track you will find a variety of flat mountaintops perfect for camping - just stay 200m or more from the glacial lakes, as local pollution does nothing for Kosi's fragile environment. This track is extremely well signed, no more than a few kilometres of easily visible track between signposts, but it doesn't hurt to take a map or GPS just in case. In the Summer there are tons of flies, so if you don't want to tackle these guys wear some netted protection. Even with the bugs it's worth the short trip from Jindabyne.

More info: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/Kosciuszko-National-Park/Visitor-Info

Pack List

  • Permit (on entry through either of the two roads in)
  • Camera
  • Hiking shoes and overnight gear
  • Water
  • Food for two days
  • Swimmers
  • Hat
  • Fly face net
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My partner and I just did it this summer and we did not expect the two huge storms that passed over us during the night while we camped on the mountain... definitely be sure to check weather forecast! 😅 other than that it was a beautiful hike, the first of the 7 summits that I will be attempting ⛰

17 days ago
17 days ago

My partner and I did this hike last Summer, and first off, the flies were a bugger! But, they only got us if we were sitting still for too long (15mins or more) and we did t without netting. Would highly recommend this hike to everyone, it's simple, straight forward and is a slow incline. When you reach the fork of the trail that leads from Thredbo, there are public toilets and there are always people - so you can go wrong! Enjoy it, when you climb on top of the sandstone pinnacle at the very top, you're the highest person in the whole of Australia at that very moment in time, something like that can't be beat! :)

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Charlotte O'Neill

Charlotte is a writer, runner, journalist, vegan (except for pizza), and photographer. She lives in Australia but would happily follow Summer around the world, and is passionate about sharing human stories about their environment.

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