Hiking Australia’s Highest Peak: Kosciuszko

Hiking Mt Kosciuszko and visiting Kosciuszko National Park has been on John and I’s to-do list for a while. This past Easter weekend we took to the opportunity to hike Australia’s highest peak, and discover this rugged and remote corner of our continent.

Mt Kosciuszko Summit Walk details:

  • Distance: 18km
  • Hiking time: 3-6 hours (dependent on speed and breaks)
  • Difficulty: Easy, but long
  • Starting point: Charlotte Pass (1760m), Kosciuszko National Park, NSW
  • Mt Kosciuszko Peak: 2228m
  • Camping: Yes
  • Biking: Yes

Kosciuszko National Park is a vast, wild and beautiful area of the Australian continent. There is so much to see, and probably never enough time in our lifetimes to fully discover the whole region. We were lucky enough to scratch the surface with the Summit Walk, and here’s what we loved.

The views are “wow” out loud. 

I said “wow” so many times! I loved the sweeping vistas, the dramatic ridge-lines, and the raw, unspoiled natural beauty. This walk delivers on the views every time you peak around a bend.

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Its long, but not difficult. 

We loved that this walk has a wide, gently sloping track the whole way to the summit. My husband John could have easily completed the walk in under 4 hours, however we took our time and stopped for a leisurely lunch at the top, so we were back in 6. I would recommend wearing hiking boots or shoes, as by the end, my feet were hurting from thin soled running shoes. The track is a little uneven.

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At Easter, we had most of the track to ourselves.

There were only a sprinkle of people along the trail, and by the end of our lunch at the summit, we had the whole mountain-top to ourselves. The hikers we did encounter were lovely! We love the bushwalking/hiking community, everyone is always so generous, friendly and respectful.

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It’s the birthplace of a very special river. 

The Snowy River is a crisp, clear and untouched example of Australia’s pristine wilderness, and it all starts here on the slopes of Mt Kosciuszko. There are cute minnows in it’s shallows and you can take a break on its banks and listen to the currents cascade over the granite boulders.

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Reaching the summit is so satisfying. 

It is a bit of a slog towards the end, but the 360 degree panoramic views are some of the best we have seen yet. The area is expansive, so you can find a spot to yourself for a selfie of two and some lunch. Returning to Charlotte Pass is a breeze, it’s all downhill!

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All in all, this is one of the best hikes we have done so far. If you have any questions for me, or would like to know more, please comment below!

Another hike from this trip: The Clarke Gorge Walk

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