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Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko

"We walked to the top of Mount Kosciuszko - what a view. It was like we were on top of the world."

If you’re visiting Kosciuszko National Park in the warmer months, a walk to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko is a must-do.

Starting at the top of the Kosciuszko Express chairlift at Thredbo, this challenging walk takes you on a journey past the rocky granite outcrops of Rams Head Range and through heathlands for a couple of kilometres before reaching the lookout. Take in the scenic views before setting off for the summit.

You’ll cross over the headwaters of the Snowy River, before climbing above Lake Cootapatamba and continuing on to Rawson Pass. Take a break to enjoy your surroundings and check out the interpretive displays to find out about the significance of this country to Aboriginal people.

From here, it’s a gradual climb to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko, mainland Australia’s highest mountain. The view is bound to impress you. Stay as long as you like before walking back along the track to Thredbo.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Kosciuszko walk begins at Thredbo Village in Kosciuszko National Park. From Jindabyne:

  • Travel along the Kosciuszko Road and turn left onto Alpine Way
  • Travel 31km along the Alpine Way and turn right into Thredbo Village
  • Catch the Kosciuszko Express chairlift to the start of the track

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - Snow chains required after snow

Parking:

Parking is available at Thredbo.

Important info

Distance:

14.3km (loop)

Time suggested:

4.5 hours

Difficulty:

Medium difficulty

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and plenty of drinking water
  • You might like to take insect repellent to ward off flies during the summer months
  • The track is generally covered by snow between June and October, and possibly at other times. You can get to Mount Kosciuszko on cross-country skis or snowshoes at these times, but there are no snow poles marking the route.
  • Weather can change quickly in the mountains and snow can fall at any time of the year so you’ll need to be well prepared. Always check the weather conditions before setting out, and never set out if bad weather is approaching. Find out more about alpine safety.
  • The Think Before You Trek initiative operates in this park, please check out the website when planning your hike.
  • Snow chains on tires are required when driving in the park between June and October long weekends. Roads can close in poor weather, so it’s a good idea to check conditions with before setting out

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Seamans Hut with grass and wildflowers. Photo: Murray van der Veer