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Mount Kosciuszko summit lookout

Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Overview

Mount Kosciuszko summit lookout marks the top of Australia’s highest mountain, in Kosciuszko National Park. Hike up from Charlotte Pass or Thredbo and soak in majestic views across the high country.

Stand on the very rooftop of Australia at Mount Kosciuszko summit lookout, 2228m above sea level. 

On a clear day, the 360-degree views stretch as far as the eye can see. Look towards Etheridge Range and Rawson Pass, or back across to craggy Mount Townsend, Abbott Peak and Alice Rawson Peak, and down into the Geehi Valley and Victoria. 

This iconic Snowy Mountains experience can be reached via 3 walking tracks. For the shortest option, take the chairlift (fees apply) from Thredbo and follow the elevated Kosciuszko walk, to be on the summit in around 2 hours. From Charlotte Pass, you can walk or cycle along Summit trail as far as Rawson Pass, then continue the final 1.4km on foot. Intrepid, well-prepared hikers can hike the challenging Main Range walk from Charlotte Pass.

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  • Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko walk, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Elinor Sheargold

    Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko

    This iconic day walk from Thredbo will have you conquering the summit of Mount Kosciuszko in a couple of hours. You'll quite literally be on a high as you soak in the epic views from Australia's highest point.

  • Seamans Hut along the Mount Kosciuszko Summit walk, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer

    Mount Kosciuszko Summit walk

    Get ready for a day of high altitude adventure. Hike or ride from Charlotte Pass to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko, through the high peaks of Kosciuszko National Park.

  • Main Range walk and mountains, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: E Sheargold/OEH

    Main Range walk

    Intrepid hikers can tackle the challenging Main Range walk, which takes in glacial lakes, historic huts, and the summit of Mount Kosciuszko, across alpine high country in Kosciuszko National Park.

These maps give a basic overview of park attractions and facilities, and may not be detailed enough for some activities. We recommend that you buy a topographic map before you go exploring.

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  • in the Thredbo-Perisher area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
  • The Thredbo-Perisher area is open all year, but some roads and trails may close due to weather conditions or park management issues. Kosciuszko Road is closed between Perisher and Charlotte Pass in winter (June to October long weekends).
  • Park entry fees apply on Alpine Way and Kosciuszko Road

    Winter (June to October long weekends): $29 per vehicle per day (24hrs from purchase); motorcycles $12; bus passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child per day. Find out more about the winter entry surcharge.

    Rest of Year: $17 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $7; bus passengers $6.60 per adult, $2.20 per child per day.

    Passes: Day passes, multi-day passes and annual All Parks Pass available from NPWS visitor centres, local agents and operating vehicle entry stations. Read our Annual Pass FAQs for information. Short Breaks Pass: $68 for 5 days park entry at price of 4 days (not valid winter). Eligible pensioners can apply for a complementary NPWS concession pass, to get free park entry. Download the exemption form (154KB doc).

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