A great way to experience the spectacular scenery of the NSW Snowy Mountains is on foot. You can even walk in the warmer months to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest peak. The quickest walk to the rooftop of Australia begins with the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift in Thredbo.
The scenic ride takes you to the Kosciuszko walk, which winds past granite outcrops and wildflowers, across the Snowy River’s headwaters and above Australia’s highest lake to Rawson Pass, where it’s a gradual climb to the peak, standing 2,228 metres. The longer summit walk begins in Charlotte Pass.
You’ll find many more wonderful walking tracks, from heritage and waterfall trails to challenging trails in Kosciuszko National Park. December through March is recommended as the best time for walking and hiking in the Snowies. Be sure to read these bushwalking safety tips before you depart.
Guided walking tours are available too, offering various levels of adventure such as camping. You can join a guided walk to the top of Mount Kosciuszko with K7 Adventures and Mt Kosciuszko Walks. Or combine your wilderness walks with a stay in a luxury lakeside spa resort.
On the Wiradjuri Aboriginal Cultural Tour in the Tumut region you’ll learn about indigenous connections to the striking landscapes, the Dreaming and bush tucker. Near the amazing Yarrangobilly Caves are more walks and a natural thermal pool ideal for a rejuvenating dip.
In the Tumbarumba region, you can follow the 1824 expedition route of famous explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell on a section of the Hume and Hovell Track. There are walking tracks into the western side of Kosciuszko National Park, including the Major Clews Hut and Patons Hut trails.
On the eastern side of Australia’s highest mountains is the Cooma region, where the Cascades walking track leads to splendid views of the Tuross River. The Tuross Falls walking track in Wadbilliga National Park will take you to a platform with fabulous views of a tumbling waterfall and beyond.