Kosciuszko National Park Summit Walk
Following recent bushfire activity in NSW, many national parks remain closed or have restricted access. Visit the NSW National Parks & Wildlife website before undertaking any travel to check which areas are open. A total fire ban is also in place across most national parks.
- Options: Thredbo start, 13 km return; Charlotte Pass start, 18.6km return
- Duration: Thredbo 4 to 5 hours; Charlotte Pass 6 to 8 hours
- Best time: After the snow melts; December through March
There are two ways you can reach the top of Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest peak, the main difference in the two walks is duration. Both offer spectacular views of Kosciuszko National Park, with one beginning in Thredbo and the other in Charlotte Pass.
In Thredbo you can take a scenic ride aboard the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift to the start of the Kosciuszko walk, which is 13km return or four to five hours. A popular day walk, the track winds above Lake Cootapatamba, Australia’s highest lake.
The alternative summit walk departs from Charlotte Pass and is 18.6km return or six to eight hours. For mountain bikers, leave your bikes at the stands at Rawson Pass and walk the 1.4km to the summit, which stands at 2,228 metres.
The best time for both walks is from December through to March, when the alpine wildflowers bloom. The weather can change quickly so check forecasts and read these bushwalking safety tips before your walk. Always prepare thoroughly for your safety and comfort.
Experienced hikers can also take the challenging Main Range walk, which winds past glacial lakes Hedley Tarn and Blue Lake. The glacier-carved landscapes along the Main Range track are part of a UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve.