Kosciuszko National Park Summit Walk
- Options: Thredbo start, 13 km return; Charlotte Pass start, 18.6km return
- Difference: Kosciuszko Express Chairlift in Thredbo
- Duration: Thredbo 4 to 5 hours; Charlotte Pass 6 to 8 hours
- Best time: After the snow melts; December through March
One of the best walks in the world is to the top of Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest peak in the beautiful NSW Snowy Mountains. You can begin this marvellous walk to the rooftop of Australia and a spectacular panorama from two locations in Kosciuszko National Park – Thredbo or Charlotte Pass.
The main difference in the two walks is duration. 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 two wheels at the bike stands at Rawson Pass and walk the 1.4km to the summit, which stands 2,228 metres. The panorama from the mountain top is breathtaking.
The best time for both walks is after the snow melts. December through March is ideal, 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.
The summit walk from Charlotte Pass is popular with hikers and mountain bikers, with great views of Australia’s highest peaks, historic huts such as Seaman’s Hut, and enchanting snow gums. Some of the wildflowers you’ll see in summer include silver daisies, mountain roses and marsh marigolds.
You can return to Charlotte Pass on the same track or if you’re well-equipped you can join 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.