Mount Kosciusko

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Mount Kosciuszko is the highest mountain in Australia, located in the extreme southeast corner of the continent. Located between Melbourne and Sydney in the Australian Alps, Kosciuszko draws crowds from both cities, and has become a popular resort for both hiking and skiing. The area has rocky terrain and is heavily forested, and receives heavy precipitation (both rain and snow) during the Australian winter.

Elevation (feet): 7,310
Elevation (meters): 2,228
Continent: Australia/Oceania
Country: Australia
Range/Region: South NSW Great Dividing Range
Latitude: -36.45
Longitude: 148.267
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
Year first climbed: 1834
First successful climber(s): Lhotsky , (disputed, may have been Count Strzelecki in 1840)
Nearest major airport: Melbourne, Australia
Convenient Center: Chalet, Australia

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 46 trip reports for Mount Kosciusko.

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  • Log #22114 - by ExpeditionOz on Jan 09, 2011
    All of the climbs have been during the summer months. The first climb in 1993 was from Eagles Nest encountered about 10 people on the summit. The second climb in 2002 started with a bike ride from...
  • Log #21841 - by Vik Sahney on Dec 21, 2009
    Sprained my ankle very badly just near the base of the hill when I stepped into a rabbit hole. Decided then to take the chairlift to the top and then hike the 13km while on painkillers and with an...
  • Log #21643 - by Ben on Apr 14, 2009
    I climbed this on Saturday. You dont really climb but walk all the way. About 6.5km from the chairlift station along mostly iron mesh pathway with paved section to the summit. It took me about 1hr...
  • Log #20752 - by brett eagle on Apr 24, 2007
    Fabulous! Few people, explored surrounding areas, ridge, camped almost alone. Alpine environment, very rewarding.
  • Log #20740 - by champion bitch kitty on Apr 12, 2007
    I took the Main Range track which is supposedly the hardest and longest circuit but was seriously a walk in the park and no physical challenge at all. I encountered one person on the walk itself...
  • Log #20711 - by Stewart Aickin on Mar 27, 2007
    Great day!
  • Log #20564 - by Kevin Grace on Dec 29, 2006
    the nearest major airport in CANBERRA !!!!!! not Melbourne. These are the statistics Canberra to Tredbo (walk commences) about 2 hours by car Sydney to Thredbo about 5 1/2 to 6 hours by...
  • Log #19127 - by Louis-Philippe Loncke on Feb 14, 2006
    05/12/2004(summer). Before going, I was told the walk can be almost made in wheelchairs! The last 200 meters are on concrete being possible for a car to drive up to there! Prepare for the cold wind...
  • Log #19021 - by Terry Daniel on Jan 04, 2006
    Sun Jan 1 2006 - Sydney's Max temp was 45.2 degrees C just two days later it was great to be at the top of "Kozzi" with a clear day and temp about 16 degrees C. Glenn,Paula,Mark,James and I...
  • Log #18876 - by Kevin Naughton on Nov 12, 2005
    A mostly suuny day, very cold with a stiff wind and snow from the thredbo chairlift to the summit, later clouds developed. Overall an easy climb despite being severely underprepared in my clothing.
  • Log #4210 - by Claudia Lazar on Aug 13, 2004
    I was determined to climb Mt Kozzie. My mum, dad and I reached the top of Thredbo's Kosciuszko Express chairlift at about 1:15pm. Mum decided to stay at the Crackenback restaurant while dad and I...
  • Log #4211 - by Jeffrey Stewart on June 18, 2004
    Blustery winds but with a strong will, climb over snow encrusted steel grate walk path up to the obelisk at the top of Australia ~! Two continents done, Kilimanjaro in September to go
  • Log #4212 - by Loza on May 09, 2004
    It was great...drank a VB at the highest point in OZ
  • Log #4214 - by Christopher Harnett on Mar 22, 2004
    First and easiest of the 7 Summits - 1 down and 6 to go
  • Log #4215 - by Mark Duncan, Climb for a Landmine Free World on Feb 12, 2004
    2 1/2 hours to summit, then straight down to the pub
  • Log #4216 - by Boris Marrone on Feb 11, 2004
    The highest peak in Australia, 2228meters. This is not mountain climbing, this is hiking. After having spent 2 days in Kosciusko NP, the weather suddenly became bad and the only option left was to...
  • Log #4217 - by Boris Marrone on Feb 11, 2004
    The highest peak in Australia, 2228meter. Not a challenge for experienced mountain climbers, but nevertheless a nice and rewarding hike to finally end up at the peak of this extremely low continent ;...
  • Log #4219 - by Carolina Roman on Jan 07, 2004
    Summit walk with 5 others to celebrate New Years :-). Top sunny summer's day.
  • Log #4220 - by dan on Dec 07, 2003
    Summited in windy, cold conditions. Still a bit of snow on the east face, nice walk to the summit the on to Mt Townsend (2nd highest) across the valley.
  • Log #4221 - by Dan Lochner on Oct 11, 2003
    After two tried I finally made the summit. Terrible weather. I learned it can be an interesting climb in the off season :)
  • Log #4222 - by dominick f. lacson on Sep 30, 2003
    great hike,easy grade. was lucky with the weather at 0 to 3 C that day.Minimal winds. Previous day was at a staggering minus 25C.
  • Log #4223 - by Tony Morris on Sep 29, 2003
    I'm thinking of scaling Mt. Kosciusko early next year (2004). Can anyone point me to some decent information on the internet regarding the climb ? Also, does anyone have a list of Australian...
  • Log #4225 - by Riley Vanderbyl on July 19, 2003
    My dad, my uncle, my 2 2nd cousins and I climbed Mt Kosiuskzo. It was really fun as I was standing on the monument because I was the highest person in Australia. I was in a lot of hurry because very...
  • Log #4226 - by Anne Lutz on May 25, 2003
    My daughter Margaret, a friend Rose and I summitted Kosciuszko on March 18, 2003. On the way to the top, we saw our first funnelweb spider on the trail. Wow, that was scary. I didn't know that...
  • Log #4227 - by Ric Mac on Apr 26, 2003
    It was Summer when I went, and the sun was out all day, but pockets of snow were still about, the music of it melting providing the only sound in this weird lunar-like landscape. I was glad I...
  • Log #4228 - by Kath O'Brien on Apr 23, 2003
    Walking to the summit of Mount Kosciusko was on my list of things to do and I was very happy to achieve it. I'm not in the habit of taking long walks but this was nice and steady and a bit of a...
  • Log #4229 - by Michael Brown on Mar 10, 2003
    Wild night of wind, rain and snow. We left Thredbo at 3:30 am am and skied (skins) up the ski runs. One of our group fell and slid down about 150m on a ski run! (No names) Once we got to the top of...
  • Log #4230 - by Scott Patterson on Mar 05, 2003
    It was a nice walk from Thredbo. Kimberly carried five month old Kessler to the summit. There were still some snow banks up here, a nice surprise since it was 106 (41C)degrees in Sydney.
  • Log #4231 - by Scott Patterson on Mar 05, 2003
    I sort of cheated when climbing the peak. I was carried up by mom. I can't walk yet because I am only five months old! I loved the experience though! Maybe I can be the youngest to climb the seven...
  • Log #4232 - by Pisa Salima on Feb 26, 2003
    I finkn that this is the bombing experiencing of tha life. I urge you all to climb this mountain like I did!! God bless you all and welcome!!! Hastings all the way 100%
  • Log #4233 - by Robbie Preston on Dec 21, 2002
    Take a warm jacket and scafe It may be summer but it snows in the mountain when it feels like it.
  • Log #4234 - by Chris Solman on Dec 03, 2002
    I would love to fly out to Australia sometime and conquer that lovely peak but I haven't got enough money and I'm not old enough.
  • Log #4235 - by Stewart Aickin on Dec 03, 2002
    RETURN trip from top of Snow Gums Chairlift to Mt. Kosciusko 2hours 50mins (Commencing climb from Snowgums chairlift at 9:17am) Weather - perfect
  • Log #4236 - by Jenny Reen(nee Steer) on Sep 21, 2002
    I was 13 at the time. You could drive to the summit and walk up some steps. The layers of blue mountain ranges upon one another was fantastic. Hope to do the trip soon with my own children.
  • Log #4237 - by Erik Bjornhage on Aug 20, 2002
    Damn beautiful. The Victorian mountains from the Kosciusco summit...the whole landscape, damn! Definitely coming back...
  • Log #4240 - by Rosalie & Frank Hailes on Aug 19, 2002
    Actually I am not quite truefull, I didn't climb the mountain, I drove my car up there in the days when you drive your vehicle's up to the peak and post a letter in the special mail box.
  • Log #4243 - by Guillermo "David" Navarro on Aug 19, 2002
    Enjoy the walk! There was no snow but there was a strong wind! The temperature difference from the stores below and the top was about 10 degrees lower. Bring extra socks as the path has now been...
  • Log #4244 - by SZABO Tamas on May 08, 2001
    Here's a picture from the summit: http://www.progen.hu/tct/eaunz41.html
  • Log #4245 - by Pagan on Mar 19, 2001
    i would like you to put some more photos on the Mt Kosciusko website for a lot of peole to look at and i also liked the Kosciusko website because.
  • Log #4246 - by David Jeyachandran on Feb 20, 2001
    This is a mountain for everyone. It is an easy enjoyable walk and the scenery is great. Though in summer it's fairly warm, it is a good idea to take gloves. I made this mistake and suffered a...
  • Log #4248 - by Jim Clash on Dec 21, 1999
    Great fun--no crowds, no garbage, no guides. Just me and the sky.
  • Log #4249 - by Dick Sanders on Dec 20, 1999
    climbed on a sunny warm day. Bad weather closed in during the afternoon, a long but worth it walk(well from thredbo to charlottes is long)
  • Log #4251 - by Jaclyn Smith on Oct 12, 1999
    this was really great!!!!! I loved it!!!! Hi MUM...
  • Log #4253 - by Adrian Rothwell on Aug 04, 1999
    Its a road!
  • Log #4255 - by Cagan Sekercioglu on Jan 14, 1999
    I wish the rest of the seven summits were this easy.
  • Log #4256 - by Graeme Woodhart on Dec 04, 1998
    Great climax to to week of walking from Round Mtn via Jajungal, Grey Mare Hut, Mts Tate, Twynam Carruthers Peak and the various glacial lakes.