Kosciuszko Summit

Kosciuszko National Park

Beautiful walk to the top of Australia, boardwalk all the way, still know you have walked it though, will probably be lots of people. Catch the chairlift up to top of Crackenback, enjoy the wild flowers, heaths and cross the headwaters of the Snowy River, wow what a way to spend the day. Take in the view.

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$17 Per car (summer park entry) $37 ea Chairlift (Daypass) to Start of track.

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Hiked the to summit today. There was quite a lot of snow earlier this week (yes late November) which meant a lot of the track was covered in thick snow and slowed me down - however was able to make it to the top which had excellent views. Went up the chairlift from Thredbo which was worth paying for. Walked down instead of catching the chairlift back down and regretted it. Worth doing especially to see snow in late spring

Juiced Pixels on 26 Nov, 2022

Walked from Charlottes Pass to the summit via Seamans Hut. Really scenic walk that is so gradual you barely realise you are ascending. The path is really well maintained and there are frequent markers letting you know how far along you are. When you get to the summit you look around and wouldn't know you are at the highest point in Australia considering all the neighboring peaks look exactly the same elevation. Even at a casual pace it only takes a couple of hours or so to make your way to the summit from the carpark and takes pretty much the exact same amount of time to make the return journey.

Vonsnrub on 16 Mar, 2022

A bit boring but made it to the summit and a good walk after being lazy for a while

Stuart Lackas on 26 Jan, 2022

Took the Kosciusko Express Chairlift to the start of the summit walk, which is 13km round trip. Easy path although some sections are steep. There are toilets not far from the summit. The day I went the weather was fine, although the wind was quite cold as soon I stopped moving. Great to have hiked to the top of Australia.

Olwyn on 9 Mar, 2021

A cold and windy start but day finished up beautiful and sunny.

Agent86 on 5 Mar, 2021

Chairlift up on Snow Gums. Traversed across to Eagles Nest approx 400 meters. From there the track is easily made out due to not too much snow on the ground. Steel grated walkway most of the way to the intersection from Charlotte Pass. From there a nice leisurely ascent to the summit.

Recommended if walking this time of year to take warm clothes and headwear. better to have it and not need it then not take it and wish you had.

Will be back to do the full hike and also some others in the region during summer.

Steve on 6 May, 2018

This was a beautiful walk. It was suggested to me to get there early and be one of the first to get the chairlift as to get uninhibited views from other hikers while hiking and once at the top. I am glad I did. It was glorious.

Nadso on 16 Dec, 2017

I did this when you could drive most of the way, I cheated!!

bumper on Dec, 2012

Yes, well worth the Hype, Beginning with a delicious brunch and Cuppa at Eagles Nest (top of chairlift) followed by an amazing walk to the summit, still allot of snow covering the track.... One to remember :)

Anthony & Stephanie on 28 Oct, 2012

main range--summit, 21.6km, 8h.
Great view!

Gina on 24 Jan, 2012

Was great, did it with the 3 kids, take water, watch the sun, enjoy the views, wildflowers are beautiful, see some snow in summer, lots of people but never crowded, apparently busiest time is Easter.

drewmac on 28 Dec, 2011

This is a great walk to tick off, though you really don't feel like you're on Australia's highest mountain. Most of the work is done by the chair lift, then it's a fairly level walk to the summit. There were heaps and heaps of flies.

Ian and Sue on Jan, 2008


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