Australia's Highest Peak


MOUNT KOSCIUSZKO 

With a height of over 2,200 meters, Mount Kosciuszko otherwise known as the Snowy Mountains is considered one of the seven summits in the world. The seven summits are the highest mountains of each continent, and is considered a great mountaineering challenge to conquer them all. If mountaineering isn’t your forte, you can immerse yourself in a region that is alive with many seasonal activities. 


 The Snowy Mountains is a three hours' drive from Canberra and six hours from Sydney Australia, the drive boasts incredible views and attractions on the way. During the winter season, it is an awesome escape to touch your first snow, make snow angels, build a snowman, ski, snowboard, have snowball fights and more fun winter activities! But make sure you gear up from the many snow hire stores scattered around the area, it will get quite chilly! 


IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT THE SNOW 

In the warmer months, there are still plenty of things to do. Going into late spring, the Snowy Alpines turn into the ultimate outdoor escape. The Snowy Mountains resides within the Kosciuszko National Park that covers 700,000 hectares. So without all the blistering snow it is a perfect place for adventurers and thrill seekers alike. You can go hiking, rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, camping, caving, horse riding or even watch wildlife. 

The most exhilarating ‘must-do’ activity is to reach the highest peak, taking in the uplifting and stunning picturesque view Australia’s highest peak has to offer. The fastest and easiest way there is to take the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift to the highest access point. This 15 minute ride goes up 560 metres, showing you incredible views as far as the eye cans see. Once reached, the trek to the peak is approximately 6km, so have your hiking boots at the ready! Along the way, you’ll see many daunting peaks, waterfalls and unique flora that only grow within that area. This national park attracts and entices many nature lovers alike. 


Deep within the park lies the Yarrangobilly caves, these limestone caves are a stunning sight to see, consisting of underground chambers and thermal pools. You can create your own adventures, maybe fishing is more of your interest. The pristine waters of the Snowy Mountains has an abundance of trout and salmon, so embark on your own venture, and you could possibly catch more than you bargain for. They also hold the Trout Festival here annually in November. 

With the passing of the snow, it leaves way to impressive dirt tracks, becoming a haven for mountain biking and 4WDing. From hardcore downhill runs to flat terrains, Kosciuszko National Park has it all. 

THERE’S MORE THAN YOU THINK 

In the day, enjoy the great outdoors and soak in the sun. By nightfall grab a beer or dine at some of the most lavish restaurants Kosciuszko has to offer. There are many towns scattered within the National Park, each having their own rich cultural heritage. These towns have helped shaped Australia’s identity, and with their vast amount of restaurants, nightlife, cafes, retail and attractions, a whole array of experiences are available. 

There are plenty of accommodation types at Kosciuszko available, from cabins, cottages, hotels and resorts you can choose what best suits you. Camping and caravan options are also available during the warmer months for those that want to take it to the next level. 

Don’t hesitate at the name ‘Snowy Mountains’, it is definitely just as good with or without the snow. So find your inner self, and enjoy the many activities with friends or family. 
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