Guidebook

The Top of Australia : Climb Mount Kosciuszko

How to summit Australia's highest peak in both summer and winter!

Charlie Boscoe

Description

For peak baggers out there, Mount Kosciuszko is a dream objective - it's the highest peak in an enormous country and yet doesn't require a huge amount of effort to climb. The peak sits just beyond the edge Thredbo mountain resort and is a day trip in both summer and winter for those with basic skills and reasonable fitness levels.

Thredbo resort is a pretty remote spot, lying 2.5 hours drive from Canberra, and 5.5 and 6.5 hours from Sydney and Melbourne respectively. It would seem a shame to drive all that way for a one day adventure so in this guidebook we've included some suggested warm up routes. In summer, that's a half day hike starting and finishing in Thredbo which will take you to the opposite side of the valley from Kosciuszko itself, and in winter it's a long and adventurous freeride line - Dead Horse Gap Run - accessed from the Thredbo lift system. You could feasibly do that line in the morning followed by the trip to Kosciuszko's summit in the afternoon, but spending a day blasting around the pistes of Thredbo and doing some freeride lines is a great use of a day, and a good way of getting your ski legs back before tackling Kosciuszko.

If 2 days skiing in this amazing area isn't enough - and it really isn't - then there's plenty more to go at the nearby resorts of Perisher (https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/28794/ski-down-under-:-guthega-and-mount-tate-tours/@-36.3689731,148.3606135,3488.0382264,-20.1998130,0,1798.9822746,normal) and Charlotte Pass (https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/28898/australia's-hidden-gems-:-charlotte-pass-ski-tours/@-36.3938731,148.2982842,3279.8481311,-90,0,2024.9537417,normal).

For those looking to make a longer summer trip out of summiting Kosciuszko, it's "only" 4 hours (next door by Australian standards!) to Falls Creek, where hiking and biking (https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/1514/the-best-of-falls-creek-mountain-biking/@-36.8619334,147.2677141,11334.9118200,-36.7627276,0,1724.5280951,normal) adventures abound!

Thredbo Village to Mt Kosciuszko Summit

Thredbo Village to Mt Kosciuszko Summit

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
2 - 3 hrs
9.8 km
891 m
40 m
Once up out of the Thredbo Village (via Merritt's Nature Trail), the hike from Eagle's Nest (top of Kozzie Express chairlift) to the summit is easy and mostly on wide metal walkway. (The full walk is 9.8 km one way only)
Moderate
Private
Thredbo Loop

Thredbo Loop

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
3 - 4 hrs
13.3 km
677 m
677 m
This loop follows Merritt's Nature Trail up out of the valley, traverses the Rams Head Range via the Dead Horse Gap Trail, and then follows the Thredbo River Walk back to Thredbo Village.
Moderate
Private
Karels T-bar to Koscuiszko Access

Karels T-bar to Koscuiszko Access

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
1 - 2 hrs
4.9 km
265 m
80 m
17 °
An incredible tour through the unique true Australian alpine area from Thredbo to Kosciuszko
Easy
Private
Dead Horse Gap Run
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Dead Horse Gap Run

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
532 m
23 °
44 m
4.1 km
A local favourite, dropping 400 vertical metres not too far from Thredbo dropping down to Dead Horse Gap car park.
Moderate
Private