Mt Kosciuszko, NSW

Caravan, Camping and Holiday Parks with Kids - - Family Hiking -

Length: 14km, fairly flat, al­low all day Rec­om­mended age: 8+ A bit of a rite of pas­sage for true blue Aussies, this is an op­por­tu­nity to get to the high­est point on the Aus­tralian main­land, 2228m-high Mt Kosciuszko. Com­pared to many of the Snowy Moun­tains’ other sum­mits, it is not par­tic­u­larly steep or dif­fi­cult. The best time is early sum­mer, when the wild­flow­ers will be at their most pro­lific. Nearly all year round there will be some snow patches on the ground, and usu­ally enough to build a snow­man and have a snow fight. In win­ter the area is com­pletely cov­ered in snow and not suit­able for a fam­ily walk. There are sev­eral ways to the top, but the eas­i­est is to take a chair­lift from Thredbo to the top of the range. It’s a fun way to start and fin­ish the walk, and usu­ally the café at the top of the chair­lift is open. Then there’s a 7km easy-walk­ing mesh and paved track across the gran­ite and snow­grass to the sum­mit, and even toi­let fa­cil­i­ties a few hun­dred me­tres from the top. Weather can change quickly, so ev­ery­one should have warm clothes and a rain­coat.

Al­ter­na­tive walks in the area: Teenagers ca­pa­ble of a harder walk would en­joy tack­ling the best track to the sum­mit, which is the tough 22km loop from Char­lottes Pass via Blue Lake. The walk crosses the Snowy River and the views from Blue Lake Look­out are sublime.

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