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Top Tips for Climbing Mount Kosciuszko, Australia

How to get there

  • Plan how you’re going to get to Thredbo – It’s not the easiest place to get to via public transport - driving would be your best bet.

  • Book your accommodation before you go, it can get booked up pretty quickly especially when it’s high season.

  • There is free parking in the village

  • Check out the Thredbo Website at

What to take on the walk?

  • Take enough water with you – about 2 Litres

  • Have some food or snacks as well to keep your energy levels up.

  • Maybe plan to make a day of it and have your lunch up on the mountain.

  • Wear sensible shoes – trainers will be fine, but hiking shoes are better.

  • Wear layers and take a waterproof jacket.

  • It can get cold up there even during the summer so have a hat and gloves.

  • Sunglasses and sunscreen is a must!

The walk

Kosciuszko Express Terminal to Mt Kosciuszko Summit

Walking on the meshway.

  • The walk is not difficult if you’ve got a reasonable level of fitness.

  • Children will be fine on this walk as well.

  • Its 13km in total which the guide book says will take between 4 – 6 hours. I got the chairlift up, walked to the summit and back down to the village. This took me 4 hrs in total.

  • There are guided walks available as well.

  • Mount Kosciuszko is 2228 m high.

  • There are toilets on the mountain at Rawson Pass and at the top of the Express Chairlift.

  • Take the chairlift up and back down again – It’s not cheating!

  • The chairlift takes 15 mins and costs AUS$28 for one way.

  • The chairlift closes at 4pm. If you miss this the only way to get down is to walk. Merritts Nature Track would be the quickest way down.

  • Leave enough time to do the walk so you don’t have to rush it.

  • Stick to the designated footpaths and help to protect the nature while you’re up there.

  • Take your litter home with you. This is a National Park – look after it!!

  • While you’re walking take the time to appreciate where you are and take in the stunning views.

  • Take a few minutes at the top to appreciate what you’ve achieved. You’ve just climbed the highest mountain in Australia!

  • Take a selfie! Record your achievement!

Selfie at the top!


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