Climbing Mount Kosciuszko

Lake Cootapatamba

I do love a mountain! Such a sense of satisfaction getting to the top – and it’s so much more satisfying when the mountain has cred – the highest mountain in etc etc. So of course as an Australian it was critical that I tick Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in the country, off the list!

  1. Make it a road trip
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    Fantastic look out point on the way to Jindabyne

OK so I do love a road trip! It is the best way to get around and see stuff. We started from Sydney and headed South. We had a lovely lunch in MittagongThe Glass Café – where I had a very tasty hamburger and chocolate milkshake (going to burn all those calories climbing the next day)!.

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Mittagong Milkshake

On the way back we headed into Bungendore and enjoyed a great lunch at Gunnadoo pies. What a fantastic name for a pie shop! And the pies were outstanding.

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One heck of a pie
  1. Mix up the walk

I did quite a bit of pre research on this and it was quite hard to figure out which route to take. As always it was much easier once you arrived and then all the brochures you needed were at the Valley chairlifts! But I’ve photographed them for you.

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On the way up
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Heading up the path

So we kicked off from Thredbo at the bottom of the chairlift and went up the Meadows Nature Track. This was a lovely peaceful walk – hardly anyone on it. We followed the path to where it meets the more challenging Merits track. This stretch was steep! Lots of water needed. This walk takes you up to the top of the chair lift where you join the Mt Kosciuszko Summit Walk.

From here the track got busy. We did the walk on easter Saturday so I guess that is to be expected. From the top of the chairlift it is 9km round trip and relatively steepish. There was every type of nationality and language being spoken as we passed people along the way. And very brave people with prams!!!

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Looking over Thredbo Village

We decided to take the chairlift town as round trip from the village it had been a 24km walk and we were rather weary.

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Me at the Summit!

We had a beautiful blue sky day and the scenery was stunning. Such a beautiful walk and so peaceful if you could ignore the many others seeking serenity!

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Heading Down
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The path options

In hingsight another nice option would have been to take the Merritts Traverse up the mountain vs the Meadows walk. The more full on option is to hop in the car and start the walk at Charlotte’s Pass. At the very top this connects with the Mt Kosciuszko Summit Walk. This one is about 42km round trip.

We did a packed lunch which was perfect. The only place to eat is the restaurant at the top of the chairlift. Which was nice (see the highest section) but I’m sure would have been busy and is a bit slow. Much nicer to stop and sit on the trail and eat and watch the world go by.

  1. Stay in a chalet in Thredbo

Thredbo Village is very cute. Loads of lovely chalets and a nice little main square and road. It was much nicer than what we could see driving through Jindabyne which is the town at the bottom of the mountain.

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Thredbo Village

Our chalet was fab – over 3 floors and massive. It even had a sauna! We ended up cooking and staying in both nights as we had nice wine and the living room was so big and comfy! We found our place through www.stayz.com.au and the chalet was owned by Visit Snowy Mountains. Ours was called Knickerbocker. It has a lovely terrace with a bbq and everything you could possibly need.

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Our Chalet
  1. Enjoy the highest…….
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    Eagles Nest – at the Top of Australia

So there is a lot of The Highest in Australia action here! Of course the summit is the Highest Point in Australia. And then if you head to the very nice Eagles Nest restaurant you can enjoy the highest coffee in Australia, the highest beer, the highest scones – anything you can consume can be posted on facebook as the highest of its kind in Australia! And when you get to Rawson’s Pass you can also visit the highest toilet in Australia!

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Australia’s highest toilet
  1. Have a great coffee at Central Road 2625 in Thredbo
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    How cute – this is what the bill comes in at the Central Cafe

So apparently this used to be a pretty average region for coffee. That is until Central Road opened up. It is in the main village square in Thredbo and has a very inner suburban feel and the fab coffee to match! We also did breakfast here on our final morning and it was fantastic. As I had burnt so many calories the day before I went all in with the pancakes, banana, bacon and maple syrup. A fantastic breakfast!

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Amazing breakfast at Central Cafe
  1. Take the camera

Lots of lovely shots on this trip! We had a couple of nice road pull over shots between Mittagong and Thredbo – literally just off the Hume. Love those lookout signs! Then of course there is the mountain itself. My favourite spot was Lake Cootapatamba – you’ll see this lake a lot as you head to the summit but the best shot was just before – or after if you’ve summited – Rawson’s Pass. As always it is easier to get nice shots coming down as it is a bit more relaxing.

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Lake Cootapatamba

I’ve attached below some of the key brochures we found in our accommodation/at tourist places. It was hard to access this type of information before we arrived so hopefully this is helpful!

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Map of Thredbo
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Brochure Three
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Brochure Two
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Brochure One
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Overall map of Thredbo Walks


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