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Kosciuszko National Park

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See also: Thredbo, a well known ski resort in the park

Kosciuszko National Park is in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales in Australia.

Understand[edit]

Australia isn't often associated with snow, but the Kosciuszko national park is 6,900 km², and offers decent enough skiing opportunities 350 km south-west of Sydney.

History[edit]

Used by aboriginal people for over 20,000 years, the park was a meeting point for feating on nutritious Bogong moths during the summer months. The first European to climb the mountain in 1840, Edmund Strzelecki, named the highest mountain here after a Polish hero called General Tadeusz Kościuszko, which explains the etymology of a name that is rather difficult to pronounce by most Australians.

The park was founded as "National Chase Snowy Mountains" in 1906, and renamed to its present name in 1944.

Landscape[edit]

Flora and fauna[edit]

The wildlife is rather unique given that this is a cold part of a generally very warm continent. The corroboree frog, mountain pygmy possum and dusky antechinus are located in the high reaches. There is also a significant population of wild horses.

Climate[edit]

The park has a cold Alpine climate, and the upper regions experience heavy snow for around 4 months of the year.

Get in[edit]

Map of Kosciuszko National Park

Fees and permits[edit]

Get around[edit]

The park boasts its own electric railway. The Skitube Alpine Railway was built (as its name suggests) primary for skiers moving between 1 Bullocks Flat (with road access and parking) and the ski resorts of 2 Perisher Valley and 3 Blue Cow Mountain.

See[edit]

  • 1 Mount Kosciuszko. Australia's tallest mountain, and featured as such on the original Seven Summits list. As climbing the Kosciuszko is a rather trivial challenge compared to the other continental summits, the Puncak Jaya on New Guinea is a taller and more challenging peak in Oceania. Mount Kosciuszko (Q178167) on Wikidata Mount_Kosciuszko on Wikipedia
  • Blue Lake.

Do[edit]

Hike the Main Range walk (22 km).

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Lodging[edit]

Camping[edit]

Backcountry[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Go next[edit]

  • Tumut is a town just outside of the park and a good base from which to explore it.
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