Charlotte Pass

Driving the paved Kosciuszko Road to Charlotte Pass in Australia

Charlotte Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.840m (6,037ft) above the sea level, located in New South Wales, in Australia. It's one of the highest roads of the country.

How long is the road to Charlotte Pass?

Located on the southern part of the country, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called Kosciuszko Road. Starting from Jindabyne, the road to the pass is 39.7 km (24.66 miles) long. The pass is named after Charlotte Adams, who, in 1881, was the first European woman to climb Mount Kosciuszko.

What’s at the summit of Charlotte Pass?

The road ends on a parking lot. It’s the starting point for Mount Kosciuszko Summit walk. At the summit there’s a scenic lookout, known as Charlotte Pass lookout. To the south there’s a ski resort called Charlotte Pass Snow Resort. The pass is located in the Kosciuszko National Park and provides access to some of Australia's highest alpine terrain and was formerly a stop off point for public vehicular access to Mount Kosciuszko, though the road now terminates at the pass.

Is the weather at Charlotte Pass challenging?

Tucked away in the Snowy Mountains, be aware that the weather can be challenging due to its alpine location. The drive offers stunning views of Australia’s highest mountains.