A challenging road to Mount Kosciuszko in Australia

Mount Kosciuszko is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.228m (7,310ft) above sea level, located in New South Wales, Australia. It’s the highest point in the country where you can legally take a push bike. It's one of the highest roads in the country.

Mount Kosciuszko

How long is the road to Mount Kosciuszko?

Set in the Snowy Mountains, within the Kosciuszko National Park, the trail to the summit is 9.2km (5.71 miles) long, starting at Charlotte Pass. It’s totally unpaved and called Summit Road. The path has a gravel and rocky surface.

Can I drive a vehicle to Mount Kosciuszko?

Until 1977, it was possible to drive through Rawson Pass to within a few meters of the summit. The current walking track to Mount Kosciuszko from Charlotte Pass is, in fact, that road, which was closed to public motor vehicle access due to environmental concerns. This track is also used by cyclists as far as Rawson Pass, where they must leave their bicycles at a bike rack and continue onto the summit track on foot.

Is the climb to Mount Kosciuszko worth it?

Tucked away in the southeastern part of the country, the ride is definitely worth it. It passes the well-known Snowy River and Seamans Hut. Rawson Pass is at the foot of Australia's highest mountain, and there are great views along the main range. Rawson Pass is also home to the highest public toilets in Australia. The road crosses the Snowy River at 4.5 km and then ascends gradually to Seaman's Hut (6 km), Rawson's Pass (8 km), and, finally, to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko.