Mt Kosciuszko - the long way around


Scott Griffiths / January 31, 2019

3 min read

Crew Pic


Hike from the Car Park to the Summit Then Back down Dead Horse Gap

34.5km / 9 Hours - Ascent 1017

Getting There#

We drove down from Sydney on the Satuday of the Australia day long weekend and stayed the night at Discovery Parks in Jindabyne This was about a 30 mins drive from Kosciuszko National Park


To the National Park and up to the Summit#

We started the hike at the car park and then made our way up Mountain road to the start of the Merritts Nature Track. Slow and steady to start, then the incline got a little more intense


There is the option to take the Gondola up to the base which cuts out the 'stair' section



It took us just over an hour to get to the Base building, where we found loads of people mountain biking. Much better idea riding down it that walking up it 😄

Trail up

Then is was grated trail for the 4km or so. And it got crazy windy, I reckon 30-40km winds all the way from here to the top

Grated Trail

Not the best choise to wear shorts, as it was bloody freezing. Will still managed to stop and play a game of cards though called Durak, was starting to before traditional

Me At the top

From the Summit Back along Dead Horse Track#

Then the walk down (into the warmth) where we turned off down the dead horse track, oh and did I mention that the wind was still crazy!


Through the forest of dead trees, perhaps it should have been called dead tree track...

Dead Trees

Dead Trees2

Kozi Map The Map

Then we came back to this amazing sunset over widows lake


We spent another night at Discovery Park and the following Morning we drove up to Jenolan caves which was around 5 hours from Jindabyne

Most were pretty impressive

More Caves

Was time for a swim in the natural pool 1st

Natural Pool

Then a stop at Hymes beach in Jarvis bay, it does have the whitest sand on earth after all

Hymes Beach

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