Mount Kosciuszko Facts

The highest mountain in Australia, Mount Kosciuszko, is in the southeast corner of New South Wales, where it is part of the Great Dividing Range.

Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest mountain, is accessible via a road from Charlotte Pass, a road to Rawson Pass, or via the Charlotte Pass road to Rawson Pass.

Mount Kosciuszko is located west of Crackenback and close to Jindabyne and is Australia’s tallest mountain at 2,228 meters (7,310 ft) above sea level.

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Mount Kosciuszko Facts for Kids

  • Mt Kosciuszko has a rocky terrain and dense forests.
  • Dick Bass completed the original 7 Summits list in 1985.
  • It was designated a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1997.
  • Count Pawel Edmund Strzelecki led the first expedition in 1840.
  • It was named by Paweł Strzelecki after Tadeusz Kościuszko.
  • Indigenous Australians called this mountain Tar-gan-gil.
  • Rawson Pass at 2,100 meters is home to the highest public toilet on Earth.
  • Many endemic plants and flowers grow in the alpine zone of this mountain.

Aboriginal names

Several Native Aboriginal names associated with Mount Townsend are Jagungal, Jar-gan-gil, Tar-gan-gil, Tackingal. All mean the same thing: Bogong Moth.


The mountain was formed by geologic uplift. It was formed by granite intrusions and heavily eroded sedimentary rocks.

Reaching the summit

Mount Kosciuszko is the highest summit in mainland Australia. The road to the summit is closed to motor vehicle access, and the summit is reached by walking or cycling.

The peak can be reached from Thredbo, taking 3 to 3.5 hours, and is popular in summer. 

Hannel’s Spur Track is a 15.5 km hike up Mount Kosciuszko that is officially Australia’s biggest vertical ascent of 1800m. The trailhead is located 1.4 km from the Geehi Rest Area on the Alpine Way road.

The peak is snow-covered in winter and spring. The road from Charlotte Pass is marked by snow poles.

The peak may also be reached by a chairlift, and the highest public toilet in Australia is located at Rawson Pass at 2,100 meters.


Mount Kosciuszko is an active volcano in Australia located in Kosciuszko National Park. It is popular for skiing and may have been ascended by Indigenous Australians long before the first recorded ascent by Europeans.

Where is Mount Kosciuszko Located

Mount Kosciuszko is located in Kosciuszko National Park, in New South Wales, Australia. It is the highest summit in mainland Australia

Mount Kosciuszko height in meters

It is the tallest mountain peak in mainland Australia at 2,228 meters (7,310 feet) tall.