"Anyone can do it! Even grandmothers." I was scrolling through the stream of reviews online by people who had successfully hiked up Mount Kosciuszko, trying to convince my wife and daughter to join me on a day trip to ascend the highest mountain in the Australian continent.
We were mid-way through our road trip to complete the alpine drives on the Snowy Mountains, and hiking "Kozzie" (as the peak is fondly referred to) would be a bonus.
Kozzie is a mere 2,228m in altitude, and is so accessible that an estimated 100,000 make their way up its summit annually, all year round. According to Australian Geographic Outdoor, "One in 10 Aussies have made it to the top of Kozzie and a staggering seven out of 10 want to".
Australians wishing to accomplish the World's Seven Summits Challenge (on seven continents) have homeground advantage, as Kozzie is the easiest of the seven to bag. Oh, you lucky Ozzie, coz of Kozzie. In furthering my cause for the hike, I tipped off that the first 600m could be assailed without any legwork. Just hop onto a chairlift. Warily, my wife and daughter bought in.
Mount Kosciuszko rises from the Snowy Mountains, straddling the states of New South Wales and Victoria. These uplands represent the Alps of Australia, and are within reasonable reach, by car, from the cities of Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. The Kosciuszko National Park in New South Wales, where Kozzie resides, is accessible via the scenic road called the Alpine Way.
As for hiking up Kozzie, among the few well-trodden tracks, the Mount Kosciuszko Walk is the shortest, and therefore most popular. The trek along this route is noted to be gentle and horizontal most of the way.