Set in the heart of Kosciuszko National Park in New South Wales, Australia, Mount Kosciuszko is the tallest point in all of Australia. With a height of 2,228 metres above sea level, in the whole of Oceania, only Puncak Jaya in Indonesia exceeds its stature.
With such great heights come great falls, and although a trek up Australia’s Mouth Kosciuszko is the highlight of many explorers’ holiday, it can also be the setting of a very severe travel accident compensation claim. Stay savvy during your trip down south and hike with caution to avoid holiday-related injury.
Avoiding slips and falls: Accessing the summit of Mount Kosciuszko
In honour of war General Tadeusz Kosciuszko, the mountain was named in 1840 by Polish explorer Paul Edmund Strzelecki, with a nod to its resemblance to the Kosciuszko Mound in Krakow.
The summit can be reached via an eight-kilometre pathway named Charlotte Pass. Originally allowing vehicles to drive up the pass to within metres of the summit, the path closed to vehicles in 1977 due to environmental concerns. It is also possible to reach the summit via Thredbo, by a chairlift, all year round.
Both of the tracks meet at Rawson Pass at 2100 metres above sea level. Here, Australia’s highest public toilet was built in 2007 to help cope with the 100,000 visitors who climb the mountain each summer.
The National Park is also home to downhill ski slopes, with the Thredbo, Charlotte Pass, and Perisher ski resorts providing entertainment and thrills for daredevils looking to inject some adrenaline into their trip.
Hit the heights with caution during your holiday in Australia and avoid incidents and injury abroad. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service recommend that you follow some simple safety tips to prevent slips, trips and other holiday-related accidents when hiking:
- Apply sunscreen on before hiking, remembering to take a hat and a supply of drinking water
- During the summer months, applying insect repellent is advisable.
- Mount Kosciuszko on cross-country skis or snowshoes during the months of June to October, due to snow. Be advised that there are no snow poles marking the route.
- Never plan to trek during periods of bad weather. Check the forecast before embarking on your journey.
- Pre-plan your hike. Visit the Think Before You Trek initiative website before your excursion.
If you have been injured abroad, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for a free initial consultation to determine whether you have a case eligible to claim travel accident compensation.