There are so few areas of this desert continent where you can trek at an altitude above the tree line. In the untamed wilderness of Kosciuszko National Park, memories of deserts, trees and white beaches are long forgotten. This is the Australian Alps, the High Country, and home to the Snowy Mountains.

The ‘Snowies’ is the highest mountain range in Australia, extending from the Australian Capital Territory through New South Wales and into Victoria. The range claims five of the Australian mainland’s highest mountains with Mt Kosciuszko the winner at 2,228 meters above sea level.

These Alps have no pointy snow capped peaks and Mt Kosciuszko’s rather innocuous rounded summit makes for some pretty easy walking. But still, when you climb beyond where even forests of gnarled Snow Gums cannot survive, it is easy to forget for a moment that you are still in Australia.
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