Mount Kosciuszko Summit Walk

Mount Kosciuszko is Australia’s highest Mountain. It’s located in the Snowy Mountains and has seasonal snow. The Bass list of Seven Summits considers Mt Kosciuszko to be one of the Seven summits (however, Messner’s 7 summits replaces it with Puncak Jaya instead).

Whilst traditionally you used to be able to drive to the summit, due to environmental concerns, this is no longer possible. Snow gear (such as Cross country ski’s) may be required throughout some of the year, and during such times, GPS and maps are recommended (as trails are not marked). In non-snow conditions, this is considered a Moderate/easy hike, where the main obstacle to reaching summit is the length, however, it becomes a lot harder in snow. Ensure you are capable of hiking 20km before doing this trek. It is NOT technical .

Start in the morning to ensure return before dark (and keep in mind, parking can be difficult). There are various facilities throughout the summit walk.

Begin the walk at the carpark (it can fill up, so expect to walk to get to the beginning). There is a sign indicating the beginning of the walk. The trail is well defined and clearly marked. The trail follows alongside various valleys and eventually passes snowy River and Seaman’s Hut. Continue following the trail up to the summit which is clearly marked with a brick marker to mark summit. Return the same way that you arrived.

Mt Donna Buang and Mt Victoria From Warburton

Mount Donna Buang is a mountain located in Warburton Victoria with a moderate trek, a fresh-water spring mid-way at the carpark and an observation tower at the top of the trek.

Most people begin at the carpark for a relatively quick trek, however, this trek begins from the bottom of the mountain and climbs to summit. The path for this trek is well defined, and the view at the top is amazing. During the winter months, it often snows and Tobogganing is available at the summit. This path can get a bit slippery due to the mud during Winter, so we recommend if possible, doing it on a dry day or to bring trekking poles. Keep in mind, that as it sometimes snows at the summit during winter, you may require correct clothing, and if you plan to drive to the summit, you may require snowchains (or you can often wait for it to be cleared).

Whilst Mt Victoria is a bit of a letdown (its flat at the top with no lookout), Mt Donna more than makes up for it. On the way down, we recommend passing the carpark, and there is a pipe from the water spring which can be used to refill your water (feel free to push in front of the water companies who often hog it and often fill dozens / hundreds of bottles).

In windy weather, there is the risk of branches falling. The route is fairly obvious with GPS, and quite a number of people follow the route (although, due to its long length, you can’t rely on people the entire way). Toilets are available at the Mt Donna Buang Summit, and at the Carpark near the water springs.

A fair amount of parking is available on the street at the beginning (on the corner of Wellington Rd and Martyr Rd), and the entry to the trek is signposted. There is nothing particularly technical about this trek, so we consider it moderate, and you don’t need to be super fit to make it (it just takes time).