When traveling the Southern Highlands the temptation to get to the top of Mount Kosciuszko presents. There are a number of options, the Charlottes Pass to the summit taking the most time. The walk is not arduous and is a comfortable 5 hour return trip (walking the 19k’s). Climbing from 1800 to 2228 mtrs.
It was named by the Polish explorer Count Paul Edmund Strzelecki in 1840, in honour of the Polish national hero and hero of the American Revolutionary War General Tadeusz Kościuszko, because of its perceived resemblance to the Kościuszko Mound in Krakow.
Various measurements of the peak originally called Kosciuszko showed it to be slightly lower than its neighbour, Mount Townsend. The names of the mountains were swapped by the New South Wales Lands Department, so that Mount Kosciuszko remains the name of the highest peak of Australia, and Mount Townsend ranks as second.
Here are some photos of the day on the mountain.