In January we went camping at Kosciuszko National Park. It took several days to drive along the coast and we caught up with friends along the way at Wauchope (near Port Macquarie), Glenbrook (Blue Mountains) and Yass (near Canberra).

 

We set up camp at Tom Groggin campground on the border between NSW and Victoria – the Murray River. We had fun swimming, watching kangaroos and emus, and discovering the mountain huts.

Corey (15yo) and Mitchell (12yo) at O’Briens Hut

 

One of the highlights of the trip was climbing Mount Kosciuszko. When I say ‘climb’ it was more of a long walk. From Thredbo we caught the chair lift to the top of the ski slope. The chairlift ride took around 15 minutes and while up in the air, it was awesome seeing all the mountain bike riders sliding down the dusty slopes where skiers would be having fun in winter.

 

If you were wondering if there was any snow, I can assure you there was not because the temperature was around 38 degrees celsius!

 

Hiking to the top of Mount Kosciuszko, January 2019

 

The walk to the top of Mount Kosciuszko is 13km return and takes around 5 hours to complete. The landscape is very barren – no trees at all – just little creeks, rocks and fragile ground vegetation in a variety of colours.

 

We also stopped at Australia’s highest town – Cabramurra – which is interesting because only people that work on the Snowy Hydro Scheme live there. In other words, there is no accommodation for visitors, but we did enjoy a nice lunch at the bistro.

 

Other highlights on the trip were Yarrangobilly Caves and the old gold mining area Kiandra, both in Kosciuszko National Park. This area is rich in history and it was also interesting to see how many wild brumbies roam the hills.

Brumbies and signs warning drivers are abundant on the road from Kiandra to Tumut

 

After camping for a week, we headed home via Tumut and through Dubbo, visiting friends at Gunnedah and Tamworth on the way. Overall it was a fun trip and rewarding to visit one of the destinations on our bucket list!

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