Charlotte Pass was the next stop on my long weekend micro-adventure. Charlotte Pass is the point in the Snowy Mountains where the Kosciuszko Road crosses Kangaroo Ridge at 1837m. The small ski resort of Charlotte Pass Village is nestled into a basin on the under side of the pass.
The area is named after Charlotte Adams who was the first recorded European woman to climb Mount Kosciuszko in 1881.
In winter the area is a thriving ski resort accessible only by snow equipped transport, but in summer makes for a great hiking base.
There are an array of walks from Charlotte Pass of all lengths ranging from the Summit Trail to Mt Kosciuszko (18.5km / 7.5 hrs) to the Snow Gums Boardwalk (400m / 15 mins) and the Main Range Track which is a 23 km circuit but can be broken into smaller sections for shorter walks.
We started with the Snow Gums Boardwalk – a lovely short walk with amazing views of Australia’s highest mountains.
After a short distance the board walk reaches a set of steps up to a panoramic view point.
You can see Australia’s highest mountain, Kosciuszko, in the mid to left of the image below.
From there we joined the Main Ridge Track and did the short section to the famous Snowy River and back. The track starts winding down through alpine plant life to the river itself.
At the bottom of the track down awaits the Snowy River – a great spot for a break or a destination in itself. You can cross the river on stepping stones in good conditions and it is a great place for kids to play with the stones, flowers and water.
For those seeking a longer walk you can continue on towards the Blue Lake which is a 10km return walk.
Check out these and other walk descriptions on our Walks Page.