Summary: The Kosciuszko Trig is on top of Mount Kosciuszko - the highest peak in Australia. Reached via an easy 13km return walk from the top of the Thredbo chairlift, the summit offers some great views on a clear day.

The highest trig station in Australia – and possibly the most-visited (at least in summer) – the Kosciuszko Trig is on the summit of Mount Kosciuszko in the Snowy Mountains.

Kosciuszko Trig

The nameplate is affixed to the top of the modern rock cairn, which has an official height of 2229.48m (Mount Kosciuszko being 2,228m).

Kosciuszko Trig
Kosciuszko Trig

The current stone cairn replaces a more traditional trig with steel posts and vane, that was in place in the 1930s.

Kosciuszko Trig in the 1930s

As you’d expect, there are great views from the Kosciuszko Trig, being the highest mountain in Australia – although on a summer weekend you’ll be sharing the view with a large crowd of people!

View from Mount Kosciuszko

Getting to Kosciuszko Trig

It’s an easy walk to the Mount Kosciuszko summit, with the trail from Eagles Nest (at the top of the Thredbo chairlift) being almost entirely paved or on a steel boardwalk. The Kosciuszko Walk trail ascends to Rawson Pass (2,100m), where you can visit the highest public toilets in Australia. From here the trail winds up and around the back of Mount Kosciuszko before reaching the summit. (You can also start from Thredbo village, ascending via Dead Horse Gap or Merritts Nature Trail – both options add about 10km and make it a much more demanding walk.)

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