Charlotte Pass, Kosciuszko National Park

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Charlotte Pass, elevation, is a location, snow resort and village in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. The pass is located in the Kosciuszko National Park where the Kosciuszko Road crosses Kangaroo Ridge. Charlotte Pass is the closest village to Mount Kosciuszko.Charlotte Pass Village is located at the base of Kangaroo Ridge to the south east of the pass. It is the highest permanent settlement in Australia and the location of one of Australia's oldest snow resorts. It is the coldest location in Australia, with a record low of -23.0C and winter temperatures which regularly drop below -10C.The pass and village are named after Charlotte Adams who, in 1881, was the first European woman to climb Mount Kosciuszko.Charlotte Pass provides access to some of Australia's highest alpine terrain and was formerly a stop off point for public vehicular access to Mt Kosciuszko, though the road now terminates at the Pass. Being an alpine area the area is subject to extremes in temperature, and is a recognised environmentally sensitive zone.HistoryThe Snowy Mountains region is thought to have had Aboriginal occupation for some twenty thousand years. Large scale intertribal gatherings were held in the High Country during summer for collective feasting on the Bogong moth. This practice continued until around 1865. The area was first explored by Europeans in 1835, and in 1840, Edmund Strzelecki ascended Mount Kosciuszko and named it after a Polish patriot. High country stockmen followed who used the Snowy Mountains for grazing during the summer months. Banjo Paterson's famous poem The Man From Snowy River recalls this era. The cattle graziers have left a legacy of mountain huts scattered across the area. Charlotte Pass itself is named after Charlotte Adams who, in 1881, became the first European woman to climb Mount Kosciuszko, Australia's highest peak.
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  • We did the full circle Charlottes Pass to Kosci walk over Easter as a family and had a great day out. All up it was about 23 kms (plus another 2 to get to the car, be early if you want a good parking ...  more »
  • This pass gives a sweeping view of the main range. From here you can do the lakes walk, the walk to blue lake, and the Mt Kosci summit. You can also take a dip in the snowy river. There are toilets an...  more »
  • Amazing place to visit. This place offers nice scenic drive from snowy mountains.
  • A nice easy grade (but longish) 9km walk to Kosciuszko Summit. You can start as early as you like so you can get to the top before the first wave of 'walkers' from Thredbo who have to wait for the first chairlift at 9:30am :-)

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