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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  • July 18, 2017
    I have been skiing on and off for 37 years and I am so sad I didn't go here earlier. It's a lovely family place. No crazies. Reasonable slopes. Great instructors. It's not cheap to get to but such a g...  more »
  • February 22, 2017
    Did a walk to Blue Lake and back from Charlotte Pass with my wife and our 8 month old. I found this one to be more challenging than a considerably longer walk to the top of Mt Kosciuszko, as this one ...  more »
  • January 31, 2017
    Loved it in 2015 and thought we would try it again in the 2016 ski season. Still full of fun and old world charm. The dining room was great & we are going to try and visit again in 2017.  more »
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  • April 22, 2017
    Great place to start a hike from. Beautiful view I love going. However the parking is not good. You often have to pick on the rough road edge and walk to the pass.
  • June 11, 2017
    It's a wonderful driving destination for Sydney siders albeit 6 hrs. You can drive up to the Pass and relax enjoying the famed panoramic vista from the lookout. Also highly recommend for start hiking Mt Kosciuszko from there, a 18.6km return grade 3 difficulty. It's the highest place of Australia. Equally brilliant alt option is Hiking from sister village, Thredbo. Don't miss it...

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