Trip Planner:   South Pacific  /  Australia  /  New South Wales  /  Kosciuszko National Park  /  Winter Sports  /  Charlotte Pass

Charlotte Pass, Kosciuszko National Park

(4.3/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
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 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.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.
Take a look at our Perisher Valley trip builder to schedule your visit to Charlotte Pass and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Create a full Perisher Valley itinerary

(Perisher Valley is the nearest city to Charlotte Pass)


Plan your trip to Perisher Valley

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • From the short walk to the Charlotte Pass lookout you can see beautiful snow gums, alpine flowers and a great view of Mt Kosciuszko in summer. For the very fit, you can do several long walks, one to t...  more »