David sips his early morning coffee.
What a magnificent sunrise.
The walk from Thredbo.
Walk to the top of Australia and watch the sunrise from it's highest peak - it's magnificent.
Mt Kosciuszko is Australia's highest peak. Many people visit the 2228m peak each year, and there they see a plaque commemorating Polish explorer Paul Strezlecki's ascent in 1840. He named the mountain after Kosciuszko, the Polish patriot.
The mountain is at the southern end of Kosciuszko National Park, and the closest access to the peak is from Thredbo Village. From there you board the Kosciuszko express chairlift which will take you 1900m above sea level. From that point it is an easy two hour walk to the summit.
Kosciuszko, Twynam, Townsend and Carruthers form the spine of the Main Range, home of mainland Australia's only glacial lakes. Glaciers tore at the granite range during the last ice-age and left five glacial lakes in their wake.
From the beginning of February to the end of April, you can have the moving experience of standing on the roof of Australia and seeing the sun rise.
It's an early start, of course. Everyone gathers at the Alpine Hotel at 3am, where they receive a backpack containing a hot drink and muffin for morning tea. You board a four-wheel drive troop carrier which takes you up the Cannonball Run to the top of Thredbo, close to Ramshead Range.
This is as far as the vehicle goes, and you then head out into the starry darkness, complete with warm cap and head lamp, for the summit walk.
Your guide will talk about the constellations on the way and as you reach the summit the sun begins to rise. You will have a 360º view of this beautiful experience.
On the trek back, your guide talks about the flora and fauna of the area, and you will see an 800-year-old bonsai pine and a glacial lake from the ice ages. There are more than 25 species of plant which grow nowhere else in the world.
When you are back at the top of Thredbo, it's time for a champagne breakfast and to receive your souvenir certificate. Then you take the chairlift back to the village with the day ahead of you for more alpine exploring!
Thredbo, around 500km southwest of Sydney.
Kosciuszko Sunrise Tours cost $120 per person from Thredbo, and include guide, transport and breakfast. They operate on weekends from February to April and are not suitable for children.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.
Thredbo Alpine Village
Ph: (02) 6459 4100, 1800 020 589