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Complete your bucket list at the highest peak of Australia
One of the most well-celebrated public holidays here in Australia falls on January 26. Annually, the nation commemorates the arrival of the first fleet that had shaped the diversity and landscape of this great country, with different family and community events. In 2012, I celebrated the day at Commonwealth Park with a free BBQ being served to the public.
This year, I've set my mind to do far more special in my books – a climb to the highest peak of Australia.
All packed up, we head off to the rugged alpine region of Mount Kosciuszko National Park – an easy 2 hour drive out of Canberra. With our stomachs rumbling, we stopped by Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery Door and Cafe for a relaxing lunch. The cafe has a sunny outdoor deck overlooking their sculpture garden, or if you're getting the chill of the cool mountain air, their cosy interior and an extensive range of authentic Schnapps to choose from the menu will surely keep you warm.
After our delectable Austrian-inspired lunch, we continued our journey and finally arrived at Kasees Apartment & Mountain Lodge, our humble home away from home in the heart of Thredbo Village. Fairly exhausted, we picked up some supplies at a local supermarket and call it a day with a great view of the sunset.
To reach the destination with an altitude of 2,228 metres, there are several walking tracks that you can take on, whatever your fitness level is. Those who have physical limitations or have small kids in tow, there is the 15 minute express chairlift up to the nearest access point to the summit, offering spectacular views of the valley.
The walk to the summit is 13km return from the top of the chairlift station at Eagle's Nest. Together with the other hikers, we started our ascent, carrying bottles of water,energy snacks and sunscreen protection. Weather in the alpine region can change dramatically in a short amount of time, so it is recommended to bring a warm clothing as well.
We followed the well-maintained trail under the intense heat of the sun, but with the amazing display of wildflowers along the way plus the breathtaking views of the main range, every step of the way was all worth a sweat.
I have finally fulfilled one of the many things I've been longing to do since migrating from overseas. And what made it so much more memorable was I did this incredible climb together with great friends and a special certificate to recognise the achievement. Truly, it was an amazing Australia Day to remember.