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A few facts about Australia’s Highest Point: Mount Kosciuszko

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Height

In terms of mountains worldwide, Australia’s largest is in fact, a midget. Standing only 2,228 metres, it’s around a quarter of the size of Mount Everest. As the chart below demonstrates..

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One of the 7 Summits

Although Kosciuszko was included in the original 7 Summits list, first completed by Dick Bass in 1985, there has been a lot of debate since as to whether it should in fact, be included. It all comes down to whether you consider Australia to be a continent in its own right, or whether it is part of the more encompassing ‘Oceania’. If you prefer the latter option then Carstensz Pyramid in Papua New Guinea would be the true member of the 7 Summits. Being a circumstantial patriot, I consider Australia a continent and therefore have elected to climb Mount Kosciuszko. (The fact that it is substantially easier and cheaper had no influence on my decision..)

Naming Rights

Polish explorer Count Pawel Edmund Strzelecki was the first to summit the peak, way back in 1840. Why isn’t it called Mt Strzelecki? Because this selfless fellow decided to name it after Polish hero General Tadeusz Kosciuszko, a prominant figure in the American revolution. The Australian mountain supposedly looks like the sight in which General Kosciuszko was buried.

Flora & Fauna

The mountain has many rare species of alpine plants, animals, and endemic flowers, which are not found anywhere else in the world. The park is also home to 40 percent of the bird species in New South Wales. UNESCO declared the Kosciuszko National Park as a World Biosphere Reserve in 1997, due to the various species of flora and fauna found in this region.

 

pygmy Possum Mount Kosciuszko

Rodent Problem?

The only place in the world you’ll find these little furballs. This is a Mountain Pygmy Possum and they are found solely within a 10km radius of the Mount Kosciuszko region.

 

 

The Old Switcharoo

The mountain was originally named Mt Townsend and the first Mount Kosciuszko was located nearby. Throughout the late 1890s and early 1900s a number of measurements showed that Mt Townsend was higher than Mount Kosciuszko. To ensure that Kosciuszko remained the name of the tallest mountain, the New South Wales government exchanged the names of the mountains in 1910. Personally, I think Mr Townsend should feel a little ripped off with that exchange..

 

Don’t Feel Like Walking?

Up until 1974 you could drive your car right up to the summit. The road was closed due to ‘environmental concerns’.

 

 

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5 Comments

  • Fact Checker
    Nov 27, 2016 at 07:33 pm

    Mate, the Western Pygmy Possum lives has a wide distribution several hundred kilometres to the west in heathland, scrublands and dry forests of coastal Southern Australia, NOT alpine country. You’re talking about the Mountain Pygmy Possum which also lives in a couple of places in Victoria, NOT ‘within a 10km radius of the Mount Kosciuszko region. That is the total approximate area of occupation over it’s limited range. GET YOUR ‘FACTS’ RIGHT!

    • Whatsit Toyou
      Nov 27, 2016 at 07:35 pm

      This person’s right you know, I’d get those ‘facts’ modified pronto!

      • Cody Hudson
        Nov 28, 2016 at 05:29 pm

        Here we have a classic example of the interesting characters you come across in the blogging world.. this one is responding to his own comment.

    • madi
      Feb 24, 2017 at 07:52 am

      no kidding he is right i live in Albury we have some here to

  • Whatsit Toyou
    Nov 27, 2016 at 07:37 pm

    MOUNTAIN Pygmy Possum

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