Australia is the only place in world that is considered an island, a continent and a country. But what is the highest point in Australia? This post will answer that very question!
What is the Highest Point in Australia?
The highest point is the peak of Mount Kosciuszko. It is located in the Snowy Mountains in Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales. It was named by Polish explorer Count Paul Edmund Strzelecki in 1840 after Polish national hero General Tadeusz Kosciuszko- as Mount Kosciuszko looks a bit like Kosciuszko Mound in Krakow, Poland. Paul Edmund Strzelecki was the first man to ascend to the top of Mount Kosciuszko.
The name of the mountain was previously spelt ‘Kosciusko’, but the spelling Kosciuszko was adopted in 1997. Mount Kosciuszko is 2,228 meters (7,310ft) above sea level. It is not difficult to climb Mount Kosciuszko. It is only an 8km (5 mile) walk from the nearest road (Charlotte Pass).
Mount Kosciuszko is the highest point in mainland Australia, however higher peaks exist in territory claimed by Australia. Dome Argus in the Australian Antarctic Territory is the highest peak in territory claimed by Australia. It’s highest peak is 4,030m (13,200ft) above sea level.