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Back to current times and a visit to the highest areas in Australia, the Snowy Mountains and Kosciuszko National Park.
I'm starting right at the top with a photo of Mt Kosciuszko which at just 2,228 metres is Australia's highest. It isn't very spectacular sitting there but at least there is the last of winter's snow. You can get to it by catching a chairlift from Thredbo and then a 4-5 hours return walk mostly on a raised metal path to protect the fragile environment. That makes it the easiest highest mountain of any continent to "climb". In the large version you can clearly see people on the summit.
And the name of the mountain? Especially for our Polish TE friends it was named by the Polish explorer Pawel Edmund Strzelecki in 1840, in honour of Polish-Lithuanian freedom fighter General Tadeusz Kościuszko, because of its perceived resemblance to the Kościuszko Mound in Kraków, Poland (thanks Wikipedia). For a long time they left the z out of its name but that was corrected a few years ago. Strzelecki is not forgotten in Australia - he has a desert and a track (for crossing the desert) in South Australia, a lookout in NSW and a locality and mountain range in Victoria all named after him.
I've been to the top in the past but I'm not as fit as I was so just walked to where you can see Kosciuszko.
In the workshop is a wider view of Kosciuszko and a neighbour showing the path to the mountain.

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Additional Photos by Ian Fegent (ifege) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3895 W: 102 N: 11265] (47013)
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