Ten Biggest Australian Mountains
When you think about Australia and extraordinary spots and places to visit in 2020, your first thought might be the beautiful beaches. Make no mistake, while the country has magnificent beaches, it has equally magnificent mountains as well with the most magnificent views. Australia’s mountain ranges are something to experience as it has some of the world’s most varied. From waterfalls to dense forests and snow-covered summits the Aussies have enough mountains to respect and enjoy. We look at the most substantial and biggest mountains that you can visit.
Visit these biggest mountains in Australia in 2020
1. Great Dividing Range
The third-longest mountain range in the world and the biggest in Australia is the Great Dividing Range which spans 3, 500 kilometres. This mountain range runs from the central plains in Western Australia’s Grampians along Queensland’s north-eastern tip, Dauan Island and the entire eastern coastline.
2. Australian Alps
While part of the Great Dividing Range, the Australian Alps which is in Southern Australia it also straddles New South Wales and Victoria. It is Australia’s only area that gets deep annual snowfall. The Australian Alps is also the home of Mount Kosciuszko, which is the highest peak in Australia at 2, 228 kilometres.
3. Blue Mountains
Fifty kilometres west of Sydney in New South Wales is the beautiful Blue Mountains. Due to its unique wildlife, vegetation and landscape the Blue Mountains were listed as World Heritage Area by UNESCO in 2000. It got its name due to the continuous blue haze that reflects from the mountain when the evaporated eucalyptus leaves and oily droplets mix with water vapour and dust particles in the air surrounding the mountain. Visitors have excellent views and picnic spots like at the Wentworth Falls or check out the Three Sisters rock formation and well as the well-known Echo Point. You can check out the Jenolan Caves, underground river, bushwalking trails, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls and steep cliffs while on your adventure trip.
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4. Snowy Mountains
One of the Australian Alps’ biographical subregions is the Snowy Mountains. It is also home to mainland Australia’s five highest peaks. The Snowy Mountains is the Australian ski industry’s centre with four of the major snow resorts of New South Wales in its region. Throughout June through to the end of September, the region is snow-covered. In the warmer months when the snow is gone and ski season is over, you can take part in an 18.6-kilometre hike from Charlotte Pass.
5. Grampians Mountain Range
The Grampians is to Victoria’s west and a great attraction of sandstone mountains that stretches from Victoria to the South Australian border. It is one of the state’s outstanding natural attractions with a million plus visitors each year. The mountain range also encompasses towns like Horsham, Hamilton and Halls Gap. It is home to mountainous forests, waterfalls and lakes including the Grampians National Park. Within the national park is Mt William Range, Mt Difficult Range, Victoria Range and the Serra Range. You will encounter historic aboriginal sites, scenic walking tracks and breathtaking mountain lookouts. You will also encounter resident kangaroos and other local wildlife.
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6. Mt Bogong
In the Alpine National Park is Victoria’s highest mountain which rises over 1986 metres. It is a very popular skiing mountain due to its amazing height but you will find snow only during the mid-winter months. While it is high it has a range of 25.8 kilometres which might seem rather small for a country as vast as Australia, but nonetheless a gorgeous mountain.
7. Mount Bellender Kerr
Queensland’s second-highest mountain is Mount Bellender Kerr between Babinda and Gordonvale and one of the coastal mountain ranges. It is a diverse range with world heritage listed fauna and flora as well as wet tropical forests. A major part of the mountain is a gazetted protected part of the Wooroonooran National Park and previously known as Wooroonooran Mountain.
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8. Mt Townsend
Mount Townsend has amazing appeal as the second-highest mountain in Australia. It is in the Great Dividing Range’s Main Range and in New South Wales at an elevation of 2, 209 metres above sea level. While not as high as Mount Kosciuszko, it is a much harder and more adventurous climb that attracts more than a million adventure seekers from around the world each year.
9. Carruthers Peak
In the Snowy Mountains Region is Carruthers Peak which is between Mount Twynam and Mount Lee. It is Australia’s seventh highest peak with its elevation of 2, 145 metres above sea level. A range is a heavily eroded mountain but a great range spanning 25.8 kilometres. It is a great mountain to climb throughout the year with n snow with great views of other mountains like Mt Kosciuszko and others in the area. While on your mountain walk you will pass Blue Lake too.
10. Mount Gingera
Mount Gingera is 1,857 metres high and located between New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. It features the territory’s second highest peak. It is a mountain that you will notice from Canberra with a snow-covered peak during the winter months. It is most prominent between the Namadgi National Park and the Kosciuszko National Park. You will reach the mountain when you follow the route from Corin Dam.
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Depending on which time of the year you visit these biggest mountains in Australia in 2020, you will always be able to experience an adventure that ranges from hiking and climbing in the summer months to skiing during winter months. You will witness extraordinary wildlife, various endangered species when within a National Park and flora which you will not see anywhere else in Australia.