Snowy Mountains

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Snowy Mountains

The Snowy Mountains, known informally as “The Snowies”. It contains the Australian mainland’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko, which reaches to a height of 2,228 m (7,310 ft) above sea level. The range also contains the five highest peaks on the Australian mainland (including Mount Kosciuszko), all of which are above 2,100 m (6,890 ft). They are located in southern New South Wales and are part of the larger Australian Alps and Great Dividing Range. Unusually for Australia, the mountain range experiences large natural snowfalls every winter.

Snow normally falls the most during June, July and early August. Therefore, most of the snow usually melts by late spring. The Tasmanian highlands makes up the other (major) alpine region present in Australia.

The range is host to the mountain plum-pine, a low-lying type of conifer that is suspected of being the world’s oldest living plant. It is considered to be one of the centres of the Australian ski industry during the winter months, with all four snow resorts in New South Wales being located in the region.

The Alpine Way and Snowy Mountains Highway are the major roads that through the Snowy Mountains region.

Snowy Mountains

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