Snowy Mountains

Coordinates: 36°30′S 148°20′E / 36.500°S 148.333°E / -36.500; 148.333
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Snowy Mountains
The Snowies
View towards Mount Kosciuszko.
Highest point
PeakMount Kosciuszko
Elevation2,228 m (7,310 ft)
Coordinates36°27′S 148°16′E / 36.450°S 148.267°E / -36.450; 148.267
Worldwind image of Snowy Mountains
Range coordinates36°30′S 148°20′E / 36.500°S 148.333°E / -36.500; 148.333
Parent rangeAustralian Alps

The Snowy Mountains, known informally as "The Snowies", is a region of southeastern Australia and the highest mountain range on the island. It contains the Australian mainland's highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko, height 2,228 m (7,310 ft). This is one the five highest peaks in the range, all of which are above 2,100 m (6,890 ft).

The Snowy Mountains are in southern New South Wales and are part of the larger Australian Alps and Great Dividing Range. Unusually for Australia, the mountain range have large natural snowfalls every winter. Snow normally falls the most in June, July and early August. Therefore, most of the snow usually melts by late spring. The Tasmanian highlands are the other (major) alpine region in Australia.

The range is host to the mountain plum-pine, a low-lying type of conifer.[1] The region is one of the centres of the Australian ski industry during the winter months: all four snow resorts in New South Wales are in the region.[2]

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

References[change | change source]

  1. "Dead shrubs tell climate secrets". Science Alert. 9 September 2011. Archived from the original on 16 May 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  2. "Snowy Mountains". Visit NSW. Retrieved 2 January 2013.