|Pathway nearing the summit of Kosciuszko|
|My friend Matt standing "on top of Australia"|
But that doesn't mean you shouldn't climb it (walk it?!). After all, it's not that often that you get the chance to reach the highest point of a country with relatively little physical effort ... and beyond that, it's still a beautiful part of Australia with an interesting history to boot. You may wonder, for a start, why it's called Kosciuszko - clearly not a typical Australian name and not drawn from our Aboriginal heritage, either - and in fact it was named after a Polish national hero, General Kosciuszko, by the Polish explorer who found it. (Incidentally, when I was at school, we spelt it Kosciusko, but in 1997 they put the Z back in!). If you are travelling in winter, you will find it covered in snow, which of course is not very common in Australia - another interesting experience.
As we approached the summit, they were inflating her, and then spent plenty of time taking multiple photos of her on top of the mountain. So there you go - if you decide to climb Australia's highest mountain, you don't know what you might see up there!
Along with Kosciuszko, I've topped Japan by climbing Mt Fuji (considerably harder) but have otherwise not (knowingly) made it to any "top spots". Have you been to the highest points of any countries?