2/1 – 3/1 Kosciuszko National Park, NSW

I did not get enough time in Kosciuszko Park.  I basically passed through.  Enjoyed a sunrise and a sunset. Mount Kosciusko is Australia's highest mountain and located about 500 kilometers south of Sydney.  At 2229 meters it's nowhere near the mountain heights found in North American and European.  (Mount Everest in the Himalayas is 8,848 meters and Denali/Mt. McKinley is 6,168 meters)   It does however have several full day hikes, bike riding, horseback riding, hot springs,  you name it you can do it at Kosciuszko.  Sumemr or Winter.  During the winter there are plenty of snow sports you can enjoy in the park.

I specifically went to Kosciuszko because I read they had an over population of wild horses.  The wild horses were (and remain) a hot topic in the news, as the discussions had resorted to culling.  It was a tough conversation to read, and both sides made sense.  It was a heartbreaking thought to think these beautiful animals could be exterminated, but also devastating to see images of the corpses of horses not able to survive due to lack of food and water.

That being said, the estimated count of horses ranges between 3,500 to as high as 7,000.  Brumbies, as the feral horses are called in Australia, are a cultural iconic image.  I really wanted to see and photograph them if possible.   Unfortunately, I saw signs of them, but never found a herd.  I want to go back, next time perhaps with a local guide who can point me in the right direction.

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