Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What Is The Highest Mountain In Australia?

What is the highest mountain in Australia? At 2,228 metres (7,310 ft), Mount Kosciuszko in New South Wales, Australia is the tallest mountain in Australia proper. Interestingly, though Australia is much larger than New Zealand and many might assume islands rarely have tall mountains, New Zealand has far more taller mountains than Australia. Mount Cook in the Southern Alps for instance, is 3,754 metres (12,316 ft). Additionally, the Southern Alps have many peaks over 3,000 meters. Papua New Guinea has even taller peaks. Though I know Indonesia, Papua new Guinea, New Zealand, Hawaii and other islands have tall snow capped mountains, I always feel like it would be impossible for such hot, humid, tropical places to have snow. In fact, some people might immediately declare Hawaii has never had snow when in fact Mauna Loa on the big island gets snow all the time.

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Snow clearly visible on Mauna Loa, Big Island, Hawaii.

17 February 2005(2005-02-17)

Credit: Gordon Joly

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Mount Cook also known as Aoraki. Snow clearly visible.

North from Mt Kosciusko, Kosciusko National Park, New South Wales, Australia. JJ Harrison.

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