Walk to the summit of Australia’s highest peak, Mt. Kosciuszko, to view the alpine sunset and lunar eclipse
Experience the celestial phenomenon of a blood moon on a guided Lunar Eclipse Walk. With an expert local guide you’ll climb to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko in time to view the alpine sunset and rise of the full moon. Soon a further spectacle occurs as the sun, earth and moon become fully aligned leaving the moon covered in a magical red glow.
Choose a guided walk to get the most out this once in a lifetime experience.
Guided Lunar Eclipse Walk - What You Need to Know
|Difficulty||Level: Moderate Distance: 13km|
|Days||Check Thredbo Guided Walks for Eclipse dates.|
|Time||4pm – 6pm departure time dependent on sunset times.|
|Cost||$115 pp (adults & children 15yrs and older)|
|Terms & Conditions||Terms & Conditions:
* The Lunar Eclipse walk is not suitable for children. Guests must be 15 years & over.
*Two guests must be booked in for walk to proceed.
|Where to purchase||You can book the Lunar Eclipse Walk with Thredbo Guided Walks. Book early to avoid disappointment.. Thredbo. Book early to avoid disappointment.|
Guided Lunar Eclipse Walk Highlights
From the summit of Mt Kosciuszko see a spectacular alpine sunset, then watch the moon rise and give way to a full moon lunar eclipse. Experience this awesome celestial occurrence along with a small group of walkers and a local guide. You can count yourself lucky to witness this event, not many people can say they’ve seen a blood moon from the highest point in Australia. Here are some of the best highlights the walk has to offer:
1. Unique Guided Commentary
You will start your journey to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko in the late afternoon under the watchful expertise of a local guide. Learn about the unique and beautiful alpine landscape you’re walking through, discover the best spots for photo opportunities and see interesting flora and fauna along the way. From early summer there are a plethora of wildflowers in bloom and interesting animals such as broad-toothed rats, dusky antechinus and mountain grasshoppers.
2. Catch a Kosciuszko Sunset & Moonrise
After a two hour or so walk you’ll reach the top of Mt Kosciuszko and stand tall on Australia’s highest summit. As the sun slips down over the distant ranges you’ll have ample time to find the best spot to view the spectacular alpine sunset, with colours all the more vivid thanks to the clear mountain air. Enjoy a hot chocolate brewed by your guide and a summit snack while you wait for the full moon to become clear among the stars.
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3. Experience a Lunar Eclipse
This full moon walk has the added bonus of a Lunar Eclipse which is a rare celestial event and only happens when the sun, earth and moon are fully aligned. The spectacle of the blood moon occurs as the earth blocks light from reaching the moon leaving a stunning red and orange orb. Not many people can say they’ve sat on the top of Mt Kosciuszko and witnessed a lunar eclipse. It’s definitely one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ moments.
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4. Stay Safe with a Local Guide
Due to chairlift closing times, hikers are driven up the the mountain in 4 x 4 troop carriers to the start of the Kosciuszko Track and returned to Thredbo Village at the end of the walk. This isn’t a walk you want to do self-guided as paths can become slippery with ice and dew, and there is potential for getting disoriented in the dark. Weather conditions are not always favourable in the mountains, so at all points your guide is there to provide valuable information on how to keep warm and dry should the conditions change unexpectedly.
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Essential Items to Bring Checklist
- long sleeve top, thermal top
- fleece jumper
- waterproof jacket and pants
- long pants
- sturdy shoes or botto
- water (at least one litre)
Use our local knowledge to help you plan an unforgettable Thredbo experience.
Ian and Jill Foster came to Thredbo in 1989 to begin working as property managers for the Lantern Apartments complex. Having spent the previous 10 years working and playing in ski resorts around the world, they decided on Thredbo because they believed that Australia offers the best lifestyle and Thredbo is the best ski resort in Australia.
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