Turns out Mt Kosi is actually the easiest to summit, with many people taking thier kids. There was a choice between the summit walk or the main range loop. We had planned to do the main ridge loop hike which would have taken 21.9kms or roughly 9 hours to complete but after several attempts at crossing the frozen river we decided there was too much ice and wind to comfortable and safely complete that walk.
Yes, it was almost summer and there was still snow and ice all over the mountain. I was quite surprised!
We ended up doing the summit track (15.2 km return) and had to clamber over the icy walkway and stop off at the Seamans hut to warm up and fuel ourselves. Let's just say we weren't overly prepared for how cold it was at the top. We actually found a scarf on the path and started wearing it! (BTW I still have that scarf as a momento from the trip).
Because it was a long weekend (thank you Melbourne Cup) we decided to check out Yarrangobilly Caves and I am so glad we did. For a small fee (maybe around $20 each?) we got a tour and explored 3 limestone caves in the area. AND we got to swim in the natural thermal pool.
Stayed: Alpine Resort and Motel
Coffeed: Parc Cafe, Jindabyne
Drank: Kosciuszko Pale Ale (c'mon, we had to try it)
Ate: Banjo Patterson Inn
Overall, it was a great adventure. Just go, the kids (or child-like adults like me) will love it.