There is quite an important link between Mount Kosciuszko in NSW and the Polish community in Australia. It was named by Sir Paul Edmund Strzelecki after their Polish leader and patriot, Tadeusz Kosciuszko. This year 2017 is the 200th anniversary of his death, and was declared Kosciuszko Year by the Polish Parliament. Celebrations were organised around the world under UNESCO auspices.

It was for this reason that a collection of 14 people, volunteers and some AMCS staff embarked on a recent 4 days trek to NSW to partake in the Kosciuszko Bicentenary Celebrations.

Mount Kosciuszko is the highest mountain in Australia located on the Main Range of the Snowy Mountains in Kosciuszko National Park (NSW).

The landmark holds an important place in the history of Poland and Australia, and this year an indigenous family, represented by Aunty Iris White, travelled to Kraków in Poland, as part of the bicentenary celebration.

At Wawel Castle (in Kraków) the family learnt more about Kosciuszko himself, about the Polish relationship with the mountain, they met the President of Poland, Mr Andrzej Duda and an agreement was struck that the name of the mountain would remain the same into the future (there was previously some suggestion of changing it).

And so it was that our adventurers made their way to NSW to enjoy these celebrations. Some plans included chair lifts, which did not eventuate due to mist and -7 degree temperatures on the mountain. But there was an opportunity to take in the sites via scenic flights in a helicopter and some small planes.

Everyone enjoyed the celebrations, there was a multitude of events on offer, and the trip was one to remember. A big thank you to Jola for organising the trip, and those sharing their photos and videos.