Carruthers Peak
Curruthers Peak
Carruthers Peak.jpg
Carruthers Peak from the south
Highest point
Elevation2,145 m (7,037 ft)[1]
Prominence85 m (279 ft)[1]
Isolation2.71 km (1.68 mi)[1]
Coordinates36°24′31″S 148°17′28″E / 36.40861°S 148.29111°E / -36.40861; 148.29111Coordinates: 36°24′31″S 148°17′28″E / 36.40861°S 148.29111°E / -36.40861; 148.29111[2]
Carruthers Peak is located in New South Wales
Carruthers Peak
Carruthers Peak
Location in New South Wales
LocationSnowy Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Parent rangeMain Range, Great Dividing Range
Topo mapPerisher Valley
Easiest routeWalk (hike)

Carruthers Peak, formerly Curruthers Peak, a mountain in the Main Range of the Great Dividing Range, is located in Snowy Mountains region in southeast New South Wales, Australia. The peak is situated between Mount Lee and Mount Twynam within the Kosciuszko National Park.

With an elevation of 2,145 metres (7,037 ft) above sea level, Carruthers Peak is the seventh-highest peak in mainland Australia.[1]

It was named after Joseph Carruthers, a Premier of New South Wales, who, while he served as Minister for Lands,[2] facilitated the building of the Summit Road to Mount Kosciuszko. It can be easily accessed, with the Main Range walk going straight up it.[3]


The area around it contains patches of the rare windswept feldmark ecotope. Due to a century of grazing on the Main Range, the area around it was heavily eroded. From the 1950s Soil Conservation Service undertook an extensive program of rehabilitation of the vegetation of the Carruthers Peak–Mount Twynam area using bitumen, wire netting and bales of straw.[4] It lies on a vein of shale running south-southeast through the predominant granite.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Carruthers Peak, Australia". Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Carruthers Peak". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 27 May 2015. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ Geehi Bushwalking Club, (2001) 8th ed. Snowy Mountains Walks, Canberra: National Capital Printing. ISBN 0-9599651-4-9
  4. ^ None of these methods were very effective. However, by chance the bales of hay carried sheep sorrel which held the soil together for the recolonisation of native plants.