9. Mount Kosciuszko
The highest mountain in all of Australia is merely a 7,310-foot bump along the Great Dividing Range of New South Wales. Mount Kosciuszko is part of what’s known as the Australian Alps and, in winter, it’s actually covered in snow -- there are even a few ski resorts in the area (don’t forget, Australia’s winter is our summer). But visit during the mild months and it’s an easy stroll to the top and back, and in winter, don’t forget your snowboard.
The pain: Kosciuszko is such an innocuous roll in the landscape that the best way to see it is actually on a mountain bike, in which your reward for the 4-mile pedal to the top is a speedy downhill.
The gain: Mount Kosciuszco was once considered one of the “7 Summits”, until purists decided some pesky mountain in Indonesia was on the Australasian continent. How many people actually know this? Very few, so your claim to the 7 Summit Club is unlikely to go challenged by Marty in Sales.