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Category - Snow and frost

These pages concern the beauty of snow and frost in Australia and New Zealand - especially snow where it is less commonly found. Australia may be a mostly sunburnt country, but not entirely!


Great Lake from near Miena, Tasmania

Frosty mornings at Great Lake

Where is the best place in Australia to enjoy the scenic magic of a frosty morning? Most inland areas can experience frost in winter, but few places rival the Great Lake area of Tasmania's central plateau. It has the altitude and conditions to give it some of the coldest nights in the country, and regular frosts for most of the year. While not be the coldest area of Australia, it can put on a good frosty show.

 

Between Franz Josef and Fox, New Zealand

Rare snow on the NZ west coast

I love experiencing snow, especially in places which don't normally get any. One place I never expected to see the white stuff was on the west coast of New Zealand's South Island. Even during big freezes when Canterbury and Southland are blanketed, the west coast - near sea level - normally stays mild and snow-free. Except when I decided to drive there..

 

Cradle Mountain in a snowstorm, Tasmania

Snow at Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania's most visited tourist attractions, and one well worth a visit ... even for those who prefer paths less travelled. One way to avoid crowds, and enjoy an experience most visitors miss, is to be there in winter during a snowstorm. Not after it has snowed, but while snow is falling. Here are some photos and video of one such visit to Cradle Mountain when it transformed briefly into a winter wonderland.

 

Jetty, Lake St Clair south end, Tasmania

Snow at Lake St Clair

Exploring roads less travelled need not be limited to going where the crowds don't. It can also include visiting popular places on the tourist trails, but doing so in the off season, and in conditions few get to experience. One such example is Tasmania's Lake St Clair, when snow is falling.

 

The Ancient Briton Hotel, Naseby, New Zealand

Snow at Naseby

Snow is no stranger to parts of Australia and New Zealand, but it usually falls up in the mountains and seldom encroaches on urban habitation. On the odd occasion when a town receives winter snow it can be something of a delightful novelty ... as I found when the New Zealand town of Naseby briefly wore a white wintry coat.

 

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