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!
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 have frequent sub-zero nights year-round. Tasmania's central plateau, which includes Great Lake, has the altitude and conditions to give it some of the coldest nights in the country and regular frosts for most of the year. It may not be the frostiest part of the country, but as this photo gallery shows, it can put on a good show.
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.
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.
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.
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.