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A White Christmas in Australia

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by Meg Forbes (subscribe)
Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane. https://www.instagram.com/megforbesphotography/
Published March 6th 2020
Take your kids on a snow-hunting Christmas adventure
As crazy as it sounds, we went snow hunting over Christmas in Australia. Twice. And both times we were successful.

Christmas snow in Australia - Kosciuszko national park
Christmas snow in Australia - Kosciuszko national park


Of course, the snow wasn't actually falling, but it was there. And our kids had the time of their lives!

Hiking to the snow in Kosciuszko National Park
Hiking to the snow in Kosciuszko National Park


The first time we entertained this mad-sounding idea, was Christmas 2017. We camped at Jindabyne and went along Princess Charlotte Pass to the entrance to the Mount Kosciuszko Summit Walk. There we took the right-hand track which descended to a beautiful creek of melting snow before heading back up towards the snow-covered mountain tops.

Creek crossing in Kosciuszko National Park
Creek crossing in Kosciuszko National Park


The track took us past beautiful scenery and wildflowers while leading us up towards the unmelted snow.

Wild flowers in Kosciuszko National Park
Wild flowers in Kosciuszko National Park


When we finally reached the snow, the kids were elated! It was hot enough for them to be in shorts and t-shirts, and playing in the snow helped to cool everyone down.

Snow at Christmas? Kosciuszko National Park
Snow at Christmas? Kosciuszko National Park


We decided to go snow hunting again on Christmas Day 2019. This time we took a different track from the same carpark at the end of Princess Charlotte Pass, up to Mount Stilwell.

Kosciuszko National Park - hiking to Mount Stilwell
Kosciuszko National Park - hiking to Mount Stilwell


Again, we were not disappointed and found enough unmelted snow to play in.

Views from the hike to Mount Stilwell in Kosciuszko National Park
Views from the hike to Mount Stilwell in Kosciuszko National Park


Although it is unlikely that we will ever experience a true white Christmas in Australia, chasing the snow has given our family two wonderful Christmas Days, and memories to last a lifetime.

Snow at Christmas - Kosciuszko National Park
Snow at Christmas - Kosciuszko National Park


If you've never spent the Christmas holidays in the Snowy Mountains, why not give it a try?

Kosciuszko National Park - stunning views along the hike to the snow at Mount Stilwell
Kosciuszko National Park - stunning views along the hike to the snow at Mount Stilwell


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When: Christmas Day
Phone: 1300 072 757
Where: Kosciuszko National Park
Cost: Entry to the national park varies by season, updated prices here: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/snow-sports-facilities/charlotte-pass-ski-resort-and-kosciuszko-chalet-hotel
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