It’s a mongrel of a  day in Canberra. We may get 10 degrees but only just and the windchill has been around zero all day.

I love driving around the suburbs this time of year and seeing the snow on the hills around Canberra.image

I don’t care what anyone says, I love it that we live on the edge of the snow country and that every few years we get a few flakes comes tumbling down on our town.  The snow fascinates me. I grew up in a place that just didn’t have snow. I first laid eyes on it as a teenager when I moved to Wangaratta in North East Victoria.

Up until then I’d always associated snow with European or North American landscapes. To me it still seems a little bizarre to see snow imagefalling on eucalyptus trees.

We went looking for snow on Sunday, Luisa and I. We slipped out through Tharwa and towards Corin Forrest. We got turned around quick smart on the Corin Forrest road because it was closed to all but 4WD vehicles.

Nevermind.

We pushed on towards Tidbinbilla and, I’m ashamed to say….after nearly 17 years in Canberra, I ventured into Tidbinbilla for the first time.  I’d never been.

We had coffee and a pie at the visitors centre and got ourselves an annual pass….only thirty odd dollars. Bargain.image

Then we set off driving off up to Mountain Creek. What a wonderful place is Tidbinbilla Nature reserve.

We parked up at the Mountain Creek carpark and went for a stroll up to…I think it’s called Camel Hump….I can’t remember, I’m making it up now. We didn’t go the whole way but we were able to walk up to where the snow had settled on the deck.

imageAll in all we spent around 3 hours at Tidbinbilla but could have spent the whole day there. We’ll definitely be back. I want to discover the sanctuary and do the Fishing Gap walk. I want to get out there nice and early and see a winter sunrise from the park. 

In these days of snowfall close to Canberra, it may well be the most sensible non 4WD option to get close to the snow.  Give it a whirl if you’ve never been or it’s been far too long between drinks.