Unusual snow events in Australia

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Australian Capital Territory

In the ranges to the west of Canberra snow is common during winter, with the snow being visible from Canberra after larger falls.

Most years there is at least one snow fall in Canberra, although it usually doesn't settle.

In 1929 and 1965 there were significant snow falls in the centre of Canberra with the snow on the ground being several centimetres in depth.

New South Wales

Snow on Mt Sugarloaf

It snowed in 1965 and again in the early 1970's on Mt Sugarloaf which has an elevation of about 350m and is about 20km SW of Newcastle.

Another image from Mt. Sugarloaf in 1965 can be found here http://www.lakemac.infohunt.nsw.gov.au/lmphotos/lak045/LAK04586.JPG. If someone can properly put this photo on wikiski that would be great (wiki noob here).


Stanthorpe and the surrounding regions do occasionally get snow, it will rarely settle, but every few years a more significant dump will occur. It seems 1925 was a good year.

Toowoomba will occasionally get sleet, although given the right wind conditions it feels a lot colder.

South Australia




In June 2007 Jan Juc (an hour south west of Melbourne and at sea level) received heavy snow which was described in the Geelong Advertiser as a once in 10 year event.

Christmas Day 2006 it snowed in North Dandenong, Melbourne. Elevation only 60 metres above sea level. Footage can be see here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3dgP5Mh8Hc

More footage from the southern mountains of Victoria on Christmas Day 2006 can be found here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOG_QwutR_c , here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeL2f1-BJsI and here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvU14W7182c This was the case with most of the NSW/VIC ranges that day. Very unusual. Mother nature was a tad late that year.

Northern Territory

On rare occasions snow has fallen on Uluru. One such occasion was in July 2007.

Western Australia

Snow falls on the Stirling Ranges in most winters. It does not stay long.