Last weekend I went to the country towns of Bathurst and Mudgee with a friend. I have seen relatively little of inland Australia and I wanted to see 'the outback'. Now while these towns certainly don't qualify for that description which is short for 'out the back of nowhere' they were certainly a change from Sydney and I want to do it again! I want to go further and see Broken Hill and the desert then go north to see Kakadu. One day.
In the meantime, after spending the weekend and photographing the old gold rush towns of Hill End and Sofala, we headed home over the tableland and through the Blue Mountains via Lithgow and what did we see but snow. SNOW! It is a once every two or three decades event to see snow like this - it's very rare here. We drove through it. The car had no anti-freeze so there was no stopping but I took these at low speed from the passenger seat. We were lucky to get through, the roads were closed for a time yesterday as the the snow had continued all week.
Sydney siders don't get to drive in snow as a rule, so only those with four wheel drives were brave enough to pull over to have a play..
Everyone slowed down to get a good look. Snow on gum trees!
It's snowing it's snowing!
Then as we wound our way further down the road the snow was replaced by spatters of rain.
I'll put up some photos of the gold rush days next week,
Have a good weekend,