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Bluff Knoll locals, tourists brave freezing temperatures to frolic in 'fluffy' snow

Andrew Collins and Courtney Bembridge, Sunday July 2, 2017 - 16:17 EST
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Snow falls on Albany's Bluff Knoll - ABC

The Great Southern peak of Bluff Knoll is snow capped, with locals saying it is the heaviest snowfall in years.

"It's magic - beautiful white, fluffy, very fluffy," said Ivana Hearn from Albany, about 100 kilometres away.

"I've never seen snow up here, never seen snow in WA, so very happy.

"And thicker than you see in a lot of English towns as well."

Ms Hearn climbed the bluff with friends Phillip Gough and Brett Nangle.

"Just a spur of the moment trip, thought we'd come and climb up here," Mr Gough said.

The six-kilometre round trip takes about three to four hours.

The trio was keen to make the most of their time on the top and participate in a local tradition - of getting "in the buff on the bluff".

"We've done a little snowman, done a few snowballs, we've done quite a few photo shoots, probably the next one we might strip down a little," Mr Nangle said.

"Is it bluff in the buff or get buff on the bluff?"

Agnes Kristina drove down from Perth with her husband and their children aged between six and 11 to climb the peak.

"We camped out and 4 o'clock this morning we came ... we're just crazy!"

"We wanted to see it and we wanted the kids to experience this.

"Out of this world, it was just beautiful and it's Western Australia, you don't get that often."

The Bureau of Meteorology does not have an automatic weather station on Bluff Knoll to monitor snowfall and relies on members of the public for information instead.

The nearest observation point at Stirling South, north-east of Mount Barker, recorded an overnight low of 5 degrees Celsius.

It was a long way from being the state's coldest spot, with Collie recording an overnight low of -1.1C.

Bluff Knoll is the state's third highest peak and one of the very few places in Western Australia which sees snow and it is rare.


© ABC 2017

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