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Hikers battle freezing conditions to glimpse Western Australian snow

Sunday August 1, 2021 - 04:55 EST
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It may be small but it's still a snowman, built by hikers on Bluff Knoll. - ABC

A cold front has brought snow flurries to peaks in southern Western Australia, with hikers braving freezing conditions to witness the rare sight.

Temperatures across southern WA plummeted on Sunday as a cold pool of air behind a front brought hail, heavy rain, and snow.

Bluff Knoll is the highest peak in southern WA at 1,099 metres and records snow a couple of times each winter.

The Stirling Range mountain is about 100 kilometres north-east of Albany on the south coast.

Hikers glad to have made trek

More than 20 hikers scaled the mountain before dawn to catch a glimpse of brief snow flurries.

Among them was Georgia Peakall who travelled an hour from Narrikup to see the snow.

"It wasn't as cold as I thought it was going to be, but I'll bring gloves next time," she said.

Ms Peakall said she had wanted to see snow at Bluff Knoll for a long time and finally decided to do the climb.

"It's the only place that snows in WA, why wouldn't you want to see it," she said.

Brenden Elliot travelled from Perth and said despite the low temperatures the trip was an adventure.

"I think it's well worth the trip if you ever see the opportunity," he said.

Mr Elliot said the climb fulfils a personal pastime.

"I'm obsessed where there's snow where there's not supposed to be snow ? like Queensland in the Granite Belt," he said.

"Some people chase obscure weather and this is my thing. Always has been"


© ABC 2021

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