I have only ever seen snow once in my life and that was 25 years ago, so when it was predicted to fall on the northern tablelands of NSW I decided to get in my car and see this snow event for myself
After driving all day I spent my first night in Walcha. It was here that I learned that the tiny town Nowendoc had a lot of snow earlier in the week so I thought that this might be a good place to head to the next day.
My first destination the next morning was Apsley Falls 20 kms out of town. I am so pleased that I went, they were stunning.
From here I headed to Nowendoc but decided to go off the beaten track to get there. After slipping and sliding for 37kms on a wet dirt road that lead me through mountainous terrain I was relieved to eventually arrive back onto Thunderbolt’s Way. If you ever get the opportunity to do the drive along Thunderbolt’s Way you won’t be disappointed. It is very picturesque and leads you through so many pretty little towns. I highly recommend it.
Once back on this road I was excited when it began to snow heavily, it was blizzard like and it was wonderful! I pulled the car over and got out and did a happy dance. People young and old were revelling in it, they were ecstatic and so was I – they were throwing snowballs and making snowmen and having lots of fun. Then to my surprise and excitement a man on horseback came galloping past with his dogs in tow, I was so happy just to be there to capture the moment.
Later that day I headed north to Uralla where I was meeting up with my friend Lisa Hawkins We were going to photograph Gostwyck Chapel together the next morning.
After a tiring day of driving it was nice to be staying somewhere relaxing and comforting. Lisa had booked us into Aurelia’s Farm Stay and I have to say that once you have stayed here you really won’t want to stay anywhere else in Uralla. It’s the little touches that you remember, the décor is lovely and owner Tara makes her own delicious muesli, yummy Salted Peanut Caramel & cappuccino nougat as well as fruit cakes greeting cards and ribbons.
The next morning we jumped into Lisa’s car and drove to the chapel, very aware of the dangers of black ice. Once we got there we found several brave & frozen photographers who had slept in their cars overnight. They too were looking for that perfect shot. I have to say that the chapel looked stunning in white and I had to keep pinching myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.
After leaving the chapel we drove through some of the local streets trying to get as many shots as we could of this magical winter wonderland before the rain began to fall and melt the snow away.
There was one more stop to make on the way home – Ben-Lomond. This place is one of the coldest on the Tablelands and we had heard that there was plenty of snow. Unfortunately by the time we arrived late in the afternoon most of it was gone.
I had an awesome time, met some lovely people and got some great shots. Thank you Lisa for your company, we had a lot of fun and you were a terrific travelling companion.
Did you head down to see the snow too? if so I would love to hear about it 🙂
You can also check out my website for more photos from this trip at http://www.bethwodephotography.com.au/