We found snow in Australia in December!
Trip Start Dec 18, 2011
23Trip End Sep 15, 2013
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The Snowy Mountain region feels the most like Colorado. The humidity is low, the temperatures drop at night, and though there are no jagged, rocky peaks, these are the highest mountains in Australia.
We camped at Corryong, just over the border in Victoria, another of Australia's six states
Here is the list:
Australian Capital Territory--Canberra (not really the territory's capital, just pretending. But it is the national capital)
New South Wales--Sydney
Because the summer school holidays are combined with the Christmas and New Year's holiday period, everybody in the country stops work for about three weeks. Chris didn't take that much time off as we want to explore more when it's cooler, but we did get out and about to experience new areas. First we went farther north along the South Pacific and stayed in a caravan park cabin at Port Macquarie for a long weekend. Then we returned home for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, hoping for the cliche "prawns on the beach" for Christmas lunch. No such luck--it was cool, wet, and gray. The menu had been set by the first of December--if you don't order your Christmas prawns early, you have no chance of getting any. Some people cook a traditional hot Christmas meal, but given that the temperature could have easily been 40C (104F), we opted for a cold meal
We left on Boxing Day (December 26) for the Snowy Mountains and camping at Corryong. It was delightful. The Nariel Creek runs along the campground boundary, and floating down the creek, jumping into the deep waterholes, and swinging out on a rope over the water kept everyone cool. We combined the mountains with a weekend in Canberra, culminating in the New Year's Eve fireworks display in the city center (visible from our hotel window).
We returned late on New Year's Day for Chris to work for two days before leaving again for a three-day weekend at a friend's beach house in Forster, two hours north of here. We'd camped near Forster at Booti Booti National Park in October, but Kim's house is much nicer--it sits about 150 meters from a quiet beach. The blue bottle (Portuguese man 'o war) cnidaria come to the beaches on a northeast wind in the summertime, so Kim taught us how to spot them along the waterline in the sand. They won't kill you, but the pain their sting causes is intense. We shifted beaches and avoided them this trip, though on Saturday they infested the beach where we'd spent Friday boogie boarding.
We're back at home, with Chris working. Bush fires and heat waves are the primary topics of conversation this week
The boys have nearly all of January off, but it's not in addition to a summer vacation--this is their summer vacation. They'll begin school January 30 and go until December 20 or so with a two-week break every ten weeks. We'll go inland for the fall (around Easter) break, go to both the cold and the normally hot during the winter break (early July), and somewhere new for the spring holidays next year.