by Girraween Ranger, Susan Smith.
For Queenslanders, the prospect of seeing snow is very exciting and almost unheard of. People will travel for many kilometres to experience the surreal quietness and beauty of a snowfall. This is exactly what happened at Girraween in July 2015.
Hoards of visitors flocked from all over the state to experience snow in our beautiful National Park for the first time in 31 years. I was rostered on that day and as it happened, was a little late getting to work due to taking "happy snaps" at home before driving to work.
The snow started very early in the morning and continued until mid-morning on Friday 17 July. The Pyramids were covered in low cloud and the white powder snow covered the ground extensively.
A drive out to Mt Norman fuelled the excitement. Wallabies and kangaroos looking for grass were somewhat dismayed at the surrounding snow. Such an unexplainable beauty in every direction that words don't do it justice!
The wattles were the most striking with their golden glow peeping out of their snow blanket. They were so heavy with snow that the drive from Mt Norman down to Wallangarra was a long tunnel of overhanging snow covered branches.
The visitors starting arriving mid-morning and I've never seen such a traffic jam on Pyramids Road. People were jumping out of their cars and throwing snow balls. The energy was infectious.
For those who were lucky enough to experience this event, it will be one they will never forget!
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