The places where you can enjoy snow this long weekend and some are just an hour from Sydney 


How you can make the most of Australia’s once in a generation blizzard: The picturesque places you can visit – and some are just an hour from Sydney

  • Widespread falls of snow across NSW as temperatures plummeted to freezing
  • Blue Mountains, state’s central-west and northern tablelands blanketed in snow
  • Tourists flocking to the regions for snow are urged to start long weekend early
  • Busy Queen’s Birthday long weekend for alpine ski resorts with ski season launch

A blast of cold air from Antarctica has transformed parts of south-eastern Australia into winter wonderlands just before the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

Plummeting temperatures has resulted in a widespread dumping of snow blanketing New South Wales, including regions just one hour’s drive west of from Sydney.

The Blue Mountains saw its first dusting of snow for winter on Thursday as Sydney shivered through its coldest day so far this year.

Parks and roads in towns such as Orange and Oberon further west have also also blanketed in white powder.

Tourists flocked to scenic spots across the Blue Mountains and the state’s central-west as winter selfies flooded social media.

Sydneysiders flocked to the Blue Mountains on Thursday for a taste of falling snow. Pictured is Katoomba near The Three Sisters

Sydneysiders flocked to the Blue Mountains on Thursday for a taste of falling snow. Pictured is Katoomba near The Three Sisters

The state’s northern tablelands have also experienced snow for the first time in a few years in towns such as Armidale and Glenn Innes. 

Further falls are expected over the central tablelands and Barrington Tops in NSW on Thursday while at least half a metre of snow is expected to blanket the state’s alpine regions.

The Brindabella Range an hour’s drive south of Canberra has also seen a white dusting, which is expected to hang around until Saturday.

As NSW alpine resorts Perisher and Thredbo in the state’s south get ready for a bumper long weekend  with the launch of the ski season, the snow won’t stick around for long elsewhere.

The snow currently blanketing the Blue Mountains,  the state’s central-west and northern tablelands is expected to clear up before the weekend. 

The NSW Department of Corrective Services sheriff’s officers enjoyed the first dump of snow for the year in Orange four  hours west of Sydney

The NSW Department of Corrective Services sheriff’s officers enjoyed the first dump of snow for the year in Orange four  hours west of Sydney

The NSW northern tablelands have also seen snow for the first time in six years but the snow won't hang around for long. Pictured is a snowman in Glenn Innes on Thursday

The NSW northern tablelands have also seen snow for the first time in six years but the snow won’t hang around for long. Pictured is a snowman in Glenn Innes on Thursday

‘We’ll see the last of the snow on Friday outside the alpine areas,’ Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Helen Reid told Daily Mail Australia.

Thredbo Resort has reported 60cms snow at the top of the mountain and 25cms in the village in the last 24 hours

Nearby Perisher has also seen 60cm of fresh powder, where photos have emerged of vehicles fully covered in snow.

More snow is forecast in the alpine regions on Friday and Saturday.

Tourists are also expected to flock to Victoria’s alpine ski resorts in the coming days.

However Melburnians will miss out on the fun, restricted to a 25 kilometre radius from their homes when a fortnight-long lockdown is finally lifted on Friday.

‘We’re sad that our friends from Melbourne can’t be here this weekend, and we’ve got our fingers and toes crossed that you can visit soon,’ Falls Creek Resort posted.

Perisher will be inundated with hordes of skiers and snowboarders this long weekend

Perisher will be inundated with hordes of skiers and snowboarders this long weekend

Victorian alpine resorts such as Falls Creek (pictured) is also ready for a busy June long weekend

Victorian alpine resorts such as Falls Creek (pictured) is also ready for a busy June long weekend

FIVE DAY WEATHER IN YOUR CITY 

SYDNEY  

Friday: Min 7. Max 17

Saturday: Min 9. Max 19

Sunday: Min 8. Max 19

Monday: Min 8. Max 19

Tuesday: Min 10. Max. 18 

MELBOURNE   

Friday: Min 6. Max 16  

Saturday: Min 9. Max 15

Sunday: Min 9. Max 16

Monday: Min 8. Max 15 

Tuesday: Min 7. Max 15

CANBERRA  

Friday: Min 2. Max 13 

Saturday:   Min 2. Max 11 

Sunday: Min 0. Max 13

Monday: Min 0. Max 13

Tuesday: Min 2. Max 13 

DARWIN  

Friday: Min 18. Max 31 

Saturday:   Min 17. Max 30 

Sunday: Min 18. Max 31 

Monday: Min 19. Max 30

Tuesday: Min 20. Max 30 

BRISBANE   

Friday: Min 8. Max 20 

Saturday:  Min 8. Max 22

Sunday: Min 8. Max 22 

Monday: Min 9. Max 22

Tuesday: Min 12. Max 23 

ADELAIDE  

Friday: Min 9. Max 17 

Saturday:  Min 10. Max 17 

Sunday: Min 9. Max 17 

Monday: Min 10. Max 17 

Tuesday: Min 10. Max 19 

PERTH   

Friday: Min 11. Max 20 

Saturday:  Min 9. Max 20 

Sunday: Min 8. Max 20 

Monday: Min 9. Max 19 

Tuesday: Min 6. Max 19 

HOBART   

Friday: Min 13. Max 15 

Saturday:  Min 13. Max 16 

Sunday: Min 11. Max 15

Monday: Min 9. Max 15 

Tuesday: Min 8. Max 13

 Source: Bureau of Meteorology



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