THE CAMELS HUMP TRAIL, TIDBINBILL A NATURE RESERVE , CLOSE TO CANBERRA,
23 JUNE 2018
The forecast for Canberra was a maximum of 6*c, but a reasonable day. However, a look to the west, to the mountains , suggested otherwise. At the visitor centre at Tidbinbilla it was clear that all the high peaks were “under the weather”, dark, foreboding, and shrouded in cloud right down to the valley. A strong wind was blowing too. It was bitterly cold. Given the height above Canberra, and the weather conditions, it was, I would think, quite a bit under zero c.
I set off from the Lyrebird Car Park with snow falling. The car park is at about 820m elevation, whilst the summit of Camels Hump, is about 1420 m The higher I went, the bigger the flakes. After half an hour the snow was building up on the ground and a snow storm was raging up higher. Cold as it was, and windy too, it was a wonderful walk up to Camels Hump. A wild and exhilarating day, the gale blowing, heavy snow falling, everything coated in snow. A dark, wild, and bleak day; a monochromatic day, but incredibly beautiful. Just wished that I had had my good camera. All I had was the mobile phone one.
I was so pleased to be out in this weather and seeing such snow for we don’t often get snow so close to Canberra and so low down. I also knew that it would soon be gone. Rarely does the snow lie for more than a day or so in this area.
When I got back to the car it was still bleak, cold , dark and snowing. It was a shock to drive only a few km and find the visitor centre basking in the apparent warmth of a golden, sunny afternoon.
Nearly there. Camels Hump rises into the snow and cloud