Hills of gold cloaked in white

SNOW TIME: Six-year-old Cameron, three-year-old Lucas and mum Gabriela McDonald from Tamworth having a snowball fight at Hanging Rock. Photo: Barry Smith 030914BSA65

SNOW TIME: Six-year-old Cameron, three-year-old Lucas and mum Gabriela McDonald from Tamworth having a snowball fight at Hanging Rock. Photo: Barry Smith 030914BSA65

SNOW turned Hanging Rock, Duncans Creek and surrounds into a winter wonderland in spring yesterday.

For Denman camper Brad McIntyre at Sheba Dams, it was a complete surprise and his first snow experience.

“It was the first time I’ve seen snow, and I loved it totally,” he said.

“I didn’t think it was going to snow at all – we were worried about a storm.”

Yesterday morning, as they climbed out of their tent, Mr McIntyre and Leisha Brown were surprised to find a white dusting covering everything around them.

“It was total coverage over everything,” Mr McIntyre said.

“We made a little snowman, then we went fishing and caught a trout.”

For schoolchildren, it made an exciting start to the day.

The snow fell on country lower than it has all year, down to 1100m at Sheba Dams, so it was clearly visible from the Nundle township.

Resident Megan Trousdale said she could see it from Morrisons Gap Rd and looking onto the western fall of Morrisons Gap Rd in the higher country.

Mrs Trousdale described it as a “Swiss effect” with the mountaintops dusted in white.

“When we looked south, you could see it on the Crawney Mountain as well,” she said.

“To wake up and look out your window and see that beautiful snow – I’ve probably only seen it once or twice in 16 years.”

John Krsulja from The DAG Sheep Station said he had never seen it that low in the seven years he had been there.

“It’s the closest I’ve seen it,” he said.

“It was on the Crawney Range and all around us. Just before 8 o’clock it was still snowing up on Barry Rd. The snow was beautiful.”

Mr Krsulja and his wife, Belinda, took their daughters Brooke and Jade to the snow before school.

They built a snowman and Brooke and Jade sang songs from Frozen while they enjoyed the spring winter wonderland.

Nundle Public School principal Ian Worley said the excitement lasted throughout the day.

“There were a couple of kids who got up there nice and early to make sure they were on time to school,” he said.

Student Charlie Jones was one of these who visited the snow with her friend Abigail Burr and built a snowman.

“This is the first time this year I have been to the snow,” she said.

“I just liked playing with my friends.”

Mr Worley said the snow fall was “quite thick” and Nundle was “very, very cold” yesterday.

“The kids are outside because they’re a tough mob,” he said.

“They do get quite excited and are always hoping it’s still there in the afternoon so they can see it.”

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