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#1 KK

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Posted 10 August 2005 - 10:33 PM


I saw in the news this morning the snow somewhere in Australia.
Do any of the Aussies live around the area that snowed. Seems odd for you to have snow.


#2 Don and Margaret

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Posted 10 August 2005 - 11:27 PM

We told Sandra earlier that we wish we could have some cool weather round here in Texas. We've been burning up for weeks. sad.gif

Snow sounds soooo good right now. smile.gif


#3 Aussie Girl

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Posted 10 August 2005 - 11:34 PM

QUOTE(KK @ Aug 11 2005, 01:33 PM)

I saw in the news this morning the snow somewhere in Australia.
Do any of the Aussies live around the area that snowed. Seems odd for you to have snow.

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Hi K K

Yes we had snow in the suburbs yesterday which was most unusal. I live in Melbourne & it was the coldest day here for 30 years (to-day is not much better). The cold conditions were caused by a cold fast-moving air stream from the Antarctic which resulted in snowfalls in a number of coastal towns - snow on the beaches which has never happened before. Snow was also forecast for the C.B.D. but although we got hail unfortunately not the snow.

It's interesting that it made the news over there. Don't forget however that Australia is a very big country and we do have some of the best snowfields in the world - but not snow normally at sea level.

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Posted 11 August 2005 - 12:12 AM

smile.gif Yeah - a little brr today and yesterday . . . . unusual cold snap. Just a little chilly in the wind. I do remember one day when Bondi Beach got snow!! Imagine that! Just the once off though!

Maybe it was just a little icy. They do have the Bondi Icebergs there! laugh.gif

Yes, Australia gets all kinds of seasons depending where you are in it. It's a large continent you know . . . . Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales have snowfields as well as beaches.

The 'outback' and desert areas are in all of the other states (Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland as well as New South Wales . . . ).

You guys just need to visit to see what goes on over here . . . !!



#5 Aussie Girl

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Posted 11 August 2005 - 12:46 AM

Sandra - did it really snow on Bondi or did you just make that up biggrin.gif ? Who said it's always colder in Victoria? But we did get snow on a lot of our best surf beaches yesterday - Portsea, Torquay, Apollo Bay, Phillip Island etc. first time ever.

Snow in the Outback could be interesting - n'est ce pas!

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#6 Nettie

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Posted 11 August 2005 - 03:04 AM

Hi everyone, I for one have felt very, very cold since moving from the Northern Territory. No snow here but very chilly winds.

It did snow in the outback,actually on Uluru (Ayer's Rock), Alice Springs NT. I'm not quite sure which year but it made front page news.
I don't think it actually settled as such but it did snow.
It gets very cold there in winter getting into the minus.


#7 KK

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Posted 11 August 2005 - 10:02 AM


Thanks for the report, very interesting. biggrin.gif


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Posted 11 August 2005 - 05:51 PM

QUOTE(Aussie Girl @ Aug 11 2005, 05:46 AM)
Sandra - did it really snow on Bondi or did you just make that up biggrin.gif ?  Karen ph34r.gif

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No Karen - not making it up - it really did snow at Bondi one year! (obviously not in summer) - but it was front page news and on telly . . . .same as it snowed in Queensland for one freak day as well !

Didn't see the snow on the Victorian beaches on the news . . . and vaguely remember the Rock getting snow on the top years ago (?)

Anyway - the climate has been doing strange things in the past decade - looks like we have been partly the cause of it!! ohmy.gif

I'm sure stranger things will happen in the future !! huh.gif

Regardless folks, Australia is still a VERY sunny and friendly, warm place!

PS> I thought you had moved, Nettie - Newcastle is a far cry from Darwin . . . . we are almost neighbourly now . . . . well, you're only about 300km's away instead of 3000km's !! How are you enjoying 'winter' ? smile.gif




#9 Nettie

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 05:18 AM

Yes Sandra Newcastle is a big adjustment. Darwin is such a laid back way of life now I'm in the big smoke.

I am finding it pretty cold down here but hopefully warmer weather is on the way. biggrin.gif biggrin.gif .

The kids think its a big deal 'cause they get to blow "smoke" out of their mouths some mornings, having competitions on the way to school to see who can blow the most.

I'm sure we will make the most of Newcastle while we are here and Sydney has such lovely places to visit.
Who knows how long we will be here for and where we will be next .
It's starting to get a drag moving around so will look forward to the day when we can put roots down. Where and when that will be who knows? dry.gif dry.gif


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Posted 15 August 2005 - 09:46 AM

Do any of you have kangaroos or wallabies hopping around your property? When I visited Australia a number of years ago, I marveled at the cute little wallabies coming out on people's lawns at night (this was on Kangaroo Island). I also saw the fairy penguins toddling around. I had a guide taking me around the neighborhoods so I could photograph them. I loved the wildlife, especially the koalas.
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Posted 15 August 2005 - 07:30 PM

I don't think Nettie would and I don't either - living in NSW cities, the wildlife isn't on our property, though there are many places not far away - just an hour or two - that they can be easily seen. We have lots of wonderful bird life in our trees including kookaburras. No koalas, I'm afraid - they'd be too stressed out in the suburbs!!

Sounds like you were in the south part of Victoria to see the Penguins?

#12 Nettie

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 09:00 PM

Ar, no kangaroos around here either,
However about 6 years ago I lived in Katherine a small town 300km south of Darwin and in the dry season there were plenty of kangaroos on our front lawn of a morning munching away on the green grass.
We also had lots of Frilled Neck Lizards, Goannas ,and the large Moniter Lizards walking through for a feed too.
I guess if you don't live in the cities your chances of seeing our beautiful native animals in the wild increases. There is not much natural habitat for them to survive in the cities.
I love the Koalas too they really are a unique animal.
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#13 Aussie Girl

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Posted 16 August 2005 - 01:58 AM


Hi Ar, I don't have kangaroos or wallabies where I live in Melbourne but I have a country week-end property and there are lots of black bush wallabies there. We also have koalas, goannas, beautiful Australian parrots and galahs and a very rare 'superb parrot' which migrates from Tasmania and rests in the trees on the property on its way to Quensland each year. It is so special and I never get tired of being there. smile.gif


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Posted 16 August 2005 - 04:49 AM

Hi Aussie Girl,

are you often "going bushes"? smile.gif

I've heard this expression on TV lately in connection with a travel report about Melbourne

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#15 Aussie Girl

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 01:44 AM



YES MADELEINE WE GO AS OFTEN AS WE CAN. IT'S AN AUSSIE EXPRESSION 'GOING BUSH' (NOT BUSHES) AND MEANS JUST THAT - OUT INTO THE BUSH COUNTRY. WE HAVE AN OLD 1800'S GOLDFIELDS STONE INN WHICH WE ARE RESTORING. IT IS A 2 HOUR DRIVE FROM MELBOURNE & IS VERY SECLUDED IN THE MIDDLE OF A STATE FOREST SO IT IS REALLY 'GOING BUSH' - ONLY US AND THE NATIVE BUSH AND ANIMALS.

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