Snow chasers, listen up! Here’s the ultimate snow chaser’s guide to snow on the Granite Belt.
Will it snow??? Is the question seemingly on everyone’s mind each year about Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt. There is something so magical about the quiet stillness that comes as the snow flurries fall, with the vast expanse of glistening white as far as the eye can see. It’s not just the snow underfoot; even the tree tops on the surrounding hillsides are white. It’s a true winter wonderland.
Each year there is always a chance of snow in the Granite Belt and it’s not uncommon to get a bit of sleet or flurries that don’t settle on the ground. However, the winter wonderland experience complete with a snowman is what we’re all yearning for. Here are The Localist tips for snow chasing:
Head for the Hills
As the saying goes, “There’s gold snow in them there hills!” In most cases, an elevation of around 1000m above sea level is required to get decent snow coverage. This means you are best heading to locations like Girraween National Park, Eukey and MountTully. Otherwise, head south to Wallangarra on the New South Wales border, or Mount Mackenzie in Tenterfield.
If there are good falls in Stanthorpe town (a lower elevation of 811m), a lovely spot to play in the snow is along the beautiful Quart Pot Creek.
Hot Tip: The Windy app has a snow filter to give an indication of forecast locations to visit. Social media pages like Higgins Storm Chasing are worth following for information
Book Your Accommodation Early
Accommodation is as rare as hen’s teeth during these snow events, so get in quick and book what is available. If there is nothing available around Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt, look a bit further afield to Warwick or Tenterfield. Mind you, a day trip can be quite an adventure and a lot of fun. Trivago is a good site to search for availability. Remember to book direct with the accommodation property.
Some of our highest placed accommodation properties include Girraween Environmental Lodge, R & R On the Ravine, and Alure Stanthorpe.
Let us tell you, these snow events can be cold… bitterly cold. Be prepared and bring your snow gear along with coats, gloves, beanies and scarves. Definitely have a change of clothes in case you get wet. Take a tip from us; being wet and cold with no reprieve is definitely not a fun time. Didn’t bring enough clothes with you? Head straight to the main street of Stanthorpe town. You’ll find an awesome range of shops perfect for some warmer clothing. Check out The Eclectic Pallet, Gracious Giving, Pink Poppies, Gleesons Mercery, Pure Inca, and Lifestyle Footwear . Looking for baby clothes? Little Pomme will have something for you. Nothing suits cold weather better than ugg boots! The Ugg Boot Lady at Glen Aplin is just the place for your ugg boot needs.
There’s a good chance all this snow chasing is going to make you hungry. Here are a few places to satisfy the hunger pains while you’re on the chase: Brinx Deli & Cafe, The Little Larder, Foxy’s Bakery, Zest Pasties, Sutton’s Shed Cafe (Thulimbah), Jamworks (Glen Aplin), St Judes (Ballandean), and Wallangarra Railway Cafe.
On a serious note: There’s likely to be a lot of traffic on the roads, particularly if it snows. Travel safely and drive to the conditions. Be careful if there’s ice or snow on the roads and be mindful of where you park to ensure everyone is safe.
Want Guaranteed Snow?
For a guaranteed snow experience, Snowflakes in Stanthorpe is a fabulous family-friendly winter festival that happens every second year in July. The next Snowflakes in Stanthorpe is on 2 – 4 July 2021. Yes, that’s just a couple of months away!
Snow or no snow, make the most of your snow chasing adventure. Spend time… and a bit of money with the local businesses. Hear a few of their stories. You won’t be disappointed!
Photo credit: Alure Stanthorpe