Did You Know The Australian Alps Get More Snow Than The Swiss Alps? Here’s Why

by Tejashee Kashyap
Did You Know The Australian Alps Get More Snow Than The Swiss Alps? Here’s Why

When one thinks of snow-capped mountain ranges, the Swiss Alps often come to mind as the quintessential winter paradise. However, Australia’s own alpine region, tucked away in the southeastern part of the country, has been quietly amassing more snowfall than its European counterpart. Here’s why the Australian Alps should be on every snow lover’s radar:

How Australia Receives More Snowfall

Switzerland, of course, has mountains, and a lot more of them than Australia. This brings us to the question of how Australia can get more snow. The answer is that Australia’s mountains are near the coast, whereas Switzerland is a landlocked country. Coastal areas will always recAustralia’s Alps To Get More Snow eive more precipitation than inland areas, and if the temperature is cold enough, it will fall as snow. It does get cold enough in Australia’s mountains, resulting in a lot of snowfall.

The Australian Alps span across the southeastern corner of the continent, mainly in the states of New South Wales and Victoria. They are part of the Great Dividing Range, a vast mountain system that runs along the eastern coast of Australia. The unique geography of the Australian Alps plays a significant role in their ability to attract substantial snowfall.

The Great Dividing Range is Australia’s greatest mountain range, as well as the world’s third-longest land-based range. It stretches 3500 km along Australia’s east coast, making it a 56-hour trip from end to finish. Winter sends large snowfalls to the Great Dividing Range’s peak tops. This snowfall is so heavy that the Australian Alps, which are located near Canberra, receive more snow than the Swiss Alps during the winter months!

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Hidden Gems In Australia’s Winter Wonderland

Australia’s alpine region may not have the same fame as its European counterpart, but it’s not lacking in charm and natural beauty. The Snowy Mountains, part of the Australian Alps, are home to stunning landscapes, including alpine meadows, pristine lakes, and unique wildlife.

The wombat is a tough marsupial found in the snow. These nocturnal animals, built for digging and burrowing, dwell in elaborate underground complexes that can reach 650 feet in length. One iconic feature is the Snow Gum, a distinctive type of eucalyptus tree that thrives in the snowy environment, creating a picturesque scene that’s unlike any other in the world.

So, the next time you dream of a winter escape, consider the Australian Alps!

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