Winter in most parts of Australia doesn’t usually look like this. Dylan and I are from the Gold Coast and the lowest it gets there during the day is in the high teens or low twenties. Now that we live in Victoria, we knew we wanted to see snow during our first winter down here.
On Sunday I saw one of my friends from Uni was driving through the snow! I asked where she was and when I realised it was only an hour from where Dylan and I live, we knew we had to go. We quickly threw the groceries that we had just bought in the fridge, grabbed a jacket (definitely not warm enough) and jumped in the car.
After roughly an hour in the car, we arrived at Mount Macedon. Driving up the mountain we watched the temperature gauge on the car drop quite rapidly. It reached 4.5 degrees and the car popped up with a snowflake next to the temperature, this has never happened before. We climbed higher and higher up the mountain and the lowest it got was 1.5 degrees according to the car temperature gauge.
As soon as we arrived the snow was falling and we were so excited. I felt like a little kid. Neither of us had actually seen snow falling before; the first time we saw the snow was back in 2015/2016 when we went to Germany. We jumped out of the car and ran over to the large patch of grass that was now covered in snow. It was quite muddy in some spots and we definitely weren't appropriately dressed; jeans, a denim jacket and vans definitely didn't cut it. We were completely frozen and our fingers were purple but we were so happy.
We got back into the car and drove further up the mountain to Mount Macedon Regional Park. There were so many cars lining up to find a park. We waited patiently, got a park and braced ourselves for the cold. In the end we only lasted about 30 minutes out in the cold walking around the Regional Park. It was incredibly cold and our fingers and toes were going numb, so we had to retreat to the car and head home. For us this is not a common activity as we are used to still swimming at the beach in winter but for local Victorians this is a standard winter activity.