Snow falls on Northern Tablelands attracting visitors

FUN IN THE SNOW: Sallisah, Leeroi, Codie and Lewis Stokes, from Gravesend at Guyra on Monday. Picture: Nicholas Fuller
FUN IN THE SNOW: Sallisah, Leeroi, Codie and Lewis Stokes, from Gravesend at Guyra on Monday. Picture: Nicholas Fuller

Codie Stokes and her family left Gravesend, NSW, at 4am on Monday morning to see the snow that fell on the Northern Tablelands north of Armidale.

"It's good to get the kids out and see something different," Mrs Stokes said.

Hundreds of snow seekers from Queensland and northern NSW headed to Guyra, a community of 3000 people which is the highest town on the Northern Tablelands, and the fourth highest in the state last weekend and on Monday.

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Snow fell to a depth of four centimetres on Saturday night, and to six centimetres on Sunday night. Temperatures plummeted to -11.6 degrees on Sunday morning, according to the Guyra Hospital weather station. It may have been cold - but that was the drawcard.

David Wilcox, vice-president of the Guyra Bowling and Recreation Club, estimated 1000 visitors had descended on the town.

"We've probably done 500 meals in two days in our dining-room," he said. "It was just crazy, but really good for the economy. Everywhere was just busy as."

At 11pm on Sunday night, he said, 200 cars were parked on the golf course. The visitors - many from the Higgins Storm Chasing Facebook group - were fantastic, Mr Wilcox thought. They understood how long it took to get meals - and had a grand time making snowmen and snow angels.

"At the moment, it's tough times for farmers," Mr Wilcox said. They're not employing people because they've got to save money for their food, water, and stock, so everything's slowed down. This certainly has brought a little bit back in!"

Meanwhile, Mrs Stokes said her children, who had never seen snow before, were making the most of it before they returned to the North West.

"I think they're having a blast!" she said.

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