By Jasmine Kazlauskas
While the UK swelters through an oppressive summer heatwave, parts of AUSTRALIA have been transformed into a winter wonderland after being blanketed with SNOW.
Karan Dhawan, 24, captured these set of stunning snowfall images while trekking up the picturesque Bluff Knoll mountain in the Stirling Ranges, Western Australia, just over a week ago [28 JUNE].
The student shared the incredible set of frosty photographs online where they quickly went viral – racking up thousands of likes, shares and comments from people around the world who could not believe such heavy snow could be found down under.
Karan, from Perth, Western Australia, said: “A lot of people, when they first see the pictures, think I’ve been trekking up on Mount Everest in the Himalayas or something like that.
“They can’t believe it’s been captured in Australia, as we have a reputation for being so sunny and hot all the time.
“The scenery was so beautiful. I’m a huge nature lover and have seen many incredible views, but this was the best I’ve ever experienced.
“The moment I was on top of the snowy mountain, we were above the clouds and it felt like I was in heaven. I was so lucky to have captured that.
“It was my first time seeing snow, and for it to be so close to home was such an amazing feeling.
“It is very high and was challenging to get to the top. Not only do you need to be physically fit, but you have to mentally prepare for the whole adventures.
“At times during the hike I felt fully exhausted and my body was telling me to give up but mentally I was only focusing on getting to the top.
“I’d love to go back sometime. It’s so rare for it to snow in Australia, especially out here in the west.
“It was an amazing experience and one I’ll remember forever.”
Picturesque Bluff Knoll is the second highest peak in Western Australia, reaching 1,099 metres [3,606ft] above sea level.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, winter temperatures on Bluff Knoll can range from 3 to 11 degrees Celsius and as a result, can occasionally receive snowfalls—though usually it is very light.