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Some useful links.

Some links to information about the Mount Lofty Summit, Cleland Conservation Park, and weather as it relates to snowfalls on Mount Lofty and in South Australia.

The Mount Lofty Summit is part of Cleland Conservation Park and is under the management of the Government of South Australia's Department for Environment and Heritage.

The Department has a Mount Lofty Summit information page here
where you can find information about the facilities there and about opening and closing times.

They say "Mount Lofty Summit is a major attraction, with around 350,000 people visiting the site annually. A $4m National Parks Centre opened in 1997".

The National Parks Centre includes a Visitor Centre, the fully licensed Summit Restaurant Mount Lofty, a cafe, and the Mount Lofty Summit Gift Shop.

In addition there's a spacious outdoor paved observation area with a panoramic view westwards over naturally vegetated hills leading down to Adelaide City and St Vincent's Gulf beyond, and north-eastwards to picturesque Piccadilly Valley nestled within the Mount Lofty Ranges. There are bushwalking trails leading to and from the summit including the Heysen Trail, and trails to Cleland Wildlife Park, Waterfall Gully, and nearby Mount Lofty House. There are car parking facilities for cars and tourist buses.

"The accredited Visitor Centre at Mount Lofty Summit provides visitors with free information about tourist attractions in the Adelaide Hills and the rest of the state. High impact panels and multi-media touch screens provide an interactive way of showcasing information about conservation initiatives, tourism opportunities and European and Aboriginal heritage".

You can find more detailed information about facilities on the Summit, on the website including cafe and restaurant menus, functions and events, information about how to get there, and where to direct enquiries.

For detailed information about Cleland Conservation Park, I suggest as your starting point going to the Department for Environment and Heritage's webpage here
where you can find links to the Cleland Conservation Park Management Plan (downloadable), and a detailed online Cleland Conservation Park map.

The final preparation and adoption of the management plan in 1983 just predated the February 16th 1983 bushfire which burned most of the Park including the summit area, so it doesn't include any changes to the Park since then, such as the planning and building of the Centre on the Mount Lofty summit.

There is doubtless voluminous printed literature and some on-line documentation on changes to the Park since 1983, and on the complex processes that eventually led to the current Centre being built on the summit. I'll leave you to the fun of finding the relevant documents, if you wish to explore further.

Now turning to weather-related links.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology runs a website at with a South Australian section at It's one of the most
popular and frequently visited websites in South Australia and is now the primary source of most of the weather data available to the public. Information provided includes weather radar, satellite images, and close to real-time weather readings from a network of automatic weather stations including one near the summit of Mount Lofty, and much else.

If the Bureau estimate there is a significant chance of snow falling on the highest peaks of the Mount Lofty Ranges or more widely, the Bureau will mention this in their forecasts.

To find the current and recent readings from the Mount Lofty automatic weather station, click on this direct Bureau website link .

Snow chasing in South Australia is a combination of science and art as it is rare for there to be a near-certainty of snow falling. More usually the likelihood is marginal - it probably won't but it might. There's only one way to find out for sure and that's to go to a summit or high ground and wait :)

There's an informative, interesting and valuable article on Western Australian snow, and WA snowfalls since settlement, on the personal website of Graham Barker of Perth: "The world of an inquisitive collector, photographer, writer and God-fearing weather-geek". His website at is called "Graham's Paddock", and the link to his snow section is .

The website "Weather at Armidale NSW" includes among various topics relating to Armidale weather present and past, valuable information about snow at Armidale including historical records and trends, and a graph showing "Armidale Yearly Temperatures 1891-2016". I wasn't able to find the name of the creator/author but I haven't explored this site in detail yet and a name may be in there somewhere :-)

There's a substantial collection of photos of Mt Bryan East buildings including the old school, and the Mt Bryan Range mostly as seen from the district on the east side of the Range, and other interesting images, here

More links coming ...

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These are links I've "scribbled onto paper and dropped into this jar".
A good description of Heysen Trail walk to summit of Mt Brown in the Flinders Ranges, near Quorn - it's the highest mount in the southern Flinders Ranges at 970m. There's more good info to be found on the internet about the mount and walks to the summit and maps too.
Link to a blog describing a Heysen Trail walk in the Bald Hills area near Burra. Occasionally a snowfall in the Burra district is sufficiently heavy to form a cover on the top(s) of the highest hill(s) in lighter falls to what I presume would be a blanket cover of all the hills in the biggest falls.

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