Australia is cold. Not all the time, but sometimes it is cold. The reason it is cold, I think, is because it is high. Amazingly and surprisingly high.
In contrast, I can not recall seeing the Blue Mountains from Sydney.
However, if I drive inland I slowly get higher.
My home in Canberra, nestled between the Blue and Snowy Mountains, is at 600m
the same altitude as
New Zealand’s premier four season lake and alpine resort)
and 200m higher than
New Zealand’s alpine spa village).
Three hours to the east,
Oberon in the Blue Mountains is at 1100m, higher than
the highest paved road
Three hours to the west,
the Snowy Mountains Highway
passes 1,450m between Cooma and Yarrangobilly.
That is a huge area at altitude.
I think I am really going to enjoy exploring it.