Back coun­try Per­isher, NSW

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TO CAP­TURE THIS par­tic­u­larly win­try view of Aus­tralia, pho­tog­ra­pher Jeremy Si­mons had to don some un­usual footwear to set out across the deep snow of the Por­cu­pine Trail. Trudg­ing out of Per­isher with a pair of snow­shoes means leav­ing the noise of the ski re­sort at peak sea­son be­hind and head­ing off into the quiet beauty of the sur­round­ing hills. “Just 15 min­utes out of Per­isher you can look back onto the carpark, and there’s lots of com­mo­tion, but even­tu­ally all you can hear is the crunch­ing of snow and the crack­ing of ice,” says Jeremy. “As you’re about to leave all signs of civil­i­sa­tion be­hind, you de­scend into the snow mead­ows and there’s a mo­ment of real beauty.” The 5.6-kilo­me­tre re­turn trail heads up a well-marked path to Por­cu­pine Rocks from where you can look down onto Per­isher Val­ley, the Thredbo River Val­ley and across to Mt Duncan. “You’ll need snow­shoes in win­ter to get up there; the snow can be knee high in places, so you’d strug­gle in a pair of train­ers,” says Jeremy. Snow­shoe­ing re­quires no train­ing; just strap them on, take a back­pack and tell some­one where you’re go­ing.

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