Just hours before Nepal was hit by a massive earthquake killing more than 1800 people, Matthew Graves posted photographs of the country’s intact, picturesque buildings.


“The Nepali Lifestyle”, the Sydney man captioned his Facebook photo album from Pokhara on Saturday.

A day later, his worried family are anxiously waiting for news the 24-year-old is safe following the devastating quake.

The director of web and marketing company Perspective Promotions was due to return to Australia in May after more than two months of travelling through India and Nepal.

Images captured his journey through Nepal’s mountains and historic temples, many of which now lay in ruins after Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

His brother, Mitch Graves, is at home in Sydney waiting for news while their parents are overseas in America.

“They (parents) are coping as well as they can,” Mitch told AAP.

“They are doing what they can with the resources they have to find him.

“It’s a bit of a struggle trying to communicate to everyone. It is a waiting game at the moment.”

Mitch said his brother was on a trip for both work and leisure.

“He was meant to be in Nepal for another five days and then go over to India,” Mitch said.

“He is by himself so there isn’t anyone we can speak to.”

The family have listed Mr Graves as missing on The Red Cross’s Family Links website.

There are dozens of Australians reported missing on the list, but the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is yet to release a statement about any nationals who may have been caught up in the disaster.

Initially measured at 7.5 magnitude, the quake was later adjusted to 7.8, with a depth of 15km, the USGS said.

It hit 73km east of the tourist town of Pokhara.