Alpine Way

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 09:26
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Hi

My wife & I are going to do a trip along the Alpine way at the end of July to the beginning of August.
We will be camping . I have a high top Troopy Bushcamper.
Has any of you guys done this before.
What are the good camping areas along the Alpine Way.
Any trips would be good as well.
We are looking forward to a bit of Snow camping.

Thanks
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Reply By: Erad - Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 10:25

Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 10:25
There is a NPWS camping area about half way between Jindabyne and Thredbo, down on the river. Sorry, cannot remember its name (something diggings). More camping at Tom Groggin and Geehi (Both of these are magnificent, especially Geehi). Knowing the National Sparks & Wildfire Service, you probably won't be allowed to camp in the snow. You will need a Nat Parks pass which is expensive, but if you are simply passing through, tell them and they should let you through free, provided you don't stop en route.

There is a secluded area at the top of Wollondilly road (heading South from the Alpine Way, east from the Park entrance, but I suspect that it is private property. The views from the top are really good.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 13:55

Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 13:55
Quote "You will need a Nat Parks pass which is expensive, but if you are simply passing through, tell them and they should let you through free, provided you don't stop en route."

No one passes through in the snow season. The roads are closed past Thredbo and Mt Selwyn.
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Reply By: Scott T4 - Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 14:32

Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 14:32
Thanks for the info.
The NPs web site doesn't say that the Alpine Way is closed in Winter.
There is a number of roads closed but not the Alpine way.
I guess it would close for a while if they had a big dump of snow.
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Reply By: RichieK - Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 15:04

Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 15:04
Fairly sure the Alpine Way will be open, but maybe they will need you to show them you have chains??

Anyway, can concur with the Geehi camp ground. Great views of the main range..The campground itself runs alongside an old airstrip and you can check out Geehi Hut, one of the bigger high country huts.. There is a smaller hut across the Swampy Plains River, Keebles Hut.. Used to be able to access it from the main road, otherwise I think you can cross the river from the Geehi campground (but I havent been there for years)..

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Reply By: mikehzz - Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 15:26

Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 15:26
If you want cool then Leatherbarrel Creek (I think??) half way between Tom Groggin and Thredbo is high enough to be chilly in summer. Only small, has a toilet and a nice creek.
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Reply By: Erad - Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 16:05

Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 16:05
The Alpine Way is kept open by the NPWS but it is a main road (as is the Snowy Mtns Highway thru Kiandra) and the Main Roads Dept clears both. The road from Cabramurra to Khancoban is closed for the winter, as is the link road from Smiggins to Guthega and the road from Selwyn to Cabramurra via Kings Cross. There are no other publically accessible roads to cross the mountains.

The current regulations exempt 4WD's from the requirement to carry chains. Why, I cannot fathom because a driver who locks up his wheels when going downhill is as dangerous as....., and you can lock up a 4WD as easily as a 2WD.

There is a car park at Dead Horse Gap, but I am not sure if the NPWS wouldn't move you on from there or Leatherbarrel Creek. The road is sealed all the way.

If you do stop for any reason (photos, put chains on etc), make sure that you are clear of the road because other traffic may not be able to manouvre around yoo very easily.

You can get information by calling (02) 6450 5600 (Jindabyne) or (02) 6076 9373 (Khancoban).
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Follow Up By: Scott T4 - Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 16:13

Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 16:13
Thanks for that.
I will be buying a set of chains for sure.
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 10:50

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 10:50
I had thought the exemption was going to be scrapped. No one else provides it at least not in Vic.

Apart from directly after a big dump the Alpine Way is straightforward. Some bends are narrow and some stretches get glassy in the wet and can then freeze and become treacherous so take it easy.

I doubt camping will be allowed at DHG. LBC has facilities though IIRC.

You can at The Diggings btwn Jindy and Thredbo.
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Reply By: Scott T4 - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 11:13

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 11:13
The NPs web site info says that you can camp at Three Mile Dam East which is very close to Mt Selwyn.
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Follow Up By: Member - Sn00py2 (NSW) - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 16:03

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 16:03
I'm pretty sure that the gate to Three Mile Dam is locked in winter and no camping allowed.
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Follow Up By: Scott T4 - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 19:18

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 19:18
I will give NPs a call tomorrow to see if Three Mile Dam East is open during winter. They say on their web site that Three Mile Dam West is closed during winter but East is open.
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Follow Up By: Erad - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 19:33

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 19:33
The road past 3 mile dam is cleared by Snowy Hydro as part of access to Cabramurra. You can also go down the hill from the switchyard and out to Tumbarumba that way (it is called 'The Elliot Way'). The road beyond Cabramurra to Khancoban is closed for the winter. The 3 mile dam carpark is likely to be closed off though.

If you just want to play, or are not a very high level skier, Mt Selwyn is an ideal place. You can park right next to the skifields, they have limited visitor facilities (bistro, bar & toilets) and it is generally a nice place. If, however, you want the high life (bars, great skiing, snow bunnies etc, then Perisher or Thredbo are the go, but you won't get parking anywhere near as close as at Selwyn. Theoretically, there is no overnight parking anywhere above the snowline except in the establiashed villages. Fair enough too - I imagnine that you would not be happy if your precious Droopie got cleaned up by a snowplough driver who didn't klnow you were there...
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Reply By: Freshstart - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 11:23

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 11:23
Check on concessions for the NPWS pass. Ours was freeas I am TPI.

NPWS pass exemptions

It took a few weeks to get my initial pass but renewals are quicker.
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Follow Up By: Scott T4 - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 11:33

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 11:33
Thanks for that but we will have to pay the full amount.
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