Caravan trip to Mallacoota

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Can anyone tell me the best road to take from Wagga to Mallacoota across the mountains with a caravan. Thank you Howardc
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Reply By: Member - Allan L2 - Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 06:49

Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 06:49
Hi Howard,

I would take the Snowy Mountain Highway via Tumut to Cooma, then south on the Monaro Highway through Bombala to Rockton then follow the Imlay road to Narrabarbra, turn onto Princes H/way south toGenoa then left to Mallacoota. Approximately 520 Km.

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Follow Up By: Member - Howard C - Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 10:13

Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 10:13
Hi Allan,
Thanks for your advise,I was just a bit worried about going over Talbingo with the van. Howardc
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Follow Up By: Member - Allan L2 - Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 11:17

Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 11:17
You didn't mention van size or what you are towing with but Talbingo is not a bad road. A fairly long & windy haul, not overly wide, but good surface, has white centre line. Its the main route to the coast from around the Wagga area & used by lots of vans.
Also, if you wish further on after Bombala you can continue on to Cann River & turn back to Mallacoota. Longer but may suit you better. Feel free to send me a member message & I can give you a ph call if you wish.

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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 22:26

Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 22:26
Quote "Thanks for your advise,I was just a bit worried about going over Talbingo with the van. Howardc"

The road is a gazetted highway. On all the road maps it is a thick red line. If you have a problem on any of those roads it means your rig is overloaded. Is hat really a potential problem for you?
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Reply By: Bega Photographer - Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 15:23

Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 15:23
G'day Howard!

Depends a bit what you mean by the best way.

For an easy and uneventful trip, go up the Hume Highway to Yass and down to Canberra and Cooma.

The Mountain route, as suggested, is by far the most interesting drive and I always go that way in the good weather. Chains required in the snow season for a 2wd and I don't think you can tow a van through in the winter even with a 4x4. This time of year it a great drive providing you have the grunt for Talbingo and the stopping power on the way home.

It may be an easier drive, though further, to go through Bega and down the Princess Highway to Mallacoota, rather than through Bombala.

So many choices!
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Reply By: Erad - Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 18:38

Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 18:38
Depending on the tug and your van, the route over Talbingo Mountain is the shortest. I towed my 16 ft Jayco Poptop up the mountain with my NW Pajero (diesel), and it had not even a twinge of trouble. Most of the way it was in 3rd gear, occasionally back to 2nd (manual gearbox). Yet I have pulled a heavy trailer (about 2 tonnes) up there with my friend's 80 series Landbruiser and we had to go into low range to get up.

The road is narrow and winding up the mountain, but large articulated trucks use it every day, so there is no reason that a caravan would not make it safely. I have a scangauge and found that the cooling water temperature actually increased as revs went up (in 2nd gear) and the boost increased. Changing up to 3rd dropped both the boost and the temperature. (I expected it to be the other way).

If you intend to return via Talbingo Mountain, select low gear well before the steep bits at the top and just let the thing crawl its way down. It would be very easy to run out of brakes on that hill.

The shortest way after Cooma is to follow the Monaro Hwy thru Bombala, and about 30 km past, take the Imlay road (left at the foot of a long downhill) which brings you out onto the Princes Hwy about 20 km South from Eden. Sealed road all the way except for roadworks.

Driven sensibly, no problems at all with the choice of road.
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