Dargo High Plains Road

Submitted: Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 19:48
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Hi Everyone,
For those in the know, they say you are not permitted to travel the Dargo High Plains Road with a Caravan. Why would this be so?

Thanks

Allan and Andrea
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Reply By: Kenell - Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 20:25

Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 20:25
Allan,
I travel that area a bit and I haven't heard anything about caravans being prohibited. I passed a couple travelling up Mt Hotham 2 weeks ago from the other side (Bright) but they were possibly going down to Omeo which of course is a much better road. The High Plains road was a bit rough in spots then and would be hard on a van that isn't made for those conditions. It is generally not a bad road although twisty and steep as you get down towards Dargo. It is also narrow in spots towards the top and there are a few blind corners. Might be worth a call to Vicroads to get the facts.
Ken
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 23:34

Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 23:34
There are certainly "Unsuitable for caravans" signs on each end of the Barry Way. It is steep, winding and narrow with no guard rails to the river waaay below.

Cheers,
Peter
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Monday, May 18, 2015 at 07:59

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 07:59
Which is no where near the Dargo High Plains road.
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Reply By: Member - Allan L2 - Monday, May 18, 2015 at 17:25

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 17:25
Allan,
While the Dargo High Plains Road is considered not suitable for caravans they are not prohibited from using it. Sections of the road are very steep and have a red clay surface making it extremely difficult in wet or damp conditions. Much of it is above the snow line.
Cheers,
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Reply By: alhow - Monday, May 18, 2015 at 21:26

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 21:26
I've had a van across there a few times and the worst would be the decent down to Dargo but having good brakes and taking it easy I fail to see a problem.
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Reply By: Member - Allan H (NSW) - Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 20:03

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 20:03
Thank you all for taking the time to reply, it gives us some insight to the situation.
I reckon we will give it a crack.
Cheers
Allan and Ang
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Follow Up By: Member - Allan L2 - Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 10:12

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 10:12
Enjoy your trip Allan. When do you intend doing it? It would be good to hear your thoughts on that section of road after you have experienced it.
Cheers,
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Follow Up By: Member - Allan H (NSW) - Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 06:36

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 06:36
My brother is coming over from the Pilbara late December so the trip would be early January. They call this preparation in advance.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 17:36

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 17:36
The Dargo High Plains Road is closed in winter due to snow at the Mt Hotham Road end through to about Treasures HS. Check with the local authorities re actual dates.
Cheers
Andrew
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Reply By: Member - Graham D2 - Friday, May 22, 2015 at 15:34

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 15:34
I was up there in March towing an off road van and at the Mt Hotham end there is a sign that says .....no caravans and nothing over 6.7m in length and 2.3m in width...... BUT the strange thing there is no such sign at the Dargo end. I mentioned it at the Dargo general Store and they knew nothing of the sign. I think I recall the sign having the name of the local council/shire. As we were approaching from the Hotham end and you couldn't see more than 50m we ended up going the long way to Dargo via Omeo/Bairnsdale. Our plan was to 'dump' the van at the start of the Blue Rag Range track - complete - and continue to Dargo.
I spoke to the local Parks officers and they said vans quite often use the road. As another poster said the last 10km into Dargo is continuous down hill but nothing that sensible driving can't overcome.

Graham
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