Condition of Nerriga/Braidwood Road from Canberra to Nowra

Submitted: Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 17:08
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Hi all. We would like to travel from Canberra to Gerringong via Nowra using the Nerriga/Braidwood Road on Wednesday and last used that road quite a few years ago when it was gravel most of the way. We have heard that it is mostly tar now and would be OK for us to tow our caravan that way. Does anyone tell us if this is correct please?
Thanks in advance.
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Reply By: Keir & Marg - Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 17:17

Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 17:17
If you go through Tarrago there's only about 2km of dirt left where they're rebuilding O'Allen ford. The rest of the road is really good. Going via Braidwood to Nerriga is quite a bit longer and I'm not sure how much dirt there is that way before Nerriga. I drove via Tarrago a few weeks ago and Canberra to Nowra was about 2.5 hours.
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Follow Up By: thephantom - Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 17:49

Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 17:49
Hi Keir & Marg and thanks for replying. Would the O'Allen ford be OK for a landcruiser with 3.5t caravan? Sounds like a good way to get to the coast if we can use that road.
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 17:58

Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 17:58
I was down there about 8 weeks ago - all good (but twisty in parts) except for Oallen ford. I would check with RMS about the bridge - drove through Tarrago a few weeks ago there was a sign advising it was closed. Probably open now but make sure.

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Reply By: G.B.T - Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 17:24

Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 17:24
Mostly gravel from Braidwood to Nerriga, when I was last along there some months ago, but Nerriga to Nowra is now sealed.
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Follow Up By: thephantom - Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 17:50

Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 17:50
Thanks for that info G.B.T. Much appreciated.
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 18:00

Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 18:00
All tar when I was there about 8 weeks ago
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 19:21

Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 19:21
GBT - they must have dug it up as it was all sealed 2 years ago.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 21:57

Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 21:57
Braidwood to Nerriga has a lot of dirt.Nerriga to Nowra is all sealed.
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 22:16

Monday, Sep 07, 2015 at 22:16
True, however the OP asked about Canberra to Gerringong via Nowra - the Braidwood road Tarrago the Nerriga is sealed.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Sep 08, 2015 at 12:06

Tuesday, Sep 08, 2015 at 12:06
Scott

GBT said "Mostly gravel from Braidwood to Nerriga". He is right. The most direct way from Braidwood to Nerriga road is just that, mostly dirt. The Goulburn Road to Tarago way that I think you are talking about (you didn't make it clear) is longer and neither does it go near Braidwood.

I don't know of anyone who goes that way. We all use the Bungendore to Tarago road and then eastwards to Nerriga etc etc. It also gets rid of the Kings Highway and the mugs that go that way.

We go that way about once a month and have never used the Goulburn Road as it's a longer way. It used to be an interesting track before they fully sealed the Nerriga to Nowra section. Darn it!!! Now it is getting crowded, so we may end up going the Hume to Kangaroo Valley way from Canberra to Nowra.

Phil
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Reply By: Chris G12 - Tuesday, Sep 08, 2015 at 13:22

Tuesday, Sep 08, 2015 at 13:22
I drove it from Jervis Bay to Canberra last Wednesday with my 200 series towing a camper. Beautiful drive - we drove at sunset - sunlight in the eyes and wombats. Road was fine. Only had to slow down a few time due to potholes. Otherwise all good.

Had to go via Braidwood as the Oallen bridge was closed. I think it's closed until the 17th or something like that.
Chris
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Reply By: thephantom - Tuesday, Sep 08, 2015 at 15:50

Tuesday, Sep 08, 2015 at 15:50
Thanks so much to all who have replied to my query-all replies have been most appreciated and we will be heading to Gerringong tomorrow morning that way. Will report back.
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Tuesday, Sep 08, 2015 at 16:26

Tuesday, Sep 08, 2015 at 16:26
Just be aware that between Nerriga and Sassafras you have the Eldrick River - it is a steep decent down and an even steeper ascent back out - the road is good with passing areas so slow and steady is the name of the game if you are towing something big and heavy.

Garry
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Follow Up By: thephantom - Tuesday, Sep 08, 2015 at 21:06

Tuesday, Sep 08, 2015 at 21:06
Thanks garrycol for that info.
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