Snowy River Road

Submitted: Saturday, Nov 28, 2015 at 17:34
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Hi all
I'm heading down to Melbourne via the Snowy River Road. I'm planning to get to thr Suggan Buggan campsite before sunset and then head to melb the next day.

I've got an LC 200 towing a Conqueror Commander.

Any advice? What are the roads like?

I look forward to hearing from you.
CKG
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Reply By: Frank P (NSW) - Saturday, Nov 28, 2015 at 18:24

Saturday, Nov 28, 2015 at 18:24
Excellent 2WD unsealed surface but narrow with, in many places, an embankment on one side and an abyss on the other. When I went through a couple of years ago there were few if any safety rails. Pea-like gravel can cause a slide on corners if you're a touch too fast and try to brake on entering the corner.

It is not a road to be trying the make up time on, so take it easy and watch for oncoming traffic.

If you find yourself running out of time there's camping at Pinch River, Running Waters and Scotchies Yard on the NSW side and at Willis on the Vic side.

It's a great drive.

Consider also taking the Limestone Rd from Wulgulmerang (south of Suggan Buggan not far from the McKillops Bridge turnoff) to Benambra. Great camping at Native Dog Flat and Limestone Creek. Then Omeo and/or any number of out-of-the-way routes to Melbourne through Vic High Country. We do this regularly, a different way each time, with a Prado and now a BT50 and a Kimberley Karavan (2200kg) so you should have no problems with your rig.

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Follow Up By: Chris G12 - Saturday, Nov 28, 2015 at 18:35

Saturday, Nov 28, 2015 at 18:35
Thanks Frank.
The advice not to rush and alternative camps is valuable.
Cheers
Chris
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 11:44

Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 11:44
Motorbikes used it too.
It's courteous to stop for them to get by so your dust doesn't blind them.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 13:12

Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 13:12
I agree - Don't rush. The gravel road looks good but is as slpiiery as hell. We slipped off about 5 Kms south of the border and only doing 40Kph. It's as safe as any dirt road. Just take it easy.

Phil
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Reply By: colanjen - Saturday, Nov 28, 2015 at 18:39

Saturday, Nov 28, 2015 at 18:39
Hi Chris,

Parts of the road are very very narrow, many blind corners where there is no way vehicles can get by one another. Take it very slowly and carefully and at all times expect to meet oncoming vehicles so you will be ready if they appear.

I have towed twice down the road and will one day do it again, a stunning drive but the surface can be very loose and slippery even when dry and it is a drive where your heart will be in your throat on quite a few occasions.

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Reply By: 671 - Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 21:29

Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 21:29
Chris

I drove over that road down through Suggan Buggan late last year. The road is narrow and winding but the surface was excellent. Forget about time schedules and drive slowly to the conditions and you won't have any problems.

The real concern though is towing. I think from memory there were signs saying not suitable for trailers. I stopped my Hilux on one corner and took a photo of it from about twenty metres in front. The road had been cut into a very steep hillside. I could not have parked any closer to the high side of it but there was nowhere near enough road left to get another Hilux size car past it let alone anything wider. If you went over the edge you would have rolled for a hundred metres or more.

That was not the only section like that. If you meet another car, one of you is going to have to reverse for what could be a long way. If the no trailer signs are there then the driver of another car could become very irate and refuse to go back. Anything is possible these days.
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Reply By: Chris G12 - Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 22:55

Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 22:55
Thanks for all the replies.

My research and the comment in this thread are consistent on the advice to take it easy, but vary on advice about towing. We are towing a Conqueror (essentially a big camper trailer) and I'm confident at reversing.

How busy will the road be on a Wednesday?
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Reply By: Chris G12 - Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 22:57

Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 22:57
And, how long does it take to get from Jindabyne to Suggan Buggan (taking it easy)?
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Follow Up By: 671 - Monday, Nov 30, 2015 at 16:36

Monday, Nov 30, 2015 at 16:36
I can't help you there Chris. We camped overnight three times between Orbost and Jindabyne and stopped countless times to look at the views.

It is the type road of you that you don't take if you are in a hurry and you take as long as it takes if you want to see the sights.

If you do want to see the sights then take the short detour at Wulgulmerang to Little River Gorge. It is the deepest gorge in Victoria and the view from the lookout is breathtaking.
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Reply By: colanjen - Monday, Nov 30, 2015 at 17:53

Monday, Nov 30, 2015 at 17:53
Hi Chris, as it has been said the road is so scenic and there are so many stunning things to see that to not stop and enjoy some of it would to me make the drive not worth the risk of a front on.

The only reason I would tow down it again would be to experience once more, all it has to offer. It can and is at times a dangerous road to drive on, little own tow on. There are so many long sections of one lane road around many blind corners. Yes mid week may be quieter but that depends when and of course you only need one car to cause a major problem.

If time is so important then I'd suggest another route.

Col.
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Reply By: Chris G12 - Monday, Nov 30, 2015 at 18:24

Monday, Nov 30, 2015 at 18:24
Thanks conandjen
Tempted to have a go but decided risks too high so heading down delegate road/bonang hey camping at Ada river then heading south to the highway.

Thanks for your advice. I hope to try it another day, perhaps sans camper.
Cheers
Chris
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Follow Up By: Chris G12 - Monday, Nov 30, 2015 at 18:26

Monday, Nov 30, 2015 at 18:26
Sorry, colanjen.
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Reply By: Member - reggy 2 (VIC) - Monday, Nov 30, 2015 at 21:54

Monday, Nov 30, 2015 at 21:54
Hi Chris
There is a spot at the Delegate river on the border of NSW plus a wayside stop about 5ks north of Bonang beside the creek with fish in it, fish in the Delegate river also both spots ok for over nighter
no amenities at either site but toilets at the Bonang hall.
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Reply By: Member - DOZER - Monday, Nov 30, 2015 at 22:01

Monday, Nov 30, 2015 at 22:01
Take a chainsaw as its been windy
b4 you bag me out, walk a mile in my shoes, then your a mile away and have my shoes :)

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Follow Up By: Chris G12 - Monday, Nov 30, 2015 at 22:37

Monday, Nov 30, 2015 at 22:37
You read my mind Dozer. Had just grabbed my chainsaw when I got your message. Great minds etc...
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