brindabella and Namadgi Nt Pks

Hi all, Planning a 4wd and camping trip in mid April ex Canberra to Brindabella and Namadgi Nt Pks. See there are a few camp spots to choose from but would appreciate advice on the best ones to stay at. Can anyone help?
Also I am a bit apprehensive about the 4wd tracks as have read there are difficult sections that put some drivers to the test. Can anyone advise current road conditions and any 'sticky 'sections.
thanks pandora
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Reply By: garrycol - Sunday, Apr 10, 2016 at 22:32

Sunday, Apr 10, 2016 at 22:32
Brindabella National Park - all legal tracks are fine and can be covered in a softroader. Off the legal tracks there is some tougher stuff but you don't want to be on them in the National Park.

In Brindabella the most popular spots are Macintyre Hut and Lowells Flat and the Flea Creek camping areas.

In Namadgi National Park, all tracks are closed to vehicles so within the National Park you will be staying on what are normally 2wd roads. There are camping areas near Bendora Dam and down south where the tracking stations used to be.

I would also look at the northern end of Kosciusko National Park - borders the southern end of Brindabella and the western side of Namadji and is a bit more wild.

Garry
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Follow Up By: Member - pandora - Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 09:30

Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 09:30
That really helps a lot Garry, will check out how to access northern boundary of KNP. Sounds like it will be away from the crowds
Thanks Pandora
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Reply By: Michael H9 - Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 06:51

Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 06:51
The main tracks can be quite steep but they aren't difficult. The view from on top of Mt Coree is spectacular, you can drive to the top but not much room up there. Macintyre's Hut is a nice campground.
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Follow Up By: Member - pandora - Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 09:34

Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 09:34
Thanks Michael, that allays my fears 'hairy' climbs, hope for a clear day.
Cheers pandora
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Follow Up By: Member - Terry W4 - Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 17:49

Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 17:49
Should add that as at Flea Creek, the ACT Government has installed long drop toilets and fire areas at both sites and makes sure that toilet paper is available. I know we are spoilt. There are some good drives from both. Tires down to 25 psi you vehicle will take them all on.
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Reply By: Member - Terry W4 - Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 17:52

Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 17:52
Will be cool at night. I am going out on Friday to a property )private) near Bredbo. Expecting about 4-7 at night and 18-20 during the day. Using a swag with an awning to ensure if rains not an issue.

What are you using to camp?
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Follow Up By: Member - pandora - Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 19:34

Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 19:34
thanks for the tips Terry, have a generic dome tent that we can stand up in, air mattresses and sleeping bags. Will be sure to pack some thermals for night time
cheers pandora.
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Reply By: Malcom M - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016 at 12:17

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016 at 12:17
Flea Creek is one that you might want to avoid if wet. Pretty steep in and out plus its all very fine clay dust so would become a great slippery slide. I've gone up it with twin lockers in the wet and it was quite interesting.
The other sites are much nicer anyway...
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Follow Up By: Member - Terry W4 - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 at 17:28

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 at 17:28
I have been a regular visitor to Flea Creek - always been dry and dusty and I have wondered what it would be like after rain because of the clay base. Imagined it would be quite difficult.

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Follow Up By: Malcom M - Thursday, Apr 14, 2016 at 06:46

Thursday, Apr 14, 2016 at 06:46
Hi Terry
A slight drizzle and you can feel the difference. A lot more wheel spin occurs very quickly.
I reckon you could easily become trapped down there if it really rained overnight and you didn't notice it.
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Thursday, Apr 14, 2016 at 06:55

Thursday, Apr 14, 2016 at 06:55
The Webb's Ridge side has a lot rockier base than the Gentle Annie side and not as steep.
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Reply By: Member - Odog - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 at 18:34

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 at 18:34
Personally, think getting out of Macintyres hut would be worst than flea creek, thought it was very steep.. If wet, I'd want a set of chains.. Have you ever taken your camp trailer down to Macintyres hut, Terry? Odog
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 at 19:51

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 at 19:51
I have been into both in heavy rain in my old Freelander softroader and had no issues - however bogans do get in there and take great delight in chewing up the tracks and then it can be fun - once when coming out of McIntyres in my Landrover 101 which is has diff locks and 35" muddies I came close to having to using the winch - all due to yobbos.

So I guess it depend on the weather but more so if the bogans have been in there.

The bog holes under the power lines next to Two Sticks Track is now closed due to people deliberately ripping it up and causing damage.

Ohh - a safety warning - lots of speeding bikes, ATVs and bogan 4wds so be careful particularly on bends because they will not be taking care. I have had an ATV under the bumper of my 101 and had a couple of bikes come a cropper in front of me when they spotted me lumbering up a hill and they were speeding down and spotted me at the last possible moment.

Garry
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Follow Up By: Malcom M - Thursday, Apr 14, 2016 at 06:53

Thursday, Apr 14, 2016 at 06:53
Only a matter of time before the tracks were closed. The Brindies get a lot of bleep morons chewing up the place.
Its interesting looking at the tread patterns in the mud when that area is dry. usually a few similar to tractor patterns which tells you a lot about the owner.
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