Yass to Batemans Bay

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 13, 2022 at 18:22
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Hi, travelling from Yass to Batemans Bay along the Kings Hwy with 18 foot caravan.
Ive been told that the road gets very steep 50km from Batemans Bay.
Should i be concerned ?
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Reply By: Frank P (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 13, 2022 at 18:25

Sunday, Feb 13, 2022 at 18:25
What are you towing with?
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Reply By: Athol W1 - Sunday, Feb 13, 2022 at 18:37

Sunday, Feb 13, 2022 at 18:37
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The Kings Way drops 1000 metres in 10km, so it is rather steep.

Suitable use of the gearbox, 1st gear if necessary, and extremely limited use of the brakes will see you down safely. Remember IT IS NOT A RACE but slow and steady is the go.

Observe the 'trucks must use low gear' signage, and drive it like a truck, that is during these sections of road it is an offence for a truck to use the brakes other than if unexpected circumstances arise, so as much as you can use the gears and not the brakes.

I did drive this road about 5 years back in my DMax towing my Jayco 21" van, all up weight at 5950kg, and it was 1st gear in the auto for the full 10km.

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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Feb 13, 2022 at 19:49

Sunday, Feb 13, 2022 at 19:49
The only problem with that road (as long as neither vehicle is overloaded) will be your confidence to drive in hilly country. If you drive your vehicle using low gear when descending hills like described above, then you will have no issues. There are few other hills apart from the big one mentioned that I shift down a few gear ratios to descend. Take your time doing the trip, there are a few places where you can allow others to pass along the road if you are collecting a queue behind you. On the big descent, swing wide on the RH hairpins and come to a stop to let them pass.

If you have no reason to go through Canberra or Yass, take the route that I take - Yass to Batemans Bay.. It is a much easier route and it will give you another good descent to practice for the big one.
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Follow Up By: tim_c - Friday, Mar 11, 2022 at 12:33

Friday, Mar 11, 2022 at 12:33
There are a few "slow vehicle turn out" bays on the way down the hill.
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Reply By: kgarn - Monday, Feb 14, 2022 at 09:40

Monday, Feb 14, 2022 at 09:40
Here is document I prepared a few years ago which provides information about roads gradients in southern NSW. You may find it useful.

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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Monday, Feb 14, 2022 at 19:01

Monday, Feb 14, 2022 at 19:01
Those figures came from Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. If you look those roads up there is a link in each to see where the steepest part of the road is. Also, some of the entries show where the highest point is.
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