Heading South

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 08:35
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Heading south from Brisbane in a couple of weeks. Down the coast to Sydney then up to the Blue Mountains, across to Cooma and the snowfields and back home via Dubbo, Tamworth and the New England highway. 4 weeks all up.

94 Cruiser wagon and camper trailer. We're camping but not getting too far off the beaten track. (Only allowed to take one snachem strap and shackles to make sure I behave... sigh)

Any must see's... or must avoids... and any do's and don'ts... especially about driving around in snow country.
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Reply By: snowman - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 09:37

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 09:37
Hi Pat
If your vehicle is a diesel make sure you fill up when you get to Jindabyne. We have alpine diesel mix down here which stops the wax in diesel from blocking the filter when fuel is cold. If you have any problems with car starting or not running properly in the morning pour hot water over fuel filter. Watch out where you camp as we have had winds up to 170Km/h down here in the last week.
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Follow Up By: Member - PatC - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 14:33

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 14:33
Hi Snowman
Thanks for that... all vehicles are petrol so the wax isn't a problem. Where the winds at Jindabyne or do they get lower down? Planning to camp around Cooma and explore from there.

See Ya
PatC
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Follow Up By: snowman - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 22:42

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 22:42
Hi PatC
Wind not as bad in Cooma. Gets very cold in the night at Cooma (colder than in the snow most nights). Dont worry if there's a "big dump" of snow as there is snow ploughs clearing and salting the roads. Driving on snow is not a problem, its when you get ice on the road that the fun begins. If you want to go up to the snow fields for a look and play in the snow go to Perisher but leave it until lunch time as you will miss the traffic and if it has snowed most of it would be gone of the roads by then.Petrol $1.13 litre at Jindabyne.
Cheers Dave
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Follow Up By: snowman - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 22:52

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 22:52
You can hire snow chains at many places in Cooma and Jindabyne. I have worked at Perisher Valley for the last 14 years and have never needed to put chains on a 4wd to get up there. If you want to fit them by all means do. If you do have to drive on any snow and ice just take it easy with no sudden braking, leave plenty of room between you and the car in front of you and do you driving very gently.
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Reply By: Well 55 - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 10:11

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 10:11
From the Blue Mountains, head south to Goulbourn, Braidwood then to Cooma, not a bad camp site near the Big Hole on the road to Cooma from Braidwood.

This is mostly back roads but gets you away from the snow traffic down the Hwy.

If you don't want to drive up to the snow line, take the train from Bullocks Flat, that way you don't need to purchase the NP Pass every day you go up, or the need to carry chains.
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Follow Up By: snowman - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 10:49

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 10:49
4wd's are not required to carry chains in NSW NP
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Follow Up By: Well 55 - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 14:37

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 14:37
AS long as there is not a big dump while your up there.
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Follow Up By: Member - PatC - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 14:38

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 14:38
Hi Well 55
What's the likelyhood of needing snow chains and can you hire them. This is probably a once only trip so I won't need them again if I buy a set.

See Ya
PatC
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Follow Up By: Well 55 - Wednesday, Jul 07, 2004 at 07:42

Wednesday, Jul 07, 2004 at 07:42
Its rare that you will need chains, but today with snow forecast down to 1000m, their is a good chance that you will.

You can hire chains at Cooma or Jindabyne, but before you do check the weather forecast. Otherwise take the train.
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Reply By: Magnus - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 13:19

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 13:19
Hi Pat,

If you want to ease into the trip, then stop the first night at Minnie Waters and camp with your tent pegs almost in the surf at the National Park. Just 4.5 hours from Brisbane. No showers but Toilets. Water from tap just outside park, about 1klm away. Minnie Waters is East of Grafton. Nice easy run for first day. Is shown on most maps.

Alternatively stop at Grassy Heads in the council owned Caravan park. Also right on the surf but has full ammenities. 7 hours from Bris with turnoff just South of Kempsey. Is only shown on really good maps. Stop and ask at Kempsey. Turnoff is well marked but still easy to miss. There is a really intersting drive through the Forest park behind Grassy Heads where a lot of experimental tree planting was done during WWII. Tracks are OK and only need 4x4 to go to lookout which is steep and a bit rough.

If you want luxury for the first night then you can't go past Darlington Beach Resort 40 minutes this side of Coffs Harbour. An en-suite caravan site will only set you back $40 for a night. Right on beach with a nine hole golf course at your disposal.

Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo of course.

Have a good trip

Cheers
Magnus
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Follow Up By: Member - PatC - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 15:30

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 15:30
Hi Magnus

Thanks for the info. We'll be looking for a spot around Kempsey for a couple of days and Grassy Heads might be just the thing.

Actually leaving from 4hrs north of Brisbane so Minnie Wates would be too big for the first day. Will check it out on the second though.

Western Plains Zoo is the main reason for coming home through Dubbo... that and relatives in Tamworth.

See Ya
PatC

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Reply By: cruiser - Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 10:37

Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 10:37
Try South West Rocks (turn off is about 20K north of Kempsey). You will be blown away with the beauty.
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Follow Up By: Member - PatC - Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 12:23

Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 12:23
Hi Cruiser,
I will surely check it out.
Thanks for that.

See Ya
PatC
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Reply By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Sunday, Jul 11, 2004 at 09:35

Sunday, Jul 11, 2004 at 09:35
If you have the time while in the Goulbourn District, we did this loop about two weeks ago, very scenic with out being too challenging.
Goulbourn-Crookwell past the Wind Farm
Crookwell-Traralga
Traralga-Laggan
Laggan - Wonbeyan Caves.... Very nice camp ground
Wonbeyan Caves - Berrima, quite a scenic drive
Berrima-Goulbourn

There is some breathtaking scenery in this part of the country..... well worth the visit!!

If you have kids in the group and are thinking of going to Canberra, the National Science Museum (Questacon) is worth a look!

Have a safe trip!!!!

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Follow Up By: Member - PatC - Sunday, Jul 11, 2004 at 15:41

Sunday, Jul 11, 2004 at 15:41
Hi Brian,
Thanks for the info. We'll be spending some time in the Blue Mountains before heading for Goulbourn so I might try the road through Oberon and Porters Retreat and pick up the loop at Taralga. The National Science Museum is a must. (according to SWMBO anyway)

See Ya
PatC
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Reply By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Sunday, Jul 11, 2004 at 18:02

Sunday, Jul 11, 2004 at 18:02
oh..... did I mention to pck your winter woolies??????? It's Frrrreeeeeeezing down there!!!!!!
LOL....
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Follow Up By: Member - PatC - Sunday, Jul 11, 2004 at 18:22

Sunday, Jul 11, 2004 at 18:22
I got a pair of thermals the other day...

and an extra week off to thaw out in Cairns... I wish.
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