Monaro Hwy

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 07:09
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Hi
I will soon need to travel to Canberra from Gippsland in Victoria and will be towing a 5mtr boat. On the map the Monaro highway from Cann river looks to be the shortest option, can anyone inform what this highway is like and would it be Ok to tow on. I want to be able to try and maintain a reasonable average speed.
Thanks
WoosieBro
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Reply By: Well 55 - Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 07:29

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 07:29
It is the better of the two roads up from the coast. Black top all the way with a steady climb once you cross the Vic border and a bit windy 20k out of Cann River, but only for 15k or so.

The Princes Hwy is a bit windy and slow from Orbost to Cann River.

Just take it easy and drive to the conditions, it takes me 7 hrs from Mirboo Nth to Canberra, take the Buchan T/O out of Bairnsdale to by-pass Lake Entrance, its at the big round-a-bout on the edge of town.
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Reply By: TomZ - Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 07:39

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 07:39
WoosieBro,
I last travelled the Monaro a couple of years ago and while it is winding and hilly the road was generally in good condition. There are a few long climbs once you leave Cann River and head towards Bombala as well as once you hit the Monaro Hwy. In comparison to the Hume it is much more hilly and that will slow you down. I would prefer to travel the way you suggest than continue along the Princes Hwy to Bega and then struggle up Brown mountain.

Tom
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Reply By: TomZ - Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 07:45

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 07:45
Hello again,
A clarification
I just sent a response and stated when to hit the Monaro Hwy when I mean the Snowy Mtns Hwy.
Tom
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Reply By: flappa - Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 08:46

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 08:46
The Monaro is fine.

You will have no probs towing the boat from Canberra to Bombala. A guy I know did it a little while back.

Its only the drop from Bombala to Cann River thats interesting. Nothing wrong with the road , its quite good, just a few steep sections. I dont believe though its anything as severe as Brown Mountain or Clyde Mountain.
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 09:37

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 09:37
Its the road less travelled and far more interesting than the Princes or the Hume. I prefer to go from Canberra to Melbourne that way. Look out for the revenue collectors between Cooma and Canberra.
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Follow Up By: Member - T-Bone (ACT) - Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 09:43

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 09:43
Watch out for the boys in blue between Orbost and Cann River too... As everyone else has said, should be no problems for you on the Monaro Hwy. Not quite sure why you'd want to tow a 5m boat to Canberra though - Lake Burley Griffin isn't THAT big!

T-Bone.
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Reply By: woodiebro - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 15:55

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 15:55
Thanks for your replies,
One more question, is this a seasonal road as towing and ice and snow is'nt a good mix.
T-Bone, This is just part of the trip from Loch sport to Cairns and on the map I'm looking for a differnt way to go as I've done the coast several times and this seemed like a straight line to get me to Dubbo and the inland Highway.
Thanks
WoodieBro
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Follow Up By: flappa - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 16:10

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 16:10
AFAIK , its not a seasonal road , but , it has closed on occassions due to snow fall

http://www.australianweathernews.com/news/2004/040717.SHTML

Happened last year
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Reply By: fatz - Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 17:40

Thursday, Apr 28, 2005 at 17:40
woodiebro,
travel this road about three times a year now, used to do it on a weekly basis. i have towed everything from D9 dozers to campertrailers down it and you wont have an issue. They do get snow now and again but not that often. A beautiful drive through a beautiful part of this great land.
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