Trips around Canberra/Snow

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Hi all, am travelling to central NSW/CBA next week for school holidays and would like to expose the kids to snow. Not overly familiar with this area so can anyone advise me of some good 4wd one day trips around the Canberra/Bathurst Region that would have reasonable snow for the kids to play in ? We are planning to do day trips/overnighters out of CBA/Bathurst where we have family accommodation to come back to.

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Reply By: GUPatrol - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 09:33

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 09:33
There is no snow anywhere in the country -yet-....
Temperatures have been higher than average and no moisture, therefore no snow, not even frosts in the morning except for one or two mornings....
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Follow Up By: Chiko - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 09:37

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 09:37
Thanks for the heads up. Still interested in doing the 4wd day trips - any ideas? Any references/good 'day trip' books for this area?
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Reply By: Member - Steve (ACT) - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 09:59

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 09:59
Depends on where you're staying and how long you want the day trips to be.

We live in Canberra, you can do aquick day trip into the Brindabella's, or if you don't mind long days, we've done day trips to the south coast through bendethera and also explored the Clyde State Forest. There are many options, just depends on what you're looking for.

Sandy
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Follow Up By: Chiko - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 10:43

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 10:43
Sandy, Not too concerned with long days - in fact long days tend to turn out to be the better ones for us because the kids fall asleep on the way home with little effort. We are staying in Canberra for a few days with friends (Also new to CBA & 4wd'rs) and would like to experience some of the beauty it may offer with a bit of 4wd experience thrown in. Good chance I'll be working there in future years! I don't consider myself a novice nor experienced 4wdr and am willing to experience new areas/challenges given the opportunity.

I have commonsense, reliable 4wd / GPS / recovery equipment less winch - We live in QLD and don't get down your way much. My wife is not keen on cold weather camping (hence the day trips) however long days trips are fine provided the return leg is easy after a long day of 4wding.

Thanks for your response thus far
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Follow Up By: Member - Steve (ACT) - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 11:32

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 11:32
If you give me an email address or some way of contacting you I could send some stuff that may help you plan a few trips.

Sandy

ps Everything around here is very weather dependent, good weather relatively easy driving, rain or snow and the difficulty can increase dramatically.
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Follow Up By: Chiko - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 11:37

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 11:37
Appreciate your willingness to help Sandy. New to the forum, so I will become a member and contact you in due course with an email address.
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Reply By: flappa - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 10:52

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 10:52
As mentioned , no snow yet . . . not sure how much will be around Canberra in the next week or so . . . maybe none.

If there IS any , the two closest places will be , Corin Forest , just south of Canberra , and up in the Brindabellas.

Plenty of Day trips available in the Brindes , with places like Mt Corree well worth a look for the views over Canberra.

Trip out near Dubbo Flat (Tumut State Forest) , is a good trip , with chances of running into snow quite high.
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Reply By: Chiko - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 11:36

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 11:36
Appreciate your willingness to help Sandy. New to the forum, so I will become a member and contact you in due course.
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Reply By: Member - Karl - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 16:49

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 16:49
If there snow on the ground, as the others have said, the Brindebellas make for a good day trip - just out of Canberra.

Took my family up there in winter 2003 and showed them the snow - lots cheaper than going to Kosiosko Nat Park. Taught them how to make a snow ball - get a rock and pack snow around it - works a treat (just don't make the rock too big!!!).

Otherwise you migth have to look at doing a trip to the mountains for a day - then you will need chains, park entry etc.

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Follow Up By: flappa - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 17:05

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 17:05
If you need to head to the Snow fields , go to Mt Selwyn , and Not Thredbo.

Substantially cheaper , and a lot more kid friendly
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Reply By: Member - Ivan (ACT) - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 22:55

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 22:55
Chiko,

The ACT chapter of LCOOL gets out and about, and are pretty reasonable with their trip reports - you'll find them here LCOOL
Many of the reports are for the ACT, and at the bottom of each, you'll find gps track files to download
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Reply By: brett - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 23:11

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 23:11
For all the Canberra people, I see on a map it looks like there's a road through to Adaminaby from Canberra that looks much shorter than via Cooma if your going to Selwyn. Was thinking of a day trip from canberra to Selwyn (when they have snow). Is it a better bet than the Monaro Hwy?
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Follow Up By: flappa - Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 09:28

Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 09:28
Its not a bad road. We normally go that way.

Can be very corrugated , because there is a bit of dirt (its a road though , not a track), can be slippery.

But yes , its a heck of a lot shorter. A lot of people tow their boats that way when they go to Eucembene fishing.
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Reply By: pt_nomad - Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 17:47

Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 17:47
As mentioned by others, the snow probably won't happen.
4wd trips in the area for a day trips are
Mt Cooree / My Intyres Hut.
Duea NP / Bendethera Valley.
A day trip to the coast via Wadbilliga and peak alone near cobargo.
Or a Big Badja / Turos river / peak alone / Wadbilliga and and loop is a good, but big, day out.
North of Goulburn is Kanagra walls and Kowmong fire trail (big day).
The Tianjarra FT is an easy drive.
A drive through namadgi / cabrummara and sue city gives a good look a the 'snowy country'
If your coming through bathurst lithgow, you could spend a day or two at newnes.
You could have a read at LRC ACT mags

Bring ya woolies !!
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Reply By: Member - Steve (ACT) - Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 15:28

Saturday, Jun 18, 2005 at 15:28
Cold week coming up!! Tuesday being the 21st June

Tuesday : A shower or two falling as snow above 1000 metres overnight.
Min: 1 Max: 11

Wednesday: Showers falling as snow showers above 700 metres.
Min: -1 Max: 9

Trend for Thursday Friday and Saturday :
Further showers easing and clearing Friday. Cold with snow showers above 700
metres contracting to higher elevation and clearing.
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