Traffic over the blue mountains

Submitted: Monday, Apr 17, 2006 at 21:25
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Just returned from the Warrambungles today and traffic over the mountains back to Sydney was fairly good considering it was easter. it seemed just like Sunday afternoon on a normal weekend, a little heavier but not like the years past. so i think the price of fuel has stopped a large number of people travelling this weekend. As a matter of interest, My 4.2tdi did 829km on 112 litres of diesel towing my 4x4 trailer, probably only about 600kg total, lighter load than normal so pretty happy with that even though i havn't worked it out yet!! Warrambungles were crowded but well behaved group.... regards Michael
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Reply By: Mr Fawlty - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 17:44

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 17:44
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Michael someone snuck in & fitted a free fich... that can be the only answer.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 07:41

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 07:41
I thought it was pretty good, not overloaded as usual, but 20 mpg im pretty happy with. The Fitch would certainly take some getting your money back. about $500 to set up a big diesel. I would want fairly conclusive results before i would look at that cash.. Michael
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Reply By: roofscooter2 - Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 20:10

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2006 at 20:10
Hi Michael, you did not say if you liked it at the Warrambungles or not .We were there Jan. last year for a couple of day's , it was quiet not many people very enjoyable. Did you do the moutain walk up the steps & beyond where you get the 360 deg view.We did it was 39 deg that day wifes birthday & she don't like height's .Cheer's Bob.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 07:43

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Yeah Bob, I do enjoy it there, I have been many times there, We actually had to camp outside the marked camp areas as it was so busy as did several others, I only did the short walk this time, but did the breadknife years ago. Its a nice place. Michael
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 15:16

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 15:16
Bob! You just reminded me of that spot, I think from memory you are standing on a small piece of rock and you have to jump across to another piece of rock to continue the walk. I remember my wife feeling a little insecure.. Michael
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Reply By: Ian & Jo-Anne - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 00:06

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 00:06
Hi Michael - I have noticed quite a few forum items from you and a very proud link to the "beautiful Southern Highlands" - so I was helping you could give us some advice.
My husband and I are planning our long service leave trip for next year (March) - we travelling from Western Australia via Coffin Bay and Port Lincoln and on to Shoalhaven/Nowra. Our rig is a F250 Dual cab with slid-on camper and we will be towing a 28' twin hull aluminium boat.
I have just spent the last 3 nights surfing road conditions and "no caravans allowed" etc., looking for details of the road between Moss Vale and Nowra (via Kangaroo Valley). All the maps of the area that I have referred to do not show or indicate a problem towing a rig "down" but I have my reservations. As a local I'm hoping you might be able to give me some local info on our proposed route or an alternative.
We would appreciate any help and any good spots to launch the boat and do some boating and fishing.

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Jo-Anne and Ian

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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 15:13

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 15:13
Hi Guys, Yes very sharp hairpin bends and steep! I had a jayco camper a few years ago and that was no problem but a litle different to what you guys are towing. Probably best to work your way up the coast from Nowra and cut through Woolongong to Picton and head back south to the Highlands on the freeway (Hume Highway) I cant think of a better route for the moment!!. Hope this helps.. Best regards Michael
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Reply By: Member - JO-ANNE P (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 15:51

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 15:51
Thanks Michael - it looks like I will have to keep working on our route - the Picton Road also looks a bit crazy and we will virtually be IN Sydney by the time we get to Picton (as we are approaching from Yass, on the Hume Highway), meaning we will be coming down the mountain. The temptation would be to miss the Nowra area but I really want to have a look around that area before heading into Sydney.

Well it gives me something to do at night (instead of watching the idiot box)

Thanks again

Jo-Anne
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 15:55

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 15:55
The best part of NSW is from the Vic Border to Nowra... some really great areas along there. Probably the only thing I miss from the place.

Blue mtns are good, but very commercialised now :( but isnt everything...
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Follow Up By: Member - JO-ANNE P (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 17:40

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 17:40
Thanks - we have actually travelled the Victorian and NSW coast to Sydney (via Canberra - and then back down to the coast at Batesman via Clyde Mountain) in 1991, but that time we weren't towing a 28' boat with the intention of cruising the waterways.

We had considered actually starting as far south as Batesman and we may now have to start re-thinking this option. The Moss Vale, Kangaroo Valley road between the Hume Highway and the coast looks a more difficult decent than Clyde (???)

We zoomed down to Batesman from Canberra in 2000 in a Falcon wagon (and not towing anything) and the road seemed to be extremely good (unlike the first time when we very nealy ran out of brakes on the way down and we were only towing a 15' pop-up caravan).

Basically we are just trying to get some local info and recomendations - the east coast is a long way from Perth even when we have travelled some of those roads before. Any tips or hints would be greatly appreciated.

thanks again

Jo-Anne and Ian
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