Mt Hotham to Dargo Pub connection

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 20:23
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Guys anyone been on this road/track.

I know it's the turn off is right about 8 ks prior to getting to Mt Hotham on a left hand bend from the Bright side heading towards Mt H.

I've goggled it, plus followed the online maps. But has anyone here actually been down the road.
My brother says his been down on it with his BMW road bike and says it about an hr for that leg of the road connection in the subject post heading.
Last Jan I did the Omeo to Bright on the highway, so I know the terrain up there from a highway perspective.

When I google it and also the road maps, it appears that he may be talking crap. As the terrain and along with back road type road makes me think it may take a heck of alot longer.

Vehicle is a new gen Kluger AWD

Feed back would be appreciated.

Things we do for a get together(beer) on Anzac eve at the Dargo Pub.

Cheers Garry
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Reply By: Mick15 - Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 20:41

Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 20:41
yeah ive done it a few times, its normally in pretty good condition, i.e. only light-mild corrugations and probably went at about 70km/h for most of it, has been a couple of years though, it definately isn't a goat track like those found either side (east and west) of it - more of a main link.
Not sure if you plan on having a look at some of the sights on the way back but mt grant is pretty interesting - old mining town, no buildings left, but an info board with facts and figures, its pretty much on the way and easily accessible, carry on past grant however (basalt knob track) and the roads get fairly steep - low range and may be a bit much.
Great old pub at Dargo, been there plenty in the past in 4wds and road bikes, rustic pub and nice rustic cabins, good food also!

Have fun, wish i was there now....
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 23:37

Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 23:37
Some friends were at the pub a couple of weeks ago & said it has changed hands, & that new owners were going to change the image to more 'up market' & the atmosphere was better at the Inn now.
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Reply By: GarryM - Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 20:54

Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 20:54
Thanks Mick15 for your reply,

What do think in travel time for the section in the post topic would take.

I need to knock off work early on Thursday from Albury/Wodonga to avoid any travel in darkness and in that terrian it would get dark earlier.
Plus can't get out of work too early.

Garry
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Follow Up By: chris_s - Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 21:39

Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 21:39
It used to take me about 2 hours from Dargo to Harrietville, taking it easy on the gravel.
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 21:33

Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 21:33
Took us under 2 hrs taking it easy about 3 months ago,

It begins as 2wd gravel at Hotham end (speeds around 60)
then opens out to 80-100kmh gravel but there are lots of loose stones and its easy to drift on them.
2/3 of way to Dargo near Grant historic turn off on the right it turns into bitumen and desends into the valley with some steep windy descents and its back to 60kmh.
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Reply By: STAN - Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 22:25

Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 22:25
Travelled this road last weekend. Excellent gravel surface on the high country. Bitumen on the Dargo side. Stan
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Reply By: GarryM - Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 22:32

Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 22:32
Robin,
Stan,

Thanks for your replies it has help me heaps.

Sounds like a good trip for a long weekend outside of winter. Not just one night which is possibly my case if I can get out of work in time.

Info posted has been much appreciated.

Cheers Garry
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Follow Up By: GarryM - Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 22:35

Saturday, Apr 19, 2008 at 22:35
Chris
Thanks as well.

Garry
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Follow Up By: Member - David P (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 12:40

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 12:40
one month ago the steak sambo was to die for......silverback
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Reply By: Member - Shane D (QLD) - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 08:09

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 08:09
This road closes for winter (I think june?) other than that any car could do it, most of the steep stuff (dargo end) is sealed and is nice drive, much better to do in the day, no worries at night, just miss out on the veiws.
Shane
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 08:29

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 08:29
Garry,

I was on that road less than 24 hours ago.

The other post have summed it up well and has not changed from what they have said.

The turn off is 10k from Mt Hotham on you right coming from Bright. A good dirt road, just watch the bends and pot holes.

The last part into Dargo is sealed but very steep. Watch your speed going down the hill.
I doubt that you will come across any logging trucks over that weekend. They go up the hill empty and take most of the road and come down the hill loaded and take most of the road. Listen for them on CH40 UHF.


Wayne
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Reply By: Jasjul - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 15:31

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 15:31
I know of a young bloke who lives in Heyfield, Gippsland and goes to Uni in Wodonga. He always uses that road in his '96 Commodore wagon. Sometimes the potholes get a bit big, but in a Kluger you should be right.
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Reply By: GarryM - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 19:03

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 19:03
Thanks to all,

The road is far better than I had expected by reading the posts.

I wish to meet up with some touring bike riders I used to know an ride with 24 yrs ago. Hence reason for the interest in the road knowledge. As my arrival in Dargo would be just on darkness.

Was worried about the road and it's location and animals as the sun starts setting. As it set earlier up there I guess.
They will be in Jindabyne by saturday but have a wedding to attend to in Albury that night. If I'm gona meet up Dargo is the go.

Again Thanks to all for excellent feedback. I have full confidence in road now travelling at the right speed. Just may need to focused on animals. I do have the Rallye FF 4000
Hella's up front to assist

Cheers Garry
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