forest roads between Moruya and cooma

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Hi all, we're looking at heading from Moruya to cooma in Feb, wondering if anyone knows the condition of the roads through the national park.

We will be towing our ultimate camper trailer.

Any info would be most appreciated.
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Reply By: Member - Ian W (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 01:28

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 01:28
A nice trip.

A while since I've been through. I assume that from Moruya you intend to go out throgh Nerrigundah then Belowra and on to Cooma.

The road throgh there has never presented any challenges, a very enjoyable drive, one I intend to redo.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mudduck (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 07:05

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 07:05
Thanks Ian that what i needed to know as have never been that way.
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Reply By: jdbb - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 07:36

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 07:36
I would go out straight from Moruya to Bendethera then up Dampier FT to the road that goes from Braidwood to Cooma. I haven't been out there for a couple of months, but it's always in pretty good condition - it gets a lot of use.

If you have OziExplorer I can give you the track.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mudduck (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 07:49

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 07:49
Thanks John, No OziExplorer here yet, but plenty of maps and GPS so will have another look but should be fun. We're heading for Kosciuszko to have a look around before heading to Phillip Island. All part of our honeymoon.
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 08:19

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 08:19
The route that John has suggested is the way I would go as well; but only if you're a reasonably confident and competent 4 wheel driver.

I haven't been through that part of the country for several years (around 2000).

There used to be a great camp site down the bottom of the valley at Bendethra. Since moving over here to SA, I have read that some dipsticks in 4x4s and trail bikes had themselves a great time and cut the place up really badly.....it used to have nice natural grassy fields to camp on.

There are some steep, narrow sections on the tracks. On the western side, heading up to Dampier Fire Trail and the trig point, there is one spot I remember with a very tight elbow requiring a 3 point turn..... not a problem if you are competent and confident.

Otherwise, another less daunting way to go would be from Moruya to Araluen, Major's Creek and onto the Braidwood/Cooma Road. If you go that way, be sure to stop off at the BIG HOLE. You can camp in there (about 2klm off the main road) and then it's a walk of about half an hour to get to the BIG HOLE (a natural sink hole type thing)......very impressive.

Cheers and good luck..... have a great wedding and honeymoon (as one Ultimate owner to another....LOL).

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Reply By: Von Helga - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 09:41

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 09:41
Muddock,
I drove that road Braidwood to Moruya on NYE towing my camper, 1 1/2 hours no problems with the road but a bit of traffic around and norrow in places.
Unless you plan to stay at Bendethra, Rochie's advice is what I would do.
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Follow Up By: jdbb - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 13:40

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 13:40
It really depends on what you want to do and how much time you have. The Araluen road is narrow in places, but apart from that it is easily driven by normal cars - it's just a dirt road through the bush with some good scenery on the way. There are some good camping spots along it - the one at Dry Ck crossing is worth a look.

If you actually want to get into 4wd, go through Bendethera. You don't have to stop in the valley, but if you do you will find that it's one of the better areas around here. The damage that Roachie described happened some years ago - unless the xmas crowd played up it should still be good.

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Reply By: Member - John and Val W (ACT) - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 09:50

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 09:50
Hi Mudduck,

There are a number of tracks in this area. Apart from those already mentioned, there is an interesting track that leaves the bitumen at Cobargo, goes via Yowie to Countegany,(from there its a short detour to Tuross falls) and then on bitumen to Cooma. The track up the escarpment is steep but quite do-able if you drive to the conditions. Also it's possible to take forestry trails from Bodalla to Cobargo rather than just staying on the bitumen, though Tilba Tilba, Mt Dromedary and Mystery Bay are delightful spots.

Whatever you do keep an eye on weather conditions, especially if there is a likelihood of either fire if it continues dry, or slippery conditions if it does happen to rain.

Cheers,

Val.
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Reply By: Member - Mudduck (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 22:25

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2009 at 22:25
Thanks to all that have replied so far. It's great to get this kind of feedback and information. Will print most of this and study it in detail before we go, but sound like a lot of fun.

Will keep in mind the detours and sights mentioned by all and will try to check them out.

Also any info on the good stuff at Kosciuszko would be appreciated.
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