Road condition of Snowy Maintain Hwy from Cooma to Tumut

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 08:13
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Plan to travel from Bega to Margaret River WA and would like to know on the road condition (mainly hill climbs) from Cooma to Tumut towing a 14' Pop Top
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Reply By: Doncow - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 08:27

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 08:27
No worries at all
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 08:37

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 08:37
There are some steepish hills, but the "worst" would probably be the one up Brown Mountain, so if you can get up that one, the rest should be a breeze.

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Roachie
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 08:42

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 08:42
I drove from Bega to Tumut many years ago in a V8 Torana. My only complaint about that road was that my car was not fast enough to fully enjoy the road.

Back then I was wishing I had a big bike for the trip. I work with a couple of guys who ride big Ducati's and an R1 Yammie. They love that road.

Duncs
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Follow Up By: Member - Duncs - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 08:46

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 08:46
Sorry to speak specifically to your question.

The section from Cooma to Tumut is not too bad.

There are some decent climbs but you can usually approach them carrying a bit of speed which makes it a bit easier to get up.

Perhaps an equally pertinent question is, how good are your brakes? What goes up must come down.

Duncs
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 11:29

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 11:29
Kev,

I asked the same question on the CaravanersForum. Here's the Thread:

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Reply By: Member - Timbo - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 12:48

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 12:48
From Cooma to Tumut there are a few reasonable climbs but I don't remember any really long uphills - there was one near Yarrangobilly/Long Plain that slowed the 0.8L Suzuki LJ80v back to about 40km/h but that car slowed down even thinking about a hill.

BUT, you will have a long steep DESCENT down into Tumut (Cooma is about 800m above sea level while Tumut is only about 300m above sea level).
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Follow Up By: Member - Timbo - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 12:51

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 12:51
I forgot to add, that's a very enjoyable drive through there - good road and great scenery, and quite a bit of pioneering history in the area too.
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Reply By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 13:12

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 13:12
If you are heading towards Tumut then the Talbingo Mtn descent will test out your brakes. Trucks etc must engage low gears but it's only 4or 5km and you're down on the flats at Jounama Dam. Pop into Talbingo and enjoy the views... Warrie.
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Reply By: Ian & Sue - Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 16:19

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at 16:19
I am a West Aussie who spends most of my time driving in the Pilbara and Kimberley so when we head over to Wagga and then on to Cairns starting March the hills/mountains are going to be a new challenge to me.

The section that you guys are discussing is on our "side trip" agenda with the thought being that we would leave the van at Wagga and site see through that area returning to Wagga to collect the van and head north.

Question - and my appologies if this is slightly off topic, a few of the Eastern state caravanners that we have met up with at campsites have suggested that some of the mountain roads are extremely steep and there isnt room to turn around if you decided you are holding up the traffic too much and want to go back. I suggested that these particular roads would be marked as such but was told "no, you dont find out until you are too late to turn back". I arent sure if they are kidding me or not as I have been to the blue mountains a few years back and realize now how flat WA is.

The particular road you are discussing - is it a dual lane or does it have overtaking lanes? What do you do if you find you are travelling at say 60 - 70 klm/hr and have a line of traffic waiting to pass? Enough questions - by now I must sound like the guy who was worried about remote WA because he had seen the Wolf Creek movie. (no offence meant to him). :-)

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Sue
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Reply By: Member - Old Girl (QLD) - Thursday, Jan 14, 2010 at 01:23

Thursday, Jan 14, 2010 at 01:23
This is us coming up it with a crook motor last Jan . From Cooma your going down from memory.
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Follow Up By: Member - Old Girl (QLD) - Thursday, Jan 14, 2010 at 01:28

Thursday, Jan 14, 2010 at 01:28
Take a jumper it was freezing. Going by the height of the red stick and yellow lines winter might be another story all together.
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