alpineway what's it like??

Submitted: Friday, Mar 04, 2011 at 19:11
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hi, we are starting to plan a 5 week holiday in sept/november this year and couldn't workout where to go, we live at goolwa - down south of adelaide and a friend mentioned the alpineway and it did sound nice, is it as good as it sounds? and is the road suitable for towing a caravan on as our friend said it wasn't years ago when he was there, what things are a must see and what caravan parks or free parks are good or bad in the area?. i was thinking of ending up in canberra and follow the coast towards home, so info on doing that too would be helpful.
thanks for any help from chris.
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Reply By: Member - Leanne W (NSW) - Friday, Mar 04, 2011 at 19:49

Friday, Mar 04, 2011 at 19:49
Hi Chris,

The Alpine Way goes through the Kosciusko National Park, and I think that it is nice. There are a few places to stop along the way, like Scammel Spur's lookout, Geehi, and Tom Groggin. Unfortunately towing a caravan along it is not recommended.

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Follow Up By: Members - Bow & Nan - Friday, Mar 04, 2011 at 21:22

Friday, Mar 04, 2011 at 21:22
I have towed a caravan on the alpine way several times. As long as you take your time it will not be a problem.

Good bush camping at Tom Groggin and Geehi.

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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Friday, Mar 04, 2011 at 22:13

Friday, Mar 04, 2011 at 22:13
I though there was a sign at both Thredbo and somewhere up towards Khancoban specifically prohibiting towing caravans between the two?
There are some very long climbs in both directions which will test transmissions, engines and brakes.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Friday, Mar 04, 2011 at 22:27

Friday, Mar 04, 2011 at 22:27
Go into Dead Horse Gap and view the pic of the sign. The RTA says that the Alpine Way is unsuitable for vans, articulated vehicles and long trailer combinations. We all have to judge whether what we are towing is REALLY unsuitable. What's a safe length - 20 feet?
It's a great scenic drive and it's all tar.You might be lucky to see 5 cars. Take it easy and enjoy Leatherbarrel Creek, Geehi, Murray 1 power Station, Scammels Spur lookout etc.......W

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Reply By: Sigmund - Sunday, Mar 06, 2011 at 14:20

Sunday, Mar 06, 2011 at 14:20
In Sept there'll be no shortage of ski traffic and maybe some ice or snow on the road in places.

And there are many narrow bends that will require you to cross the centre line if towing a van; I wouldn't say that crossing your fingers is either safe or courteous.
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