Barry Way in normal Road Car

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 16:25
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I've done a bit of serch on the forums here about the road conditions of the Barry Way.
Saw one where a bloke was going to attempt it in a Falcon.

I have an 07 Liberty just wondering if anyone can tell me if the roas will be suitable for this klind of vehicle.

I ts AWD but the ground clearance isn't the best, it has the standard suspension and 18" wheels fitted.

Might be getting a but optamistic, but if anyone has done it recently and knows the road conditions it would be helpful.

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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 16:44

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 16:44
You will have no problems with your Liberty, or a Falcon for that matter. The road is
formed, & although a little narrow in places, it will be easy. Be aware of oncoming
vehicles, particularly if they are towing or large, as there are no safety fences & some
dropoffs are a loooong way down. This is only an issue if going south.
I'm assuming you"re meaning the road south from Jindabyne......oldbaz.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 17:31

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 17:31
Agreed - clearance not an issue anywhere along there a few years back - it was just the need for real life saving attention to direction in certain places !
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Reply By: Andrew & Jen - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 17:48

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 17:48
Hullo rb30e

As Oldbaz says, you shouldn't have any problems provided it has not rained heavily in the immediate period before you travel.

The Barry Way down from Wallace Craigie LO to Jacobs River CS is steep and windy in sections and has a (usually) well formed sand/clay surface that can get a bit slippery and washed out when wet but nothing a Subaru can't handle (with decent tyres). You will generally be on the inside if headng south, with the steep fall off to the right. After that, it follows the west bank down to the border, generally just above the "reasonable" flood level. The second to last time we went there was when the Snowy was running at 7m under McKillops Bridge and there was not a problem.

Once across the border, it becomes the Snowy River Road. The section south of Suggan Buggan adjacent to the Ballantyne Hills is cut into the side of a cliff, is quite narrow in parts with a few blind corners and has a drop of on the south bound side of several hundred metres. OK if you don't meet someone coming the other way in a truck or towing a wide trailer! In the not too distant past a 4WD went over the edge, killing the driver so caution is required.

From there on, it is a good road south to Buchan, sealed for most of the way south of Black Mountain.

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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 18:08

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 18:08
I used to drive my '71 XY Falcon station wagon through there every few months in the late 70's and early 80's (except after snow fall or the river had flooded). Had some interesting times. As others have said, shouldn't be a problem. Just drive to the conditions.
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Follow Up By: Bushranger1 - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 18:42

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 18:42
I used to drive thru there in the mid 70's in my Mini Cooper!
Had to stop a few times to clear fallen rocks out of the way on a few occasions.

Been thru many times since in my Falcon & it's fine.

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Reply By: aussiedingo. (River Rina) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 18:57

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 18:57
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Reply By: vk1dx - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:04

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 20:04
Same as aussiedingo - A breeze in any car.

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Reply By: rb30e - Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 12:57

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 12:57
Thanks Guys,

Keen as to check it out now, should make a more interesting drive up to the snowies.

Thanks again

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Reply By: True Blue - Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 17:47

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 17:47
Don't forget to drive this section with your headlights on rb30e. It just might give you that split second extra margin of safety. There are hundreds of corners on this road that you will be hoping to god that no one is coming the other way.

Enjoy, it's an absolutely awesome road.

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