Albury to Bega

Submitted: Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 09:13
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Goodmorning everybody I'm looking for feedback regarding towing a 4 ton van from Albury to Bega via Cooma,I have not traveled on this road before as I'm from Adelaide,if this is not the way to go can you suggest a better road.
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Chris
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Reply By: Member - Graeme W (NSW) - Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 09:49

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 09:49
Hi Chris,

The Snowy Mountains Highway at Brown Mountain is closed after a landslip. It's been closed for more than a week and I don't think they're it will be open by Easter.

Road conditions will be updated here: NSW Live Traffic

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Follow Up By: Member - Graeme W (NSW) - Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 09:53

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 09:53
That should read "I don't think they're sure it will be open by Easter".

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Follow Up By: humpback - Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 09:58

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 09:58
Hi Graeme thanks for your quick response when the road is open what are your thoughts on traveling on it with a big rig.
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Follow Up By: Member - Graeme W (NSW) - Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 10:25

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 10:25
I haven't driven down Brown Mountain for over 20 years, so I can't really help with towing advice.

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Follow Up By: JimDi - Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 14:16

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 14:16
Hi Chris,
We travel down the Brown regularly as we have rels at Bermagui. We tow a Kedron van down as well. A lot of trucks use this route.
I have not travelled down or up since late December 2011, but as I understand it the Brown suffered badly with washaways this year and I believe it will be closed for quite some time to come. So it looks like an alternative route for you.
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Reply By: Robert & Karen - Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 10:17

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 10:17
Morning,

What van is it? 4 ton is pretty hefty!! :) What are you towing it with?

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Follow Up By: humpback - Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 10:24

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 10:24
Hi Robert it is a van built in Port Wakefield it was built to travel Australia with heavy duty off road suspension plus a lot of accessories to make the 3year trip comfortable.ITow it with a FOrd F 250 V/8 turbo diesel it does the job very easily.
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Reply By: Member - Tricky Dicky (NSW) - Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 13:07

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 13:07
Hi Chris
You can always take the Monaro hwy from Cooma down to Cann River there are no steep hills for you to worry about, and then up the highway past Eden to Bega. It's a nice trip with great views.

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Reply By: Member - Terra'Mer - Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 13:53

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 13:53
Are you planing to take the Murray Valley Hwy/Alpine Way from Albury to Jindabyne?

Just take it slow and if there has been early snow, as often happens around Easter, plan to head up to Tumut and take the Snowy Myns Hwy across to Cooma via Adaminaby.

From Cooma head down to Bombala and continuing along the Monaro Hwy about 30km south is the Imlay Road to Pambula/Eden this will get you onto the Princes Hwy.

The safest alternative is, as mentioned earlier, continue all the way down the Monaro Hwy to Cann River then head back up the Princes Hwy from there.

Happy travels :)

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Follow Up By: Member - Terra'Mer - Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 13:55

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 13:55
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Follow Up By: Bobjl - Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 20:31

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 20:31
Whilst you may not intend to use the Alpine way, if you were then suggest you note that the road is quite narrow in places and involves some down/up hill grades. It is a very scenic drive and I have ridden m/bike up and down it on many occasion's, however it demands caution as there is often little room to spare if wide vehicle comes toward you. I will stand to be corrected but recall Caravan Magazine last year or so road testing a medium/large van with Toyo 4wd and they discouraged vanning down from Jindabyne to Khancoban.
If you were going that way I suggest you google map search and use street view tool to better understand the terrain and sharp corners to get a feel for conditions. The time it was filmed by Google Maps, the road was in good condition [no green moss/leaf debris or moisture] so looks rather nice.
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Follow Up By: Member - Terra'Mer - Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 23:16

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 23:16
I agree with Bobjl and likewise I've travelled it many times, walked Albury to Cooma across this route, mtn bike, motor bike, etc and it is a far better road than it used to be but still be very cautious. Also expect some narrow, steep, bendy bits between Talbingo and Yarrangobilly if you head across from Tumut. Basically they are mountain roads and the roads from the Monaro Plain down to the coast are all steep and windy in parts.
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Follow Up By: Member - Terra'Mer - Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 23:31

Monday, Mar 19, 2012 at 23:31
Just remembered one of the trips across was in a MR Isuzu courier truck. It was fine.
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Reply By: ian - Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 00:33

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 00:33
I was on Alpine way , Khancoban to Jindabyne last weekend, and it is marked not suitable for Caravans...and it isn't. Go further north to Tumut as the road is wider.
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