Camping in the Snowy's

Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by Sam_T, Aug 9, 2017.

  1. Sam_T

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    Hey all,

    Am camping in the area this weekend and after the big dump and wondering if it's possible to drive to Guthega Village in Guthega Road?

    Thanks in advance,
    Sam
     
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  3. Sam_T

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    I did google a bunch of terms with no luck, you've paved the way though, thanks very much, maybe it's that I'm on a mobile.

    I also posted to ask of the crazy level of camping? I have all the equipment and a bit of experience but own a 2wd.
     
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    There is a Livetraffic app.
     
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    Best asked over at the backcountry forums. When you're camping in that area, you're in the backcountry - Your vague posts give me nothing so I am reluctant to offer much more info other than authority advice stuff.

    You know there is currently (considerable/high risk) avalanche warnings out for that area, right?
    www.snowsense.net.au

    As I say, I think your posts are better answered by the BC crew.
    http://forums.ski.com.au/xf/forums/backcountry.18/
     
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    You're right.

    I hope to camp in the Island Bend campground, at the upper area, but I'm not sure how deep the snow would be around there and if it's a good idea to take the 2wd.

    I do know that there are avalanche warnings at the moment, but I've been there in the other seasons and don't remember any steep hills around where I'll be setting up camp.

    I posted it here because I wouldn't really call a camping area backcountry, so I hope you can help.

    Thanks again,
    Sam
     
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    Ok, well that's not Guthega Village.
    I haven't been out that way via vehicle in winter so I can't comment on access, sorry.
     
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    You'll be fine.
     
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    I camped at Island Bend a few years back in a 2wd. no problems.
    the stars at night are amazing.
     
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    If heard people say to not go down the bottom beside the river in a 2wd.
     
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    Yeh, stay up the top.
     
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    Yep, stay up top and you won't drop....
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    River monsters?
     
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    I've heard a pack of wild dogs there once, scary as hell.
     
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    Hi Sam

    Island Bend is normally accessible by 2WD. Last weekend there was a large amount of snow that fell up high, but a much smaller amount fell down lower. I'd expect some snow still to be laying around on the ground at Island Bend, but not enough to stop you getting in there. Take chains, you may need them getting from the Guthega Rd to the campsite on a small stretch of gravel road. You're meant to carry them in the National Park anyway. If you can, set up your campsite on the snow, its warmer than on the grass. The campsite is very, very basic. Just cleared bits of land with a bush toilet. Unless you have a paddock basher, I wouldn't go down low, I'd stay up by the road. It's a great little spot and you'll almost certainly have company there over the weekend in addition to the kangaroos, wallabies, possums, deer and wombats.

    If you're worried about access, give Snowy Region Visitor Centre - Jindabyne a call on (02) 6450 5600 beforehand.

    DSNS
     
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    As you can see in the image sbm posted the toilets are where the little boxes are in the Main camping area as well as the river camping area.
     
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    Hey guys. I won't be heading down till later Saturday. Plan on staying at Thredbo Diggings campground. Is it likely to be to crowded by Saturday night to get a spot?
     
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    A question about camping at island bend, the NPWS website says to BYO firewood??? Is this the done thing? I can't see there being rangers around checking if you've brought your own firewood hahaha.
     
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    Bring it from just up the road. Apparently chain saws are illegal in any NP. I would argue youd be silly not to have one.
     
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    Mmm regulations etc aside, the Snowies can be a pretty damp place in winter, and getting a fire going in the dark and cold with whatever wet wood you've managed to scrounge up isn't much fun, I much preferred having a load of bone dry wood that some friends had bought in the car from their parent's property in Canberra!
     
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    It will be busy, but you'll fit in there or Ngarigo.
     
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