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Driving Melbourne to Jindabyne

Discussion in 'Perisher' started by JustCantStop, Aug 3, 2018.

  1. JustCantStop

    JustCantStop Addicted

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    Hi folks,

    Has anyone driven from Melbourne to Jindabyne, going east through Bairnsdale, Cann River, up the Monaro, through Bombala and then turning into The Snowy River way through Dalgety and on to Jindabyne in recent years? If so, what is the road like? I'll be in a 2WD.

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  2. Seth

    Seth Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Are you in the east of Melbourne? Loooooong way to go otherwise.

    It should be fine in a 2wd.
     
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    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Road is fine.
     
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  4. JustCantStop

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    Yeah i'm outer east and i've got a place to stay around half way between Melbourne and Jindy if I go that way. I did the drive that way about 5 or 6 years ago, and remember it being okay, but just wanted to make sure nothing had changed. I presume there is still a section of unsealed road....
     
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    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I don’t remember any unsealed sections. I drove it 3 years ago. I can’t imagine needing 4wd unless there’s low snowfall which would shut the road anyway.
     
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    Definitely no unsealed sections between Melbourne to Bombala. Can’t comment on snowy river way.

    I always get caught in bad storms whenever I’ve driven between Bombala and Nimmitabel, with nothing on the radar. Dunno if I’m just jinxed or what?!

    Edit: it was actually after Bombala that I’ve run into them, not before. I remember now because I always regret not staying at Bombala overnight when I’ve seen the green clouds coming over!
     
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    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Snowy River Way is fully sealed. And you get up close and personal with some huge wind turbines :thumbs:
     
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    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Fine. Last time I did it there was a high section where we had a bit of sleet on the road.
     
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    Boco rock windfarm:) Also get to drive up beloka, which is better than riding a bike up:eek: Road is good, and pretty quiet. There is a fair bit of wildlife at night on the snowy river way. No fuel between Bombala and Jindy.
     
  10. nezumi

    nezumi One of Us

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    Engaging in a little thread necromancy - I'm planning out the route for our trip to Perisher in early August. (arriving on Sunday and departing on Friday)

    Travelling with a 3 year old, I am planning on breaking the trip up a little bit. For at least one leg, we want to travel south via Barinsdale / Orbost, to visit a friend down that way. Coming from Bundoora, Google is suggesting driving time of ~7 hours combined via Albury or 8 hrs going the southern route - which is also an extra 130kms. If possible, having somewhere nice to stop to have lunch, wander around a bit, have dinner and then leave early the next day on the way to the snow would be nice. Even if it's a case of Home -> drive 3-4 hours -> touristy lunch spot, wander for 2-3 hours taking in a pretty town -> drive 1 - 2 hours to overnight spot, dinner and bed, that would probably work.

    I have looked at this thread, and also at https://www.ski.com.au/xf/threads/after-work-route-from-melbourne.78781/ while deciding.

    Currently I am leaning towards going to the snow via the Hume, and returning via Bombala/Cann River/Orbost. This does mean hiring chains one-way from Khancoban, but it removes the risk of driving the Alpine way at dusk/evening.

    I'm leaning towards Beechworth or Tallangatta as the tourist stop, and Corryong or Khancoban for the overnight stop.

    On the way back I am thinking of leaving around 4pm on Friday and battling through Jindy, then heading south to Cann River for the night, Orbost for brunch and visit with friends, and then a straight run home.

    Does anyone have a better suggestion than this, or is there anything obvious that I have missed?
     
  11. Seth

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    Not sure Tallangatta is worth it.
     
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    Tallangatta has a great bakery and empty reservoir...
     
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    You're doing your Melbourne transits on a Sunday and Saturday so peak hour is not an issue.
    There are so many stop options for you it's not funny. Having done a big road trip with a 3yo boy in Feb flexibility is key.
    Expect HIGH roo risk leaving Jindy at 4pm for Cann River. These arent scurrying mountain wallabies, these are big dopey units! And big wombats around low point water ways. I'd be reconsidering if not armed with bullbar and high powered lights.
     
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    Driving past the Boco wind farm just after Bombala is pretty nice...
     

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    beechworth/corryong rather than tallangatta/khancoban
     
  17. nezumi

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    I have some country driving experience, but this trip will be in a Getz - might look at staying in Bombala rather than Cann River. Would we be better off having dinner in Jindy and heading off a little later, more night than dusk?

    The 3yo is in snow school until 3:30, and I'd rather not pull him out of that early - this is half of the reason for a decision to drive up to Smiggins and do a car shuffle, rather than just going up and home by the skitube.
     
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    Corryong cafe have the best pizza. 5pm onwards.
     
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    Is car sickness a factor for the youngster?
     
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    khancoban accom and food choices are limited. we froze in a cabin at K caravan park. motel was ok. pub foods was atrocious but some say it has improved.

    Corryong has more accom choice. not sure about food options these days. I think my 2 favourites have closed or changed hands.

    beechworth is indeed very touristy.

    Benalla and Wang both have good big parks if running around is the main objective. the rocket at Benalla lives on and imho is a must for kids. it was old when we played on it on the 70s

    if you decide to go anticlockwise instead then metung, paynesville or even lakes entrance are good overnight options. and there's the bullant brewery in bruthen
     
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    Fortunately not, but excessive energy and a break from stream of consciousness jibberish ad nauseum for mum and dad may be a factor!

    Cheers - it's looking like it will be lunch and a wander in Beechworth, then on to Corryong, then a nice morning drive to Smiggins (possibly with lunch in Jindy before the final push?).
     
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    I drove the Barry Way during Easter 2018.It was a slow but remote and scenic way to return to Vic. from Jindy.
    I can't believe I drove that route in an old Camry ten years before. The RAV4 AWD with A/T tyres was very handy on that route.
    Buchan is a good spot for a night halt.
    I drive to the KNP about three times a year from Melbourne. Corryong has more facilities than Khancoban does. I have stayed at the Khancoban motel. It was summer , hot and quite a nice place to break up a trip ,rest and freshen up.
     
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    Good for you. They are driving a GETZ. Great drive if you have the time and car for it but clearly not the brief this time.
    Avoid all dusk and night driving around Bombala and south. Deer are more of a hazard especially in a little car. You should be able to get a reasonable meal in Corryong and it has one of the best old wares shops I have ever seen. Tallangatta pub (middle of town) was not a bad meal either but that was a few years back. Some nice cafes at Bombala but not sure how many stay open for dinner. Cann River the same. There is the pub but last time we stayed there the power went out (frequent occurrence) so we had to cook for ourselves. Motel a bit ordinary.
     
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    Sorry I missed this post, probably doesn't matter either way (ie roo risk all night). I'm not that experienced in driving the isolated high plains roads at night as I generally avoid it. With my 3 yo I'd just fit into whatever cadence that works and take it easy on the road. The run south of Bombala is special imo. Beautiful long gradual descent best enjoyed in daylight. Cann River to Orbost can feel a bit tedious and a few more twisties, after Orbost you'll feel like you're back in civilisation :)
     
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    You've asked exactly the same question as I was formulating - thanks for doing all the leg work ;) I'll follow this with interest, thanks.
     
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