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driving vic to jindy...

Discussion in 'Perisher' started by Chondro, Jul 12, 2015.

  1. Chondro

    Chondro One of Us

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    Thinking about heading up next friday arvo to jindy from mildura

    Just seeing, this time of year with the snow about, what would be my best route? will be driving late at night through the mountain parts.

    Would i be best going from albury and then alpine way? or through wagga wagga ?

    cheers
     
  2. cqen2l

    cqen2l Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Have done the Alpine Way a few times between Thredbo and Hotham. From Corryong should be okay but you may need to fit chains a couple of times.
     
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  3. Donza

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    Budgiesmuggler A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes check if it's open, otherwise through Canberra.

    Wouldn't the vic ski fields be closer?
     
  5. Chondro

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    8.5hrs to falls/hotham
    ~9.5hrs to jindy - via wagga or albury - going canberra will not be an option timewise -

    Have a couple of people in jindy to catch up with too
     
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    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    Wagga Kiandra Berridale. Watch out for wildlife
     
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    Alpine Way is a great drive but not in winter. Save it for summer.
     
  8. cqen2l

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    Tis a great challenge. Embrace.
     
  9. skichanger

    skichanger A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    If you go via the alpine way be very careful. I would expect conditions at the moment to be pretty horrendous. We drive that road numerous times each year and still occasionally have some scary moments. If the weather is fine it is wildlife. If not some of those corners tighten up partway through the corner giving some very adventurous moments. Then there are the rock slides that occasionally happen as well.
     
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    Given the forecast for the previous few days I would have though driving via Canberra would be more prudent.
    Especially if you are driving later on in the evening and there is a possibility of low temps and more snow.
     
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    Check the RMS website for current conditions when you get to Albury and make a decision on which way to go.
     
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    my first ever snow experience, we did Jindy to Mt Beauty via the alpine way, while it was still dirt, and needed chains.

    Was a great experience
     
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    i just drove from Albury to Jindy via Tumut and the Snowy mountains highway, even with all this weather, its still easily and safely drivable in a 2wd vehicle. i was thinking of going via Khancoban and and up via dead horse gap, but decided against it, mainly due fallen trees and possible landslides. by next week though it might be ok
     
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    I'm driving that way on Thursday, I will avoid the Alpine Way I think.
     
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    Going the Barry Way instead?
     
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    Seth Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    It's perfectly fine to drive in winter. Condition dependent obviously but to rule it out purely because it is winter, ridic.

    perhaps you really are getting too old.
     
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    RMS website: https://www.livetraffic.com/desktop.html
    Check before you decide between Wagga or Wodonga.
    Risks on the Alpine Way are the usual ice & snow, however the road is closed more frequently due to landslides.
    Landslides occur mainly after wet weather. Most of the Alpine Way is cut into steep mountainside, so the risk is up there.
    Late at night, watch out for wildlife. Not a much as on the Snowy Mtns Hwy (Wagga-Kiandra-Berridale). Greys and Wallabies around Geehi flats & Tom Groggin. Wombats too.

    I'm looking forward to hitting the Alpine Way this Friday. One of my favourite roads.
     
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    LOL LOL ROFL
     
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    Mildura Wagga Snowy Mountains highway, quicker, easier, safer. Via Albury is a variable speed limit small town nightmare followed by Alpine Way variables. Less cops and radar on the Wagga route
     
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    skichanger A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I had forgotten about the trees. A girl friend who drives it regularly pulled over to let someone in a hurry go by. 1km up the road she found them with a tree on their car. A bit of poetic justice because if she let them passed they must have driving pretty aggressively.
     
  21. Chondro

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    For the little difference in KM ill go this way then, cheers
     
  22. skichic

    skichic A Local

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    Alpine way closed in both directions right now.
     
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  23. Donza

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    So is Bombala to Cooma.
    would be a long drive from Melbourne
     
  24. skichic

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    It's open again, but with slush on the road. If I was coming from melbourne I'd be going up the hiway via Canberra I reckon.
     
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    Not snowy mountains hwy?
     
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    Drive to Kancoban, stay the night there and drive over the alpine way the next morning.
    The alpine way is an amazing road, a spectacular drive, but i would not attempt it in winter at night! - especially if you have never driven it before, wait till morning and enjoy the drive in some light.

    If it does close it's rarely for long periods of time, and long closures are more due to rockfalls, than downed trees or snowfall.
     
  27. Legs Akimbo

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    The SMHwy can get interesting around Sawyers Hill. But the interestingness rarely lasts more than a day or two after a fall. Next Friday should be fine unless there is another low level fall.
     
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    Yeah I've driven it, I found it very benign
     
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    Benign?? I reckon (in good conditions) it is one of the funnest roads around. Lots of long, sweeping bends.
     
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    Yeah sorry , I agree its fun to drive and well cambered well set bitumen .
    I was talking re , I didn't find it sketchy .
     
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    I've done that route multiple times when travelling from Hotham to Thredbo, and also when overnighting in Khancoban and skiing in Thredbo (when the Inn was full in our usual haunts). On each occasion we've done it in a 4WD.

    I reckon taking the Hume further around, perhaps heading up through Tumut, is likely to be slightly easier but as you mentioned the Alpine Way is supremely doable. It's around 70km from Khancoban to Thredbo and you should mentally allow an hour as your average speed can be quite low in places. It's also quite beautiful if you can manage to take your eyes off the road.
     
  32. CarveMan

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    The middle third of it, in a car with a bit of poke is sublime. Great third gear sweeping corners, just wish you could keep it pinned over the crests but the prospect of a brumby hanging out on the other side is not appealing.
     
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    If I was driving all the way from Melbourne with more snow forecast over the next few days, I'd take the easy way to hiway it all the way. I don't find the road through Tumut an easy drive in normal conditions. Alpine Way if it's open, yes saves alot of distance and time. But I don't think Tumut is that much of a time saver over Canberra. But each to their own :)
     
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    Learnt to drive a speed on that road! Dad used to pull over when we turned off after cooma and lets us rip when we were on our L's.

    Figure learning to drive that road at 100 or so safely whilst he was seated next to us was the best thing.
     
  35. skichanger

    skichanger A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah my mogul skier had some very good learning experiences on that road when he was on Ls. Just had to watch out for the occasional other traffic including the bikes apexing the blindish corners. One trip he did water ramp in the morning, had hail just out of Khancobin, snow further up and then there were people skiing at Thredbo.
     
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    I'm heading to Perisher from Melb in about 3 weeks. Will be going the Alpine Way (dependant on weather) during daylight hours. You do run the risk of road closures as others have mentioned but just need to make the call on the day.
     
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    If coming at night SMH is probably your best bet. The Alpine Way is the more scenic route but if travelling at night you're not going to be too concerned about scenery.

    With regard to travel time i'd say its much of a muchness. From Jindy i used to work on about 3hr 15 min to Wagga via SMH and probably about 3hr 30min via Alpine Way. From Thredbo however Alpine way is about 30 min faster to Wagga. Thredbo to Wagga was always about 3hr 10mins via Alpine Way.

    Can't comment on times between Albury and Mildura as i've never gone that way, but would suggest there may be some backroads between Deni and Balranald that may make that way slightly faster overall. I did work at Barham when i lived in Wagga and off the main highways you could hook right in without any fear of being booked. Sure you are aware of that.

    If coming from Melbourne i'd take Alpine Way every time. Saving of about 1.5hrs.

    The only time Alpine way is sketchy is in a big wind when you get a real possibility of trees falling over the road. Snow cover is never a problem in a 4wd as the snow is typically untracked and grippy when you pass through, never gets to be traffic compacted wind polished ice like say the Perisher or Hotham roads. Road crew would typically do a rock sweeping mission a few times a day in bad weather.

    If traveling SMH at night watch out for horses. I've had a few encounters, most recently back in May. The bad area is between Yarrangobilly Caves exit road and the hill after Eucumbene River. If you see one on the road, keep an eye of for the other 20 it is with. There are some big mobs and they hang around the road at night. Flashing road reflectors in the distance are a give away. Its the horses passing between you and the refelector and the flashing is telling you there are heaps of them running across the road.
     
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    Also there are literally thousands of roos on the stretch between Tumut and Talbingo, mostly along the lake. Most will happily sit on the side of the road and watch you speed past, but there is lots of road kill along there so they do get in the way sometimes.

    And if it is snowing watch out for the snow plough on the SMH. The spotties are up high over the blade and get you in the eyes. The drivers seem to have little regard for cars and speed past. Its hard to see the left side of the road and you have a few seconds of hoping you are far enough over as the blade passes a small distance to your right.
     
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    there is the option of via Tumbarumba as well, but I reckon at night that could be a little interesting.
     
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    what of the Elliot way from Tumburumba over Ravine and up past Selwyn Turnoff and on to SM Highway....**:p at Kiandra....
     
  42. Seth

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    Could go via Omeo as well if you wanted to.

    That would be 'interesting'.
     
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    The Alpine Way is pretty light on for wildlife until you get to DHG. SMH & Middlingbank road has heaps more.
     
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    I did a night run down the SMH and Alpine Way a few summers ago. The SMH was covered in wildlife (literally covered - no road visible, just 100% animals... true story) but the Alpine Way wasn't too bad.
     
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    Frikkin Middlingbank and Rocky Plains Roads. Fk me, so much wildlife.
     
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    No love for Eucumbene Rd?
     
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    Yeah, it too!!

    BTW, all the creeks were CRANKING today! dams full in most every paddock.
     
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    There are springs everywhere at the moment.
     
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    I drove from Jindy to Wonboyn one night - that set a record for road wildlife - especially the road between the Monaro and Princes Hwy.
     
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    The Barry Way is very doable especially in a 4WD or all AWD. There's some quite narrow bits on the Victorian side of the Suggan Buggan but we've done this trip a few times in winter and it's rarely a problem. It tops at 1250m in farmland south of Jindy so snow isn't usually an issue. The Snowy gorge area is a rain shadow so it's often dry when it's teaming elsewhere.

    With the exception of being a tad long, if one was concerned with the snow over the Alpine away or SMH it would be logical to take the Monaro /CVH from Cann River then go on the diagonal (NW) from North of Nimmitabel across to Dalgety. From memory this is about 650 km & and about 9 hrs.