Safety travel route Melbourne to Jindabyne

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  1. SEN123

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    Hi there,

    Just wondering if anyone can advise the safest travel route to Jindabyne from Melbourne. I will not be on the road till lunchtime, so arriving around 8pm. I have done this trip 3 times now and been 3 different route, each time losing my connection with google maps, so I need to print instructions as a back up. The first trip took me through the back on Thredbo and I will never do that again. The second was fine, but I can't recall exactly which way I went. The third trip took me through the back of Mt Selwyn and this was treacherous, with a thick fog making it necessary to drive at 30km an hour.

    A friend has suggested I go via Tumut, but will that ensure I stay below the snow line and avoid ice. I know fog is just luck of the draw, but the lower I stay, hopefully the safest.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Do you have a 4wd/AWD or chains? When are you going? I have been all of those ways, in winter. My preference is through Thredbo as it's quickest/shortest. The Selwyn way is pretty but some pretty deep and windy roads. Via Tumut (Jindabyne, Berridale, Adaminaby, Tumut, Hume Hiway) takes you over some less steep and windy roads but is subject to ice/snow dependant on the weather. It's around 2.5 hours from Jindy to Tumut.

    Only other way would be to head up to Canberra and down the Hume. Or head down through Bombala to the coast and into Melbourne that way.
     
  3. WaitAwhile

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    Up the princess hwy , through the Gippsland and then turn on to the Monaro Hwy to Cooma , there are a few variations and it is probably not the quickest way to go
     
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    I have an AWD and definitely don't want to go back over Thredbo. I am travelling this coming Sunday.
     
  5. Ozgirl

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    This one.
     
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    Thanks Chickski. So if I was to go via Bombala am I avoiding all the mountainous roads?
     
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    Oz girl, is your suggested route the same as via Chicski's option via Bombala?
     
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    Yes its Chicski option.

    Its windy coastal roads however not really mountainous
     
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    Jindabyne is at 900m elevation. There will be hills in every direction if you're headed for sea level. Bombala to Cann River is twisty but unlikely to have snow/ice. Similar to Brown Mountain if you've ever been down that way.
     
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    Actually I just checked the route. I have not done the route via Dalgety for many many years (like 20)

    It was a fine road in an excel back then but was dirt.
     
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    Sorry just noticed that you're coming from Melbourne and arriving here in dark. Watch for wildlife, that will be more of an issue than weather I imagine.
     
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    Has been sealed for years. I've ridden Jindy-Bombala on my bike :D
     
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    Yes wildlife aplenty when we drove that way at easter (but typically when we come that way it is back to Sydney so go through to Cooma and not cut across to Jindy.
     
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    So not like brown mtn then??

    Done that in a Excel too!
     
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    No mountains between Jindy and Bombala!
     
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    Yep, I had to slow down for wombats on my way there last week, via Mt Selwyn.

    Chicski - Is the road via Bombala dirt or made road now? I think this looks like my preferred option, with Via Tumult as my next best option.
     
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    Few hills...
    It's all sealed. I drove home from Melbourne that way 2 years ago.
     
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    But you said it was like brown mtn!
     
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    Since you're arriving in the dark, I'd definitely choose Bombala over Tumut. The Snowy Mountains Hiway can get icy in places.
     
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    No I meant the road to the coast was like Brown Mtn, Bombala to Cann River.
     
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    But sealed!

    Just clarifying for others that read and know brown mtn.
     
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    Thanks ladies, much appreciated.
     
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    Brown Mountain is sealed. Has been for years.
     
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    Opps!!

    it was 6 since i drove it.
     
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    In google you trust. This will put you up shitters ditch once you leave the big smoke.

    Buy a paper map or a touring atlas and keep that in your car. You'll probabaly save yourself about 50% of travel time if you use the map to find the best route rather than relying on "tech".

    The Tumut route is roughly the same as going via Selwyn. The Thredbo route would be no worse than the Tumut route - but faster.

    Prices Highway to Monaro probably the easiest - not sure on time.
     
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    i reckon the barry way would be quicker than going all the way over to cann river , but its dirt and doesnt seem to fit the vibe of the thread.
     
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    At risk of thread Hijack - Barry Way's a lovely drive if you've got the time - do it at least once
     
  30. Seth

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    Why? Everything other way is adding extra driving. Some of them a lot of extra.
     
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    There is an icy stretch on Brown mountain just around where the pine plantation is. Its always in the shade. It takes us around 1.5 hrs to get to the skitube from Bemboka going via Dalgety.
     
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    I used to regularly do the trip, early mornings , normally through Wolumla and Candelo and then up Brown Mountain, and some mornings you can see where the name Brown pants mountain comes from, at least I was going uphill.
    Its a beautiful sight when you get near the top and its dumping snow as you drive into Nimmitabel , although it adds a bit of extra time to get to Perisher and usually disappears pretty quickly.
     
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    +1 with this. After dark one of the biggest problems will be deer from Bairnsdale onward. Around Orbost they are one of the biggest causes of vehicle right offs mainly because people are driving on a good road at 100 when a 200kg animal runs out. Of course there will be the usual Kangas and wombats.
    Yes it is a nice drive, very scenic and a must do with a camp by the Snowy but also slow, narrow and windy. If you don't like the road from Corryong then you will hate this. From Cann River to Bombala is a good section of road. The climbs are more moderate and bends easy. There will most likely be NO phone signal out of Cann River. Some Telstra for a bit.
     
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    this.
    Easily the quickest way. And not a bad road.
    Barry way favourite, but yeah not for the op.
     
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    Howdy SEN, we're from Melbourne and have done most options including the very long Elliot Way- Tumba-Corryong Route.

    Unless it's Snowy at 1100m Nimmitabel you'll be fine ( sorry not sure what conditions you'll drive in at Jindy?)

    Grades and curves and raid surface are fair to good all the Way to Cann River.

    There's a few areas on the Prince's Highway where care is required - Ie. Where it narrows around the hills. In this way it's probably no different any other bitumen hilly, forested road like Those around Jindy.

    Watch the speed cams and the police - esp near any towns in Vic - we started this Nanny thing!

    Watch the 40 km/h rule 2:30-4 pm weekdays (8-9:30 am too) past all the schools. And fair enough as a parent!

    Stay safe. SG.
     
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    Seriously.
    If the thredbo route is clear it's easily the quickest.
    Why the dislike?
     
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    I'm curious - is the Thredbo route in from Corryong 'dangerous'? Monotonous? There are windy bits along the Princes Highway past Bairnsdale, (or am I thinking up to Omeo). I can understand someone being bored with one route in and wanting variety.
     
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    Pretty flat and mostly straight from Bairnsdale to Cann River. Bruthen to Omeo bends but not too bad but there are lots. Omeo Hwy Nth to Mitta Mitta very windy and narrow although much better from Glen Wills now it is sealed. It closed yesterday afternoon between Glen Wills and Mitta because of heavy snow but should be open today. Not an option for this trip anyway. I like the drive from Corryong to Jindy but if you are looking for no snow, slush or ice then Bombala is the go and not really that much longer from Melbourne.
     
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    If i have + 1 we dont go Alpine Way from Melbourne though i like that best ,, we go to Cann River and head north turn left at Bibbenluke just the other side of Bombala ,(if you get to Nimmitibel you have missed the turn ), sealed all the way it is a bit longer but it is fast ,, careful as you head out of Cann River for 20 or so ks then it opens up to wide flat road to Bombala , Bibbenluke to Jindy is good sealed road not as wide but open and clear on the Monaro plains ,,, if at night be aware of wildlife ..
    Barry way is beautiful but unsealed a lot and must take care more a scenic drive IMHO
     
  40. Ozgirl

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    Some people just don't feel confident on some roads. there is no problem with that.

    If the OP doesn't like it then he doesn't like - next you'll all be complaining about so person driving too slow on your fast route.

    I think op needs a clap on the back for wanting to drive within their limits.
     
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    No one is giving her any stick.
    Just wondering why the thredbo route issue if the road is clear.
    Plenty of road/wildlife issues whichever way you choose. Especially driving at night.
     
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    Because THEY (not sure why you assumed it is a her) don't like the road... that's their choice.

    I know a lot of people (locals even) who refuse to drive that road. I actually have never driven the road - not because i don't like it but because barry way or cann river suits my purpose.
     
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    I always go via Thredbo if it's open. It takes a lot of concentration, windy, narrow, wildlife, isolated. I've never driven it at night, in winter. Not sure I would want to.
     
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    Settle down. Crikey.
    Him, her whatever.
    Why do you assume it's a he?
    WHY they don't like it will influence WHERE we suggest he or she could drive.
    A frosty road on the monaro after a bit of southerly Misty rain.....
     
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    This.
     
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    Every way you can possibly go has elements of this in varying percentages.
    Might be quite frosty Sunday.
     
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    Didn't assume either way.
     
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    'didn't assume either way'
    Anyway, semantics.

    The reason Why influences suggestions. Simples
     
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    I actually want to try it, i have never been on it - although we all know my car has been on it and we all know what happened to that!

    Its actually been out of my way to drive via thredbo, as i am typically going to a fourmites house over gippsland way.

    Barry way is stunning but again had reasons to go that way.
     
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    Oh noes you got me!!
     
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