Bairnsdale to Canberra

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Bairnsdale to Canberra

Postby Renovator » Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:16 am

Hi Everyone
I'm looking for some advice on the route for a cycling tour from Bairnsdale to Canberra. I know there is a thread for a trip in the opposite direction, but rather than hijack that thread I thought I would ask separately.
I think the leg from Bairnsdale to Orbost vis the rail trail or is it? However Orbost to Bombala is less clear Via Can River or via Delegate. There doesn't appear to be many places to stop on the way to Delegate?
Likewise there doesn't appear to be many options for the leg between Bombala and Cooma and then to Canberra.
I would appreciate the suggestions of the more experienced tourers here.
The trip will be a mixture of camping and motels or equivalent using a touring bike.
Looking forward to your feedback.
Thanks
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Re: Bairnsdale to Canberra

Postby WarrenH » Tue Nov 05, 2013 4:34 pm

Are you preferring or limited (time wise) to staying on the tarmac roads? If not, I can suggest several interesting routes ... and I'll post photos.

Also, do you know the crazyguyonabike site? ... if you enter a few of the towns that you were hoping to visit into the crazyguy' search facility, you can see how others have incorporated those towns into their routes. Basically every town in SE Oz is (somewhere) in there.

If you like off-roading SE Oz is limitless and unique.

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PS, When you reach Canberra ... consider doing a lap of the Centenary Trail, that opened last week. The 140+kilometre route that encircles Canberra, will blow you away.

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Re: Bairnsdale to Canberra

Postby il padrone » Tue Nov 05, 2013 5:02 pm

I am giving some consideration to riding this route with a group after Christmas, but we would go through the Snowy Mts to Corryong and Albury.

There is the Barry Way route - Bairnesdale to Buchan then north via Gelantipy and Suggan Buggan to the Snowy River valley. Then climb Jacobs Ladder to the plateau at Ingebyra, and on to Jindabyne. Once you leave Buchan there is next to nothing in the way of supplies until you get to Jindabyne. A small backpackers at Gelantipy for accommodation and maybe some supplies, then nothing. The Seldom Seen store at Wulgulmerang is no longer operating after Dave the proprietor sadly passed away (never was too much there anyway).

That means we'd need to carry all food for 3-4 days after Buchan. Not a major hurdle. The scenery along the Snowy River is wonderful, worth doing for that alone.

Along the river valley
View from Mountain Hut Gap

More details about various expriences in this area here.
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Re: Bairnsdale to Canberra

Postby Renovator » Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:15 pm

Thanks for the feedback.
Warren H; for this trip I would prefer to stay on road, whether they be made or gravel. No single track.
IP; I checked out the links, what great views. Is this the best route for the first time thru this area? Carrying food for 3 - 4 days would be Ok but how about the hills thru there.
Thanks guys keep the suggestions coming
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Re: Bairnsdale to Canberra

Postby WarrenH » Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:43 pm

Renovator, G'day Mate. The only single track to be mentioned was the Centenary Trail. Nothing skinny until you reach Canberra.

Some features that you might not be aware of for planning a route ... after following what Peter wrote of course.

Had you thought about sticking to the coast and then (say) at Moruya, heading towards Canberra, through the Deua River Valley, over Majors Creek Mountain to Wallaces Gap, across Tallaganda State Forest then to Queanbeyan then to Canberra?

North of Pambula, you can seriously start hugging the Coast, well off the Pacific Hwy. The best web map for NSW is SIX Maps ... http://maps.six.nsw.gov.au/ If you're not familiar with SIX Maps? Slide the tab down in BaseMap (in the far top right hand corner), to reveal the topo maps, giving much detail.

South of Tuross Heads, if you follow the Potato Point Road to Blackfellows Point Caravan Park, if you contact Tuross Marine at O'Brian's Boatshed (02 473 8127) and giving plenty of notice, they can organise to take you across the lake. This is very speccy country and a wonderful, off the highway route.

Tuross Lake and Mount Dromedary.

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At the mouth of the Tuross River.

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Eurobodalla National Park, is in several parts on the Coast, between 1080 Beach and Moruya. The wild campsites there, are the best ever. Heading to Pooles Beach (one of my favourites), South from Mystery Bay (the entrance is off Lamont Young Drive about 150m past Negus Road) will give you access to several fantastic semi-wild and wilder coastal campsites. Top-up your water before heading down 1080 Beach Road. If you're touring in February after the school holidays, which is when I head down to the coast, you will only see locals then and very few tourists ... it's a very quiet time on the coast then.

Pooles Beach 1080 Beach, Wallaga Beach and Mumbulla mountain.

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Just South of South Narooma, if you take the Cemetery Road to the spectacular Glasshouse Rocks, you can cut through the golf course on the track to join up-to the Narooma to Dalmeney cycle path. Definitely worth doing. The cycle way hugs the coast ... I hope that you don't encounter a head wind. After the cycleway go through to Congo Point, then to Moruya, then head up the Deua River Valley.

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On the cycle way at Wolgonga Inlet, leaving Narooma. Last Summer it was very smokey on the coast, hopefully this Summer it will be better.

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The cycleway reaching Dalmeney.

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Deua River Valley.

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Deua River Valley from Majors Creek Mountain.

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Along the Deua River Valley the traffic will be light ... it is always light when the school holidays finish. There is a good National Park campsite on the river on the river half way along the valley or you can stay at the Araluen Pub at the end of the Valley. The pub opens from mid-day on.

I posted several routes in detail here last Friday morning, but they aren't here. I included, going through the Errinundra Plateau, over McKillops Bridge to join the Snowy River/Jindabyne route. Around the back of the Western Fall Wilderness as well, and through Tumut and Wee Jasper into Canberra. Another route was through Jindabyne, Kancoban, Anamidaby, Yaouk, Shannons Flat then Tharwa to Canberra. It is most disappointing to not see the post here now. I also wrote that if you want maps of the TSRs in SE NSW, the best free campsites in the SE Region, if I know your route, I'm happy to post or email you the TSR Maps and the contact details, to get access to the TSRs in the SE Region.

The Scabby Range, heading towards Yaouk.

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Camped on the Murrumbidgee River at Yaouk and the Yaouk Bill Range.

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The road between Shannons Flat and Yaouk.

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Brayshaws Hut, near the ACT Southern Border. There are several high country huts, close to the Boboyan Road in the Southern ACT.

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Additional to unlimited wild camping in the Southern ACT there is the Mount Clear Campground just off Boboyan Road and the Honeysuckle Creek Campground on the Alpine Walking Track ... http://www.tams.act.gov.au/parks-recrea ... in_the_act Caloola Farm (02 6235 7226) in the Naas River Valley on the Bicentennial National Trail is a top place to stay, great facilities. Getting to Honeysuckle Creek is a bit of a long climb. Caloola Farm is an excellent campsite, in a beautiful valley between the Billy Range and the De Salis Range.

Above the campground at Honeysuckle Creek. If you feel like stretching your legs? Honeysuckle Creek campsite is on the Australian Alps Walking Track.

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The Northern entrance to the Naas River Valley and the De Salis Range at Caloola Farm.

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Re: Bairnsdale to Canberra

Postby il padrone » Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:05 pm

I came across this good journal of the route from Bairnesdale to Canberra, via the Barry Way.

Also Vintagetourer who posts on here has his own journal of his Canberra to Melbourne tour.

Some video footage of Chris Rishworth cycling the Barry Way
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Re: Bairnsdale to Canberra

Postby Renovator » Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:12 am

Hi
Thanks very much for the additional info. I'm sorry not to have replied but my mums in hospital and she was pretty sick for a while and I wasn't really about much else. Seems the worst is well behind her now and she has been transferred to rehab.

Wow, as usual Warren the photo's are fantastic I hadn't thought of going via the coast figuring it would add an extra 3 or so days, but I must admit it looks fantastic so I will dig out some of the maps and do a bit of detailed research.

IP thanks for the video and other links; as I said to Warren I had not considered some of these routes not really knowing this part of the country at all well so I think a lot more research is required.

One question I do have is where do I get some maps and other information on these routes. The maps I do have have don't seem to have enough detail just a couple of faint lines but no detail about intermediate distances etc.

Thanks for the feedback so far much appreciated.
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Re: Bairnsdale to Canberra

Postby Renovator » Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:22 am

Sorry Warren didn't see your link to six maps until I reread you post. Thanks but another info appreciated
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Re: Bairnsdale to Canberra

Postby Vintagetourer » Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:48 pm

Yes I'd highly recommend the Snowy Mts Way/Barry Way route provided the weather forecast is reasonable.

That is the reverse of what we did here:
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/laketolake

Note there are zilch supplies anywhere between Buchan and Jindabyne which is about 170 km with a lot of climbing. Water should not be a problem provide you take good topo maps and top up from streams and rivers when you can access them.

I won't enthuse too much about the Numeralla to Captains Flat section of the route we used. It's OK but hard work. The Adaminaby to Tharwa (Boboyan) route is probably more sensible. Or the Monaro Hwy mid-week with an early start to beat the traffic.

Overall:
Bairnsdale to Orbost to Buchan to Suggan Buggan (no supplies) to Jacobs River (no supplies) to Jindabyne (or Dalgety) to Cooma (several options) to Canberra
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Re: Bairnsdale to Canberra

Postby digga67 » Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:58 pm

Warren, your photos are stunning and one of the main reasons I'm going to do a mini-tour down that way next year. Thx.

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