Huskisson NSW to Canberra

Submitted: Friday, Oct 13, 2017 at 10:05
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Hi Everyone,
We are at Huskisson in NSW and wish to take our 23ft van over the range to Canberra. What would be the recommended route? I wonder whether the Illawarra Highway from Kiama via Moss Vale would be ok.
thanks Bob.
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Reply By: Frank P (NSW) - Friday, Oct 13, 2017 at 10:15

Friday, Oct 13, 2017 at 10:15
What are you towing with, Bob? How heavy is your van?
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Follow Up By: hooks - Friday, Oct 13, 2017 at 10:31

Friday, Oct 13, 2017 at 10:31
Hi Frank,

3 ton 5th wheeler, towed with BT 50.
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Reply By: Erad - Friday, Oct 13, 2017 at 10:40

Friday, Oct 13, 2017 at 10:40
From Huskinson, go to Nowra, then past the HMAS Albatross navy air base and follow the road through Nerriga to Taralga, then Bungendore and Canberra. Easy drive, only one short steepish climb near Nerriga, sealed road all the way. Also probably the shortest distance from there to Canberra.
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Follow Up By: Member - Trouper (NSW) - Friday, Oct 13, 2017 at 11:02

Friday, Oct 13, 2017 at 11:02
From Huskisson drive west on the Jervis Bay Rd to the Princes Hwy left turn south,drive a few clicks and turn right onto the Turpintine Road follow thru until you meet the Braidwood Rd and go from there.
Bit quicker than via Albertross
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Follow Up By: hooks - Friday, Oct 13, 2017 at 11:55

Friday, Oct 13, 2017 at 11:55
Thanks Frank & Trouper,
Are you comfortable that a van 23 ft van will be ok following Troupers route as this would avoid going back to Nowra. I don't want to get caught on a narrow road with tight curves ect. This is our first time in this area, so we don't know things.
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Friday, Oct 13, 2017 at 12:15

Friday, Oct 13, 2017 at 12:15
Hi Hooks,
Yes, you should be ok on that route. Some curves and bends but no hairpins. Not sure about Turpentine Rd, but the rest is all sealed.
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Glenn C5 - Friday, Oct 13, 2017 at 12:42

Friday, Oct 13, 2017 at 12:42
Isn't Taralga way up the other side of Goulburn.?
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Follow Up By: Glenn C5 - Friday, Oct 13, 2017 at 12:54

Friday, Oct 13, 2017 at 12:54
We were at Jervis Bay last year and we went home via Turpentine road - Nerriga down to Braidwood. There was a fair bit of unsealed road. We were up there again only 3 weeks ago and I checked with the NSW Roads people and they said it is still unsealed in places.
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Follow Up By: William P - Friday, Oct 13, 2017 at 13:09

Friday, Oct 13, 2017 at 13:09
Going all the way down to Braidwood is the long way and as indicated does have some unsealed sections - from Huskie - out to the highway - Turpentine Road down the Nerriga Road then turn off to Tarago (not Taralga which is west of Goulburn) via the Oallen Road and then from Tarago to Bungendore and Canberra - is all sealed and reasonable road .
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Follow Up By: Member - Trouper (NSW) - Friday, Oct 13, 2017 at 16:44

Friday, Oct 13, 2017 at 16:44
The Turpentine Rd is now fully sealed. Dont go to Braidwood as it is unsealed for about 20 clicks. Use the Oallen Ford Rd to Tarago,Bungendore, Canberra
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 at 15:34

Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 at 15:34
"Isn't Taralga way up the other side of Goulburn.?"

Yess, he means Tarago.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 at 00:56

Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 at 00:56
Take this route
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Follow Up By: hooks - Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 at 07:07

Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 at 07:07
Thanks Peter,

Is this route sealed all the way and suitable for a 23ft, 5th wheeler, being towed with a BT50.

Bob.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 at 08:41

Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 at 08:41
Yes, I have driven the whole route and there is no gravel surfaces along the route (unless they are reconstructing any sections.)
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Follow Up By: William P - Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 at 11:28

Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 at 11:28
That route has you going across to the Federal Highway from Bungendore. That has you climbing up the steep range out of Bungendore then along Macs Reef Road - really you are better staying on the Kings Highway from Bungandore to Queanbeyan - if heading to northern Canberra turn right at the first roundabout to head up Yass Road past the airport to the north side of the lake, stay on Canberra Ave for the city centre area or turn left on the way in for the south down the Monaro Highway.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 at 15:25

Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 at 15:25
Smiths Gap is fairly short and his rig should handle it OK. Giving his motor a god run up there will help to blow the cobwebs out of it. Way back my Nissan E20 pulled a van up there OK. If the E20 could handle it any modern vehicle can.
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Reply By: True Blue - Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 at 09:26

Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 at 09:26
Hooks, my recommendation, for what it's worth, would be to travel south from Husky to Bateman's Bay and turn right onto the King's Hwy and follow that through to Canberra via. Braidwood.
I know that the other routes that have been recommended are indeed the shortest but there are some dicey sections on that route, especially just past Nerriga where that road passes through a very steep dip in the road. OK if you know it's there, as you now do but a shocker if you don't.
My suggested route is certainly longer in distance but the road conditions are 100% on the Nerriga route IMO. I have taken my smaller van from Nowra to Goulburn via Nerriga but it would worry me with a large van knowing that road.
Either way take care and happy travels.
cheers
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Follow Up By: William P - Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 at 11:33

Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 at 11:33
Except you have to climb Clyde Mountain - the road surface is good but it is a long steep, slow, windy climb up the mountain.

Yes there is that dip on the leaving outskirts of Nerriga but is not such an issue - particularly as he now knows it is there.
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Reply By: duck - Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 at 13:36

Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 at 13:36
I live in Husky/Vincentia & go across to Canberra regularly
1) Huskisson to turpentine rd. sealed not a problem
2) Braidwood Rd to Nerriga NOT a problem
3) Nerriga to Oallen rd. Beware the 1st creek crossing/Dip take at 5-10klms max the the Road is a bit narrow if you meet someone with the same size van or a truck you might/will put the left wheels in the Dirt it’s also a bit bumpy
4) Oallen rd. to Shoalhaven river starts good a gets similar to what you have traveled from Nerriga
5) Shoalhaven river to Tarago turn off, starts great then goes to the same as Nerriga to Oallen turn off type rd.
From the Oallen Rd turn off to Tarago/Bungendore/Canberra there is no problems
It is a bumpy tow thru to Canberra or Goulburn & some sections are narrow & there is several dips/causeways etc. but take your time & DO NOT HOGG the centre of the road & you will not have a problem I tow thru this way all the time, Try not to travel on Friday night as its very busy & also Sunday afternoon & Monday morning the rest of the time is very quiet & it’s by far the Quietest way across
Hope this helps
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