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Kings Highway closed at Pooh Corner following massive landslide

By 20 April 2012 58

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The NSW RTA is showing the Kings Highway closed at Pooh Corner in both directions due to a landslide.

They advise taking the Illawarra or Snowy Mountains Highways as alternative if you’re heading to the coast this weekend.

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UPDATE: 20/04/12 14:07: The Bay Post reports the road will be closed for some time:

Both lanes of the Kings Highway are completely blocked with rubble and trees after a huge landslide on the Clyde Mountain.
Police are advising only Nelligen residents should use the Kings Highway as it is expected the highway will be closed for some time.

It is believed the cliff landslide occurred at about 1.30pm this afternoon, about 400m west of Pooh Bear corner.

It is not known at this stage if anyone is injured or any vehicles are trapped amongst the rubble, but police have inspected the site and say there are no obvious signs anyone is trapped.

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58 Responses to Kings Highway closed at Pooh Corner following massive landslide
#1
Dilandach1:59 pm, 20 Apr 12

oh d-d-d-dear.

#2
johnboy2:15 pm, 20 Apr 12

floods, earthquakes, fog, now cut off from The Bay.

Surely the zombie apocalypse is next?

#3
johnboy2:20 pm, 20 Apr 12
#4
p12:22 pm, 20 Apr 12

Going through Nerriga only adds 30km to a trip to Ulladulla (considerably more to the Bay though….

The Very Serious Issue™ that you haven’t addressed though JB, is – Did Pooh Bears Cave survive the landslip??!!

#5
trevar2:32 pm, 20 Apr 12

Queensland had a landslide recently too, but they didn’t shut it down…

#6
SnapperJack2:38 pm, 20 Apr 12

Gee, the NSW RMS is now officially calling the area Pooh Bear’s Corner.

I always thought that was just a nickname used by holidaying public servants from Canberra.

#7
xperfect_darkx3:07 pm, 20 Apr 12
#8
littlevixen3:08 pm, 20 Apr 12

i have a photo of the landslide but not sure how to post it?

#9
johnboy3:16 pm, 20 Apr 12

Email it to images@the-riotact.com .

#10
EvanJames3:18 pm, 20 Apr 12

Is Brown Mountain still closed? RTA thing seems to suggest it isn’t. The crazed Canberra drivers will NOT like the Nerriga Route, I think part of it still has (gasp) DIRT! And everyone knows, these days you can’t drive on DIRT unless you have a 4WD.

#11
bitzermaloney3:21 pm, 20 Apr 12

With the Brown Mountain pass also closed isn’t it about time the NSW grubbymint think about at least ONE reliable highway down the mountain?

#12
johnboy3:21 pm, 20 Apr 12

brown mountain is open again, but not sure you’d trust it until things dry out a bit.

Nerriga Road has 18km unsealed still. In these conditions I’d not recommend it to the inexperienced.

#13
Gungahlin Al3:21 pm, 20 Apr 12

johnboy said :

floods, earthquakes, fog, now cut off from The Bay.

Surely the zombie apocalypse is next?

Connect the dots – this WAS the earthquake. You all thought you got off scott-free, but now your beach weekend is tantalisingly out of reach. It’s God’s way of punishing us all for turning out in such huge numbers to see that pagan Richard Dawkins.

#14
EvanJames3:23 pm, 20 Apr 12

johnboy said :

Nerriga Road has 18km unsealed still. In these conditions I’d not recommend it to the inexperienced.

This should be good. Might be worth grabbing a deck chair and esky and heading off to watch the fun!

I was overtaken by a local in an Excel on the dirt bit many years ago, he was absolutely caning along. I was impressed.

#15
EvanJames3:24 pm, 20 Apr 12

Gungahlin Al said :

johnboy said :

floods, earthquakes, fog, now cut off from The Bay.

Surely the zombie apocalypse is next?

Connect the dots – this WAS the earthquake. You all thought you got off scott-free, but now your beach weekend is tantalisingly out of reach. It’s God’s way of punishing us all for turning out in such huge numbers to see that pagan Richard Dawkins.

It’s most likely the last Indian Summer warm weekend, too. Anzac day sees the colder air arrive, bringing us to more seasonably-appropriate temperatures.

#16
VYBerlinaV8_is_back3:55 pm, 20 Apr 12

johnboy said :

Nerriga Road has 18km unsealed still. In these conditions I’d not recommend it to the inexperienced.

There’s two things you need to remember when you drive on difficult roads:
1) Go slowly – slow enough that you can comfortably stop well within sight.
2) If traffic builds up behind you, pull over and let them go.

Obviously use gentle control inputs to reduce the risk of sliding.

#17
p13:56 pm, 20 Apr 12

johnboy said :

Nerriga Road has 18km unsealed still. In these conditions I’d not recommend it to the inexperienced.

It saddens me that many of the drivers on out roads might be sufficiently poor at operating a motor vehicle that they cannot, will not, or should not consider attempting 18km of unsealed road.

Having said that, I am happier the less other people are on a road with me, so would like to suggest a few other roads that could be converted to dirt.

#18
Me no fry4:06 pm, 20 Apr 12

I drove past on Thursday and noticed a minor slip. Didn’t think there had been enough rain to cause a major slip, but maybe it has all accumulated over the past few months and made the ground unstable.

Does anyone know what the Murrays service to/from the coast will be doing? Running/not running, and if running, what route?

#19
MJay4:14 pm, 20 Apr 12

Can always go via Moss Vale/Kangaroo Valley if you are not heading somewhere on the far south coast.

#20
aussielyn4:14 pm, 20 Apr 12

Any news about Pooh Bear himself. Is he OK?
Is he injured & trapped inside his cave, dare I say it, entombed?

#21
grundy4:30 pm, 20 Apr 12

Good thing that wire mesh was there to stop it.

#22
poetix4:35 pm, 20 Apr 12

Araluen Road is able to be driven in a rear wheel drive car. Rough, wet and scary, and Mr Poetix nearly soiled himself, but it can be done. Do not try it at night though.

It takes forever, too.

#23
p14:56 pm, 20 Apr 12

poetix said :

Araluen Road is able to be driven in a rear wheel drive car. Rough, wet and scary, and Mr Poetix nearly soiled himself, but it can be done. Do not try it at night though.

It takes forever, too.

It gets pretty slow with all the turns to follow the river, and isn’t quick. Take it easy on the bends – remember there may be someone coming the other way…

#24
vulpior4:59 pm, 20 Apr 12

I know that when I was first here on holiday in 1996 we took the Kings Highway down to the Bay, but on the way back we drove south towards Moruya and then via Araluen. It’s certainly not very obvious as a route if you look high level at Google Maps, and I remember it was certainly not sealed.

#25
EvanJames5:21 pm, 20 Apr 12

Araluen Rd, I forgot about that. Evil RTA people at Braidwood could have some fun pointing their detour signs right, rather than left to Nerriga! Imagine the crazed ACT loons being confronted with that, oh my. Or better still, diverting them as they exit Quangers, via Captains Flat.

#26
fabforty5:23 pm, 20 Apr 12

aussielyn said :

Any news about Pooh Bear himself. Is he OK?
Is he injured & trapped inside his cave, dare I say it, entombed?

Shhhhh……… if we listen carefully, we might hear him tapping out an SOS on all those empty Bundy bottles.

#27
poetix5:25 pm, 20 Apr 12

vulpior said :

I know that when I was first here on holiday in 1996 we took the Kings Highway down to the Bay, but on the way back we drove south towards Moruya and then via Araluen. It’s certainly not very obvious as a route if you look high level at Google Maps, and I remember it was certainly not sealed.

Most is still unsealed. There are currently parts where water runs over the road to near the top of your wheels. Any more rain and it could become too dangerous. There could well be a rock-slide, or a tree falling. And as p1 pointed out, it is is very narrow. There is sometimes a sheer drop from the edge of this narrow road.

But if you put on fake American red-neck voices and don’t mind the trip to the coast taking about twice as long as normal, it’s just lovely.

#28
longshanks6:24 pm, 20 Apr 12

johnboy said :

brown mountain is open again, but not sure you’d trust it until things dry out a bit.

Nerriga Road has 18km unsealed still. In these conditions I’d not recommend it to the inexperienced.

Brown Mountain was fine last weekend. Not sure whether the rain during the week has changed that, but we had a beautiful drive from Canberra to Bega last Sunday.

#29
Watson7:29 pm, 20 Apr 12

poetix said :

vulpior said :

I know that when I was first here on holiday in 1996 we took the Kings Highway down to the Bay, but on the way back we drove south towards Moruya and then via Araluen. It’s certainly not very obvious as a route if you look high level at Google Maps, and I remember it was certainly not sealed.

Most is still unsealed. There are currently parts where water runs over the road to near the top of your wheels. Any more rain and it could become too dangerous. There could well be a rock-slide, or a tree falling. And as p1 pointed out, it is is very narrow. There is sometimes a sheer drop from the edge of this narrow road.

But if you put on fake American red-neck voices and don’t mind the trip to the coast taking about twice as long as normal, it’s just lovely.

I love that road. But I have to drive 20kph the whole way just to stay on the road and be prepared for the locals in their 4WDs coming round the bends. And that’s when it’s dry! I wouldn’t attempt it in the wet, I think.

Last time I drove that road I met some locals who were convinced I was lost and kept trying to redirect me to the highway. I can understand why. It’s not a shortcut if you drive an Astra. But so pretty!

#30
Anna Key9:41 pm, 20 Apr 12

EvanJames said :

Is Brown Mountain still closed? RTA thing seems to suggest it isn’t. The crazed Canberra drivers will NOT like the Nerriga Route, I think part of it still has (gasp) DIRT! And everyone knows, these days you can’t drive on DIRT unless you have a 4WD.

But taking the 4wd on the dirt might make it all mucky

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