[First filed: April 28, 2009 @ 08:30]
Having seen the weather report over the weekend and wanting to offer a new experience to my two-year-old daughter, I had been musing whether to head to the Brindabellas for some fun in the snow yesterday.
Then I happened upon this post in which commenters offered a mixed bag of info, some good (Chrisinturner is spot on), some less accurate (yes, I’m looking at you PB and Rawhide).
So it was confirmed … I’d go and take a look for myself.
I grabbed a carrot from the fridge, plus and old scarf and hat and waited for the wife, bub and dog to get home from a walk.
The wife thought I was acting a bit strange when I met her at the gate … perhaps my waving a carrot at her had something to do with it.
We all jumped in the vehicle and headed off.
I should say here that it would not be a good idea to go in anything but a 4WD (with 4WD engaged from the first bit of dirt onwards). A 2WD *might* have made it on Monday, but equally *might* not. It would probably be guaranteed not to make it today, given the way the road condition was changing.
You can head out either on Cotter or Uriarra roads and turn off onto Brindabella Road heading towards Tumut.
After something like 13km you’ll hit Piccadilly Circus where you can turn left on Mt Franklin Road.
That’s it, just keep going. The snow gates aren’t closed yet, but that may well change soon.
The wife not-so-secretly thought I was indulging in wishful thinking in my quest to find some snow … and I must admit the first 20 minutes or so of Mt Franklin Road rather confirmed her beliefs.
Then the snow started to appear, firstly in little blobs here and there in sheltered spots, then quite a bit more, then more still … until we we were driving through a landscape completely blanketed, with big fluffy flakes smashing themselves back into liquid on the heated windscreen.
Regarding the road, just be careful, folks, it can be extremely wet and slippery and there are some quite precipitous cliffs a few feet to one side at times.
Just before we got to Mt Franklin we turned right up a few hundred metres of quite steep track to the Mt Ginini air navigation beacon where there was a flat area and room to park the vehicle.
Then it was time to employ the carrot … and the scarf and hat … and build a snowman. I have included a pic (with a large Labrador for scale).
It was snowing lightly as we started, but this built over about 40 minutes into quite heavy snowfall. It seemed to be a good time to leave.
All in all, it’s a straightforward excursion if you have the right vehicle. It could go disastrously wrong if you don’t.