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Goulburn – Oberon road?

By joingler 18 May 2012 28

Hey all,

I’m doing a trip to the Blue Mountains next weekend and am planning to go up via Oberon (google maps says it is slightly quicker to go to Katoomba that way than going up the Hume). Wikipedia says the road is fully sealed and the maps I’ve looked at seem to suggest it is a fairly safe road but I am wondering if any rioters have done the road before and can confirm that it is safe and give me any suggestions on good places to stop (any good eateries in Taralga or Oberon?).

Cheers

JohnH

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Wodger 11:00 am 14 Aug 14

Further to John Moulis’s query, No, that road hasn’t improved much. I used to ‘do’ the Canberra to Jervis Bay run every weekend until very recently, and by far the better run, well worth the dog leg, is the route via Tarago, on the Braidwood to Gouldburn road. From Tarago to Nerriga, there is but 3Kms dirt (not aggressive). Heading towards the coast, follow the signs to Nowra, until JB starts appearing on the sign posts. Nerriga to JB (and Nowra) is now fully sealed ..

switch 9:38 pm 21 Jul 14

bigred said :

Re eating, I avoid the deliverance attitude of Oberon.

Duelling banjos?

Did the road a few weeks ago. Had lunch at Tarana pub, then drove home. Nice drive.

bigred 9:01 pm 21 Jul 14

Traversed it a few times recently. Leave Katoomba around 12 ish on public holiday Monday and have a seamless trip back to Canberra. Takes around 3hours 20 minutes. A bit more if one stops for food. Road seems to keep improving.

Re eating, I avoid the deliverance attitude of Oberon.

John Moulis 4:23 pm 21 Jul 14

Slightly OT, but on the subject of roads in country NSW does anybody know if anything has been done about the direct route from Braidwood to Jervis Bay? I remember 30 years ago I saw that road on a map and thought “Beauty! Don’t have to go via Batemans Bay and Ulladulla”. I travelled a few km from Braidwood on sealed road when the road suddenly turned into a dangerous dirt goat track. Not only that, there were sharp rocks sticking up in the road meaning it was impossible to drive on without causing serious damage to your car and wheels. I’d like to think money has been spent on it since then to seal it completely and provide a quick, safe drive to JB, but considering how the Kings Highway has remained a dangerous, mostly single lane road for many years I’m not betting on it.

Gismondo 3:42 pm 21 Jul 14

I drove from Canberra to Blackheath via Taralga & Oberon last week. I had always assumed there were parts unsealed but this is no longer the case. Previously we did Boorowa/Cowra/Blayney/Bathurst to get to the upper Blue Mtns but I will be taking this new route from now on. Taralga was a good stop point. Didnt bypass Oberon this time but will be more alert to save more next trip. Extra caution when driving at night as noticed a few more wombat carcasses than what i’ve seen on kings hwy

joingler 5:43 pm 21 Oct 12

I thought I’d post this in case anyone else was wondering.

I did the road yesterday and it was excellent. A little bit narrow and windy on either side of the Abercrombie River but apart from that it was great. It took 1hour 45 minutes from Goulburn to Oberon (plus a short break in Black Springs). The road from Oberon to Mt Victoria was shocking (much worse than when I did it when I was 16). This wasn’t helped due to an L plater in front of us the whole way with no overtaking lanes.

I can see it would get very frosty and icy in winter so would never do it then and would never do it at night.

Madam Cholet 5:09 pm 20 May 12

dvaey said :

Madam Cholet said :

So, whilst it is a fab drive through the countryside, drive safely.

From your story, it sounds like you started a 4hr drive 5hrs before the wedding? One important thing about these roads, is if you have a very important event to be at, dont cut yourself short on these roads.

Apart from the story you provide about any problems along the road completely disrupting your plans, it also leads to people speeding to make a deadline. Leave a day earlier, dont rush the trip and ‘dont die for a deadline’. If you allow an extra day and your way is blocked, youve got plenty of time to find an alternative route.

No, we came upon the accident at midday and the wedding was due to kick off at 6pm. We had barely an hour to go on our trip – very disappointing, but like I said we had a vomity one year old in the back, no confirmation of a way through for sure and no real desire to set off up the Hume. Understand your point, but can’t really allow for fatals all the time.

dvaey 3:32 pm 19 May 12

Madam Cholet said :

So, whilst it is a fab drive through the countryside, drive safely.

From your story, it sounds like you started a 4hr drive 5hrs before the wedding? One important thing about these roads, is if you have a very important event to be at, dont cut yourself short on these roads.

Apart from the story you provide about any problems along the road completely disrupting your plans, it also leads to people speeding to make a deadline. Leave a day earlier, dont rush the trip and ‘dont die for a deadline’. If you allow an extra day and your way is blocked, youve got plenty of time to find an alternative route.

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