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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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Goulburn – Oberon road?
akinom 2:22 pm 18 May 12

I regularly use this road to get to Lithgow, Katoomba and even Mt Wilson. I have largely given up on the Hume Hwy/M7 (or Bringelly Rd)/Great Western Hwy via Lower Blue Mts option – invariably I hit traffic congestion once I get into western Sydney – even if using the M7. The back way is far more pleasant and scenic, but you need to take care at night because of the fog and wombats. If you’re using the road for the first time, go through Oberon and Black Springs, but for future reference be aware there are opportunities to take short cuts once you get over the Abercrombie River (I take the Shooters Hill route).The road via Oberon is fully sealed. Taralga is a nice stop-over for dinner on the way back from the Mts when you’ve got through the fog and wombats. The pub of choice is on the Goulburn side of the town. The Abercrombie River and surrounding area is also super scenic.

Hawktel 1:34 pm 18 May 12

misspris said :

Hi JohnH,

I travel this road quite frequently. The road has been sealed all the way through to Oberon and it’s a great drive (it’s pretty popular with motorcyclists). In Taralga either the Taralga Hotel or Melinda’s Cafe are great places to stop for a meal. There are a few nice cafes in Oberon too (there’s a Thai restaurant I’m keen to try) and a wood fired pizza place. If you wanted to pack a picnic you could stop at the Abercrombie River (there are picnic spots either side).

+1

If you are not in a rush, the Taralga-Oberon route is certainly my choice, far less traffic and plenty to see. Don’t forget to stop at the Monkey Bean cafe on the main street of Oberon, serves good food and great coffee.

joingler 1:16 pm 18 May 12

Very Busy said :

I’m not understanding how people can say that the Oberon Road would be a quicker route to Katoomba than the Hume Hwy. It would have to be at least an hour longer in driving time.

The quickest way would be to use the Hume Hwy to the Narellan turnoff and then The Northern Rd up to the M4. You could use the M7 but it would take the same time and you’d need to pay the toll.

By all means the Oberon Rd is a very nice drive but it’s not quicker.

Just googled it. Going via Oberon is 18km shorter but 38 min longer. The main reason I want to go this way is to visit friends who live at Tarana and I can probably meet them in Oberon.

I do regularly travel to the Penrith area and always use the Northern Road for that.

dungfungus 1:04 pm 18 May 12

joingler said :

Thanks guys.
How steep is it compared other roads (Clyde Mtn, Brown Mtn, Macquarie Pass)? Also is the road ridiculously narrow likely Macquarie Pass or is it a proper road?

I’ve done Jenolan Caves before and plan to do it again sometime soon but don’t have time on this trip.

You are not actually crossing a mountain range; rather traversing one. It has steep pinches occassionally but nothing like Brown of Clyde. If you go on to Bathurst there is a steep descent onto the Georges Plains near O’Connell. It is a proper road overall; very enjoyable drive and there is a lovely picnic spot at Black Springs.

Keijidosha 12:59 pm 18 May 12

If you’re travelling via Taralga-Black Springs-Oberon the only really steep/winding section is the Abercrombie River crossing. The rest is like most country back roads. Some stretches are narrow and without a paved shoulder or marked centre line, but they aren’t what I would call treacherous.

Madam Cholet 12:52 pm 18 May 12

We attempted this trip a couple of years ago on our way to a family wedding. Didn’t make it to Jenolan in the end as we happened upon a fatal accident – they literally had just closed the road as we swept around the bend. No way they were going to let us through obviously. We drove 50k’s (or thereabouts) back to Taralga and asked around about other ways to get through. That was the hardest bit as the locals seemed to have barely been to the end of the road! Finally got a suggestion from a local farmer although we couldn’t be sure of the quality of the road and with a one year old in the back who had already vomited I wasn’t game – so missed the wedding. Was not about to trek up to Sydney and then on to Blue Mountains via the Hume at that stage.

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

Very Busy 12:52 pm 18 May 12

I’m not understanding how people can say that the Oberon Road would be a quicker route to Katoomba than the Hume Hwy. It would have to be at least an hour longer in driving time.

The quickest way would be to use the Hume Hwy to the Narellan turnoff and then The Northern Rd up to the M4. You could use the M7 but it would take the same time and you’d need to pay the toll.

By all means the Oberon Rd is a very nice drive but it’s not quicker.

joingler 12:46 pm 18 May 12

Thanks guys.
How steep is it compared other roads (Clyde Mtn, Brown Mtn, Macquarie Pass)? Also is the road ridiculously narrow likely Macquarie Pass or is it a proper road?

I’ve done Jenolan Caves before and plan to do it again sometime soon but don’t have time on this trip.

dungfungus 12:30 pm 18 May 12

I went this way last year in a family sedan – road is sealed all the way except around the Abercrombie River crossing (probably fixed by now). It’s a lot quicker and direct than going via Katoomba but I wouldn’t do it at night. Expect only takeaway and pub food along the way.

Katietonia 12:29 pm 18 May 12

I had the joy of spending the night in Oberon after a fishing trip last year. I think that you’d still save time going up the Hume just because of the windyness of the road.

Keijidosha 12:29 pm 18 May 12

There used to be a few kms of unsealed road north of the Abercrobmie River crossing, but that has been sealed in the past couple of years.

If you’re interested in speed and ease of journey, the freeway is the better choice. If you’re looking for a slower scenic drive then take the back road, bearing in mind that it is quite narrow in places. If you have the time I’d recommend bypassing Oberon and going via Jenolan Caves. A lovely drive, but very slow and twisty in places.

nsn 12:12 pm 18 May 12

It’s a nice road but it is not a quicker way to Katoomba than the Hume Highway. At least, it shouldn’t be – if it is, you’re driving too fast on a windy road!

misspris 12:09 pm 18 May 12

Hi JohnH,

I travel this road quite frequently. The road has been sealed all the way through to Oberon and it’s a great drive (it’s pretty popular with motorcyclists). In Taralga either the Taralga Hotel or Melinda’s Cafe are great places to stop for a meal. There are a few nice cafes in Oberon too (there’s a Thai restaurant I’m keen to try) and a wood fired pizza place. If you wanted to pack a picnic you could stop at the Abercrombie River (there are picnic spots either side).

toadstool 12:06 pm 18 May 12

We go that way to the Blue Mountains quite regularly. The road is fully sealed and is quicker than the Hume, although windy and quite picturesque in places. We’ve rarely encounter much traffic on the road. You can also save a little bit more time and bypass Oberon by going down (or up – as it’s rather high altitude) Shooters Hill Road which is also fully sealed. But be careful when you exit Shooters Hill Road. It can be a bit confusing and you can end up in Oberon, or worse, Jenolan Caves.

p1 11:51 am 18 May 12

I was in a toyota four runner that rolled on (off…) that road just outside Taralga many years ago.

last time I did that road a few years ago it only had a small amount of unsealed surface left, and that was quickly being finished so I expect it is all done now. Take it easy on the tight windy bits at the rivers, and watch out for ‘roos and wombats and you should have a blast.

I don’t know if it will actually be quicker though. That would be somewhat dependant on traffic.

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