Snow in the brindies?

Demosthenes 26 April 2009 48

In case anyone has not noticed, it’s been damn cold this weekend.

BoM is reporting snow down to 1000 meters, and plenty of precipitation, so my wife and I are driving up to the brindies to look around around tomorrow (never been up there during winter).

I presume we just pop in to the Namadgi visitor centre and get the latest info and go from there. Can we just drive up somewhere or is anywhere worth visiting a 5 hour return walk along un marked tracks the visitors centre haven’t a clue about?

We don’t mind long trecks but we are short on time tomorrow and don’t want to muck around getting lost. Any suggestions?

All we want to do is go for a wander around some nice alpine areas, with a little snow about would be terrific so then we can belt each other with snow balls..

I called the Namadgi Visitors Centre and like last year when I called they were not able to offer to much useful information.

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Demosthenes Demosthenes 4:41 pm 17 Jul 09

Yeah well the BOM says it’s a bit warm up at Ginini and ‘rain’ predicted down to 1700 metres next week – damn it.

ant ant 10:24 pm 16 Jul 09

Selwyn on the Namadgi Road is easy. There’s a fair bit of dirt, but it’s just dirt. I did it in my Charade years ago, to test some ski boots. Easy trip. BTW, Selwyn is even flatter than perisher or thredbo. But very pretty, and without the w@nk factor.

If you want to get out in it, just head up the Brindabella Road, it’s heaps closer.

I always carry chains in snow country in winter, my 4WD only needed them once (nose down in a giant snow hole) but if you hit serious ice, you’ll be pleased. Chains are insurance. Get stuck, put em on.

Demosthenes Demosthenes 9:29 pm 16 Jul 09

it would be a 4WD – I suppose the road is pretty boring too – unless one takes the longer back road.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 9:17 pm 16 Jul 09

This seems to be a better link. 2.5 hrs, 207km from Canberra. If you have a 2WD vehicle, you must have chains (you can hire them on the way) or it’s a $200 fine.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 9:13 pm 16 Jul 09

(Hey, if Google says it, it must be true, right?)

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 9:13 pm 16 Jul 09
Demosthenes Demosthenes 7:43 pm 16 Jul 09

how far is Selywn – how long to drive?

Demosthenes Demosthenes 7:37 pm 16 Jul 09

we’re thinking of just going for a drive up Mount Franklin Road on the weekend – but many people keep suggesting Selwyn would take just as long and be more fun?

ant ant 4:29 pm 15 Jul 09

I used to enjoy the one from the Ginini carpark, along the road past Pryor’s Hut, and up Gingera. Nice easy walk, incredible views… looking east you could see the MLC building at Woden, and looking West you could see Mt Jagungal, at the northern end of the Snowies. They often have it, although prolly not in winter! There’d be snow.

There’s another nice summer one they do in the Brindies, to Corree Creek Falls, you see some stunning things, it’s a real adventure.

I keep meaning to sign up again…

Demosthenes Demosthenes 3:34 pm 15 Jul 09

Cheers – I contacted them and they have heaps of walks coming up! http://program.canberrabushwalkingclub.org.au/cbc0907.html

I’m basically just over hiking through stinking hot bush and semi arid coastlines – winter snowy hiking and bush walking will be SUCH a pleasant change. That’s why I’m desperately searching every year.

ant ant 12:24 pm 15 Jul 09

For the Canberra Bushwalkers, the instructions are, to read the site, choose a walk you like, ring the organiser who will check you’re up to it, take the membership form with you, do the walk, and get two of the participants to sign your form at the end, send in form with money, and you’re a member.

It’s all on teh site. Tehy used to have a contact to get onto when joining, and they’d send you the monthly walks programme/newsletter, and you’d follow the same process. Now they have a website.

Demosthenes Demosthenes 10:32 am 15 Jul 09

Got some responses from the ANU hiking group – they seem quite active..

Demosthenes Demosthenes 9:04 am 15 Jul 09

Still no response from any bushwalking group and this weekend is predicted to be fine weather after a week of snow… any suggestions? We have a 4WD just no bloody directions or info to be found anywhere – it’s like a secret society. I have heard the ANU hiking group is good?

ant ant 10:00 am 28 Apr 09

There is a mob called Family Bushwalkers, or something similar. Teh Canberra Bushwalkers are fairly serious. Even their “easy” walks are substantial. I used to love the “long” walks, you’d be going hard all day and even then get back to the cars in the dark. But the Canberra Bushwalkers are an old established club, well-run and to my knowledge, have never got themselves into difficulty on a walk.

deezagood deezagood 8:08 am 28 Apr 09

Never mind – just checked their site and over 18s only. Anybody know of a family bushwalking club in the ACT?

deezagood deezagood 8:07 am 28 Apr 09

ant said :

The Canberra Bushwalking Club is the one for you, Demosthenes. It’s an excellent club, I did the carpark to Gingera walk with them years ago. Taht was an “easy” walk. Google them, and have a look at their walks on their website. They have a good rating system so you can choose a good one. Winter’s my favourite time to walk (fewer bloody snakes), and doing it with a group with a competent leader makes it safe. I don’t think that Club has ever needed rescuing, but they have joined in a few SES rescue operations.

Ant – is this club ‘hard core’ bushwalking, and/or are families with kids welcome on the appropriately rated walks? Our kids are smallish, but extremely fit and love hiking.

TP 3000 TP 3000 11:41 pm 27 Apr 09

I would love to know if there is snow in the Brindies as Mt Ginini hasn’t gone above 1 degree for a few days & in Kambah we have had the really light rain showers (such as snow that has melted on its way down).

Demosthenes Demosthenes 11:25 pm 27 Apr 09

I have contacted the club and await a response… We did find out later that the Uriarra Road is the way to go from our place in Belconnen – show’s how navigationally illiterate we are 🙂 Was a great drive around the hills today – we are just shocked that such beautiful scenery and adventure is a stone’s throw away!! I love this city!!

ant ant 10:55 pm 27 Apr 09

The Canberra Bushwalking Club is the one for you, Demosthenes. It’s an excellent club, I did the carpark to Gingera walk with them years ago. Taht was an “easy” walk. Google them, and have a look at their walks on their website. They have a good rating system so you can choose a good one. Winter’s my favourite time to walk (fewer bloody snakes), and doing it with a group with a competent leader makes it safe. I don’t think that Club has ever needed rescuing, but they have joined in a few SES rescue operations.

Demosthenes Demosthenes 8:36 pm 27 Apr 09

Please let us know what you see… thanks for all the info people. Seems we should get a friend who has a 4WD and beg him to take us up for a day – we have a city runabout so I heed the warnings about being too adventurous. We’re happy to go hiking though – if we can get as far as we can and then spend a day up there. Sounds pretty amazing, I’m surprised this is not more widely known or popular? I’m busting for the snow to fall this winter and go hiking up there to enjoy the amazing scenery and clear air that is Australian bush in winter snow :-))))))))))))))))))))) Kkeep the tips coming including hiking clubs or otherwise my wife and I could join if that’s a better option.

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