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camping off the hume

wombly
13/11/2011
9:44:52 PM
Driving from Melbourne to Canberra after work, and looking for a place to crash on the way. Any good ideas of places to bunk down that don't feel like you're about to be run over by all 18 wheels all night?

vwills
13/11/2011
10:56:31 PM
Under the propeller of the submarine at Holbrook was quite a novelty. Last night on way back to Sydney camped about 10min up the midland Highway near the Benalla exit at a lagoon which was an official rest area (we were coming back via Shepparton). It was not bad.
citationx
13/11/2011
10:57:08 PM
Now that the highway is dual carriageway for most of it there are several towns that are no longer on the roadside. Can't name any good places to sleep (since i never really stopped at any of them) but coolac is a small town that's now at least 1km from the new dual carriageway. i'm sure there's a park there somewhere. it's about all of 200 people so i doubt there will be much trouble.
If you turn left at the submarine in Holbrook (driving away from melbs) you can drive down the road for 1km until you see two large silos on your right. I've slept there more than once (not on the railroad tracks ;-)).
Just outside of albury there is a little rest area at either woomagarma or mullengandra - i can't quite remember which one, though. probably mullen. if the dual carriageway has passed that place it would be pleasant enough. when i last slept there i felt like every car and truck was about to run me over...
Theory goes that as you're driving in to Tarcutta I think there's a byway on the left, as you take the last right-hand bend into the town (just before you cross the creek). that might work - might be a rest area behind a bit of an embankment. current dual carriageway status is "bridge being built over the creek".
Personally i think it would be cool to sleep under the old ricketty railway bridge in Gundagai - dunno if it's practical though... (near the end of the main street of gundagai proper (not sth G)).
or, run the gauntlet and take your chances with the bogans in Yass...
:-)

IdratherbeclimbingM9
Online Now
13/11/2011
11:24:38 PM
On 13/11/2011 vwills wrote:
>Under the propeller of the submarine at Holbrook was quite a novelty.

... Probably because it is flood-lit at night!
;-)

nmonteith
14/11/2011
8:28:50 AM
On 13/11/2011 IdratherbeclimbingM9 wrote:
>On 13/11/2011 vwills wrote:
>>Under the propeller of the submarine at Holbrook was quite a novelty.
>
>
>... Probably because it is flood-lit at night!
>;-)

They must turn the lights off after 2am as it was completely dark. We bivied under the propeller section on a concrete slab. Just don't sit up in the middle of the night like I did and cop a chunk of metal in the skull.
dalai
14/11/2011
12:49:10 PM
I have slept in the car parked in a dark corner at the Dog on a Tuckerbox roadside stop on quite a few occassions over the years. Also bivied next to the car north of Holbrook by just driving up any quiet looking dirt road off the Hume a km and finding a flat spot to lay the mat next to the car.

When I had the Campervan, life was even easier with a bed and curtains. Last time to Sydney I made it to Goulburn and just parked behind the giant Ram and used the truck stop toilets. This car park wasn't the best as there was quite a bit of traffic through the night.

IdratherbeclimbingM9
Online Now
14/11/2011
1:00:15 PM
On 14/11/2011 dalai wrote:
>Also bivied next to the car north of Holbrook by just driving up any quiet looking dirt
>road off the Hume a km and finding a flat spot to lay the mat next to the
>car.
>
~> I have heard that Belangolo Forest, has some peaceful rest sites.
;-)
Pommy
14/11/2011
1:07:34 PM
There's a nice quiet lookout at Sth Gundagai - just follow the signs
dalai
14/11/2011
1:24:59 PM
On 14/11/2011 IdratherbeclimbingM9 wrote:
>On 14/11/2011 dalai wrote:
>>Also bivied next to the car north of Holbrook by just driving up any
>quiet looking dirt
>>road off the Hume a km and finding a flat spot to lay the mat next to
>the
>>car.
>>
>~> I have heard that Belangolo Forest, has some peaceful rest sites.
>;-)

Not that far north of Holbrook!

IdratherbeclimbingM9
Online Now
14/11/2011
1:44:19 PM
On 14/11/2011 dalai wrote:
>On 14/11/2011 IdratherbeclimbingM9 wrote:
>>On 14/11/2011 dalai wrote:
>>>Also bivied next to the car north of Holbrook by just driving up any
>>quiet looking dirt
>>>road off the Hume a km and finding a flat spot to lay the mat next to
>>the
>>>car.
>>>
>>~> I have heard that Belangolo Forest, has some peaceful rest sites.
>>;-)
>
>Not that far north of Holbrook!

~> "Spoilsport", a certain Milat was heard to mutter!
8-O
kieranl
14/11/2011
3:32:21 PM
On 13/11/2011 citationx wrote:
>or, run the gauntlet and take your chances with the bogans in Yass...
>:-)
>
Did anyone ever see the Barry Dickins play "A Couple Of Broken Hearts". Must have been early- 80s : about a couple of hippies who get stuck overnight at a roadhouse in Yass. They get monstered by a trio of DMR workers and the play ends with the hippy guy crucified on a fence saying his dying word "Aardvarks".
climberman
14/11/2011
5:34:29 PM
weirdly priescient given Ivan worked for the DMR, in that area !

I had dinner once with the guy that hired Ivan.
kieranl
14/11/2011
7:41:08 PM
Yes, I didn't see the linkages until after putting up the post. The web says that the play is from 1983 but I used a line from the play in a climb name in October 1982 (Take Me To Elwood) so I must be prescient as well. Maybe there were stories about that stretch of road that many years before the major horror or, perhaps, Dickins was just having fun with bogan stereotypes.

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