See also: Captains Flat Attractions
From Sydney to the Snow, or From Sydney to
the Snowy Mountains
Why would you? Captains Flat offers an alternative route for
Sydney-siders, other NSW residents and Queenslanders driving to the
Snowy Mountains, whether for winter sports or cool summer holidays.
"The Flat" offers:
in the hotel - phone 6236 6201;
informal (that means free!) camping in the park; shower
block available; if it's summer, you
can also access the swimming pool and the showers there;
Outsider Cafe 6236 6160 -
is now not open so often. Phone first.
- food is also available some evenings at the hotel and Sunday
lunch - phone to enquire and book;
- food is available in the
club - phone 6236 6284 for details.
- on the first Saturday of every month (but not in
January); see the Markets page
the map (JPG)
There are a number of different options for getting to us from
Sydney - unless you want to take a huge detour, all require you to
leave the Hume Highway at Goulburn. This means that you avoid the
very boring Federal Highway to Canberra. You will also skip most of
the Monaro Highway to Cooma.
- You can leave the Hume Highway at the first Goulburn exit,
which takes you through the town centre (but savvie travellers
know you can turn left at the Mobil service station rather than
going through all the traffic lights of the main street).
A quicker way is to leave the Hume Highway at the second
Goulburn exit, the one with the McDonalds.
At the roundabout, turn left, away from Goulburn, and then left,
and right and then right. You are now on the road to Braidwood
without having passed through the centre of Goulburn.
- Follow the signs to Braidwood initially, taking you through
the picturesque villages of Lake Bathurst and Tarago.
At Tarago you can:
continue to Braidwood (for info see Links page), and from there
follow the signs to Captains Flat;
about 25km south of Braidwood you turn right onto about 25km of
dirt road, passable at all times of year.
at Tarago you can turn right to Bungendore;
* from there head
towards Canberra but just after the 100kmh speed limit sign on
the edge of Bungendore, turn left (signposted to Captains Flat);
turn right at the top of this road (also signed) and continue
along the Hoskinstown Road.
* About 15km along this sealed road,
you come to a right turn - Captains Flat is signposted as both
straight ahead and right! If you go:
- right it takes you along the Briars-Sharrow Road, joining
the sealed but bumpy and windy Queanbeyan to Captains Flat Road.
- straight, you have about 20km of largely dirt road through the
village of Hoskinstown (no services), eventually needing a right
turn signposted to Captains Flat, and joining the Queanbeyan to
Captains Flat Road about 12km out from "The Flat".
When you arrive in Captains Flat, take your time to look around,
refuel, eat, or stay a while.
Then continue on your journey south on 5km of sealed and 30-ish
of dirt to the hamlet of Jerangle, with a 19th Century stone church,
a tiny school, CWA hall, derelict hotel and not much else.
From Jerangle you can continue about 35km on mixed dirt and sealed road
(about half and half) either
* South West to Bredbo (which has
services), joining the Monaro Highway there, or
* South on a very
picturesque drive to the small village of Numeralla (no services)
which is about 20km from Cooma on a sealed road.
Note - If there has been heavy snow recently, these roads south
of Captains Flat may be closed or impassable - this is not frequent,
a once-a-year occurrence at most. Conversely, if the Monaro
Highway is closed by an accident, as occurs several times a year,
you may be diverted via these back-roads!
Also rain can affect many of these roads - if it's been wet
recently, ask locals whether the roads onwards are open. Even the
sealed roads have been closed recently [written end December 2010].
See the Links page for links to a journey planner and various
scenic drives in the area. Feel free to email
us for any further
information or advice.