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McKillops Road

McKillops Road (officially called C611) is a spectacular drive located in the Snowy River National Park, in Victoria, Australia. It's said to be one of the most hazardous & dangerous roads to drive in the country.

This graveled trail has a length of 80 km. Take extreme caution as there are many blind corners to negotiate. For several kms the road is reasonably wide, however this road, beyond Little River Gorge down into McKillop Bridge is one of Victoria's most precarious roads, unsuitable for caravans and semi-trailers. McKillops Road is the northern park boundary, with the Alpine National Park to the north of the road. The road includes a long, narrow, and steep descent down to McKillops Bridge which crosses the Snowy River near its juncture with the Deddick River.

  

Before traveling on this road, check current road conditions, carry a chainsaw or sharp axe as roads may be blocked by fallen trees, carry recovery gear including a winch, tree protector and shovel, and  leave details of your trip intentions with a responsible person. Bring your own drinking water. No fees, permits or bookings required. To protect the environment and for your safety, the track could be closed during the wetter winter months. The descent into the Snowy River Valley from Little River is one of Victoria’s most stunning drives marked by great scenery and spectacular vertical drops on one side. 

 

Portions of the road may be temporarily closed due to road work or inclement weather. It’s advisable to check road conditions if visiting the park after rain or bad weather. Snowy River National Park is dominated by the river that gives its name to the park. Reserved as a national park in 1979, it offers spectacular river scenery, magnificent deep gorges, old growth alpine ash forests of Mt Gelantipy, distinctive pine woodlands in the valley, undisturbed catchments of the Rodger River and breathtaking wilderness areas. 

  

A traveler on this road must be experienced and completely devoted to safe, slow and obstacle-conscious driving to deter danger. An ideal way to discover some of the park’s special features is by spending a few days touring the area by vehicle with all major roads suitable for 2WD vehicles. Many roads are unsealed, narrow and winding and some unsuitable for caravans, particularly from Little River Gorge to Mc Killops Bridge. Allow plenty of time for touring. The road includes crossing the spectacular McKillops Bridge. Built in 1935 it's the only bridge over the Snowy River for a very long way. It’s a significant engineering feat at the time. In any case, driving 4WD is recommended due to uneven surface.

Some road sections may require a high clearance 4WD vehicle, driven by a driver experienced in 4WD drive techniques and being familiar with backcountry conditions. During and after a storm the road may be impassable, even with a four-wheel-drive vehicle and can easily get muddy if it rains making it challenging to get through.

 

 




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