Dargo High Plains Road

The journey is the destination along the Dargo High Plains Road

Dargo High Plains Road is the name of a legendary road located in Victoria, in southeast Australia.

Is the Dargo High Plains Road sealed?

The road is mostly gravel, with some paved parts. Although suitable for 2WD cars, it can be rough and dusty in sections and slippery after rain. It is sealed for about 27km from the southern end, then there is about 47km of gravel/cobble, and then bitumen for the last kilometre to the Great Alpine Road.

How long is Dargo High Plains Road?

Part of the Road C601, the road links the Great Alpine Road and Dargo, a small town located 348 kilometres (216 mi) east of Melbourne, within the Alpine National Park. It’s 70km (43.49mi) long.

Is the Dargo High Plains Road closed?

The road tops out at 1.628m (5,341ft) above the sea level. At this elevation it is subject to seasonal road closure (notionally early June to late October). The road is officially closed to caravans at all times of the year. Avoid any super-hot days, and/or sustained wet conditions.

How long does it take to drive the Dargo High Plains Road?

Allow about three hours to complete the drive. Ideal time to travel is daylight. Not adviced night drive. It runs 70km north through remote alpine country with some fine views and spring flowers.

Is the Dargo High Plains Road dangerous?

This is a maintained road where a high clearance 2WD vehicle is able to travel safely at low speeds on long dry straight-of-ways, without losing control due to wash boarding, ruts, or dips. The road is like any 2wd dirt road. Just be aware that cattle graze wildly along that road (even on the bitumen part, there's water in places around in the bends and cattle do drink there) so for the sake of safety keep your speed down. After rain, sections of road can become decidedly hazardous. The reasonable gravel road is closed by snow in winter, is unsuitable for caravans (steep twisty sections) and can suffer logging truck damage. It has some steep climbs which are slippery in the wet.

 

 

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