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Chatsbury, Southern Blue Mountains and Swallow Tail Pass

16/03/2019 - 17/03/2019


This trip will be overnight camping at Paul & Kaylene’s property, Chatsvale, near Goulburn.

Day 1 is mostly easy with no limit to the number of participants and pets are permitted. We will meet in Gundaroo and travel through Crookwell for morning tea, then on to Chatsvale to set up camp. In the afternoon there will be a trip through Taralga, Bannaby, and Goulburn via Swallow Tail Pass which takes about 2.5 hrs (137 km). The pass is a relatively steep gravel road descent down to the Tarlo River and a steep climb up the other side but is still rated Easy (Dry Conditions AWD & 4WD). The road is not recommended for 2 wheel drive. The route will pass through Goulburn providing an opportunity to pick up supplies/fuel if needed before heading back to Chatsvale in plenty of time to have a camp fire chat and evening meal. This part of the trip is caravan and camper trailer friendly with bush toilet and fire wood provided. You will need to bring water and food supplies for lunch, dinner and nibblies/drink.

Day 2 is limited to 10 vehicles (including trip leader) as we will be negotiating some tight sections with steep descents and ascents. We will be travelling into the southern end of the Blue Mountains National Park (no pets permitted). This is a 5 hour round trip (149 km) including morning and afternoon tea stops in Taralga and a lunch stop at Mount Werong campground. The trip will be on fire trails so there is the opportunity to engage low range (or equivalent) on a number of sections and a very interesting steep descent to a very small creek crossing (dry weather only) and a steep climb back out (this part is definitely low range and diff lock if available). This part of the trip is rated Medium (Dry Conditions 4WD) and may be able to be used as a club qualifying trip. You will need to bring your own food, water etc for the day (with opportunity to buy morning and afternoon tea, and get a ‘real’ coffee in Taralga on the way to and from the Blue Mountains). The intention is to return to Chatsvale around 3pm to pick up campers, caravans, etc. before heading back to Canberra by about 5pm.

Total of 286 km across both days (not including travel to meeting place and return trip from Chatsvale to Canberra).

Leader: Kaylene Koppe
Telephone: 0427 057 487
E-Mail: [email protected]

Distance: 286 km

Meeting Place: Gundaroo
Meeting Time: 0930

Vehicle Limit:
Day 1 & overnight – unlimited : Day 2 – 10 vehicles including trip leader
Other: Day 1 and overnight camping is pet friendly (bring your own pet supplies). Day 2 is not pet friendly as we will be going into the Blue Mountains National Park

If you wish to join this trip, please click on the RSVP button at the bottom (eg 1 or 2 depending on the number of vehicles you are bringing) and fill in the details


Event Category:




easy to medium
286 Km

Who's Attending

5 people are attending Chatsbury, Southern Blue Mountains and Swallow Tail Pass

  • Kaylene Koppe Kaylene Koppe
  • Sue Alexander Sue Alexander
  • stuart minton stuart minton
  • Eric Rigter Eric Rigter
  • David / Ann David / Ann


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