Alpine Way

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This article is about the rural road located in New South Wales. For the country tourist road located in Victoria, see Great Alpine Road.
Alpine Way
New South Wales
Alpine Way near Thredbo.jpg
Alpine Way, near Thredbo
Alpine Way is located in New South Wales
East end
East end
West end
West end
Coordinates
General information
Type Road
Length 121 km (75 mi)[1]
Opened 1950s
Major junctions
East end
  Tooma Road
West end
Location(s)
Major suburbs
Restrictions
General Carrying snow chains may be required at certain times of the year.
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in New South Wales

The Alpine Way is a 121-kilometre (75 mi) rural road located in the Snowy Mountains region of New South Wales, Australia. The road connects Jindabyne in the east to the New South Wales/Victorian border in the west, crossing the Murray River, near Upper Towong. The route does not carry an official shield designation.

Route[edit]

The eastern terminus of the Alpine Way is 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) west of Jindabyne on the eastern side of the Snowy Mountains. The road winds its way south adjacent to the Thredbo River, before heading south-west past Thredbo and then crossing the crest of the Great Dividing Range at Dead Horse Gap at an altitude of 1,580 metres (5,180 ft). Thereafter, it continues around the western side of the range along the upper reaches of the Murray River, past the Geehi River to Khancoban, before eventually crossing the Murray, and reaching its western terminus and connecting with the Murray Valley Highway (B400) on the river's southern bank, within Victoria.[2]

The highway was initially built in the 1950s as part of the access for the Snowy Mountains Scheme. However, the paving of it was only completed approximately forty years later in the 1990s.

The majority of the road is contained within the Kosciuszko National Park[3] and since 2004 has been maintained by Roads & Maritime Services.[4][5]

Road restrictions[edit]

Road restrictions in the region require all two-wheel drive vehicles carry snow chains between Thredbo and Tom Groggin from the long weekends marking the Queen's Official Birthday in June and the Labour Day in October. It is also quite possible that snow chains may be needed to drive safely along other (more dangerous) parts of Alpine Way.[6][7]

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External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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