Adelaide - Townsville, sealed roads

Submitted: Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 22:34
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Hi, I'm planning a round trip at Christmas from Adelaide to Townsville (well Ingham to be precise!). Its my first major trip and would appreciate any advice on things to see and places to stay.
Details: Holden Captiva 7 (petrol), 14 foot poptop (Avan Ray 461 - not off road), sealed roads only, two young kids, mostly van parks but happy to throw in the odd free camp. Inland trip on the way up, more coastal on the return leg. 400 to 600km per day max.
For the inland trip, was thinking Broken Hill, Cobar, Gilgandra, Walgett, St George, Roma, Emerald, Charters Towers. Or skip Gilgandra and Walgett and go via Bourke and Cunnamulla then across to St George?
What are the most-see spots? Carnarvon Gorge for one?
Thanks in advance!
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Reply By: Jeremy W - Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 23:32

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 23:32
How much time do you wish to spend on this trip?

There's heaps to see eg. The most amazing electric museum in Tamworth ( first place in Aus to get electric lights) to Steve Waughs statue in Narromine to Parkes with the Telescope on the coast is the brilliant town of 1770 ... Ie. Seventeen Seventy , Turtles in Bundaberg (excellent museums and distilliary) come back via Mt. Warning and Mt. Buggery ( Vic. Highlands).

Or Go upto Rocky then down to Gladstone, Tannum Sands the Fraser coast.

Or drive up the track to 3 ways and go Charters Towers via The Isa, The Curry, onto Townsville etc etc etc

Heaps and heaps to see. How much time have you got?

Jerry.

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Follow Up By: TheHoff - Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 09:42

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 09:42
Not very long, probably only about 10 days for the trip up and another 10 for the trip back. (Need to get up to Ingham for Christmas and only have limited holidays).
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Follow Up By: Jeremy W - Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 10:56

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 10:56
10 days ? Let's put that into perspective. You need to get to Ingham so the qucikest route would be to go up the Stuart H'way to the Alice then further just past Tennant Creek and turn right down the Barkley H'way to Mt. isa then Cloncurry and Charters Towers, Townsville then to Ingham. This route though dry in the centre may get quite wet on the coast during December. If one looks at the driving time:

Day#1 Adelaide to Coober Pedy
Day #2 Coober Pedy to Alice Springs
Day #3 Alice Springs to 3 Ways/ / Tennant Creek
Day #4 Day #4 3 Ways to Mt. Isa
Day #5 Mt. Isa to Townsville via. Richmond, Julia Creek etc.
Day #6 Townsville to Ingham ... Remember you are now going to the wettest places in Aus. during December.

Now going through the NSW / Qld. hinterland through the channel country via Hebel and Dirrinbandi also involves long stretches of driving where if one gets summer rains even the bituman roads get quite slow.

Leaving Adl has some quite long stretches eg. Barrier H'Way to Cobar,
To Hay via Mildura on the Sturt H'way (can have hold ups on the bridge at Renmark ) or to Hay via the Murray Malee highway ( miss Balranald).

Please remember that the Qld. Coast gets a bit of rain in December and tracking North to Ingham but West of the dividing range is a bit slower.

Nice trip but alot of driving

Jerry.
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Follow Up By: Jeremy W - Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 11:26

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 11:26
An addition:

As of last month travel on the Bruce Highway was very slow due to the repair of flood damaged roads. Hopefully all this repair will be completed by December.
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Follow Up By: TheHoff - Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013 at 12:21

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013 at 12:21
Thanks for the feedback Jerry, I'll certainly incorporate it into my planning.
Yes its a lot of driving :(
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