Best Route from Melbourne to Brisbane

Submitted: Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 11:42
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Shortest route is via Newell, but explorz only shows via coast

which is best/easiest way to go

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Reply By: Member - Rosco from way back - Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 13:32

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 13:32
Fitzy

Newell would be the quickest and easiest I reckon. A lot of open stretches with less towns.
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Follow Up By: ChrisK - Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 13:43

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 13:43
You'll just have to contend with the trucks if you go the Newell....
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 13:49

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 13:49
True ... but arguably better than the greys and their vans.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 16:22

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 16:22
I am a mature age bloke towing a van and have never had trouble with trucks on the Newell, in fact I have never seen 'all the trucks' people complain about, where are they?
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 17:05

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 17:05
Rod

I also qualify as a "grey beard". Only difference is I don't tow a van, however, often I'd far rather share the road with 95% of the trucks I've encountered than 15% the balance.
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Reply By: SDG - Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 13:53

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 13:53
The Newell so much easier. Straight up the highway, turn left after Albury, continue through Wagga Wagga to West Wyalong, and then follow the road to Brisbane.
Don't worry about the trucks. ( I prefer to travel with them)Towns are pretty straight forward to get through.

Going up through Sydney, at 3am is fine, but if the sun is up, expect a lot of traffic.
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Reply By: Barbera72 - Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 15:52

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 15:52
If you are not in a hurry, like pretty places and don't like traffic: Albury/Bathurst/Bylong Valley Way/Muswelbrook/New England
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Follow Up By: justfitz - Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 20:53

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 20:53
Thxs for your replies
Newell is about 100km shorter, but never traveled it before

So will try new road, and trucks don't normally bother me :)

After Brissy, it's off to Fraser Is :)
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Follow Up By: SDG - Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 22:59

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 22:59
Once you hit Brissy, call into one of the big servos you will see along the road before you hit the toll ways, and you can buy a one way pass though the tolls. Same for your return journey.

Of course if you already have an etag that covers the area, don't worry about what I just said.
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Reply By: Member - John - Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 07:29

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 07:29
Fitzy, if going up the Newell, there is a short cut from Dubbo to Coonabarabran via Mendooran, about 20k's shorter and no hills and limited trucks. Height restricted bridge at Mendooran. You go thru Dubbo and follow the signs to Mendooran North of the town, when you get to Mendooran, follow the signs right after the bridge to Coonabarabran. Fairly easy to follow. Have a great trip. John
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Follow Up By: Lyn W3 - Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 11:10

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 11:10
I always go this way, the turn off just north of Dubbo is at Brocklehurst (just after the long bridge) then turn right about 5 km over the railway,(easy to miss this turn off if half asleep)
At Mendooran turn right just after the bridge.

Be warned that this road is a favorite for speed cameras.
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Reply By: Glenn C5 - Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 09:33

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 09:33
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Reply By: OzTroopy - Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 13:36

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 13:36
Take the Newell ... its an easy run.

As mentioned above ... The shortcut through Mendooran is a pleasant alternative ... At Brocklehurst, when heading north - Turn right at the Terramungamine fire truck shed.

Watch out for Emus in the first half ... and Roos sfter Mendooran.

Theres also interesting things to do on the Newell ..... like ...

Pondering the logic of those great big, overly reflective signs ... that ask you whether you have tired eyes ..


or .....

After miles and miles of looking at expensive and unnescessary, Stop, Revive, Survive every 2hrs, signs ... You can wonder why,

... In spots like the short 1hr section, between Coonabarabran and Narrabri ... There are 6 rest areas ??? ...






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Follow Up By: justfitz - Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 21:13

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 21:13
Thx you all again, for the route mods and warnings

Looking forward to fun trip, well esp once I reach Fraser Is and do some fishing :)
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Follow Up By: Nutta - Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 21:49

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 21:49
Less cops on the newell too!

Enjoy fraser, havent been there for years but lake mckenzie is bl00dy! beautiful! Was meant to be going there myself now but didnt pan out, cheers!
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