Bypassing Bendigo

Submitted: Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 15:00
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I'm heading up to Queensland from south west Vic. I'll be going from Maryborough to Shepparton.

Anyone know of a route around Bendigo??

Thanks.
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Reply By: Racey - Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 15:35

Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 15:35
Hi Siringo, Via Bendigo would be the most direct and quickest route. If you must avoid Bendigo, you could go Castlemaine to Harcourt then cut across country to Heathcote. Head up the Northern Hwy and turn off about 12klm which will take you to Shep. Would not be my first choice.

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Reply By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 17:02

Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 17:02
G`day Mate,
Got a Map ?
Maryboruogh > Newbridge > Marong > Myers Flat > Eaglehawk North > Epsom > Huntly > Elmore > Stanhope> Shepparton.

Scrubby.
I don`t know where i`m going but i`m enjoying the journey.

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Follow Up By: Ross M - Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 17:45

Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 17:45
Just through Bendigo isn't a problem except for the 23 speed changes if a school day.

If using a GPS drive into Bendigo and it will re route to go out the top end towards Elmore where you can turn off to Shep after Goornong or at Elmore itself.
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Reply By: Member - Allan F (Gold Coast) - Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 18:39

Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 18:39
You could also go Maryborough > Castlemaine > Kyneton > Carlsruhe > Lancefield > Kilmore > Broadford > Nagambie > Shepparton.

My old stomping ground , the roads are good and no large towns to go through until Shepp. and you can use the bypass there.
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Reply By: The Original JohnR (Vic) - Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 22:35

Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 22:35
So many direction recommendations are to actually follow the highway from SW Victoria, and the Melbourne Ring Road, then Nagambie. Far fewer stops, difficult hills and traffic lights. Up the Newell.

The main issue is the Princes Highway duplication work between Winchelsea and Geelong, but that is easier than all the stop start for the corners if you look at the time and motion side of things.

If you are really far SW Victoria, you could head through Swan Hill, but my preference is the one above
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Reply By: WBS - Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 00:08

Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 00:08
You could try Maryborough (Vic) to Maldon or Castlemaine then head towards Axedale via the Axe Creek Rd. From Axedale take the Toolleen-Axedale Rd (Road of dubious quality in places), or head straight down the McIvor Hwy to Heathcote then head north along the Northern Hwy to the Midland Hwy turn off before heading for Shepparton.

Google Maps could be your friend.

Or you could just bight your tongue and go through charming Bendigo.
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Reply By: Siringo - Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 07:59

Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 07:59
Thanks everyone, I'll get the map and look up the suggestions. I hadn't been to Bendigo for 30 years up until about 2 years back. It's soooo bloody big now.

Thanks again.
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Reply By: The Bunyip - Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 11:16

Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 11:16
Siringo,

You haven't mentioned if you're towing. If you are, I'd stay clear of one of the previously the suggested routes from "Castlemaine to Heathcote". There's some serious hills in crossing the Campaspe River @ Redesdale, not to mention a one lane bridge with height restrictions.

Drive carefully whichever way you choose & enjoy your trip.
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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 15:29

Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 15:29
Siringo,

Maryborough Dunolly Bridgewater Serpentine Echuca Deniliquin Hay West Wyalong.

Only way to go.

Bob
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Follow Up By: Echucan Bob - Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 15:32

Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 15:32
Give Shep a wide berth!
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Follow Up By: Siringo - Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 18:31

Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 18:31
LOL. How did you know I was aiming for West Wyalong ;-) Thanks.
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Follow Up By: Siringo - Thursday, Oct 03, 2013 at 07:57

Thursday, Oct 03, 2013 at 07:57
Just took a look at your route Echucan Bob, that looks pretty good.

Is the Echuca - Deni - Hay route to West Wyalong better than going Deni - Finley - Jerilderie - Narrandera - West Wyalong??
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Follow Up By: Robyn R4 - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 09:32

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 09:32
Nah. Stick to the Deni-Finley-Jerilderie-Narrandera-West Wyalong, in my humble opinion. We used to drive it all the time when we lived in that end of the world.
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Follow Up By: Echucan Bob - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 14:49

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 14:49
Deni Finlay and Deni Conargo to Jerilderie are about the same. The Hay Road takes you a bit further, but I did it the other day and it is a good drive (better than the Newell)

Bob
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Follow Up By: Robyn R4 - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 19:46

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 19:46
Decent argument, Bob. We used to do a 1000 km run and chose the route that was 150 km longer because the road was better.
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Reply By: Glenn C5 - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 09:48

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 09:48
Dont ask questions like that !!!
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Reply By: Nigel Migraine - Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 07:47

Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 07:47
"I hadn't been to Bendigo for 30 years up until about 2 years back. It's soooo bloody big now"

Populations:
Bendigo - 103,722
Lyon - 720,890
Turin - 908,551
Southend-on-Sea - 174,838
Perpignan - 116,676
Dusseldorf - 592,393
Birmingham - 1.074m
Gothenburg - 491,630
London - 8.174m
Rome - 2.778m
Paris - 2.234m

No, Bendigo isn't big.
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Follow Up By: Siringo - Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 10:55

Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 10:55
Thanks to everyone who made worthwhile contributions.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Sunday, Oct 06, 2013 at 07:14

Sunday, Oct 06, 2013 at 07:14
Err none of those cities are big either, none are even in the top 20. Try Shanghai 18 mil, now THAT's big.

I also recommend that the OP avoids Shanghai on the way to Qld.

LOL

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Follow Up By: Nigel Migraine - Sunday, Oct 06, 2013 at 20:19

Sunday, Oct 06, 2013 at 20:19
"Err none of those cities are big either"

I know.
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Reply By: Siringo - Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 15:34

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 15:34
Thanks for all the help folks.

The other thing I need to find out is, where are some 'safe' camp spots around the Jerliderie - Narrandera - West Wyalong area??

By safe I mean spots where the locals won't pop in and start having a go at us because we're white and from 'not around here'.
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