Driving through Adelaide

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Heading from Edithburgh to Goolwa in a few weeks. I am keen to dodge all cities during the trip through NSW, SA and Victoria but the quickest way appears to be through Adelaide. Are there toll roads? Any suggestions for an alternative to by pass the city.
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Reply By: Member - PhilD_NT - Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 20:26

Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 20:26
Not much alternative, however which ever route you decide should be based on avoiding 2 places. Firstly, due to construction works for an overpass you would be best to steer clear of the South Rd & Grand Junction Rd intersection. Similarly the Southern Expressway from Darlington to Old Noarlunga is subject to closed periods, or going the wrong way that you may desire.

Two months ago our caravan towing escape route North from Aldinga was the Main South Rd all the way to Regency Pk, up Regency Rd then along Churchill Rd, Cavan Rd and on to the Princes Hwy. At about 11am it was a dream run.

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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 20:27

Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 20:27
Trying to dodge Adelaide will result in you having to go via the Mt Lofty Ranges or much further towards the Murray. My preference is to go around the ring road to the easto of the city. Follow these driving directions.
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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 21:46

Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 21:46
I would agree with Peter & his suggestion , this is a similar way we go from Victor harbor north of Adelaide . As said trying to dodge adelaide is very hard if you don't know the way .
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 20:31

Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 20:31
I often tow our van both ways along South Rd, through Adelaide - outside of what passes for peak traffic hours in Adelaide, the going can be very good. That is, get onto South road as soon as you can AFTER Regency Park's disruption and leave it pointing south. South Rd can be accessed via the Salisbury Hwy connection, but until the Regency Park Superway is finished (lots of 40k zone work), I usually go right onto Cavan Rd from Pt Wakefield Rd, straight onto Churchill Rd, right onto Regency then left onto South Rd. No tolls in SA.
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Reply By: Skulldug - Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 21:29

Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 21:29
Hi Coldee,

The quickest way is definitely through Adelaide via the routes and times already posted.

Do you need to do it in one day? If not, spend a night at the Nurioopta Caravan Park and next day, go to Angaston, Eden Valley, Mount Pleasant, Mount Torrens, Woodside, Balhanna, Verdun, Harndorf, Echunga, Strathalbyn, Goolwa.

If you have more time, do a tasting at Kilikanoon, lunch at Skillogalee, sleep at Crare CP. Then taste at Whistler, lunch at Pindaree, sleep at Nurioopta CP. Then taste at Wirra Wirra, lunch at d'Arenberg, sleep at McLaren Vale CP. Next, taste at Currency Creek and for lunch, catch a European Carp at Goolwa - wrap in foil with a clay brick. When the brick is tender, eat it. It will still be nicer than the carp.

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Follow Up By: Member - Coldee - Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 18:49

Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 18:49
No, I definitely do not have to do it in one day, so it is good to hear an alternative route to check out.

I know all about the dreaded carp having lived on the Barwon and Darling rivers.

This is new territory for me (last there in 1980 and that counts as new) so I am pleased to get the feedback.

Checked the state government website and it is the internet equivalent of the old fashioned government phone run around! A lot of time spent without getting any of the info you require!
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Reply By: get outmore - Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 23:06

Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 23:06
Dont worry about it. So little happens in adelaide trafficks never an issue despite no freeways
As for toll roads only over east do people pay to drive on roads they already payed for. No toll roads anywhere else
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Follow Up By: Member - Coldee - Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 18:51

Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 18:51
That is why I avoid Brisbane and Sydney. I can dodge the tolls through Sydney. Brisbane is locked up tight with all roads pushing you towards the toll traps.
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Reply By: olcoolone - Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 17:51

Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 17:51
If you want to go for a bit of a drive you could always head from Edithburgh Port Wakefield to to Balaklava to Templers to Freeling to Nuriootpa to Angaston to Eden Valley to Mount Pleasant to Palmer to Monarto to Callington to Woodchester to Strathalbyn to Goolwa.

All open roads and about 2 hrs longer in traveling time and 80 kilometers more.
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Reply By: Isuzumu - Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 14:04

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 14:04
Will be going down the same route in a few weeks as well so this thread is real handy.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 18:59

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 18:59
Hi Coldee,
Thought of you today. I was in the city and in the middle of the traffic in King William Street going past Rundle Mall was a troopie towing a large offroad caravan dodging the buses and trams! Had "trooper" written on the side of the van.
I'm guessing it wasn't you though.

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Follow Up By: Member - Coldee - Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 20:03

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 20:03
No and it wont be in the future. I have decided to take an extra day and go the scenic route from Balaklava down through Mount Pleasant that a few members suggested. I am not fond of the cities, although Adelaide and Perth are two I remember fondly from way back when. If I do I will leave the van at a park and make it a day trip
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 20:19

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 20:19
Wise move!
There are heaps of half-finished roadworks going on in Adelaide at present with lots of ridiculous 25kph zones. Steer clear of the metropolitan area.....but realistically the roadworks would only add minutes to your transit time.

Enjoy your trip, and enjoy the scenic route to Goolwa!

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Follow Up By: Member - Coldee - Friday, Oct 18, 2013 at 19:10

Friday, Oct 18, 2013 at 19:10
Thanks. I will. I am looking forward to the trip.
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