Quickest way from port hedland to Sunshine Coast in December

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Hi there everyone I was just wondering what would the quickest way from port hedland to Sunshine Coast in December be?. I am considering the weather and if its still ok will take the top wAy home rather then going south then across. I work in mines and am relocating my family back to where I grew up and it has to be done at christmas driving my 4 wdrive , it's a 2011 76 series cruiser . Thanks in advance if people have some good advice for me as ill listen.
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Reply By: Member - Tony H (touring oz) - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 17:21

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 17:21
Google is your friend..... go to google maps :-)
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Follow Up By: KevinE - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 18:56

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 18:56
Hi Tony,

"what would the quickest way from port hedland to Sunshine Coast in December be?"

Google doesn't answer Turbo's question, it only shows roads, not conditions. Sometimes you can save 100km going one way over an alternative, but you may be adding 4 hours to your trip going the shorter way rather than the longer alternative.

There again, the shorter route can also be quicker sometimes.

I'm guessing that's why Turbo asked - he's looking for people with experience driving his planned route to reply with the quickest way, as against the shortest way.

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Follow Up By: Geoff in SA - Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 11:51

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 11:51
Not too sure but for me the quickest was to fly.
followed by a long drive heading East
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Reply By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 17:25

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 17:25
Subject to no cyclones, across the top via the highways will be shorter than to long way round via the south, and slightly shorter if you take the Duncan and Buntine Roads from Halls Creek (dry weather roads). The highways have traffic on them year round.

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Follow Up By: turbo 79series - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 19:10

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 19:10
Thanks Motherhen will start to plot a route!
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 17:37

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 17:37
As said see Google naps for alternate routes.
I would take the southern route. There doesn't have to be a cyclone around to get a lot of rain and flooded roads at the time of year you want to travel. There is not much time and distance difference in the suggested routes.
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Follow Up By: turbo 79series - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 18:32

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 18:32
Yes checked google maps came up with 3 options ranging from memory about 5300 to 5800 ks, any short cuts I can take I will but I am worried about weather conditions ill have to play by ear and keep monitoring the weather , ill ask another question I wonder how much livestock and animals would be on roads at night probably heaps ?
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 19:01

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 19:01
Marble Bar, Gary Junction Road (great drive), Alice Springs, Tobermorey, Boulia....

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Follow Up By: turbo 79series - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 19:09

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 19:09
Yes KevinE I'm looking for the quickest route ,
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 19:11

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 19:11
Slide show....


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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 19:13

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 19:13
Under 5,000k I reckon, but Google maps doesn't know about roads out there.

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Follow Up By: turbo 79series - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 19:17

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 19:17
Could not access photos on iPhone, id hope to do the drive in 5 days buy myself ,or If I have another driver mayby we could drive at night if not to much animal life which would cut alot of time of the 5 days
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 21:54

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 21:54
I wouldn't drive at night :O

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Follow Up By: rocco2010 - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 22:07

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 22:07
Bad enough meeting a cranky camel in the daytime if he decides he doesn't want to get out of the way!

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 22:10

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 22:10
Sure is Rocco; they will step out right in front of your vehicle and stop in broad daylight, or just amble slowly down the road in front of you. Meeting one like that at night would not end well.

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Reply By: Burnt Damper - Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 11:51

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 11:51
Turbo. I lived in Hedland for a while about 2 years ago, when I left I sent my 1ton ute back to Brisbane via Patricks Autocare and I flew.( Pilbara Toyota was the drop of point )
I have done the same thing with a 4WD from Brisbane to Darwin via a company called Ceva.
A bloody lot less stress, pretty easy to organise and there is not that much difference in price when you take all expenses into account.
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 15:15

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 15:15
Turbo - I'll go with Burnt Damper. Australia is a darn big place to drive across, and I've done it many times. I went from Perth to Cairns and back in my Cruiser, and did it like this.

There are routes where the car carriers will give you "backload" prices, where they run very lightly loaded because all the car-carrying is mostly one-way.
We threw the Cruiser on a car carrier in Perth, and got it to Adelaide for little more than fuel cost if we had driven. Perth-Adelaide is a backload, Adelaide-Perth is full price.

We flew to Adelaide and picked up the Cruiser and had an enjoyable "touristy" drive to Cairns. Once we finished touring, we threw the Cruiser onto the car-carrier and had it backloaded to Adelaide for little more than Cruiser fuel cost for the same drive.
We flew Cairns-Adelaide and picked up the Cruiser and had an enjoyable drive back across the Long Paddock to Perth.

I'd suggest you check the price to put your Tojo on a car carrier to Perth, then to Adelaide, and then fly to Adelaide from Pt Hedland, and pick it up and drive it home to the Sunshine coast.

You may have to use two different car carriers to achieve the best result, many truckies travelling Perth-Hedland-Perth will do cheap backloads by forklifting your Tojo onto a flat top semi. I can put you onto one who could give you a good deal on this route.

Across the Long Paddock, you will probably find a dedicated car-carrier will give you the best deal on a backload.

Cheers, Ron.
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Reply By: turbo 79series - Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 17:07

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 17:07
Yes I'm starting to think on the back of a truck is a good idea as well,and I would be interested in numbers please of who to use , thankyou so much
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Reply By: Ron N - Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 20:19

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 20:19
Turbo, Google "car transport port hedland perth" and "car transport perth to adelaide".

There's plenty of advertisers and contacts there. Go through 2 or 3 pages of the Google results and avoid the ads. You can also try Temando for an instant quote.

For a backload on a flat-top semi just from Hedland to Perth, call Alec and Pauline Gordon at A&P Transport in Bellevue and ask for a price. There will also be car-carriers who will also offer a backload price on this route, as a lot more stuff goes North than ever comes back to Perth.

Cheers, Ron.
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