Road Glen Innes to Grafton

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 07:41
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G'day all
Is the road from Glen Innes to Grafton via Jackadgery OK? I will be towing a 26' caravan behind my trusty GU Patrol.
There is some talk locally about a very steep downhill ride.
I intend to camp at the Caravan Park at Jackadgery too.
Many thanks
Stay well and stay safe
Peter M (Qld)
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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 07:46

Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 07:46
Peter,

Have used that road for years and the Trucks still use it and have seen countless caravans with smaller vehicles than your have no issues driving in either direction.
There is a few areas to pull off if you end up with some traffic behind you, so take your time and enjoy the views :)


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Follow Up By: mike39 - Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 07:56

Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 07:56
Yep, as Sir Kev. says its a good road used by many vanners including ourselves.
You may encounter the odd log/cattle truck but there is plenty of width.
Just hope for a clear day, the view from up top to the SE is fantastic.
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Reply By: baz&pud (tassie) - Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 09:11

Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 09:11
Morning Peter M
We towed our van in the opposite direction couple years back with no problems, we didn't stop at the cvp you are heading for, which is on the Mann River and looked very nice, but we did stay on the Mann River at a free camp.
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Reply By: rumpig - Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 09:24

Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 09:24
yes there is a very steep section at the Glenn Innes end of the track, it's bitumin for that steep section of the drive but it goes for quite some distance and is very windy. i towed our camper trailer (weighs about 1.5T and has electric hydraulic brakes) down it trying to stay off the brakes as much as possible and using the right gears to slow me down, by the time i got to the bottom my brakes were getting pretty hot and smelt quite a bit. the road is very very windy (even after the downhill section), there are lots of blind corners and i'm thinking with a 26' van on the back it'd get pretty tight in some places, a small van wouldn't be a problem though. below are a few pics from our drive along that road.....

THE TURN OFF FROM GLEN INNES END



TAKEN ON THE WINDY DOWNHILL SECTION (this won't do it justice, but it was steep enough that the wife took the pic, so that should give an indication it's not just your average road)



SOME AREAS OF THE ROAD ARE NICE AND OPEN



THEN IT STARTS TO CLOSE IN SOME



THEN IT HAS PLENTY OF ARES LIKE THIS WHERE YOU WON'T WANT TO MEET ANOTHER VEHICLE COMING TOWARDS YOU (note the small kink in the road about centre of pic where my uhf aerial obscures, that could make it tight with a 26' van in tow.....not saying it can't be done as i have no idea with something the size you are towing, just mentioning it for you to consider what it's like on this road)



THERE'S THE TUNNEL ALONG THE ROAD (note how the road drops off the edge to the river down below, you don't want to end up there...lol)



THEN IT OPENS UP AT DALMORTON BUT GETS VERY WINDY AGAIN AFTER THAT



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Follow Up By: rumpig - Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 09:27

Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 09:27
sorry my mistake, i just looked at a map to see where exactly you are going and it's not via the old road i was thinking you were talking about...lol. i always think of the old road when someone asks about Grafton to Glen Innes Rd...lol.
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 10:03

Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 10:03
The Old Grafton-Glen Innes road is a great drive with a couple of lovely camping areas along it. But not for big caravans. I think the talk that Peter heard may have been referring to this old road. Plenty of timber trucks use that road, and as you say passing would be pretty tricky in quite a few places.

The main "new" road has been there for 50+ years and has been used by countless trucks and caravans. Certainly it has steep sections but nothing that a modern vehicle cant handle.

I have memories from my teens of being stuck on the mountain section when my Dads vehicle boiled. Took a while to get help from Grafton back then, but Mum and I enjoyed exploring around and admiring the spectacular views - which were better then as the trees had not yet grown up and obscured the view.

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Val
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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 11:42

Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 11:42
Nice pics though Rumpig.
Cheers, Bruce.
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Follow Up By: Gnomey - Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 12:36

Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 12:36
Rumpig. It's not just you. My initials thoughts were the same - along the Mann River. Remember the tunnel well. I've only done it once, maybe 25 years ago but the memory lingers. Beautiful part of the world eh?

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Follow Up By: Lyn W3 - Sunday, Mar 02, 2014 at 09:07

Sunday, Mar 02, 2014 at 09:07
Another good drive is to cross the river at Dalmorton and go south through Guy Fawkes NP and Chaelundi NP to the Ebor road.
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Sunday, Mar 02, 2014 at 20:01

Sunday, Mar 02, 2014 at 20:01
don't you need a key (that is available to get from Grafton i think) for some locked gates to traverse through there? i was in Chaelundi Nat. Park last year and came across several locked gates that required a key to continue on.
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Reply By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 11:51

Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 11:51
Hi Peter,
I went up and back down that road last November and it was fine. Our van is a 24 footer and as long as you take it steady, as you will, there is no problem.
We spent the night before climbing the hill at Jackadgery in the free camp on the eastern side of the bridge over the Mann River. A beautiful spot for a one night stop.

From the reports I have seen the van park at Jackadgery is a good one as well and the quietness and outlook is first class. It is on the western side of the bridge on the souther side of the road on the opposite side of the river to the rest area.

There was some roadworks going on in the middle of the climb up the hill but they were well signposted so you won't have any problems.

Cheers, Bruce.
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Reply By: Life Member-Doug T NSW - Sunday, Mar 02, 2014 at 05:56

Sunday, Mar 02, 2014 at 05:56
I escorted an Oversize down Gibralter Range so you'll have no problems , if your going down use your gears not the brake if can be avoided , Over-heated brakes don't work to good, the decent is 11Klms .

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