Australia's Longest Road?

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 12:22
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I came across this sign claiming the Diamantina Development Road to be "Australia's Longest Road" at 1334 km.



Now according to this reference we have WA's Great Northern at 1570km, Qld's Bruce Hwy at 1670km and the SA/NT Stuart Hwy being more than twice the length at 2710km.

So even allowing for the propensity of Queensland bureaucrats to be generous with the truth, can anyone explain this claim and show how I am missing the point?
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Reply By: Member - PhilD_NT - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 12:31

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 12:31
What's the problem? They stated it as a "Road" and the others are Highways. Just Qld's long standing self interest.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 12:44

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 12:44
I rather expected that Phil.
Perhaps I should send the Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads a dictionary?..................
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Follow Up By: Member - PhilD_NT - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 13:22

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 13:22
When ever I venture down South to Adelaide I have fun baiting a relative over the alternating one way mess that is called an "Expressway". She bites real well when I call it a Freeway. I really don't care but I do like doing it. She's equally defensive when I refer to SA as a Nanny State. Life can be fun for grumpy retirees.
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 15:58

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 15:58
Hey Allan, Try typing it in m-o-r-e s-l-o-w-l-y.
It makes everything look l-o-n-g-e-r.

(;=O)

I'm kidding,I'M KIDDING ALREADY.

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 16:02

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 16:02
I'll try Pop, but I doubt that it is possible to type slower than I already do. And I'm NOT kidding!
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 17:41

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 17:41
Allan,

My Mrs is most proud of me now that I can type with one finger of each hand AT THE SAME TIME....LOL

I even get most of the letters in the right order nowadays. Well some of them.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 19:05

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 19:05
Allan,

Haven't been along all that road, but have been on sections of it many times. My theory is it's such wide, open country out there that the kilometres are longer, much, much longer. So you don't need as many for the same distance, as you would along the coast.

As for the sign, any of those brown signs are a photo opportunity for the travelling hoards, so that won't let the truth get in the way of a good stor, err.......a good photo.

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Reply By: mikehzz - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 19:44

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 19:44
It just makes me wonder what Australia's longest avenue is?
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Reply By: Bazooka - Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 21:16

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 21:16
Maybe they were talking about the length of time it takes an average Bananabender to traverse the road Allan? Some people are firm believers that Austraya starts at ~138 east and ends at ~29 south.
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Reply By: Bludge - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 10:21

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 10:21
Alan,

I had a think about what you said, what I can see is it seems be down to what a that line on the map is called, wether its Highway, Road, Way, Track, Route, Line, Outlet, Street, Drive, Parkway and yes even avenue. (tried to find one mikehzz)

So if a Highway = a road, does a road = a highway?
No quote "In places the term 'highway' is reserved for high capacity roads, in older English there was a distinction between 'highways and Byways'"

The longest f each definition I could find:
Route - Canning 685km and 473kms WA (split due to road name change)
Outlet - Huon Highway Southern 12.6kms TA
Way - Kidman 642kms NSW
Line - French 165kms SA
Track - Oodnadatta 618kms SA
Parkway - Tuggeranong 11.6 kms ACT
Drive - Larapinta 322kms QLD
Road - Diamantina 1340kms QLD
Highway - Stuart 2710kms NT and SA

But if a track, way, route, road and highway etc. are all he same then the longest identified road is "Highway 1" at 14,500kms ?



All road names and lengths from Bonzle.com
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 10:30

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 10:30
All is clear, I think. Thanks Bludge. My head hurts. lol
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Follow Up By: Bludge - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 14:45

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 14:45
Allan, so did mine......
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 18:37

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 18:37
Canberra Avenue is 11.5kms long... :-)
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Follow Up By: Bludge - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 20:39

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 20:39
Thanks Mike, missed that one.. .. possibly information overload..... ;)
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Reply By: Life Member-Doug T NSW - Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 18:42

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 18:42
Gawd damn.... now you got me all confused... I put this together some time ago. maybe I might have to redo it.. anyhow see how many places you can identify...
Give ya'll sumfin 2 doo




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Follow Up By: Slow one - Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 07:18

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 07:18
Bit hard Doug but here are some pin the tail on the donkey answers.

Helen springs
Victoria river roadhouse
Cloncurry
Selwyn range area
Barkley floods
Thought the bridge my have been the Mary River NT. but I can’t remember a walkway.

Going to press your thanks button also. LOL.
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Follow Up By: Life Member-Doug T NSW - Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 10:02

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 10:02
You got some right.
Helen Springs yes
Victoria River R/H yes
floods yes
The bridge is Adelaide River

Some photo's are not mine so I don't know either, later on today I'll do a list for you ... then you'll say Ahhh yeh of course.

The Car Carrier, Yellow side Tipper, and Curlys Stock are at Mt Isa.

more to come later.


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Follow Up By: Life Member-Doug T NSW - Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 10:22

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 10:22
List as in order

Freightliner ByTech Craft Adelaide River, driven by EO member ??
Gilberts in a Parking Bay South of King River , Katherine
Shell Tankers, Adelaide River
Roadtrain Roll over, 8 K's North of Mt Magnet , WA
Red and White Co-Ord, could be Hughenden
Kiernans , First and Last cafe, Mt Isa
Red & White Western Star, Shell Mt Isa
Loading stock x2, Adelaide River Rodeo/ Showground
Shreaded tyres near Liverpool River , Arnhemland
Asset Kinetics, Pt Hedland
3 Curlys Stock, Shell Mt Isa
Salt 5 bins, Pt Hedland
The movie part, Adelaide River opposite PO

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Follow Up By: Slow one - Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 12:40

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 12:40
Doug,
saw the Kiernans train and guessed it was the Curry. Bugger wrong again.

Thanks again for what you put together with Slim Dusty's music.
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