Caravan route through Brisbane

Submitted: Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 12:33
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A question for you Brisbane-ites!

Coming from North (e.g. Sunshine Coast) to south (e.g. Tweed Heads), what's the most hassle-free route for towing a van (13 ft) through Brisbane? Don't mind paying motorway tolls.
Hugo C
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 12:47

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 12:47
Hugo,

Not a Brisbane-ite either, but I'd stick to the Gateway Arterial(think it's still called that??), up over the Gateway Bridge, down the expressway to Gold Coast, and you're there.

Busy, busy, but plenty of lanes to choose from, and your little unit will fit in, no worries. Probably the quickest way south, or north too.

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Follow Up By: Hugo C - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 12:59

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 12:59
Thanks Bob

I'd thought of the Gateway/Gold Coast motorways, but didn't know whether caravans were allowed on them. I take it they are

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 13:41

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 13:41
Yes Hugo, Bob is correct on the Gateway route, and caravans are permitted.

Down the Bruce Highway, exit left at the 'Gold Coast" sign, continue over the bridge keeping to a centre lane (as the two left lanes will exit you off the motorway) and continue on to the Pacific Motorway (M1) to the Gold Coast.

The Gateway Bridge incurs a toll of $4.70 for a car, including caravan, and must be paid before, or within 3 days of incurring unless you already have a Go Via account and a transponder fitted. This link will access the site for payment. Without a transponder, 'numberplate recognition' will occur and unless paid within the 3 days, a bill will be sent to you with additional collection charges.
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Follow Up By: Hugo C - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 13:48

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 13:48
Great advice, Allan and Bob.

Looked again at a map after reading Allan's reply and all clear now - will proceed as suggested.

Ta
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 14:11

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 14:11
Just a thought Hugo, and Allan might confirm this.

About the only "quiet" time on that route, from my experience, would be from about 10am - 3pm. Though there are sections that always seem to be peak hour too. ;-)

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Follow Up By: Slow one - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 14:53

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 14:53
Yep agree with others re route, just watch the inside lane as many are leaving and merging on that lane. With the go via I have found it easier to ring them and setup an account, they will need both your vehicle and van rego numbers + credit card details. You can set the account and stop the account on any date you choose.
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Follow Up By: Hugo C - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 14:53

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 14:53
Thanks guys

I'd be driving through in that quiet (:-)) window

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 15:00

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 15:00
Yes Bob, it is a busy thoroughfare. The only real 'quiet time' would be midnight to 5am, LOL.

Actually, the morning peak passes at about 9am. It is then busy but flowing well until about 3pm when some workers finish and stays 'peak' until after 6pm. So yes, a good time is 10am - 3pm.

Even when busy, as there are multiple lanes, keeping to the left lane allows an easygoing path and speed limits are usually observed and it is a motorway with no traffic lights or intersections. Hugo will have no trouble.
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Reply By: Robyn R4 - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 16:53

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 16:53
Ditto to the others and the very useful information they've supplied...leaving the Sunshine Coast at about 9am will miss all the commuters who leave the Sunshine Coast for Brissy and will get you through in good timing. Careful at the border (Tugun ByPass)-it's a very nice road and easy to do more than the speed limit without cruise control and the boys in blue know this.
Bless the Gateway and the second one they gave us a few years ago. During my childhood in the late 70s (not that long ago!) our only way north-south was through the city...no Clem 7 tunnels or Gateways or bypasses!
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Reply By: CSeaJay - Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 17:05

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 17:05
Hugo,
This is straight forward, follow the signs. Although it is good to plan, there is little need to plan around this section. It is no worse than other cities, in fact it is much better as you will not have to turn off much.
As far as your van, again it is just another motorway, not sure about the replies relating to your van. I have not heard of main roads limiting caravans.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 22:24

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 22:24
Bob, not sure where you come from but if if you have one of the electronic toll tags from another state you can use them in Brisbane. All tags can be used in the other states.

If you don't have a tag go to this link and you can arrange to prepay your toll here.
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Reply By: Member - John F (VIC) - Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 05:32

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 05:32
Hi Hugo
Follow the signs to the Gold Coast they are very clear.
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