Bypass Adelaide

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 18:39
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I have regularly driven from Victoria to Darwin but this time I will be towing the van and don't want to drive the Adelaide hills is it best to turn at Murray bridge to miss the Adelaide. I have towed the van to Cape York last year so I have no problems with towing but just won't to miss Adelaide any comments would be helpful
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Reply By: Member - Bigred13 - Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 19:22

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 19:22
Hi Mazzy1 ,yes If you turn right at Murray Bridge ,via Palmer,Mt pleasant,Gawler and then via Two wells to the national highway 1 you will avoid the Adelaide hills.There is a large hill at Palmer ,but it is a good run ,by the way up near Palmer hill ,keep an eye out for the polar bear on the right near the top ,very good scenery that way too .
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Reply By: Mazzy1 - Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 19:32

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 19:32
Thanks bigred13 I will go that way it is so cold here in Ballarat the polar bears may come to life
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Reply By: Colcam42 - Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 20:06

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 20:06
Hi Mazzy, we live in the mid north of SA and come back from Victoria, (Melbourne) via Mildura, The Riverland, Renmark, Morgan, Burra, Spalding and then the choice of going via Wilmington (Horrocks Pass) or Quorn (Pitchi-Ritchi Pass) to Pt Augusta. Alternatively via Crystal Brook, Pt Pirie bit further south. A nice drive, different things to do and see for a change, the Lower Flinders Ranges are worth seeing/exploring if you have the time. The easiest with the van is to go via Crystal Brook but the two Passes are ok if not a bit winding downhill, nothing that you probably would have already done in Victoria. Truckies heading East use the Crystal Brook-Spalding-Burra-Morgan-Renmark route but not in any number. I drag a 28ft 5th Wheeler via the Crystal Brook route because it is the direct way to Pt Pirie. Free camps along the way.
Have a great trip.
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Follow Up By: Colcam42 - Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 20:10

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 20:10
Hi again, should have said, we use the Sunrasia Highway from Ballarat to Mildura, a nice trip on it's own.
Cheers,
Col
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 22:47

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 22:47
Second this route from Col. I use the crystal Brooke route to avoid Horrock's pass.

Just be aware that you'll be stopped at the quarantine inspection point at Yamba just before Renmark so don't have any fruit/vegies on board. I always stock up at Pt Augusta before heading on up the Stuart.

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 20:12

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 20:12
Hi Mazzy

There are a number of ways that you can detour Adelaide. If you want to make up time, from Murray Bridge, head for Palmer, Springton, Nuriootpa and Kapunda.

From Kapunda you can either head for Tarlee, then up through Clare, then north to Port Augusta. If you do not want to go through Tarlee, a lot flatter way is Kapunda, Eudunda, Saddleworth. From Saddleworth, you can either go through to Auburn then Clare, or straight up to Burra, through to Spalding, Gulnare, then either North to Port Augusta via Melrose, or head for highway 1 via Crystal Brook.


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Reply By: Mazzy1 - Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 20:15

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 20:15
Hi colcan 42 I have often gone via Mildura to Renmark with work .will not have time to stop at flinders Rangers this trip as I only have a week to be in Darwin for a family gathering .but will then meander down the wa coast for a couple of months on the way home thanks for your suggestions
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Reply By: Mazzy1 - Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 20:28

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 20:28
Hi Stephen L
Thanks for your. Reply it seems that turning of at Murray bridge is the way to go
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Reply By: Sigmund - Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 09:29

Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 09:29
IME the Calder to Melb is the quickest not least cos much of it is 110 limited, not 100, and you miss the big country towns.

There's a way of avoiding Mildura that's east of Renmark by turning south around L Cullulleraine and then east to Red Cliffs. Avoids a good deal of slowish traffic.
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Follow Up By: Member - rooster350 - Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 10:06

Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 10:06
Sigmund, he is going the other way...north, and the Calder is not much good to him as he is leaving from Balllarat, that is west of the Calder
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Reply By: Member - wicket - Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 11:31

Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 11:31
Must say I'm a bit confused here, in your original post you say you don't want to drive the Adelaide hills and then posters encourage you to go through the Adelaide hills via Palmer Springton etc, well these are the Adelaide hills and it would be much more of an ask to drive on these windy hilly roads towing a big caravan than coming straight up the freeway.
Are you trying to miss Adelaide or the hills?
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Follow Up By: dean ( SA ) - Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 12:17

Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 12:17
Yes I thought it odd to send someone through Palmer but couldn't be bothered asking why.
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Follow Up By: Member - rooster350 - Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 13:25

Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 13:25
We went through Adelaide via the freeway earlier this year and it was a very easy run, probably quicker than the other ways suggested.
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Reply By: Mazzy1 - Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 18:41

Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 18:41
Thanks for all your replys the main reason that I was going to miss Adelaide was to make up some time as I have a tight schedule to be in Darwin .years ago it was a 3 day drive for me in car only but we tend to slow down as we age
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Reply By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 20:57

Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 20:57
Mazzy 1
As a local who uses all the roads mentioned, I would still take the metro route by choice, albeit avoiding peak hours, as it would be close to the quickest and certainly the smoothest with a van.
Straight in on the SE Freeway (100 kph), turn half right along Portrush Road, cut across to Hampstead Road until Regency Road - all on the A17 - then left on Regency Road and right on to Main North Road (A1) - all 60 kph and then take the Port Wakefield Road north to Pt Augusta, starting with 70, then 90 and soon 110 kph, the first 100 kms on a divided hwy and after that most, but not all, towns bypassed.
In fact just used it today coming back from being up north as I needed to take the smoothest road home as I was nursing a broken main leaf on the LHS of the van.
Cheers
Andrew
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Follow Up By: slave - Saturday, Aug 01, 2015 at 16:10

Saturday, Aug 01, 2015 at 16:10
I would have to agree with Andrew and Jen.

It so easy to drive through Adelaide as long as peak hour is avoided, even then its like Melbourne on a normal day.
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Reply By: Mazzy1 - Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 23:51

Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 23:51
Thanks Andrew and Jen
I will be leaving Ballarat in the morning and see as to what time we will be going throug Adelaide.
The only time I have had any trouble with city's was in Sydney a few years ago when I missed a turn
Regards mazzy1
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