Bruce Highway

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017 at 22:34
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Any advise regarding the Bruce Highway would be much appreciated?
Thanks Ian
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017 at 22:47

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017 at 22:47
It is a sealed highway from Brisbane to Cairns. What else do you want to know? Google it and use Google Maps for towns and distances.
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Follow Up By: CSeaJay - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017 at 23:05

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017 at 23:05
I concur
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Follow Up By: Member - Ian F (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017 at 23:16

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017 at 23:16
Thanks Rod, should have been more specific, Wildmax answered my question.
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Follow Up By: Anthony G1 - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017 at 06:59

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017 at 06:59
A much more helpful answer from Wildmax.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017 at 07:55

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017 at 07:55
I think Wildmax is just having a hate session. I have not seen it as bad as he paints it. The country road surfaces are just as bad or worse.
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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017 at 22:51

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017 at 22:51
Bloody awful is the short answer Ian - very heavy traffic (including lots of trucks and nomads), and roadworks all over the place. You really do need to use your UHF to keep in touch with what's going on around you.
Of course it's a bit difficult to avoid the Bruce if you want to travel the coast, but if you're heading to or from far north Qld from down south then I'd strongly recommend taking one of the inland routes where you'll pass through some interesting regional communities.
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Reply By: 9900Eagle - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017 at 07:58

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017 at 07:58
Ian,
Traffic can be heavy north of Brisbane once off the motorway, through to Gympie and Maryborough, you just have to be patient with slower vehicles.. Even then you will normally be sitting between 80 and 100 depending on speed restrictions. Warning observe the speed signage through Gympie. Motorway is being extended but that is just speed restrictions.
As you go further north the traffic tappers right off the further north you go, so by the gladstone turn off it tends to be pretty quiet.
Road is good, but like all roads it can be flooded at times. Normally only a day and it is down again.

You can check problems here Racq site

or you can have a look here. Main roads site

When there is heavy rain the roadwork gangs are out in force next day trying to repair the road.

If I am going down to Brisbane from my base I run the Bruce, if I am going further south I will go west once down at Rockhampton.

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Reply By: Dusty D - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017 at 10:58

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017 at 10:58
In years gone past, I have been a very vocal critic whenever somebody asks what I think of the Bruce Highway, but having recently travelled the Pacific from Brunswick Heads to Newcastle, I will never say a bad word about the Bruce again.

In fact, I will never travel the Pacific Highway again.

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Reply By: Member - Peter M (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017 at 11:57

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017 at 11:57
What time of year? Ian.
I spent 40 years driving the Bruce Cairns to Gladstone mainly with some Cairns to Brisbane trips.
As a caravan towing Grey Nomad I avoid the Bruce whenever possible. I would never travel the Bruce at after dusk or before full dawn not only because of the animals (both driving vehicles and hopping) but the road surfaces often leave a lot to be desired.
If I had to go to Brisbane from my current base on the Atherton Tablelands I would drive down the Kennedy to Charters Towers and then through Clermont, Emerald, Roma etc.
In other words inland is good with side trips to places you might want to visit like Airlie Beach.
Regards and safe travels
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Follow Up By: Member - Bigfish - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017 at 14:28

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017 at 14:28
Airlie Beach is on the ocean side of the Bruce Hwy...I do the Cairns/Airlie Beach drive quite often and only use the Bruce. I drive carefully and the 650klm trip takes about 71/2 hrs. Some roadworks but not many. Bugger all rough patches as well.Inland hwy has a lot more animals than the Bruce Hwy.
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Follow Up By: 9900Eagle - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017 at 20:41

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017 at 20:41
Pete if I lived on the tablelands I would be sacked if I carted down the Bruce. Just remember the roadtrains that ran on your road. Kagara zinc roadtrains come to mind, and the calling of all the creeks between Mt Garnet and the towers because there is not enough room.
Don't know if the mine is still operating but that road through Greenvale was pretty narrow. It has been widened south of the towers and it is a good run to Emerald.

Not nitpicking, but all roads have problems , even the Hume if you are in a truck.


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