Victor Harbour to Nurioopta

Submitted: Friday, Jul 07, 2017 at 21:50
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Best roads for towing 21' caravans ..least big pulls up hills.....from Victor Harbour to Nuriootpa. Tow vehicles are diesel Jeep. Any suggestions most appreciated. Google suggests - to Strathalbyn, Birdwood, Mt Pleasant, Eden Valley. Would this be best. Thanks.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Jul 07, 2017 at 23:17

Friday, Jul 07, 2017 at 23:17
Hi Jill

If I were in your shoes, I would take the main road out of Victor and head towards Adelaide and hit, and stay on South Road.

The lower section will have you on the Southern Expressway, which ends at Darlington.

From there just stick to South Road and follow it through to the Northern Expressway, and then just follow the signs through to Nuri.

Have a look at your Google Maps.


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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 11:42

Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 11:42
Google Maps gives this route as the shortest route. It also gives Stephen's route as an alternate that is 4 km longer but takes the same time (running solo that is.)
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 11:57

Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 11:57
Hi Peter

The reason why I selected this route for Jill is after leaving the hills outside of Victor, it is basically a downhill run all the way to Adelaide and then flat sailing from the Northern Expressway.

For not towing vehicles, there are a number of good routes, but these can be quite hilly.


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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 15:56

Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 15:56
Peter, I clicked on both, and they are the same route - same as Stephen and I suggested. Maybe Google changes the suggested route at different times of the day?
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 17:16

Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 17:16
I don't know what Google is up to. I made a couple of attempts to link the correct route and each time it came up with the route through Adelaide. This time I inserted a waypoint on the route.

Shortest route

It worked OK this time in the preview.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 17:43

Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 17:43
Got it now Peter.
Through Meadows, Hahndorf, Birdwood and Angaston.
Its not where I'd tow a big caravan which was the point in the original question. Too hilly, windy and single lane.
Very scenic though, and takes in the beautiful Adelaide Hills and the best sav blanc wineries in the country.
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Follow Up By: Member - PhilD_NT - Monday, Jul 10, 2017 at 10:21

Monday, Jul 10, 2017 at 10:21
As a frequent visitor to Adelaide (used to live there) and in particular Aldinga and Para Hills I'd say "Avoid Main South Rd from Darlington to Grand Junction Rd like the plague until they have finished it all". There's Portrush Rd to the East and Tapleys Hill Rd to the West. Main South Rd may be the most direct route but I wouldn't say it's the best/fastest compared to the 2 alternatives. In fact I'd say that it's probably the best route for testing driverless cars as if they can't handle that one unattended then they have no place on public roads. The frequent changes to speed zones, lane alterations and detours do not make for a relaxing drive. The debacle that is Main South Rd goes right back to 1968 and the MATS Plan. On the Southern end you had the mess that was the one way Southern Expressway that even had GPS units directing people on to it when it was actually going the wrong way.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 01:04

Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 01:04
Same as what Stephen says - South road all the way to Northern Expressway then across to Nuri.
The Torrens 2 Torrens project is happening north of the Torrens river at the moment so there are huge roadworks. But we live in the area and find that South Road is OK during the day, but can be restricted at night and weekends. Once north of Regency Rd you are in 90 kph or greater all the way to Nuri.
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 09:30

Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 09:30
Yes, your only real hills are those out of Victor, you can just get that out of the way, then you are dealing with minor gradients and just the traffic.
Do it outside of peak hours and the traffic will be ok . . . best done on a Saturday or Sunday morning early I reckon.
If it has to be a week day, then after 1000 and say leave before 1300 to ensure you clear town before school pickups and early pm traffic.
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Follow Up By: Nacho - Monday, Jul 10, 2017 at 22:22

Monday, Jul 10, 2017 at 22:22
We don't see you over at earth anymore, something happen ?
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Jul 10, 2017 at 22:40

Monday, Jul 10, 2017 at 22:40
Just having a break mate.
Too much time there and doign a bathroom reno past weeks and another 2 weeks still to go.
Might try and make Vic meet in Nov.
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Reply By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 13:56

Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 13:56
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I would suggest though, that when you are in the Barossa Valley that you pronounce it as Nuri-OOT-pa,
not Nuri-OOP-ta or you may get some frowns and suggestions. lol
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 14:33

Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 14:33
Hi Allan

Or do what us local South Aussies call it.....Nuri.......lol


Cheers from a cool South Australia. ( only 13 at 2pm )




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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 15:24

Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 15:24
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Yes Stephen, you are 'Cool'. LOL

23 degrees here. Bright and sunny. Hahaha.

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p.s. Doing the Hay River Track end of August....... Wanna come?
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 19:54

Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 19:54
Hi Allan

Thanks for that great offer, but unfortunately we will be elsewhere in the bush at that time.

The Hay River is a fantastic drive and one that we will do again one day, seeing it is 12 years since we first did it.

Have a great drive and it will be interesting to hear what it is like there now seeing Lindsay is no longer with us.


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Reply By: Member - Roachie - Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 22:07

Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 22:07
To quote the Irishman.....

Well, if I was going to Nuriootpa I wouldn't be starting from here (Victor Harbour)... hahahaha
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Reply By: Jill H6 - Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 22:14

Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 22:14
Many thanks for all your suggestions. We did the Strathalbyn.......Angaston route. The driver didn't want to worry about traffic....roadworks and so we meandered along. Quite a lovely drive, not too hilly and little traffic.
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Follow Up By: Member - nick b boab - Monday, Jul 10, 2017 at 09:18

Monday, Jul 10, 2017 at 09:18
you took the best way by far ..... 90 % of victor Harbor people would have done the same .... local knowledge !!
There many alternatives " fine tuning " but missing the suburbs is the way to go .
note : 99.9 % of dash navigators would have taken you via suburbs long & boring way ....
If i was towing i would take 2.13 route

victor nurioopta
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Jul 10, 2017 at 09:46

Monday, Jul 10, 2017 at 09:46
Absolutely Nick it is a nice traffic free way to go, but more hills of course . . . the original request was for least hills, hence peoples suggestions . . .

Great Jill, that route would have been reasonable and the Jeep diesel would not have any issues with that, but obviously suggestions given are tailored to peoples primary requests.

Hope the break (if that's what you're up to) goes nicely.
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Follow Up By: Member - nick b boab - Monday, Jul 10, 2017 at 10:53

Monday, Jul 10, 2017 at 10:53
Cheers Les .... relatively flat either way unlike the Simpson ha , i see you had a good trip away .
our trip on the french was great a week after yours , plenty travelers after the finke race.....
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Jul 10, 2017 at 14:01

Monday, Jul 10, 2017 at 14:01
Ah yes, we had a brilliant couple of weeks away.

Good you got your French Line crossing done without issues, but always good crowds travelling across to and from the Finke weekend, so to Birdsville Races and Big Red Bash etc.

We did a fairly reasonable section of it from a bit east of Erabena to Poeppel.

Can honestly say it's the last time I'll drive it if at all possible, the condition seems to be the worst ever than previous times in the past few years we've done this.
I'd rather do remote NT (or WAA if necessary to cross in SA) than go on that rollercoaster again . . . QAA is always fun though.
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