Driving top sunshine coast QLD

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019 at 13:02
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Need some suggestions propose travelling to Sunshine Coast Qld, vehicle is BMW X7 SVU, Two persons, one in a wheelchair, Avoid Toll Roads and usual traffic hotspots, Motel Accomodation Req'd
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Reply By: Hoyks - Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019 at 13:30

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019 at 13:30
Where are you coming from?

If from the south close to Brisbane, then the Brisbane Valley Highway (Map Here)will bypass the city and all the toll roads. You can either head north to Esk and the D'agular Hway to Kilkoy, or there are a couple op options to head to Somerset Dam and into Kilcoy, although the road past the dam is rather windy and can be a bit tedious.

If from further south, I prefer the new England Highway to Toowoomba, across to Esk or turn onto the Cunningham which will spit you out at Amberley, then its a short drive to Walloon, right onto Rosewood- Karabin Rd and left onto Wulkuraka Connection Rd which joins the highway via an overpass. Going straight through Walloon and turning right at the highway can be a little sketchy at times.

If you prefer the Pacific Highway, then I'd turnoff at Grafton, Kyogle, Boonah, Walloon and pick up the Brisbane Valley Hwy.

I've no idea on accommodation.

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Follow Up By: Member - Bentaxle - Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019 at 16:31

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019 at 16:31
My Boo-boo. I'll be driving from Perth, Would prefer to avoid the major Highways (Pacific, New England) as much as possible.
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Reply By: Member - Bentaxle - Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019 at 16:26

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019 at 16:26
OOps my blunder. I'll be driving from Perth
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019 at 16:50

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019 at 16:50
Hi

From Perth I will tell you the way to avoid all the main road.

1. Straight across the Nullarbor to Port Augusta.

2. Port Augusta to Wilmington via Horrocks Pass.

3. Wilmington to Orroroo.

4. Orroroo to Peterborough.

5. Peterborough to Broken Hill via Yunta.

6. Broken Hill, Wilcannia, Cobar through to Nevertire.

7. Nerertire, Warren, Gilgandra to Coonabarabran.

8. Coonabarabran, Narrabri, Moree to Goondiwindi.

9. Goondiwindi north to Toowoomba

10. Toowoomba across to Esk, Somerset Dam and north to Kilcoy.

11. Kilcoy, Beerwah, then out to the Bruce Highway.

At that point you are then in the Sunshine Coast and to where you are staying.

The above way keeps you out of Brisbane.


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Follow Up By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019 at 07:14

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019 at 07:14
For more picturesque scenery, from Gilgandra, head east towards Coonabarabran, but near Toorawenah head north into the western entrance of Warrumbungles NP and then pop out again at Coonabarabran. It will probably add 50km to the journey and the view from Sidings Springs telescope is phenomenal (largest optical telescope in Australia). Might add an extra half day though with sight seeing, there are some wheel chair friendly short walking tracks

From Moree if you are sick of the Newell Highway and trucks, head east to Warialda then Inverell, north through Texas to Millmeran & Toowoomba.
All those towns will give you wheel chair motels and if there is a bit of dirt on the western side of the Warrumbungles you could do in a mini
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Reply By: CSeaJay - Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019 at 17:25

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019 at 17:25
Nice car you are driving ;-)
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Follow Up By: Hoyks - Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019 at 22:03

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019 at 22:03
I'd probably be a bit sick of it after seeing the inside for 4500km though...
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019 at 08:59

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019 at 08:59
IMHO you should stay on the main highways.
BMW X7s have run flat tyres and no spare AFAIK.
Run Flats are only good for a short distance and must be replaced if damaged as they cannot be fixed in many cases.
You could be stuck in say the Warrumbungles for many days, although maybe deluxe insurance could get you to Coonabarabran where you would also be stuck.
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Follow Up By: Rangiephil - Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019 at 09:00

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019 at 09:00
PS check whether there are any tyres in Australia before you go.
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