Two questions - 1 day to Syd & Side Steps

Submitted: Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 09:31
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Anyone travelled to Syd from Bris lately? Am considering driving the coast road and need to be there in a day. Or is it better to drive the inland route via Tamworth etc.?

Also will be looking for a set of side steps for the 92 Pajero. Anyone recommend a good retailer in Brisbane.

Thanks,

Prento
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 10:31

Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 10:31
G'day Prento,

Been doing this run twice a year for the last 16 years (last time Xmas 2004). Tend to favour via the New England Hgw, takes me about 12.5 hours (stops etc). Every now and again I try the coast road to see if the trip has gotten any better(last time about 2-3 years ago) end it never fails to dissapoint for a quick uninterupted trip - there is always something to slow you down.

Mate, if your goal is to do the trip asap then go the inland road, it might be up to 100Km longer but it will take you less time. If you want a scenic tour then go via the coast.

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Follow Up By: Prento - Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 11:41

Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 11:41
Thanks Beatit, probably as I thought. I did the coastal route many years back and sort of hoped it had improved. Don't care about the scenery as much as I'm going down to Sydney to pick up a boat. I'll head out to Warwick and take the New England .

Thanks for your tips.

Prento
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 11:52

Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 11:52
No probs, if your heading to western suburbs or Richmond/Windsor take the Putty Road. A little winding but relatively little traffick.

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Follow Up By: Footloose - Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 14:13

Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 14:13
Gold Coast to Syd, 10 hours easy. Add another hour for the freeway to Brizvagas.
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 14:19

Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 14:19
Hi Footloose,

I measured door(Cannon Hill Qld) to door (emu Plains NSW). Guess it depends on where your going. Also did the same trip about 14 years ago in 10.5 hours, I like to drive at night (no traffic) and there were no cameras back then. The distance is 1010Km.

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Follow Up By: Footloose - Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 14:24

Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 14:24
Hi Beatit. I go the coast road and hadn't been for a few years. I was amazed at the bypasses etc that cut so much time and hassle from the journey. If it wasn't for kamakazee tin cans and trucks that have speed minimus set on 110 it would be a great trip :))
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Reply By: Swine Hunter - Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 19:14

Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 19:14
Hi Prento,

I do this a couple of times per year, and with new bypasses, the coast road is every bit as quick as the New England hwy, as long as you travel at night with no traffic about.

Cheers,
Wayne
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Reply By: Member - Ray C (QLD) - Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 20:00

Monday, Apr 11, 2005 at 20:00
I do this on average once a month and have been for the last 10 years or so but I live south of Beaudesert so it is slightly easier for me.
I go Mt. Lindsey Highway>Lions Road>Kyogle/Casino (Summerland Way)>Grafton then Pacific Highway. I have done it door to door (to Nth Ryde) in 9 hours but obviously 10 hours is more comfortable.
Timing is everything, do it on a non-school holiday weekend when roadworks and truck traffic is at a minimum.
As someone has already mentioned the Pacific Hwy has improved no end so you now have several by-passes. Coffs & Kempsey have not been by-passed yet.
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