Thunderbolts Way

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Hi All
Just a quick enquiry to the condition of the road travelling from Uralla to Raymond Terrace (thunderbolts ways) is it a fully sealed road all the way?
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Reply By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 12:01

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 12:01
http://www.dotars.gov.au/auslink/green_paper/submissions/industry/ind_tourism_taskforce.htm

Thunderbolt’s Way

The Thunderbolt’s Way is a recently sealed route between Gloucester and
Uralla through the Barrington Tops area that has considerable tourism
potential. The route takes up to an hour off the journey-time between
Sydney and Armidale. The route is very scenic with open view-scapes
from elevated areas as well as closed forest.

An official opening in May 2000 commemorated the completion of the Thunderbolts Way between Gloucester and Walcha. The State Government provided overall funding of $6.1 million with Gloucester and Walcha Councils contributing $3 million in total.

Whilst the road has now been open for two years, the route tends to be used mainly by local traffic. However, recent traffic surveys conducted by the Gloucester Local Government show that the peak number of vehicles per day travelling along the route tripled (from 300 vehicles per day to 1095 vehicles per day) during the recent Easter period and that average use during the whole school holiday period (600 vehicles per day) was double the non-school holiday period. Traffic counts also show that a large proportion of the cars were from Queensland. These facts clearly indicate that the Thunderbolts Way has potential to attract tourists, however there has been very little promotion of the road so far as a
touring route.
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Follow Up By: Member - Troopytrek - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 12:18

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 12:18
Thanks Crispy,

This information has been a great help as we are travelling to Sydney this thursday and was planning to go this way. Now with this information we will go this way instead of the usual trip to Sydney.

As we travel with children we try to take different routes to give the a different area to look at and research so they understand the history behind the areas while we travel.

I believe this is the only way the children of today appreciate this wounderful country we live in.

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Reply By: Peter 2 - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 13:25

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 13:25
It is very steep north of Gloucester, if coming down (heading towards Gloucester) use your gears to slow /hold speed down as many vehicles lose their brakes and go over the edge.
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Follow Up By: Nick R - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 16:51

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 16:51
I'll second that, even when I used to drive a Commodore I would have to pull the auto back to 1 or 2, it is very hard on the brakes otherwise.
Even when it was dirt it was a big time saver.
Last time I drove it I had a bit of a cold, after driving down my ears blocked up and I was nearly deaf for the next 4 hours and in a lot of pain.
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Reply By: Member - Troopytrek - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 18:11

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 18:11
When you say steep does it also wind like Esk- Hampton range in the Darling Downs.
Steep as in the Toowoomba range or is it worse,longer can you fill me in ?

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Follow Up By: Ava191 - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 13:30

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 13:30
Hi Troopy - it is a bit like that Esk-Hampton Rd.
In fact, if heading south into Gloucester it is probably steeper. It is about 2 years since I was on it, heading north, and in some spots it's a little narrow. Definitely a good drive - and any 2wd car can do it easily. Just take the usual care for the tight and steep parts
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 18:21

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 18:21
Not familiar with those pieces of roads you mention, I used to slot the troopy back to first coming down and the Humvee (its auto) would definitely be in 1st.
Had a mate that used to bring a trailer load of firewood back to Sydney occasioanlly and he reckoned low range worked really well..
Doesn't wind as such, a few bends but grade is constant, most 4wd's will have nor problem, just take your time, let the loonies go past. It isn't a major road so can be a bit narrow (still two lanes though) in spots.
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Follow Up By: Member - Troopytrek - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 16:52

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 16:52
Thanks Peter2,

Toowoomba Range is a very steep descent and many Trucks and vehicles end up over the edge.
The Govt. is in the process up here to put a new range crossing through for the trucks because of the descent and the windiness of the descent.

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Reply By: Willykj - Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 19:26

Sunday, Apr 17, 2005 at 19:26
Hi all,

This road is great - saves lots of time - is very scenic & definitely worth a go. I have been travelling it since 1979. Is now all bitumen & the steep section (about 4km's) is not too bad if you take it slow & use your gears. Have towed caravans over that road with no problem whatsoever.

Willy
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Follow Up By: Member - Troopytrek - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 10:01

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 10:01
Thanks Willy,

We are not taking our camper trailer this time just the forby .

We had heard that the trip is a very scenic route and also shorter thought I would research a little to confirm the stories.

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Reply By: phil - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 14:51

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 14:51
Don't be tempted to speed on the Uralla-Nowendoc section. The local Constabulary are quite active!

Phil I

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Follow Up By: Member - Troopytrek - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 16:44

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 16:44
Thanks for the info on the local Constabulary,

We won't be speeding as we are trying to work out our fuel economy with this new rig it seems to be much better than the 1989 petrol troopy we had (or should I say cannot part with sitting in the back yard).

We haven't travelled far with this rig yet ,just to Marybourough from Toowoomba and as you know you tend to play up to see how the rig goes and of cause you have friends drive it so they can see what it is like compared to the old one.

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Reply By: Lyds - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 15:09

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 15:09
As you get to the top there is a clearing with facilities on the western side, it has sensational views. Great spot for a cuppa.

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Follow Up By: Member - Troopytrek - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 16:46

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 16:46
That sounds great needed to hear if there where any good spots along the way for a break.
Have penciled this one down.

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Reply By: Tim - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 16:41

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 16:41
Yeah a ditto to that above post, there is a look out that is just unbelieveable, its on the side of the road, you can't miss it, definatley worth stopping.
As said, takes an hour out of a trip to Uralla from Newcastle, can get foggy in the high country and you won't see much traffic.
Tim
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Follow Up By: Member - Troopytrek - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 16:48

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 16:48
Thanks Tim
Will take that into account about the fog.
Have always had alot of foggy mornings where we live so we will take care.

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Reply By: Moz - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 21:37

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 21:37
Hi Troopy,
Just completed a wonderful trip to Barrington Tops and taking this road
was definitely a highlight. Our old diesel cruiser struggled on a couple of
hills but it got there. We stopped at Nowendoc for lunch (1km east of the road)
at a Community Hall with toilets, and there was a shop with fuel.
Next time we go to Sydney we'll being taking this road instead of the
overcrowded New England.

Cheers
Moz
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Reply By: Member - Marilyn P (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 19, 2005 at 19:03

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2005 at 19:03
Went that way from Maitland to Armidale during Easter break. An excellent trip with as others have said great views. My troopie just kept on chugging so steep inclines or declines not a problem. Pleasant places to stop along the way - one a camping ground alongside a river - about half way along - on your left hand side - sorry I can't be more specific about the directions but the kids would love the place with plenty of space to run around.
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