Sydney airport to Gosford

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 12:24
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Please be kind to a West Australian who has never driven in Sydney. What is the best way to drive from Sydney Airport to Gosford? Does one have to go over the Sydney Harbour Bridge? Or can one go out to the Western Suburbs and miss the city traffic then start heading North? If one really needs to go over the Harbour Bridge what is the arrangement with paying toll?

I have Oziexplorer and the UBD map set so if someone can recommend which roads to take I should be able to create a track file. Thanks Jeff
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Reply By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 12:28

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 12:28
Jeff - what time of day are you going to do this? It makes a huge difference...
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Follow Up By: Member - Jay Gee (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 12:30

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 12:30
Morning - leaving at about 9AM or so
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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 12:34

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 12:34
In which case I'd just head up Southern Cross Drive and on to the Eastern Distributor, Harbour Tunnel, Pacific Highway to the freeway at Waitara. It's the most direct and you are against the general flow of traffic once you hit the tunnel. There is absolutely no point in going west to bypass the city at that time. You will have lights, but so will any other route you might take.
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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 12:36

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 12:36
Eastern Distributor toll is about $4.50 (haven't been on it for a while) going north. No other northerly tolls. Coming back you will hit the bridge/tunnel toll at $3.00 but the Eastern Distributor is free in that direction.
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Follow Up By: Penguin (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 13:11

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 13:11
One thing you left out is that you can pay cash at the toll booths on both the Harbour Bridge (Southbound) and the Eastern Distributor (Northbound).

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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 16:22

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 16:22
Are you serious???.. You have to pay $4.50 to go from one side of the water to the other by vehicle???...
That hurts when you have to add it too the cost of running expenses....
I know that tolls are applicable in some parts of the country but i thought they were just a $1 or so...
Obviously you can get past them by detour though.... Easily???
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 17:54

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 17:54
Voxson,

Come to beautiful Sydney. Using the tollways consistently can definitely put a hole in your wallet :)))))))
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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 18:04

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 18:04
My tolls - PER DAY:

1) M5 toll north $3.30
2) Eastern Distributor north: $4.50
3) Cross City Tunnel west: $1.76 (half price at the moment)
4) Cross City Tunnel east: $1.76
5) M5 toll south $3.30

Total (if all I do is go to work) PER DAY: $14.62 or $73.10 per week

Add to that $25.00 per week to park at my office $98.10

Add to that 650km travel to get to work and at 12.5L/100km at $1.40/L = $113.75

So - my total bill JUST TO GET TO WORK is $211.85, and NO - I can't take public transport because that would take (2 busses, 2 trains and 2 light rail trips) around 5 hours out of my day.

My wife also goes to work, so add all of her expenses.

I then have to pay a mortgage on a house that, because I live in Sydney, is cost well over half a million dollars.

Moving to Sydney anyone?
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Follow Up By: conman - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 18:19

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 18:19
by the way, you can double all those tolls if your driving a truck, because truck drivers are really rich :-)
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 18:23

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 18:23
But you love it, Omaroo :)))))))))
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Follow Up By: conman - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 18:25

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 18:25
what? Sydney? what's not to love?
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 21:12

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 21:12
Confucious says: " Man with four cars and hands in pockets, feels cocky all day" LOLOLOL even if it costs him big bicky's
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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 21:50

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 21:50
Willem - good point:

4 registrations and insurance per year = $6,400 which is $120.00 per week.

New weekly travel total (excluding Jenny's travel)= $331.00

oh. what the hell - call it an even $500.00 per week in transport.
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Follow Up By: mowing - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 23:22

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 23:22
It would be cheaper to buy a helicopter.......no wonder there are so many New South Welsh people here in WA.....
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Reply By: dinodog- Central Coast NSW - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 12:33

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 12:33
Hi jay gee

I live near gosford and the best way the get here for those who don't know the city is to exit the airport and follow the signs to the city and along the distributor pay your toll, can't remember how much it is, cross the bridge and follow the signs to north coast newcastle gosford etc. north of sydney onto the f3 cross the hawkesbury river the over the mooney bridge then look for gosford turn of to the left and you are there. should only take you about 100 minutes.

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Reply By: newlux - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 14:23

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 14:23
As you come out of the domestic terminal (i'm assuming you are coming in on a domestic flight), turn right at the main intersection onto joyce dr. Follow this road until you get to the 2nd set of traffic lights where you turn left onto southern cross drive.
Southern Cross Drive eventually turns into the eastern distributor, $4.50 toll. This same road then becomes the harbour tunnel (free to travel north bound). Keep following this same road as you come out of the tunnel. The road is now called the warringah fwy keep following, this same road then becomes the gore hill freeway. On this stretch you want to take the pacific hwy exit.
You then want to turn right onto the pacific hwy and follow this road all the way to the F3 freeway, where you turn right and follow until the gosford exit on the left.
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Reply By: Member - Ian W (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 14:47

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 14:47
Jay Gee,
The above posts cover it well, I can't add anything to the above.

The rourte from the aiport & then on to the Central Coast (Gosford) is well signposted.

Whatever you do, don't even contemplate trying to go there via the Western Suburbs.

And that's from a Westie.

Ian
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Reply By: Pajman Pete (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 17:21

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 17:21
And pay attention to which lane you are in north of the harbour.

The signs are clear but if you are talking to your wife on the phone (hands free!) and your attention wanders, suddenly a median strip appears, you exit he freeway and you get an interesting back streets tour of Sydney free of charge.

At least the Laptop, OZI, GPS and the UBD City Streets let me see where I was and how to extricate myself.

It had all changed since I last lived in Sydney!
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:10

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:10
Once you get past the Bridge/Tunnel, keep in the right or 2nd-right lane. Take the Pacific Highway Exit.
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Reply By: Gramps (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 17:30

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 17:30
As per the posts above Jay Gee.

Do NOT, under any circumstances. go West. We don't have much tolerance for tourists on the roads out here where the air is still clean and sex is dirty :))))))

You are definitely in for an experience LOLOLOL
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Follow Up By: conman - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 18:21

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 18:21
the air is still clean? not the view from my verandah looking west most days.
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 18:24

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 18:24
You must be too far East then :))
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Reply By: Steve - Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:26

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2006 at 19:26
the route is not well signposted - unless you already know the route.

Just a couple of pointers to add to what others have said: I'd bite the bullet and pay the extortionate 4.50 toll. Much less stress. The fact that you'll be going thru pretty heavy traffic is actually a bonus because it will give you time to work out the directions. Don't get fooled into following the "North Sydney" sign - it is just the northern part of the city which you actually want to miss. As you leave the Airport, look for "City" and then "North Coast/Newcastle" and get on that eastern distributor. It'll cost $4.50 but worth it. After you've by-passed the city you'll end up turning right onto the Pacific Hwy which is a crapp road that takes you thru the north shore suburbs until you get to the F3 (a good 15 mins N of the city) From there it's easy. Just make sure you get on the Eastern distributor (though tunnel) going north or you'll be circling town all day.
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Follow Up By: wheeleybin - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 08:10

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 08:10
Steve
I agree with you about signposting and I wonder about the whinging on toll priceing that has gone on as a casual visitor to Sydney would be mad not to pay the toll to get in and out as quickly and as cheaply as possible.
Imagine the toll paid in lost time,frustration,added fuel trying it any other way as this would far outway the toll charges.
Last Tuesday I dropped off in Castle Hill and had to go to Arncliff and Mascot and I went via Liverpool and got there in 30minutes and paid the toll loaded and was out of town quicktime heading north in the fresssshhh air.
Wheeley
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Follow Up By: Steve - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 17:59

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 17:59
Actually, i do feel a bit of a traitor in telling people to use these roads but we get a few o/seas visitors and believe me, if you're not already familiar with the route, it's badly signposted, as are most of Sydney's roads....but, as an out of towner (1.5 hrs N) I use them at least once a week and admit they do save time and therefore money when you're working for yourself. I sympathise with those who have to pay this every day, sometimes both ways. I know the main bone of contention with the (excellent) cross city tunnel is that they have forced people to use it, not only for cross-city traffic going east-west, but you're also forced to use it to cross the harbour from the E suburbs. In principle, I'm dead against it and think it's the thin end of the wedge.....but, when you're trying to keep up with appointments around town, they are a blessing. $4.50 on the E dist. is only a one way charge, but the M5 gets you both ways at $3.50 the last time I used it, and that was ages ago. It would be good if they eventually knocked the charge off altogether when the road is paid for, like they did with the F3, but I think that was an aberation never to be repeated.

Anyway mate, (visitor from WA) just make sure you use the Eastern distributr. Bugger the $4.50 toll. If you don't know your way around town, you'd be insane not to.
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Reply By: Member - Mike DID - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 08:51

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 08:51
If you want incredible detail - the first figure is km, the second is hrs:min

Mike

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Start at Keith Smith Avenue, Mascot, NSW

Go west on Keith Smith Avenue
Drive less than 0.1 miles 0.0 0:00
Stay on Keith Smith Avenue as it bears right
Drive less than 0.1 miles 0.1 0:00

Turn right on Shiers Avenue
Drive 0.5 miles 0.5 0:02
Stay on Sir Reginald Ansett Drive as it turns left
Drive 0.1 miles 0.6 0:02

Turn right on Joyce Drive
Drive 0.7 miles 1.3 0:03

Take slip road and bear left on Mill Pond Road
Drive less than 0.1 miles on Slip road 1.3 0:03
Drive 0.1 miles 1.5 0:03

Take Southern Cross Drive to 1 (Southern Cross Drive)
Drive 0.2 miles on Southern Cross Drive 1.6 0:04
Drive 2.9 miles (~3 min) (Start toll) 4.5 0:06
Drive 2.8 miles (~3 min) (End toll) 7.4 0:09
Drive 5.2 miles (~5 min) 12.5 0:14

Take 1 to 1
Drive 0.5 miles on 1 13.0 0:15
Drive less than 0.1 miles 13.1 0:15
Stay on 1 as it turns right
Drive 8.6 miles (~15 min) 21.6 0:29

Take Sydney Newcastle Freeway to Sydney Newcastle Freeway
Drive 0.2 miles on Sydney Newcastle Freeway 21.9 0:30
Drive 12.6 miles (~12 min) 34.5 0:41

Straight on Sydney-Newcastle Freeway
Drive 14.0 miles (~13 min) 48.6 0:54

Take Pacific Highway to Pacific Highway (83)
Drive 0.8 miles on Pacific Highway 49.4 0:56
Drive 3.8 miles (~7 min) 53.2 1:02

Take 83 and bear right on Pacific Highway (83)
Drive less than 0.1 miles on 83 53.2 1:02
Drive 0.3 miles 53.5 1:03

At 83 take third exit on Donnison Street (83)
Drive less than 0.1 miles on 83 53.6 1:03
Drive 0.1 miles 53.7 1:03

At 83 take first exit on Donnison Street (83)
Drive less than 0.1 miles on 83 53.7 1:03
Drive less than 0.1 miles 53.8 1:03
Stay on Mann Street (83) as it turns left
Drive 0.1 miles 53.9 1:04

End at Gosford, NSW 53.9 1:04
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Reply By: Member - Jay Gee (WA) - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 10:52

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 10:52
Thanks everyone for your reply. It will be a great help.

When I said I have never driven in Sydney I should have said "I have never been in control of a car in Sydney". I have previously left the driving up to taxi drivers and have seen what the traffic is like.

In reply to "Gramps" comment "You are definitely in for an experience LOLOLOL" - I know, and that's why I approach the journey with great trepedation. (Maybe I should cancel the plane trip and drive over after all)

Anyway - just one more question about the tolls - Is it safe to assume they take cash and there is a human person there to take the money? By that I mean I don't have to worry about the tolls being replaced by some hi-tech gismo and I really need to buy a special card before I even get on the road?

Finally - I assume the directions I have been given for the outward trip are reversable for the return trip.

Cheers
Jeff
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 16:06

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 16:06
"Is it safe to assume they take cash and there is a human person there to take the money?"

Someone will correct me very quickly if i"ve got this wrong.

The Bridge, the Tunnel and the Eastern Distributor all take cash at set booths. But there is'nt necessarily a human in attendance.

Regards

p.s. Glad you have had some exposure to the pleasures of traffic in Sydney :)))))
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