Avoiding Toll Roads

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 12:04
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Hi All, We are travelling at the end of the month from SA to Moree and then to Currumbin Waters to visit friends then on to Tin Can Bay towing a 17ft Poptop. My questions is can we avoid toll roads and which way- roads do we take. Also we prefer to avoid hill climbing if possible. We have been to Moree before so that part of the trip we know but from Moree onwards if anyone has any info would be great. Also if anyone can tell us of a good caravan park that allows dogs close to Currumbin Waters would be appreciated.

Thanks in Advance.
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Reply By: madfisher - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 12:22

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 12:22
What you save in fuel usually more then covers any tolls.
Cheers Pete
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Reply By: Member - Wayne N (QLD) - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 12:31

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 12:31
Drive up to Goondiwindi, then Brisbane via Toowoomba OR Warwick, then M1 down to Gold Coast. Depending which way you go thru Brisbane, The only road with a toll is Logan Motorway, but there are alternatives.

But tolls aren't all bad, I would take Logan motorway - you will save more in fuel and wear & tear fighting thru the traffic than the toll cost.

Other option is a much more "Scenic" drive thru Tenterfield to Lismore and up the Pacific H'Way.

Then same from Currumbin Waters to Tin Can Bay. The only toll is on the Gateway Bridge, and there are other options thru Brisbane. Just don't go thru anytime near peak hour - Brisbane traffic is bad these days, and the Gateway is extremely bad.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark G (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 12:41

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 12:41
waynes correct,the logan motorway's the go,it will only cost you about $5 all up but it will save you heaps of time and stress trying to get through the traffic.it will bring you onto the m1 1hour north of the gold coast.all good roads too.
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Reply By: Joondalupgerry - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 12:55

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 12:55
Our GPS can be easily programmed to avoid toll roads. We find it makesany trip a lot les stressful as we know well in advance of on ramps/off ramps etc. Would recommend any well known brand.
Cheers Gerard
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Reply By: Member - Footloose - Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 17:18

Sunday, Jun 15, 2008 at 17:18
How long will you be in the Currumbin area for ? There's a CP at Palm Beach and one at the Tally Creek that's not bad. I wouldn't recommend the one at Southport near the Broadwater, as it's well known for filling the local pawn shops.
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Reply By: Mikee5 (Logan QLD) - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 10:39

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 10:39
I live south of Brisbane and I would say that paying the tolls would be the best option. You are towing a caravan in a strange area with heavy traffic including semi's and b-doubles not to mention ordinary impatient car drivers! I always use the Logan Motorway even when not towing my van. There are three tolls from memory $1.70, $1.60 and $1.10 the booths still take cash at present, they are changing to cashless soon. (I have a transponder now so I can't remember the exact cost). Ditto when going north to Tin Can Bay, the gateway bridge is much the easiest way, toll at present I think is $2.60. The alternative - Gympie Road has 42 sets of lights in 16 kms, plus you have to navigate the city. Avoid the gateway from about 6.00am to 9.30am and 3.30pm to 6.00pm as it is usually choked. Welcome to Queensland.
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Follow Up By: 2 grey nomads - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 12:51

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 12:51
We would prefer not to tow the van into Currumbin Waters. We could stay at Ipswich if we can find a dog friendly park then travel down to Currumbin Waters to visit. After that then we could I think bypass Brisbane and head for Tin Can bay. It is not the cost of Toll roads that bothers us we just don't really want to get into the hectic race up or down the highways. Afterall we are supposed to be on holiday.....
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark G (NSW) - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 18:25

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 18:25
dont know weather or not they allow dogs but the Treasure Island tourist park at Labrador has always looked after us when we stayed there.its basically opposite the Harbour town shopping centre,on the main road in,cheers :-)
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Reply By: Off-track - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 11:03

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 11:03
Croweaters are scared and confused about the benefits of toll roads.
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Reply By: 2 grey nomads - Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 09:16

Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 09:16
Thanks everyone, We are off in a few days looks like it will be toll roads. But will see what happens once we are on the way.
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