Towing North QLD

Submitted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 09:33
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Hi All,

What is the coast road (Bruce Hwy) like for towing a 20’ van between Rockhampton and Cairns.
Or should we take an inland road like the Gregory developmental and Kennedy Hwy.

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Reply By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 09:46

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 09:46
You're kidding right?

Just follow every second vehicle with a van heading north.

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Reply By: The Top End Explorer - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 09:49

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 09:49
I have driven the Bruce Hwy twice now and feared for my life on both occasions.

Cheers Steve.
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 09:57

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 09:57
It's a question I've been wondering about too, Matt.

I'll be taking a 20 footer from the Sunshine Coast up to Cairns in October. I've never been there before.

In WA I'm used to long flat straight roads and all the info I'm getting about FNQ implies twisty, steep, sometimes narrow roads. So I'm viewing it with a bit of trepidation too.

But I suppose QLD wouldn't be the Grey Nomad capital of the world if it was hard to get around.

Can't be any worse than dragging a 16 footer thru Melbourne's peak hour traffic.

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Reply By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 10:02

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 10:02
This is reply 4....refer to reply 1

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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 10:16

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 10:16
G'day Matt,

Reply 1 is on the money! This time of year there is a steady migration of southerners in their vans and for everyone else it can be a bit of a nightmare. There are some big rigs driven to Cairns so don't sweat the road condition too much.

I was equally cocerned last year when I asked about the putty road and my sister who drives the road towing all sort of trailers told me to stop being a girl as she regularly took a large goose neck along this road. The trip worked OK for me and that road was a lot worse than between Rocky and Cairns.

Just enjoy the trip.

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Follow Up By: Member - Julie P (VIC) - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 09:03

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 09:03
G'day Beatit - don't you lurve the Putty Road? Bit wiggly - but isn't that what steering wheels are for? - As for Rocky - Cairns - as everyone else repllied - no worries - as every drive to the conditions available wherever you are.
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 10:56

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 10:56
hahaha - yes I have been driving it for over 20 years (just once or twice each year). Just this one time was with the van and I was acutely aware of the windy bit with the close to the road stone walls!

It use to be a lot scarier when it was a main thorough fare for all the semis and there were plenty of scary moments back then.

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Reply By: Member - AJB (VIC) - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 10:44

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 10:44
Easy as. Bit boring and busy with traffic sometimes but real easy. Go up one way and back the other.
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Reply By: Member - Tony & Julie (FNQ) - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 16:27

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 16:27
Its a Highway :-) I see no problems with the road - the drivers on them are a different story. There are nuts on any highway, so watch out for the nuts. Cheers Tony
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Follow Up By: Member -Dodger - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 16:43

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 16:43
Expecially the loose ones.

I know you WA people have trouble with hills and winding roads but by the time you get to FN Qld you will have enough know how to do it ............... so yest does it man.
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 18:26

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 18:26
Thanks Dodger, you're right about us Sandgropers. We invented the flat earth society.

And I am one of those loose nuts behind the wheel.

Maybe I should put some sort of notice on the back of the van warning other drivers of my nervousness.

Any suggestions?



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Follow Up By: Member -Dodger - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 08:18

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 08:18
No need for the sign.
The Number Plate says it all.
Nerves are good they make you wary of what is happening around you thus increasing your driving skills.
Enjoy your trip.
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Reply By: Roy the boy - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 17:55

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 17:55
Post 1 hit the nail right on the head,if you can make it to Brisbane you won't have any problems to Cairn's
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Reply By: Ianw - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 18:52

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 18:52
Refer to replies on other forum !!!
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Reply By: Member - Malcolm (Townsville) - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 22:09

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 22:09
I recently went down the Bruce Hwy to NSW and came back through St George on the Development Road to Charters Towers. Vowed I would never get off the Bruce again if doing straight trip. Cheaper fuel, better roads, more traffic sure. Turn on your CB and listen to the truckies.

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