Advice on best Hwy to travel on..Katoomba - Brisbane

Submitted: Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 10:26
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Hello, I'm hoping some of you well-travelled people can please give me some advice.
I may be purchasing a vehicle down in NSW and driving it back home to Brisbane shortly. What's the best route to take:
1. The Newell Highway,
2. The Cunningham Highway,
3. The Pacific.

The vehicle is an old 3B-powered BJ42 Landcruiser, so travelling at warp-speed is not going to be happening! I've done the pacific hwy up from Sydney before and all l can remember is the huge amount of trucks and the amount of bad truckies that were in a hurry!

Do the inland routes have a lot of hills? I'm really just trying to find the most friendly route for the old bus. I'm going to try to maintain 100Kph obviously, but l don't want to be travelling on a single lane highway with 10 semi's riding my tail!

Any advice would be appreciated.

Cheers,
Dan
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Reply By: Member - Tour Boy ( Bundy QLD) - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 11:19

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 11:19
We always go the Newell, gave up on the coast roads long ago.
Where is the vehicle? If in Blue Mtns go thru Mudgee, Dunedoo and Coonabarabran after this there are less hills and whilst the trucks are the same speed wise as the Pacific Hwy there are more oportunities for them to pass. There are also fewer during the day.
If elsewhere head to Dubbo and up.
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Dave
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Follow Up By: Member - Tour Boy ( Bundy QLD) - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 11:20

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 11:20
Sorry forgot you said Katoomba. I worked there until 18mths ago so I probably know the vehicle.
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Reply By: Ozboc - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 11:20

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 11:20
I head inland when going north ( new England hwy) find this way is better as there are not so many stops - traffic lights and so forth --- the pacific hwy is loaded with towns where you have to slow to 50 - 40 kmh - endless red lights - traffic - Inland is not as scenic but and easier drive with higher ave speed

if in doubt -- go to whereis.com.au and click on the directions tab

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Reply By: Member - Angus E (NSW) - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 11:54

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 11:54
From Bathurst we head up through Mudgee, Gulgong, Coolah, Spring Ridge, to Tamworth and up the new England Highway. We went as far as Glen Innes a couple of weeks ago. The road from Coolah to Tamworth has light traffic and plenty of spaces for overtaking (or to be overtaken!). Just watch the numerous speed cameras on the New England Highway.

A much better option than the Pacific Highway which was a work site between Coopernook and Port Macquarie when we were there last month.
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Follow Up By: blueriderwa - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 22:16

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 22:16
this is the way i would recomend but there are a few hills between tenterfield and warwick and the you have to travel down the range from warwick into brisbane. it is nost certainly the quickest way and a nice drive too.

by the way .... did anyone mention the speed cameras on the NE. cheers dave
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Follow Up By: blueriderwa - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 22:19

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 22:19
just read angus' post a little more closely. you dont need to go to bathurst you can turn off towards mudgee just west of lithgow. if you go to bathurst you would need to go through hill end ..... note "hill" cheers dave
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Reply By: sweetwill - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 14:33

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 14:33
hi falco 80.
like angus e said watch out for the cameras on the new england.
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Reply By: Falco80 - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 15:07

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 15:07
Thanks all for your responses. I'll be avoiding the Pacific highway by the sounds if it. I'm looking forward to the drive now, if i get the truck. Never driven in the blue mountains, but i imagine it's nice country.

Cheers,
Dan
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