Sydney to Longreach, which Hwy?

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 21:47
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Hello, in about 2 weeks I'm off to Longreach for a quick trip. (need some k's on the car) and Google maps gives me two options.

One via the Landsborough Hwy, and the other via the Mitchell Hwy, with only 57km's difference.

Never been out here before, does anyone have an opinion on which might be the better road,, and where a good half way stop might be? (I'd like to do it in 2 days, no kids)

Many thanks.
PS. My GPS map is about 2 yrs old so assume I won't have too many issues?
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Reply By: Fatso - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 21:54

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 21:54
Probably leave your fixing of a route until it is closer to your departure date. There is a little bit of flooding out that way at the moment.
It will no doubt be a very beautiful drive. That's if it stops raining.
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Follow Up By: James_1 - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 22:02

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 22:02
Wow, maybe I'll mention now too that it will only be 2wd.
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Follow Up By: Fatso - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 22:09

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 22:09
2 wheel drive won't detract from the beauty James.
At the worst you will just have to be flexible with your route & time allowance.
That is "at the worst".
You will definitely know in a couple of weeks.
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 21:58

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 21:58
Why not go up one way and back the other.

That's why they made to routes.

Duncs
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 22:17

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 22:17
Way to go.................
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Follow Up By: Fred G NSW - Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 08:42

Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 08:42
Definitely a better option than seeing the same trees from both sides LOL......

Fred.
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Reply By: craig2 - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 22:14

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 22:14
Longreach is flooded at the moment.
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Follow Up By: James_1 - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 23:27

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 23:27
Ohh, thanks for that,, better have a destination 'B' then if it doesn't dry out.
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 08:57

Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 08:57
If I were you , I would go to Moree then across to St George then North via the Carnavon development road to come out at Emerald then west.

Although it would be a long day, Carnavon Gorge is very worth seeing.

You could also camp a second night if required at Blackdown Tableland National Park just east of Blackwater. This is a beautiful place in an unlikely spot.

A bit longer but far more scenic

Regards Philip A

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Follow Up By: James_1 - Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 09:08

Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 09:08
Philip, thanks so much for you input :-)
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Reply By: long haired nomad - Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 12:45

Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 12:45
Gday James,
Not sure where your leaving from but if its Sydney, I'd go, Dubbo, Bourke, Cunnamulla, Barcaldine then Longreach. Depending on wether roads are open of course.
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Follow Up By: James_1 - Saturday, Jan 09, 2010 at 12:56

Saturday, Jan 09, 2010 at 12:56
Thanks LHN!
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