melbourne to Cairns - Queensland roads

Submitted: Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 16:05
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I am driving Melbourne to Cairns in June and I would like recommendations on the best route. I know Vic and NSW roads OK, but not Qld. I am looking for the easiest run, best surfaces, widest roads, etc. It will be express, on my own.
Google shows Charleville- Blackall- Hughden -Cairns, but I am also interested in thoughts on travelling via
St George - Roma - Emerald -Townsville - Cairns, or
Goondawindi - Miles - Rockhampton - Cairns.
The distances all seem to be reasonably similar, which ever way I go.
Advice on areas that are a bigger problem than usual for roos would be helpful as well
thanks
Ian
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Reply By: Stu & "Bob" - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 17:28

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 17:28
G'day Ian,

Hughenden to Cairns via the Lynd and Mt. Garnet has about 350Km of dirt road, this can be very ordinary at times.

How about, Charleville- Blackall- Longreach (Hall of Fame and Qantas Museum)- Winton (Dinosaurs)- Hughenden (more dinosaurs)- Charters Towers- Mt Garnet- Cairns.

As with all inland areas, beware of roos if travelling at night. They have had heaps of rain in the Winton district this year, so roos and other wildlife could be a bit more plentiful.

HTH
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Follow Up By: ian - Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 11:15

Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 11:15
thanks Stu and bob,
from what you say about the dirt, I will look at your suggestion.
thanks
ian
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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 17:39

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 17:39
The Goondiwindi to Miles run is pretty good, although it does go through some black soil plains and the road gets a little lumpy but not enough to be overbearing. This section will probably have the most wildlife.

Miles to Rockhampton is a great run, there may be some travelling stock on the road but nothing major. Other wildlife may be around but no more than any other rural area. I haven't hit one in this area yet LOL

St george to Emerald is also a good run but probably more wildlife than the Goondiwindi - Miles section. The roads north of roma may be still under repair for the the wet weather we have been having lately.

How did you plan on getting to Charleville?? this route via Blackall will probably be the most effected by the current wet weather.

HTH


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Follow Up By: ian - Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 11:18

Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 11:18
Hi Kev,
i will be coming thru Dubbo, so Goondawindi - Miles -Rocky might be the go.
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ian
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 17:50

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 17:50
You dont state if dirt is an option or not , some sections of dirt travel in the centre will cut the distance but not the speed , come June the roos will be back in plague proportions on the green verges at dawn and dusk.
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Follow Up By: ian - Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 11:19

Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 11:19
thanks Alloy c/t
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Reply By: Member - Michael O (NSW) - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 18:03

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 18:03
Did Wagga-Townsville in 2 days last July.

Day 1 Wagga-Young-Grenfell-Forbes-Peak Hill-Narromine-Nyngan-Bourke-Cunnamulla

Day 2 Cunnamulla-Charleville-Tambo-good dirt to Alpha-dirt to Clermont-Belyando-Charters Towers-Townsville
Monday I have Friday on my mind...
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Follow Up By: ian - Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 11:20

Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 11:20
Michael.
I will check that out
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Ian
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Reply By: sweetwill - Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 19:00

Friday, Feb 26, 2010 at 19:00
hi there Ian
my preference for an express run would be straight up the princes hwy, then onto the pacific, cheaper fuel, less wild life more fuel stations open, cheers bill.
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Follow Up By: ian - Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 11:21

Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 11:21
Sweetwill,
your point on fuel prices is valid.
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ian
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