Road condition Gold Coast to Tenterfield via Casino

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 11:53
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We will be leaving the Gold Coast next week and heading towards Tenterfield. Yesterday I was told the road to Tenterfield had very steep hills and was a very winding track. Can somebody give me some advice please?
Peter M
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Reply By: Hairs & Fysh - Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 12:39

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 12:39
Hi Peter,
It is a winding road from Casino to Tenterfield, in some places it is steep, not ideal for towing a camper or caravan. It's some 127 km, I'd give it a good two hours if towing.
Last time I traveled it was at 3 am in the morning on our way to St George for the Gathering in 2009, we were towing our heavy Swan.

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Reply By: Mikelb - Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 13:32

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 13:32
I regularly go to Byron Bay to see my daughter. I tow a 15 foot van behind my V6 RAV and have no problems at all. It is steep and windy for the last part from Drake to Tenterfield but is OK if you take your time.
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Reply By: baz&pud (Tassie) - Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 16:41

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 16:41
Peter M
We travelled that road June last year in the reverse direction, left Tenterfield at 8.30am in the fog, could hardly see the front of the cruiser.

We were towing a 19' van, and as said it is steep, actually i would say hilly, and windy, but we didn't have any problems.

Have a good trip.
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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 22:36

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 22:36
Depends what you are used to.
I wouldn't have thought it is anywhere near as steep as Cunninghams Gap/Toowoomba range, but certainly much longer and more windy.
No where is it too narrow for two semi trailers to pass each other safely. Yes there are a couple of hair pin bends which from memory are sign posted down to 35km/hr, but again semis pass each other safely.

Semi trailers carting livestock to Casino abbatoirs/ saleyards do it regularly.
Takes about 1.5 hours in a car without speeding from Casino to Tenterfield. My wife's family are on the NSW north coast and we have been doing it for 25 years.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 02:09

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 02:09
I find that road is not one of the steeper ones that I regularly use. In the steeper sections you are generally more speed limited by the curves than the gradients. Most of the road can just be described as undulating.

It's a full single lane road in each direction. You should not have any problems with the gradients unless you are towing a van that is too large. Use your gear box to keep your revs up and you should fly up the hills. Learn to drive in hilly country or you are going to miss out on some of the best parts of Oz.

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Follow Up By: Member - Peter M (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 08:23

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 08:23
Thank you all
I tow a 22' Windsor behind a 2001 Nissan 4500 Patrol (petrol/gas) and it can be slow up some hills.
I was more concerned as to whether it was a suitable road for larger caravans
Peter M
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