Best way across Sydney?

Submitted: Friday, May 11, 2012 at 08:46
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We are heading up past Newcastle from Melbourne with two caravans and would like any advice on going through Sydney, we intend to do it late at night, as both drivers are older in body 60+ + .
Do we need to contact anyone with regard to tolls?
Thanks in advance.

Bushy.
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Reply By: glids - Friday, May 11, 2012 at 09:02

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 09:02
Go online at http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/myrta/ to arrange a E-Toll. There are a few options available, but if only travelling through and back later you can set up an account with your car and caravan registration numbers and they will bill your account. I can't remember all the details, but we did it a couple of years back and very easy process. It certainly pays to use the toll roads and have the E-Toll set up prior to travel, then drive and forget.

It probably pays to have an up-to-date GPS as well unless you know your way around Sydney.

Happy travels.
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Reply By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Friday, May 11, 2012 at 09:06

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 09:06
Bushy

If you want a nice easy run then the following route is for you.

Come up the Hume Hwy past Campbelltown, then stay in the 2 left hand lanes, about 10-15 minutes later you will see a few signs.

Take the road that says Newcastle (M7), it veers a bit to the left

Just stay on that road. After about 35 minutes it will change to the M2 just keep on the road until you hit a very big 'T' intersection (Pennant Hills Rd).

Turn left and follow this road, keep in the middle lane as there are a few lanes that turn left only and they can be a pain to get out off, further up you will see the F3 turn off on the right, it's well sign posted, once you are on the F3 just follow your nose to Newcastle.

Have fun.

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Follow Up By: Member Bushy 04(VIC) - Friday, May 11, 2012 at 10:36

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 10:36
Thanks Boo Boo, that explained it the way even I can understand.

Bushy
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Follow Up By: Steve D1 - Friday, May 11, 2012 at 11:24

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 11:24
"just keep on the road until you hit a very big 'T' intersection (Pennant Hills Rd). "

It's not exactly a T intersection, its an exit, but well sign posted. Don't miss it or you'll end up in Lane Cove or worse, the city

Steve

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Follow Up By: steamfire01 - Friday, May 11, 2012 at 12:32

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 12:32
After you have turned left into Pennant Hills Road stay in the centre lane until you have passedCastle Hill Road at Thompsons Corner, (a bit over a Km).
If you were to stay in the left hand lane going up the hill you would have to turn left.
Happy travelling
TJ
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Friday, May 11, 2012 at 18:29

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 18:29
Steve

You are quite right.

In fact there is some road works around that area so keep your eyes open for that left hand exit Bushy.

Familiarity breeds contempt, I forgott the intersection goes on to Sydney, but the rest of the directions are OK.

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Follow Up By: Member Bushy 04(VIC) - Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 08:50

Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 08:50
Thanks guys the warning about the left lane and roadwork's is appreciated.

Bushy.
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Reply By: GT Campers - Friday, May 11, 2012 at 10:31

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 10:31
yep Boo Boo's course is right - Newcastle/North Coast is signposted as you approach suburbia from the South/Melbourne end. You will get past Sydney hardly realising it's there!
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Reply By: Member - Hunjy (NSW) - Friday, May 11, 2012 at 10:31

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 10:31
Hi Bushy
Go to www.roam.com.au and sign up for a visitors e-pass 48 hours before you hit sydney.
You need to put in a credit card No, but once thats set up you don't need to do anything else.
If your more than 30 days before returning you have to sign up again prior to the trip.

Mal
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Friday, May 11, 2012 at 11:00

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 11:00
If you have a Victorian tag it will work ok on NSW tollways too.

We found the cheapest way was to get a QLD tag from Govia, you can have as many tags as you like, one for each vehicle, as they don't charge for the tags, only $25 up front and can all be done online and they don't care where you live, interstate etc.
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Reply By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Friday, May 11, 2012 at 17:21

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 17:21
Hi Bushy,
You do not need an E tag as you have 48 hours to ring a number and give them your details once you have passed through the 2 motorway systems.

The number is clearly displayed and often so just get someone to write it down as you pass through. Phone them the following day and give them details over the phone and it's as easy as that.
Or phone them in advance via the method described by the others, if you prefer.

I have just recently made the trip down to Nowra and back to the Tamworth region about a week apart towing a fairly large van and we travelled on a Sunday both times and there were hardly any trucks on the road, bliss in that outer city environment. Stress free, well up to a point

As the others have said the route is well sign posted but keep your eyes out for them anyway. Pennant Hills Rd is the worst bit but on Sundays it is a walk in the park without the trucks.

Cheers, Bruce.
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Reply By: Steve M1 (NSW) - Friday, May 11, 2012 at 18:08

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 18:08
it'd be easier still if they'd build the bloody link M2>F3 as they've been threatening for I don't know how many years
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Friday, May 11, 2012 at 18:34

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 18:34
Peter

It's funny you should mention the Victorian Etag.

My son has me on his in Vic and my daughter has us on hers in NSW.

He rang 2 nights ago and said he finally clicked on to the fact that he and his sister are both paying for our car.
He now has to sort it out with the Etag people. LOL

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