Cobar to Kamillaroi - shortcuts?

Submitted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 20:58
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The obvious way to get to Moree from Cobar is via Bourke on the Kamillaroi Hwy. However, having had one member give me a great shortcut (Hyden-Norseman Rd) which took almost 200 ks off my journey to Perth, I am wondering if someone has a route that will easily bypass Bourke and come out somewhere near Walgett. I don't mind driving the dirt along as it's OK. Any ideas?
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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 23:06

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 23:06
I really don't know why you want to cut out Bourke, it is probably the shortest and quickets way, all bitumen.
But if you really want to bypass it, continue onto Nyngan, down the Mitchell to Nevertire, turn left along the Oxley (17km) to Warren, from Warren to Coonamble, onto Walgett, then Collarenabri then Moree.

From memory it is all bitumen between Warren and Coonamble, much of it is single lane bitumen but a good road. There is a fractionally shorter but much rougher road between Nyngan & Warren, not worth it.
I can't remember if it is all bitiumen between Collarnabri and Walgett, probably is. I'm normally on side roads through there.
There are a myriad of variations you could do including Coonamble to Narrabri through Pilliga. You can also go via Macquarie Marshes & Carinda on dirt roads and single lane bitumen directly from Nyngan to Walgett, with a multitude of T intersections and various turns. You want to have good maps for that, I occasionally find the road signs have been turned around "for fun" by people through there.

Depending on when you are going with good rain forecast late this week, I wouldn't plan on travelling on any of those grey clay dirt roads from this Thursday for a week.
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