Grafton to Armidale via Ebor NSW road conditions

Good morning all
We are presently at Coraki NSW camped beside the Richmond River and will leaving here to travel via Casino to Grafton and then on to Armidale Via Ebor.
We are towing a 21' van with a 2001 Nissan Patrol.
Does anyone have any knowledge of this route.
By the way if you haven't been to Coraki Caravan Park by the Richmond River you have missed a great spot. Only $10 a night for a 7 day stay. Basic but good.
Regards stay safe & stay well
PeteM
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Reply By: Member - Shane D (QLD) - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 08:51

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 08:51
I went thru there at the start of July, the road is narrow in places and windy, as some big climbs as well as you go towards Ebor (1500 meters elevation), has some spectacular views and waterfalls along the route.
Log trucks do use this road so be on the ball, you shouldn't have any problems otherwise.
We spend the night at Ebor and it got down to minus 4.5.

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Follow Up By: Member - Peter M (QLD) - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 13:14

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 13:14
Thank you Shane
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Reply By: BFreer - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 09:40

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 09:40
I liive at Armidale and travel that road often - OK 90% of the way but in places is very narrow and has some sharp, steep climbs as you come out of haiirpin bends - there a few really narrow, tight corners that you would have to swing out across the road to get around - meet a timber truck and they will win every time, - also there are plenty of broken shoulders that you wouldn't want to tangle withwhen towing a van.

Somedays you get thru without meeting another vehicle, other days you can get cattle trucks and timber trucks (big ones) aplenty. You could do it but not without some anxious moments and you will be pleased when you get to Ebor and have the twisty bits behind you.

A better road by far is Grafton to Glen Innes then down the New England highway to Armidale. A bit longer - about 20 minutes in a car but I reckon that the time would just about balance out towing a van. If you went that way and wanted to see Ebor, the falls there are really worth seeing, as are some of the other falls on the Ebor-Armidale Rd, then you could turn off at Gurya to Ebor and then back to Armidale along the waterfall way - would add about an hour to you trip but easy running.

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Follow Up By: Member - Peter M (QLD) - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 13:18

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 13:18
Thank you BFreer
I didn't want to via Glen Innes
BUT the Patrol has a poor turning circle PLUS my 70 year old nerves are adverse to having too much pressure put on them. Then there is the helpful advice the Captain will want to give.
So I will travel via Glen Innes and then take the Gurya Turn-off as you have suggested.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 16:09

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 16:09
If you wish to travel through Ebor and not take the short way, the better alternative would be down through Coffs Harbour and upp through Dorrigo. Here are the alternatives in distance order - The short way. - via Coffs Harbour - via Tenterfield - via Grafton/Glen Innes

This is the first time in several threads I have heard someone give such a bad wrap up on this road. I would be inclined to take the short route. BTW I am older than you PeteM.

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Follow Up By: Member - Peter M (QLD) - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 17:28

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 17:28
Thanks Peter
I was thinking Coraki > Casino > Grafton and then following BFreer's advice by going to Glen Innes > then to Ebor via the Guyra turnoff.
Spend a few days at Ebor then on to Armidale.
Armidale isn't the final destination we are going on to Tamworth then down towards Stroud and then into the Hunter region.
We have eight weeks to get to Mallacoota in North Eastern Victoria
By the way you have also made me look at Goggle maps again to see how you included the different destinations in one plan
Many thanks
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 19:04

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 19:04
Re "By the way you have also made me look at Goggle maps again to see how you included the different destinations in one plan," I did not make them look that way. If there are one or two interesting alternatives then Google will include them. If you hover your cursor your cursor over one of the alternates then that alternate blue line will show on the map. If you click on it the displayed route becomes the main route and the driving directions change to suit.


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Reply By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 16:01

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 16:01
Hi Peter,

Given the size of your van you might be better off travelling to Coffs Harbour and taking the Waterfall Way up through Belingen, Dorigo and Ebor and then on to Armidale. Much better road for your needs I would think.

I have not been the way you have asked about, well not in the last 30 odd years anyway, and certainly not with our 23 footer. The Waterfall way through Dorigo I would tackle with the van no problems. Although my preference is the Oxley Highway through Walcha but then I live near Port Macquarie.

I know Coffs is further south than you wanted but sometimes peace of mind is worth much more than time.

Hope this helps.

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Follow Up By: Member - Peter M (QLD) - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 17:19

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 17:19
Thank you Bruce
I have driven to Dorigo from the Bellenger River through Bellingen without the van and would prefer to travel on a road we haven't been on.
Going back down towards Port is the same.
We have driven the patrol up the Galston Gorge Rd awithout the van and the hairpin bends were difficult.
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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 18:14

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 18:14
We travel that way a few times per year over the past 25 years
Wouldn't consider giing any othr way, even with a 21ft van (never towed one though)
Logging trucks occasionally use it, as do single trailer semis (occasionally se a stock truck)
Did it last 2 weeks ago.
Beautiful drive, take the time to stop at the numerous waterfalls, Ebor, Wollomombi, Bakers Ck
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Reply By: graham B9 - Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 20:04

Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 at 20:04
Peter,

I am another for the Grafton - Glen Innes route. Road is much better condition. Better stops along the way the scenery is better as well. Some great views.

Less big trucks and better places for them to pass you as well. The climb up the hill will be slow with a petrol but ok.

There is a great rest stop just before the main river crossing and again just before entering Glen Innes at the stonehenge thing on the left.
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter M (QLD) - Sunday, Aug 26, 2012 at 15:00

Sunday, Aug 26, 2012 at 15:00
Thanks Graham
What main river crossing?
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Aug 26, 2012 at 20:32

Sunday, Aug 26, 2012 at 20:32
Pete, I think he meant the Mann River crossing, 43 W of Grafton or 111 E of GE - CAW 5 N251. http://goo.gl/maps/arxif
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