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Old 11-12-2012, 12:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So Christmas is almost upon us and for most that means time off work as well (4weeks for me) I've decided i need to stretch my fozzie's legs so I'm planning on a road trip from Melbourne to Jimboomba in Queensland to visit my brother who I haven't seen in ages but also to visit a mate in Bathurst either on the way up or on the way home
Has anyone got any suggestions of places & sights to see things to do roads to travel etc along the way?
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Which highway are you planning on taking?
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Which highway are you planning on taking?
To be honest I'm not really sure beyond Sydney that's as far as I've driven so Beyond there I'm not too sure I still have a bit of planning to do on that side of the trip.
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I'm debating if I should go up along the coast as far as Brisbane and then cut across to Jimboomba or try other routes.
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The coast road, is it Pacific Hwy?, is easy with some good scenic spots but an interesting variation is to head inland from around Buladelah, Bucketts Way I think, and up to Walcha then across to Grafton via Nymbodia(?).
Buladelah is usually the last cheap fuel stop. After that expensive until, more or less, Grafton area.
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The coast road, is it Pacific Hwy?, is easy with some good scenic spots but an interesting variation is to head inland from around Buladelah, Bucketts Way I think, and up to Walcha then across to Grafton via Nymbodia(?).
Buladelah is usually the last cheap fuel stop. After that expensive until, more or less, Grafton area.
Cool thanks ill keep all that in mind I'm hoping to find some nice spots for photo opportunities as well.


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If you go the Pacific H'way on the way up try the New England H'way on the way back and then cut across to the Newell H'way around Tamworth. There are too many great side trips to mention. You will be passing through some of Australia's most scenic country. I wouldn't be worrying too much about differences in fuel prices as in the big scheme of things they will make very little difference to your expenses on a trip like this. Our Toowoomba / Melbourne trips in our XT only involve 2 fuel stops anyhow and you just have to accept what the prices are on the day. One of those is at Coonabarrabran on the Newell and it has about the most expensive fuel on the trip, but it's only one fill each way so what's an extra $ or 2?
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If you go the Pacific H'way on the way up try the New England H'way on the way back and then cut across to the Newell H'way around Tamworth. There are too many great side trips to mention. You will be passing through some of Australia's most scenic country. I wouldn't be worrying too much about differences in fuel prices as in the big scheme of things they will make very little difference to your expenses on a trip like this. Our Toowoomba / Melbourne trips in our XT only involve 2 fuel stops anyhow and you just have to accept what the prices are on the day. One of those is at Coonabarrabran on the Newell and it has about the most expensive fuel on the trip, but it's only one fill each way so what's an extra $ or 2?
Sounds good to me thanks guzzla, I'll most likely do the stop in Bathurst on the way home so what you have suggested makes sense.
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Make sure you drop by at the Parkes Radio Telescope either on the way up or down... It's close-ish to Bathurst and it's certainly worth it!

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Make sure you drop by at the Parkes Radio Telescope either on the way up or down... It's close-ish to Bathurst and it's certainly worth it!

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Might see you along the way.
I`m about to head north to the Woodord Folk Festival. I go early to volunteer during construction then stay afterwards for the decommissioning.
Get back, via Adelaide, end of January.
I`ll keep an eye out for a white Forester with Vic plates.
Have a good trip.
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Might see you along the way.
I`m about to head north to the Woodord Folk Festival. I go early to volunteer during construction then stay afterwards for the decommissioning.
Get back, via Adelaide, end of January.
I`ll keep an eye out for a white Forester with Vic plates.
Have a good trip.
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