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hridayan
Posted: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 12:38:38 PM
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My mate and I are heading up from central Vic. we are going to take 3 days for the journey. Thought we might head up via thje Newell and Oxley hwys and head back via the coast.
Can anyone tell me about the inland trip and suggest any good towns/camping grounds to stay at. Anyone who's done this trip can suggest any highlights or places of interest to visit on the way it would be most appreciated.
Thanks all.


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spintheblackcircle
Posted: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 3:40:26 PM
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hridayan wrote:
My mate and I are heading up from central Vic. we are going to take 3 days for the journey. Thought we might head up via thje Newell and Oxley hwys and head back via the coast.
Can anyone tell me about the inland trip and suggest any good towns/camping grounds to stay at. Anyone who's done this trip can suggest any highlights or places of interest to visit on the way it would be most appreciated.
Thanks all.


I have driven that back way along the Newell from Melbourne to Brisbane a number of times. My highlight was the time i decided to take the longer route along the coast. Not withstanding the trip across the nullabor, that is the most boring road i have ever driven on.

If you want a mixture of routes, i would recommend heading up to Bathurst, then through the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley through Singleton to Tamworth before crossing to Coffs Harbour. It is a much nicer drive. Then you could come back along the coast. I absolutely love the drive along the coast between Nowra and Mallacoota, it is a very beautiful part of the country.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 4:53:07 PM
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i quite like the newell/oxley route,we drive up from melb quite a bit,at tamworth check out the big gold guitar,its a big gold guitar,when we leave tamworth we head up on the New England highway to tenterfield and cross the divide there,coming out at casino,lismore then straight across to byron.its not a bad drive.Tamworth is a good spot to stay,lots of music history to check out.The Dish at Parkes is worth a look,better if youve seen the movie,very funny.If you like "dishes"and all things Space,Coonabarabran has lots of space telescopes and radio telescopes and all sorts of gizmos.If you go the Tenterfield route,check out the saddler,its a great song and a little bit of aussie music history.Taking 2 overnite stops is a good idea,breaks the drive up and you get a chance to check out some nice little towns along the way.We drive from the mornington peninsula and follow the hume up to Albury,then cut across to Wagga Wagga,then to West Wyalong,anyhow,make sure the c.d's are plentiful, watch out for the radar and enjoy the drive,If you have the time,the open range zoo at Dubbo is pretty impressive.Nice little coffe shops in Armidale too.Enjoy.
hridayan
Posted: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 6:47:23 PM
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Thanks Spin and Path. Surely it can't be any more boring than the hume hwy. Anyway I have been up to byron and beyond via the coast a number of times so thought I might make it a different journey. I'm about 50 mins from Bendigo so I was intending to head through Bendigo to Echuca and then Deniliquin and then head to the Newell hwy at Finlay. Pathfinder the route you suggested is the way I was planning to go. Thanks for the info on places to visit.

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waffles
Posted: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 7:53:24 PM
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if you go through the new england highway,id turn to the coast at glen innes and head towards grafton,down through the gibraltar range-a beautiful drive.if you have time,check out the washpool national park.
i always love when the highway meets the nymboida river-great country.

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Rachel76
Posted: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 7:59:03 PM
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Hubby and I are doing roadtrip up from Melbourne for the first time this year and can't wait. We're doing it over a bit longer though so we can stop and see family and friends on the way. Stopping in Wagga, Dubbo, Armidale & Yamba on the way up and Kempsey, Central Coast, Goulburn & Albury on the way back. So might be a bit of a Bluesfest roadtrain lol
youngbill
Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2012 9:04:43 AM
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Nice steak at Kempsey rsl/workers by the river. Motels along the main road suffer from some traffic noise.
Unless you're staying with someone at Kempsey, I'd think about Crescent Head just south a few minutes.

Patonga near Umina (central coast) is very nice if you're looking for somewhere to stop along the way.

Hearty fare at Grafton transit centre (?) just north of the town.
hridayan
Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2012 8:52:47 AM
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Thanks for all the advice everyone. I have one other question. Does anyone know how badly the floods in VIC and NSW have affected the route through the middle. I know it may be tricky around Echuca/Deniliquin but what about further into NSW and also when coming down from eith Glen Innes or Tenterfield?

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waffles
Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2012 1:52:01 PM
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far north coast is fine-either of those routes.

for now.

I don't want to hang up my rock n roll shoes
I get a good time feeling every time I hear those blues.
timcook123
Posted: Monday, March 12, 2012 9:27:42 AM

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youngbill wrote:
Nice steak at Kempsey rsl/workers by the river. Motels along the main road suffer from some traffic noise.
Unless you're staying with someone at Kempsey, I'd think about Crescent Head just south a few minutes.

Patonga near Umina (central coast) is very nice if you're looking for somewhere to stop along the way.

Hearty fare at Grafton transit centre (?) just north of the town.


If you go check out patonga I suggest checking out Pearl Beach its beautiful
there are also a few really good look outs around there looking over broken bay and lion island and a few looking down the hawkesbury river


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hopciti
Posted: Monday, March 12, 2012 7:18:42 PM
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Did that route from Melbourne last year on my motorbike in 2 days, didn't do much sightseeing, had my iPod in and just wanted to get to Bluesfest, was a nice ride though, no dramas, got a bit messy with roadworks in the last bit just before hitting the coast road but imagine that is all finished now?
pathfinder
Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2012 7:33:43 PM
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We will be travelling through wagga wagga and forbes etc,all we can do is keep up to date through racv or nrma.If all else fails,will have to travel up sesame st,(hume highway),then pacific hwy to byron.Prefer the inland route so keeping our fingers crossed.
hridayan
Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2012 7:40:32 PM
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pathfinder wrote:
We will be travelling through wagga wagga and forbes etc,all we can do is keep up to date through racv or nrma.If all else fails,will have to travel up sesame st,(hume highway),then pacific hwy to byron.Prefer the inland route so keeping our fingers crossed.


'sesame st' LOL

Yes will be watching the weather and checking various web sites with anticipation and some trepidation. It's been raining all day and it's still raining up here in central vic.

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