Jump to content

driving to brisbane


  • Please log in to reply
11 replies to this topic

#1 matroishka

Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:52 AM

hi all,  we are driving from melbourne to brisbane for xmas, not sure which route to take. I know it's a long drive esp. with kids. Any advice would be great. TIA

#2 Stellajoy

Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:58 AM

I would go inland, there are roadworks all along the pacific hwy, especially around byron bay and coffs

#3 Froger

Posted 11 December 2012 - 09:01 AM

QUOTE (Stellajoy @ 11/12/2012, 08:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would go inland, there are roadworks all along the pacific hwy, especially around byron bay and coffs


True, but the Pacific Highway is much straighter and shorter, so even with roadworks does tend to take less time (I think so anyway).

#4 Rainbow Brite

Posted 11 December 2012 - 09:09 AM

I second going inland.  The roads are great and you can count on not getting caught up in the hideous Pacific Hwy traffic.

#5 annasue

Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:52 PM

I'm driving from Tamworth NSW to St Arnaud Vic. I'm going inland.

#6 wildflowers

Posted 11 December 2012 - 09:04 PM

I find the inland way has a lot of semi trailers who decide to tail gate and pass on double lines.  
We drove from Melbourne, stayed in Sydney at Parramatta for the night. Then left early morning and went up the Pacific Highway and found it really easy.  
I do like either way, they both have boring parts but the Pacific Hwy to me seems to have a few more interesting places to stop when tavelling with children.

#7 casime

Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:04 AM

Inland.   If you're doing it in two days, stop in Forbes overnight.  If you want to make a real trip of it, stop in Dubbo and do the zoo.

Don't forget to stop at the dog on the tuckerbox for photo opportunities if you're taking your pets with you lol!

#8 Mianta

Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:25 AM

I live in Northern NSW and have done that drive between Sydney to Brisbane many times. I think the drive up the Pacific Highway is far better and a lot of the roadworks are really not that disruptive. You just have to slow down a bit for maybe a kilometre or so each time.

We did the drive up here from Sydney in July and I think the road works we came across were at Bulahdelah, a bit near Kempsey, just after Coffs Harbour and then a little bit around the Byron Bay area. We were able to by pass Ballina completely, which takes about fifteen to twenty minutes off the trip.There may also be a bit near Pottsville but totally not disruptive. The drive was quicker compared to other drives we have had up and down the coast. We have done the drive every year since around 2008, pretty much the whole time, there has been roadworks going on.

#9 His Boy Elroy

Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:45 AM

I'd go inland aswell.

If you don't blink, you will see the big sheep and potato statue in Guyra and you could even stop and have your photo taken with it...............now there's something to look forward to Tounge1.gif

Seriously though, perhaps you could go inland on the way up and down the coast on the way back or vice versa...........then you can make a more informed decision next Christmas?????



#10 1975ladybug

Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:05 AM

How long are you planning on taking? That would be the first question,

And where to stay overnight, especially that time of the year.

I drive from Sydney to the northern rivers ( NSW) a couple of times a year, just me and ds, we are past hornsby and on the freeway north before 4pm or traffic is horrid. We stop at the service centre at the end of the freeway that has a great play area, then taree for the night at a motel that does a great room service -good steak, then through the next day.

If you are travelling around the major public holiday there will be traffic, google map it and work out where you can stay and what to see on the way with the kids, then it will go quicker and the kid wont be are we there yet rather keeping their eyes out for what they will see next.

#11 beccaj

Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:19 AM

When we did this trip we went inland via Dubbo. Dubbo is 10hrs from Melbourne and pretty much half way. Easy drive up the Hume through Albury then head to Wagga.

We tend to leave after lunch, stop for an early dinner then put the kids in PJs with a movie on the DVD player and drive the last bit.

Lots of places to stop and play, eat or stay.



#12 Veryclucky

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:30 AM

I would go the inland route currently. We did a road trip to the Hunter valley from Brisbane recently and the Pacific Hwy was shocking for roadworks. Came home via the New England highway and got home over an hour ahead of what we had allowed. It is lower speeds then the Pacific (80-100 in most places) but the lack of roadworks and heavy traffic meant it flowed much more smoothly.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Share the little things that make you smile

We're giving away a Mountain Buggy nano, the ultimate travel stroller - and here are some of the great entries so far.

Toddler pleads for return of "stolen" nose

A two-year-old's reaction to a game of "got your nose" shows it doesn't take much to make a toddler cry.

The 15 photos new parents share (and five they don't)

From the first scan photo to the baby covered in cake at their first birthday party, there are 15 photos most parents seem to share - and some they don't.

Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

His job is to deliver babies, but this US obstetrician also has a unique way of celebrating the miracle of life.

Breastfeeding friendly café goes viral

A photo of a breastfeeding-friendly sign in a cafe has been posted to Facebook and shared by hundreds of mums around the world.

First look at the Bugaboo Bee3

The newest Bugaboo Bee ? the Bee3 ? offers a variety of improved features, including a much asked-for bassinet and a rainbow of colour combinations.

Childcare costs, not paid leave, the real issue for parents

Given the choice between maintaining their wage for six months to have a child, or having a reduced rate of pay for a time but a better deal on childcare when returning to work, there are no odds on what most working parents would choose.

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We?re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

We lost three babies in two years

Our first pregnancy ended the way we all expected it to - with a healthy, happy baby in our arms. What a true blessing he was, for we were not to know the heartache we were about endure.

Family turned back from doomed flight MH17

'There must have been someone watching over us and saying, 'You must not get on that flight,' says mother who narrowly avoided boarding the Malaysian Airlines flight which exploded in mid-air over the Ukraine last night.

The myths and facts about "normal" breastfeeding

When it comes to successful breastfeeding, there is a wide variety to what is "normal", according to new research.

Adorable Skeanie loafers for kids

Your little toddler or preschooler can now get their nautical on with a new range of classic loafers by Australian show brand Skeanie.

My baby is hypermobile

For months, I have been telling myself not to worry that Jasmin isn't crawling or walking. This week I heard the term hypermobile for the first time.

When you don?t bond with your baby

They say that there is no bond greater than the bond between a mother and her child. But for some women, the mother-baby bond takes more time and effort to develop.

Yumi Stynes: Having a baby after a 10-year break

After a long break, Yumi Stynes gets a reminder of the pain - and the pleasure - of giving birth.

Grieving father asks for help to Photoshop his daughter's image

When Nathan Steffel's daughter Sophia died from a liver condition at just 6 weeks old, he reached out for someone to create a beautiful image of his little girl.

Raising kids in a 'low media' home

Can you imagine a life without TV or computers? Some parents are opting for a low-tech, screen-free life for their kids.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We?re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

Be careful what you say, your baby is listening

The importance of speaking to your baby even if they are not old enough to answer back has been highlighted by new research.

WIN two Sea-Bands plus $1000

Three lucky fans can win a Sea-Band Prize Pack valued at over $1000 each, which includes two Sea-Bands plus a $1000 Eftpos Gift Card!

The beautiful moment a baby was born at the side of a road

It's not where she expected to give birth, but mum Corrine Cinatl is delighted that her daughter's roadside arrival was captured in a series of beautiful photos.

Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

His job is to deliver babies, but this US obstetrician also has a unique way of celebrating the miracle of life.

The Nappy Collective starts new drive

It's that time of year when the dedicated volunteers at The Nappy Collective do their bit to help out mums and children in need - and they need your help.

Baby shower cake wrecks

From misshapen cake babies to questionable text, from odd colour choices to internal organ recreation, these are the baby shower cakes that taste forgot.

Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.

Pregnancy progression photo ideas

Want to record your pregnancy as your belly grows? Here are some creative, fun ideas for photo shoots along the way.

The myths and facts about "normal" breastfeeding

When it comes to successful breastfeeding, there is a wide variety to what is "normal", according to new research.

Tin can craft and DIY ideas

Got a few old formula, Milo or coffee cans around the house? Use these fantastic upcycling ideas to create items for around the house and yard.

Dads meet their newborn for the first time

Emotional photos of two fathers meeting their newborn son have resonated with viewers worldwide, attracting thousands of Facebook likes and shares.

Skin safety isn't just a summer worry

Lax about the slip slop slap with your kids as weather turns cooler? Here's a reminder as to why we have to remain vigilant for our children?s future health.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

Creative sleeping baby photoshoots

See how some parents and photographers have captured sleeping babies in unusual positions and using different props.

DIY kitchen and food hacks

DIY your way to a better kitchen and make cooking easier with our clever hacks. (Some content reproduced with permission from mashable.com.)

Winter warmers for babies and toddlers

Your baby or toddler will be nice and snug in these beautiful and fun winter pieces. Most are hand-made or knitted, and they're all designed to keep your little one toastie - and adorable!

 

Mind, body, beauty, life

Making time for me

We look at your wellbeing, covering health, relationships, beauty and fashion, mind and body.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.