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#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 Lostmyway

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.




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