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Latest observations on Melbourne Noosa trip

Post by Ivanerrol » Thu 02 Nov, 2017 6:14 pm

(1) Is the area around Taree the feral capital of NSW?
It seems that every second laybuy around that area on the M1 has either a recent burnt out car or a car up on bricks with all the wheels stolen and the windows smashed. We went for lunch in a Taree pub. Wife couldn't wait to get out - she didn't like what was on streets either.

(2) Is the Sydney - Newcastle road the worst in Australia? There should be a speed camera every 10 k's on that road. There seems to be wall to wall lunatics traveling way over the speed limit in the fast lane bunched up less than a car length apart. Young drivers in old turbo charged cars seem to be over represented in the lunatic class.

(3) More and More dead Kangaroos on the Hume and Pacific. Years ago I was reticent driving at dusk /dawn on the Newell. Kangaroos seem to be very common on the coastal route now.

(4) Much as I hate the Newell, the roadworks between Coffs and Ballina are going to be hard to put up with for the next few years. It's a slow trip.

(5) Stopped in a roadhouse near Grafton. Asked for two short black coffees from the counter waitress. her reply " Do you want milk with them?"
Two short black coffees arrived in mugs. But. I have too say .... they were very good.
Wife and I only drink short black espresso. The thicker the better. In years gone buy it was hard up finding a good one out of the inner suburbs. It's now much better but the bigger the Franchise style roadhouse the lousier the coffee. Some expensive Noosa restaurants serve Shite short blacks but a trucker roadhouse in Kempsie served us some exquisite stuff.
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Re: Latest observations on Melbourne Noosa trip

Post by Lance » Thu 02 Nov, 2017 8:52 pm

Ivanerrol wrote:
Thu 02 Nov, 2017 6:14 pm
but a trucker roadhouse in Kempsie served us some exquisite stuff.
Now it is harder for truckies to take drugs to keep awake they need a good short black instead. Or maybe they are just hipsters in singlets?
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Post by T-Modell » Thu 02 Nov, 2017 9:04 pm

Why didn't you take a flight? Bad coffee would be included ... :laughing6:
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Post by EdCox » Fri 03 Nov, 2017 12:26 am

Ivanerrol wrote:
Thu 02 Nov, 2017 6:14 pm

(2) Is the Sydney - Newcastle road the worst in Australia? There should be a speed camera every 10 k's on that road. There seems to be wall to wall lunatics traveling way over the speed limit in the fast lane bunched up less than a car length apart. Young drivers in old turbo charged cars seem to be over represented in the lunatic class.
This stretch of road should be renamed "national center of keeping right when not overtaking!".

Seriously, it seems people just forget how to drive on this piece of road. Once you get through the big roundabout at the northern end, everything's back to normal.

We drive the Sydney-Coffs stretch a couple of times a year, and I'm pleased to say it gets quicker every time. Our record time was 5:15 Belmore to Mylestom, although we left at 4am... Longest time: 8hrs before I gave up caring :cussing: .
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Re: Latest observations on Melbourne Noosa trip

Post by Ivanerrol » Fri 03 Nov, 2017 4:24 pm

EdCox wrote:
Fri 03 Nov, 2017 12:26 am

We drive the Sydney-Coffs stretch a couple of times a year, and I'm pleased to say it gets quicker every time. Our record time was 5:15 Belmore to Mylestom, although we left at 4am... Longest time: 8hrs before I gave up caring :cussing: .
The remainder of the section between Hexham and Coffs is supposed to be finished by the end of this year - dual highway all the way. However passing by some of the construction sections - I seriously doubt it - possibly half way through next year.
When it is finished, the Sydney - Coffs trip will be quite quick.
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Post by AMG » Sat 04 Nov, 2017 9:48 am

This is why I always drove the Newell from Brisbane to Melbs years ago. The worst part of the trip was Brisbane to Warwick. There's a lot of Bacon on the move between Warwick & Brisbane.....

I take a backroad trip between Syd/bne. It's a 14 hr trip with a fair few good rest stops (I don't do the 'just keep driving' thing anymore), and it's easily broken up into 2 days where possible. Lots of things to see on the way, plenty of places for decent food and even the coffee is not too bad.

I know when the coffee is not up to scratch. I can smell it at 500yards.

Unfortunately, there are a couple of stretches that have bad surface, but the reality is it keeps the traffic down to an absolute minimum, and the best part about that is that you can enjoy the drive without having someone up your arse with lights blazing and you're also not riding someone elses arse when theyre doing 40 below the speed limit.

When I used to travel the Newell, there were certain 'areas' where the road trains would be rolling 100mph and getting in their tow was the easiest way to break fuel economy records. I remember nearly tripling it one september and was For King and country out about the fuel gauge - when we pulled in for a stop at Parkes and the tank took $24 I was gobsmacked. To this day I've never experienced anything like it. Of course the trucks have limiters on them now....

Stay away from the Pac Hwy. I understand it's the 'default route' but a little planning can see you enjoy the journey and not take much longer. Those roadworks have been going on for over 15 years and it's a National joke.
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Re: Latest observations on Melbourne Noosa trip

Post by Ivanerrol » Sat 04 Nov, 2017 10:33 am

The Pacific will be dual highway Hexham to Woolgoolga by mid next year.
Then it's the slog from there to Ballina.
However in another couple of years it'll be dual all the way.
Safer than the Newell.
The dual highway is taking lots of K's off the distance so it will end up more or less around 50km's difference on the Melbourne - Brisbane distance.

I'll be making two or more trips back and forth before January's end - but I'll be using the Newell for those.
As long as it doesn't rain......memories of being flood bound in Goondiwindi for four days rankles :Doh:
And as long as wifey isin't with me - she hates the Newell as well - nothing to look at.

Years ago the Newell was quicker but the Pacific dual highway upgrade has made this time difference come down.
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