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Booral Rd and then Bucketts way then Pacific Hwy?
Consider taking Mungo Brush road to Tea Gardens, jump a ferry across Port Stephens and head to Newcastle on the Nelson Bay road. It's a lot nicer and likely quicker depending on the ferry times. But rides are always nicer with a ferry.
Ferry timetable here
If you haven't been on Booral Rd and Buckets way be aware that they are both fairly narrow, Booral very narrow and windy. I have only driven it, not ridden but wouldn't be comfortable riding Booral Rd. One time I drove it the Pacific Hwy traffic had been diverted onto it and passing oncoming caravans meant dropping a wheel off the edge in the car. Other than vehicles though it would make a nice ride. There was ( a few years ago now) no mobile service for much of it too.
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Thursday 2nd January, traffic is going to be fairly heavy on the pacific highway but not stationary. My guess is that it will be something like when I drove down yesterday - heavy but moving at 110 km/h. Perversely on busier days the pacific highway is a safe option, if you enjoy riding past km of slowly moving cars eg boxing day saw cars taking 75 minutes to cover just 23 km. The Bulahdelah bypass has removed one of the bottlenecks, but Hexham will be heavy as usual.
Like bychosis I haven't ridden Booral Rd or Buckets Way, but have driven both plenty of times. Outside of the holiday season traffic is rare & the roads go through some beautiful country. In holiday traffic I would be less keen.
Personally I would be taking Grant's suggested route, it also allows you to go via Kooragang Island & avoid the Pacific Highway at Hexham, but ymmv.
The Mungo Brush route is awesome - not many cars, reasonably flat and if the wind is in your favour it's a fast ride. 2nd for the ferry/Nelson Bay route option!
Mungo Brush Road has very recently been reduced from 100K limit to 80K limit which is a good thing. Lots of 4 wheel drives towing boats and trailers during January. Extra ferries from Tea Gardens run in the school holidays.
I have peddled between Booral and Karuah a few times via Booral Road, The Branch Lane and Taurian Road and enjoyed it. The Branch Lane is dirt and a rougher than the dirt road between the Lakes and Bulladelah. I think if I were to cycle the Boral Road out of Bulladelah I would be prepared to walk 4 or 5 K of the steep winding part.
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