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RIDE BRISBBANE TO SYDNEY

Postby tvjw » Tue Jun 16, 2009 5:37 pm

Hi,

My sister and i are going to ride from Brisbane to Sydney for charity. We are wondering what is the best way to get down to Sydney from Brisbane. We both have road bikes and are currently training so we can ride down in the September school hols.

Please reply with any help

Thanks

Jack
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Re: RIDE BRISBBANE TO SYDNEY

Postby elantra » Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:15 pm

Hi Jack.

Have not done it myself but it has been a vague ambition of mine for almost 30 yrs.
About 20 yr ago a book was published, Pacific Bicycle Route
However since then some of the roads on this route might have changed, possibly for the worse
And in that time the Pacific HWY has been massively upgraded, but i doubt if it is safe to cycle on, let alone pleasant.
I stumbled across this website recently,
Wellsy's and Greg's cycling adventure
They have a recent and comprehensive description of their route in the opposite direction
Good luck, and in september watch out for magpies :evil: and perhaps even snakes :?:
My preference would probably be to put 700x28 or 35 tyres on and do some of the distance on less-trafficked but unsealed roads.
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Re: RIDE BRISBBANE TO SYDNEY

Postby Dial » Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:52 pm

I'd go the New England Highway, It's longer but flatter and the motorists out that way aren't in such a hurry.
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Re: RIDE BRISBBANE TO SYDNEY

Postby goneriding » Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:55 am

New England Highway has a big hill at the beginning/end of it. Near Stanthorpe?
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Re: RIDE BRISBBANE TO SYDNEY

Postby drubie » Wed Jun 17, 2009 9:37 am

New England highway - I don't think there are any worse hills on it than the Pacific highway (maybe the Moombies near Tamworth and the steeper parts of it between Glen Innes and Tenterfield) - it's the trucks and the totally missing shoulder I would worry about. The local club uses a section of it between Uralla and Armidale on the regular sunday training ride and the trucks are lethal, even on that bit of highway which is relatively open, well maintained and has a substantial shoulder.

It gets much worse the closer you get to the QLD border too. I'm not saying I wouldn't use it, just that I think there are far longer stretches of dual lane highway on the Pacific route that might make for a more comfortable trip.

Plus the magpies up here are the size of wedge tailed eagles, are zombified and have a thirst for human brainzzzzzzz....

(OK, I exaggerated the last bit)
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Re: RIDE BRISBBANE TO SYDNEY

Postby elantra » Wed Jun 17, 2009 11:16 am

drubie wrote:New England highway - I don't think there are any worse hills on it than the Pacific highway (maybe the Moombies near Tamworth and the steeper parts of it between Glen Innes and Tenterfield) - it's the trucks and the totally missing shoulder I would worry about. The local club uses a section of it between Uralla and Armidale on the regular sunday training ride and the trucks are lethal, even on that bit of highway which is relatively open, well maintained and has a substantial shoulder.

It gets much worse the closer you get to the QLD border too. I'm not saying I wouldn't use it, just that I think there are far longer stretches of dual lane highway on the Pacific route that might make for a more comfortable trip.

Plus the magpies up here are the size of wedge tailed eagles, are zombified and have a thirst for human brainzzzzzzz....

(OK, I exaggerated the last bit)

You can get from Brissie to Tenterfield on secondary roads with few if any trucks. Need some local knowledge and some of these roads are unsealed but usually "reasonable" quality - unless it rained a lot or had a recent grader over it, which sometimes leaves a lot of annoying rocks or gravel on the surface.
But i am not aware of any good alternatives to the HWY between Tenterfield and Uralla.
From Uralla you could cut back to the coast on "Thunderbolts Way". I doubt if there would be many trucks on it, and even if there were it is mostly downhill and most of it you would be flying or braking or both.
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Re: RIDE BRISBBANE TO SYDNEY

Postby justD » Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:31 pm

I'm doing it in the opposite direction in August or September, but I'll stick to the Pacific Highway - also for charity.

Where's il padrone? I think he's done the route previously.
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Re: RIDE BRISBBANE TO SYDNEY

Postby butty » Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:30 am

Hi

I did it the other way too as part of an around Oz trip in 2006.

I caught the ferry to Manly and then cycled up to Palm Beach where I then caught the ferry to Ettalong. I then carried on up the coast road to the east of Lake Macquarie (The Entrance, Swansea) to Newcastle where I took the little ferry trip across to Stockton. Then on to Nelson Bay, Hawks Nest, Mango Brush road and up to Buladelah on the Pacific Hwy. All of this was a beautiful ride.

From then on it was a pretty easy ride up the Pacific Hwy, turning off at Tweed Heads to take the coast road past Surfer's Paradise to Southport and then back inland a little bit to find a way into Brisbane- this was the worst part, not being able to take a bike on the Hwy into Brisbane. You will probably know all the bike routes around Brizzy though so should be OK.

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Re: RIDE BRISBBANE TO SYDNEY

Postby il padrone » Thu Jun 18, 2009 7:38 pm

justD wrote:I'm doing it in the opposite direction in August or September, but I'll stick to the Pacific Highway - also for charity.

Where's il padrone? I think he's done the route previously.

Hey there! Been very busy, heavy workload. Better now.

Yes I rode from Sydney to Qld then back to Murwillumbah and used lovely country roads. Only cycled ~30kms on the Pacific Hwy (that was more than enough)

The route is here... then here.... damn bikely has decided it won't play with my routes :evil:

Well the route was basically Sydney - Manly - Palm Beach - Patonga - Umina Beach - Terrigal - The Entrance - Budgewoi - Freemans Waterhole to Maitland - Dungog - Gloucester - Wingham - Comboyne - Laurieton - Port Maquarie - ferry over to North Shore - Point Plomer/Crescent Head - Kempsey - Stuarts Point - Scotts Head - Macksville - Bellingen - backroads to Sawtell & Coffs Harbour, then took the Summerland Way north via Cusino :roll: , Grafton & Kyogle to the Mt Lindsay Hwy to cross the border and ride into Qld at Rathdowney. Mostly low-moderate traffic and very enjoyable scenery.
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