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Melbourne to Brisbane, Renault Clio Sport 182 and the open road.....any ideas?

 

Open Road = too slow for driving at the cars potential.

 

Plan to get to Sydney on August 31, pay your money quick-quick for the Wakefield park track day.

 

After that, roll on home satisfied with at least a few hours of WOT and no speed-limits other than those imposed by your own driving skills.

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Is it 2 or 3?

There's some spectacular driving roads, but you'd need 3 I reckon.

IE Turn right before Bairnsdale and head through the alps via Mt Hotham. Then Bright, Oxley, Whitfield, Mansfield, Marysville, Healesville. It's the long way but...

Not in winter though.

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I'd stay out of the hills this time of year.

One days travel, shortest route, at night and open it up.

I've done a few trips north in a Clio, Brissy, Emerald and Moranbah, best fun (and time) was Moranbah heading home, first 1000km in 8hrs. Toowoomba to Gilgandra at night was fun once, three of us partly then just two, changing the lead car, hammering it.

Sorry, bad influence, shortest route, day time only and drive safely.

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I'd stay out of the hills this time of year.

One days travel, shortest route, at night and open it up.

I've done a few trips north in a Clio, Brissy, Emerald and Moranbah, best fun (and time) was Moranbah heading home, first 1000km in 8hrs. Toowoomba to Gilgandra at night was fun once, three of us partly then just two, changing the lead car, hammering it.

Sorry, bad influence, shortest route, day time only and drive safely.

Night time equals kangaroos too. Not the kind of experience you are seeking I'm sure...

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It will be next week! Thought about driving through Mt Kosciuszko. Are all roads snowed in?

 

3 days...

It is the middle of winter you know!!

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It is the middle of winter you know!!

Nieve Queenslander...haha. I thought there might be a main road or highway that is open near the alps. Experience the alps without going over them i guess..

Night time equals kangaroos too. Not the kind of experience you are seeking I'm sure...

Yep planning on going early morning but not to early and pulling up stumps prior to dusk. At this stage thinking of taking the Hume then up the Pacific, bypassing Sydney. Maybe detour when Im closer to the QLD border. Edited by Proset
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You can get close to the Victorian alps without going through snow.

If you are coming down the Hume, turn off at Wodonga and head for Mt Beauty, Bright, Oxley, Whitfield, Mansfield, Marysville, Healesville in that order.

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You can get close to the Victorian alps without going through snow.

If you are coming down the Hume, turn off at Wodonga and head for Mt Beauty, Bright, Oxley, Whitfield, Mansfield, Marysville, Healesville in that order.

Thanks! Ill have to check that out. Is it much of a detour?

Here you go... just a bit of fun on the way home. just a bit.

 

https://goo.gl/maps/1ZqKRGGUCcw

 

:nod::nod::nod::nod:

Cloudy I can get your link to work on my phone. Might have to try the PC.

Correction it is working... looks interesting.

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Thanks! Ill have to check that out. Is it much of a detour?

 

 

Yes a big detour. See Google maps. But...worth it if you have time. The Hume is BORING.

That route I recommend is really good. Especially if the weather is clear. You will see the snow on the hill tops. There's some great driving roads too.

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You can get close to the Victorian alps without going through snow.

If you are coming down the Hume, turn off at Wodonga and head for Mt Beauty, Bright, Oxley, Whitfield, Mansfield, Marysville, Healesville in that order.

Would have to be the opposite way, no?

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Would have to be the opposite way, no?

Ahh yeah, I thought it was Brisbane to Melbourne. Wow, my posts would make no sense on this.

Doh.

Sounds like the OP has bought a car and taking it home.

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In NSW I recommend the Oxley highway. If you read Ace's thread on his BO Clio he bought from me and his journey back to Sydney, it gives a good description of the route to take (again in reverse order). Some fantastic roads in there, arguably some of the best in Aus.

 

These drop you out in Norrhern NSW where you can continue the fun home via the border ranges. Lots of options there and no wrong answer - my kind of test...

 

Enjoy!

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Melbourne to Brisbane is a 2 day trip on the highway, unless you have multiple drivers and push on through the night. One extra day for driving will be great but isn't much, so you'd have to choose wisely.

 

As Jason suggested the reverse-Ace (Eca?) route would be great, however since you're around the alpine area VIC-NSW you'd be crazy not doing some of the roads around there too as Andrew suggested. That leaves almost the whole of NSW on highway, but you could then do the Galston Gorge to Wisemans Ferry then over to Peats Ridge. But each of these diversions is going to add to the length of the drive.

 

My experience driving to Brisbane in January was traffic jam from the QLD border up. It'd be faster going through the back roads.

 

Can you take a week off?

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Here's a route I dreamed up for the return journey (starting in Sydney). https://www.google.com.au/maps/dir/Sydney+NSW/Windsor/Dungog/Walcha,+New+South+Wales/Wauchope+NSW+2446/Kempsey,+New+South+Wales/Dorrigo,+New+South+Wales/Brisbane,+Queensland/@-32.7230752,146.4148817,1083281m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m90!4m89!1m5!1m1!1s0x6b129838f39a743f:0x3017d681632a850!2m2!1d151.2092955!2d-33.8688197!1m10!1m1!1s0x6b0d62640e2e1063:0x5017d681632d060!2m2!1d150.817222!2d-33.615!3m4!1m2!1d150.6824483!2d-33.0456358!3s0x6b0d042e2ad6b5c5:0xe2d3880662cc0580!1m5!1m1!1s0x6b7499af6c6120f3:0x40609b4904381e0!2m2!1d151.7524146!2d-32.4046634!1m5!1m1!1s0x6b9fdc6936048a95:0x40609b49043b7c0!2m2!1d151.6!2d-30.983333!1m5!1m1!1s0x6b75fed355a47327:0x50609b490441fc0!2m2!1d152.7325131!2d-31.4721352!1m10!1m1!1s0x6b9ddf13d0578139:0x50609b490442df0!2m2!1d152.8481977!2d-31.0604769!3m4!1m2!1d152.4014708!2d-30.7788896!3s0x6b9e5db5450fa6d9:0x6bce2c644c1bdbb3!1m35!1m1!1s0x6b9ea3a6726d9e15:0x40609b490439550!2m2!1d152.716667!2d-30.333333!3m4!1m2!1d152.9550571!2d-30.2163295!3s0x6b9c043dae9a3aab:0x75e0803fa2c61c0d!3m4!1m2!1d153.0443852!2d-28.8703554!3s0x6b9a0f3dd53a2a7f:0x8e0c453caa403bf0!3m4!1m2!1d152.990074!2d-28.6039694!3s0x6b90afbfc49ef3dd:0x901ce1c5156c3929!3m4!1m2!1d152.986046!2d-28.5940483!3s0x6b90afc39b6ddfb5:0x8d91c2817a3e051!3m4!1m2!1d152.9821575!2d-28.5805011!3s0x6b90afd90c418c1f:0xcb89f8cf1b482043!3m4!1m2!1d153.386308!2d-28.3329382!3s0x6b90efe42b1442af:0x6f37b4aeaf2098aa!1m5!1m1!1s0x6b91579aac93d233:0x402a35af3deaf40!2m2!1d153.0251235!2d-27.4697707!3e0

 

This has everything I did on the way back with Jason's BO Clio and I've added a section from Dorrigo through Megan and a section to Wauchope which I missed last time. This will take 2 full days if leaving from Sydney.

 

Since I have a new ride which needs its legs stretching I might even come for a run :)

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Since I have a new ride which needs its legs stretching I might even come for a run :)

 

Tell us more Ace...  :popcorn:

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Looking most likely to be a 3 day trip. First Vic Alps then some of Ace's trip in recerse naturally. On average how far does a Clio get out of a full tank of gas? Ill take it easy in the begining, then stretch it legs a bit closer to home.

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How about you take some pics along the way and post up progress notes?

When do you leave Melb?

Yep will do, only thing is I might be having too much fun to stop..????

 

Next Thursday, early.

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Pretty sure pics are a mandatory requirement for posting... ???? Sounds like one awesome drive ahead...

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Looking most likely to be a 3 day trip. First Vic Alps then some of Ace's trip in recerse naturally. On average how far does a Clio get out of a full tank of gas? Ill take it easy in the begining, then stretch it legs a bit closer to home.

It's a smallish tank... I found that the uphill sections it would indicate 12-13L/100km, then downhill much less, and normal driving around 8. Hopefully that gives you a guide. Obviously depends on lots of things, not least how you drive it!

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I'd seriously suggest stopping at Byron-Bay for a day for a swim at the beach,

 

Then turn left, go up the hill to Nimbin, and inland to Beaudesert via Casino. The roads aren't freeway but they seem quicker than the Gold Coast motorway since these days the old roads are pretty deserted. Many parts have classic corners, crests and dips for driving enjoyment. I saved an hour+ that way last time over the freeway which can get pretty chocked up, especially if you hit peak-hour traffic.

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I'd seriously suggest stopping at Byron-Bay for a day for a swim at the beach,

 

Then turn left, go up the hill to Nimbin, and inland to Beaudesert via Casino. The roads aren't freeway but they seem quicker than the Gold Coast motorway since these days the old roads are pretty deserted. Many parts have classic corners, crests and dips for driving enjoyment. I saved an hour+ that way last time over the freeway which can get pretty chocked up, especially if you hit peak-hour traffic.

Maybe it just seamed like you saved an hour after the pit stop at Nimbin :wink:

 

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Ok, so many options and some great ideas.  I'll post the route and some photos when I get under way.....

 

What about the fun police on these back roads around the Victorian alps and NSW northern section.. are they around and are there many speed cameras.  Not that I plan on breaking the law but I'm sure there will be some spirited moments when the time is right..

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Well, I'm in a slower class of car than most other people here and never even had a NSW speeding fine. So far so good - touch wood.

 

I noticed in country towns that police now seem to drive dark-blue ford territories.This happened to me the last trip at a coffee stops when I said Hello to them in full uniform and can't remember seeing their car in the carpark coming in and I'm thinking to myself 'wtf what are they driving?'. So assume they are there just always there hiding in plain sight. So try not to do the wrong thing because it is a big financial machine they are running and it's easier just to stay within the limits, keep your license and blah blah blah blah blah. [go to the track if you want to speed].

 

Much of the mid north coast run is currently 80kmh on the multi-billion $$ pacific hwy. I think from memory that starts at about Taree at the moment and continues to about 100km south Ballina. I'd consider avoiding that part for sure.

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If you get that close swing through murwlllumbah and home via canungra and natural arch runs. Awesome roads there for testing the Clio and still not risking a Licence. Not risking too much anyway as very twisty in spots. Perfect!!

 

Hint: no speed cameras in the twisties as a rule... And that is where the fun is. Any idiot can drive fast in a straight line, so they deserve to be fined if speeding on the long straights.

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I usually see radars in the small towns. Just stick to the posted limit there.

As No152 says above, in the best sections of road the biggest problem is the car in front slowing you down.

Current forecast is for snow. It won't affect you apart from wet roads and the absence of the great views  :sad:

In case the weather is bad, here is what you missed:

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I live in Albury and used to live in the Hunter Valley. I suggest that if you want to have a great drive and not go too far out of the way, you can come here to Albury and follow the signs to the Hume Weir, past the airport, and then take the turn to Corryong. Go over the Bethanga Bridge and follow the Murray River to Jingelic. Go from there back to the Hume Hwy via Holbrook and continue on to Windsor. Then take the Putty Road to Singleton and up the New England Hwy to Tamworth. Down the Oxley to Port Macquarie. Up the Pacific Hwy to Coffs Harbour, then the Coramba road to Grafton. Turn left and go up the Gwyder Hwy to Glen Innes back onto the New England Hwy through to Brisbane.

Fantastic 3 day drive IMO. I would recommend overnighters in Mittagong, just south of Sydney and then Port Mac, or Coffs.

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Here's some inspiration for you. If you get chance to drop in/meet up on the way through that'd be awesome. Depending on what day you;re coming through I might be up for a bit of a drive :)

 

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^^^this

 

If at all possible, do it!! Ace has an impressive collection of RS cars and is a wealth of information... Definitely worth a small detour ????

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Here's some inspiration for you. If you get chance to drop in/meet up on the way through that'd be awesome. Depending on what day you;re coming through I might be up for a bit of a drive :)

 

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Thanks for offer Ace, if all is going well I will be west of Sydney Friday Morning.  Drop me a PM with your address and I'll let you know if I can squeeze it in. Contemplating taking Putty road.  The roads looks fairly isolated, is there many services along that road?    

 

Anyhow here's the decided route for day one and part of day two.  Not sure where I will stop over, I guess it will depend how the I feel.  It may be a bit optimistic but I think it covers a fair bit of what I want to do.

 

https://goo.gl/maps/KET7uzhhpgu

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Looking like a lot of motorway driving :( but you'd really need 5+ days to do the whole trip off motorways

 

Can I make a suggestion though? You should head to Dungog after the Putty. It doesn't take a great deal of extra time and is a nice warm down after the Putty before you get ready for the Motorway again.

 

Dungog is an extra hour (you'll do it faster because its twisties) but well worth it.

 

The only other suggestion is a detour via Penrith/Emu Plains on your way to Windsor. I've got you leaving the Motorway near Mittagong and heading through the back roads. According to Google the time penalty is only about 20 minutes but I usually find that way is just faster because its all back roads which allow a RS to travel full posted speed in all areas.

 

Looks like I'm free on Friday too. I guess you're hitting Sydney late morning. We can meet up and head to the half way house Cafe on the Putty road for lunch. I'll see how I go for time, I might even come and do the Dungog leg as well. 

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If you read this before you arrive in Tallangatta, I suggest you divert from your plan and go over Granya Gap, then follow the Murray River to Jingellic. Then go direct to Holbrook. A much better road than your plan and a bit shorter.

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If you read this before you arrive in Tallangatta, I suggest you divert from your plan and go over Granya Gap, then follow the Murray River to Jingellic. Then go direct to Holbrook. A much better road than your plan and a bit shorter.

 

DAY1:       https://goo.gl/maps/mh9bLx7rA542      Mornington Peninsula  to Yass

DAY2:       https://goo.gl/maps/Pfc189xWpF82      Yass to PortMacquaire

DAY3:       https://goo.gl/maps/MwoLpUS3m8v      Port Macquarie home.

 

Thanks for all the suggestion and ideas....  Will be leaving Thursday morning, early!

 

My Co-pilot has pulled out so might be going the quicker easier route but will definitely try most of the roads.   

 

Ace might see you on the road. I will be in touch..

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