You could go that way - up the Newell to Coonabarbran, then the Oxley to Tamworth, then the New England to Tenterfirld and the Bruxner to the coast. And it used to be fast as the speed limit was 110 on the Newell. Now it's 100kph and it's not so good as before.
You really should look at going up the Hume to Sydney, around the Narellan Road to Hornsby then up the Pacific Hwy from there. The Hume is very good these days and 110 all the way except for a tiny bit around Woomargama to Holbrook.
Thanks Luigi, I appreciate your advice.
One more question (for anyone of course!) - if we do go the way you have suggested, where is the best stopver point for a nights rest? Actually in sydney or not??
Thanks again.Edited: 5:49 am, November 16, 2010
Where did you pull this from, Luigi?
"around the Narellan Road to Hornsby "
I drive this road every day to work from Camden to Campbelltown, a total distance of about 14 kms and the totality of Narellan Road takes up about 2/3's of that. Perhaps you mean the Hume Hwy, M7 ring road (electronic toll only), M2 to the Pacific near Hornsby.
Jack, have a play with Google maps/directions. There is not a lot of difference in advised *driving* time between the three routes that will be suggested, but the lack of traffic will be a major plus on the inland route compared to through Sydney.
Just my .02c worth.
Use this navigational tool...
Hit the 'directions' button on the top right hand corner.
Input your addresses, and then chose to travel by the 'fastest route' either involving tolls or without.
I wouldn't go via the Pacific Highway either. More scenic but will take much longer with more traffic
Bangalow is a nice small town, good little eateries, shops to stop early afternoon the next day for a look around before continuing on to Byron. Be sure to slow down in that area and stick to the speed limits as there are speed cameras and police patrolling in that area. (You'll see the signs)
We've stayed in Parkes and Dubbo after leaving Melbourne early morning on our way back to Brisbane. But leave early the next day to continue, watch out for wildlife on the roads very early morning though. And Police!
Have a safe tripEdited: 7:51 am, November 16, 2010
If you take a look at whereis.com, both the shortest and quickest routes are up the Hume and Pacific Hwys as I described. I travel this route often and the days of the Newell being quickest are sadly over.
But (as frommy says) the quickest route involves using the M7 around Sydney. This is a tag-only tollroad, but if you have a beeper for the Melbourne toll roads it'll work on the M7 too.
To avoid the toll, you would need to turn off onto the Narellan Road at Campbelltown, but (taking frommy's point again) the route is not necessarily easy. Whereis describes it if you use the "avoid tolls" tab.
Regarding stopping places, it's doable in two hard days, but three would be nicer. If you do it in two, Sydney is about halfway.
There are some (bad) cheap motels on the southern edge of Sydney around Liverpool, and some around the northern edge at Hornsby, but none then until you're off the far end of the Sydney/Newcastle expressway.
If you want to take it easy, the inland route offers easier choices of motels, even if it is a bit longer/slower.
"To avoid the toll, you would need to turn off onto the Narellan Road at Campbelltown, but (taking frommy's point again) the route is not necessarily easy. Whereis describes it if you use the "avoid tolls" tab"
That would take you to The Northern Road at Narellan - to South Windsor then you could take the Putty Road to Singleton and then the New England.
If you stay on the Hume/M5 passed Campbelltown you could avoid the M7 and turn off the M5 at Liverpool to run the Cumberland Hwy north through Sydney.
But if you have a Melbourne eTag, as mentioned by Mufti, just run the M7/M2 corridor to Hornsby,
Yes, of course you are correct frommy about following the northern road thru Windsor to Singleton, but the OP's fundamental question was about "QUICKEST". It's a nice drive, but it drags you back westward to the New England Highway. Doesn't fit the "quickest" requirement.
Have you checked what whereis says? :)
And I think mufti is on your Canadian forum ???
LuigiEdited: 10:17 pm, November 16, 2010
"And I think mufti is on your Canadian forum"
Ha ha. Yep. Senior moment when running out of time at lunch time at work after having just read a PM from Mufti in Vancouver who has a strong interest in Australia BTW, having relos here and visited a few times. By the post time I was 6 minutes into the bosses time it appears. :)
It was you who suggested Narellan Road, mate, and I just extended your idea. I certainly would not take that route, even though many years ago, when courting my wife of 40 years now, I used to run it regularly with her living in the upper Hunter.
Just a further thought on the M7, if an eTag is not activated on a vehicle, the traveller is advised by the signs that they have 24 hours to pay by phoning a number that is posted. I imagine that you then provide CC numbers to pay.
I have gone right off whereis and far prefer Google maps these days. whereis can still pick up a few things that Google does not, but I find Google maps more versatile and quite accurate in drive times.
A late thought is when OP might be hitting Sydney as the M2/F3 corridor can get clogged up once turning off onto Pennant Hills Road, and the F3 can be bad, so I have heard on traffic reports, late arvo.