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Sydney To Maroochydore, Which route?

Discussion in 'Roads, Touring, Journeys, and Travel' at netrider.net.au started by Simigh, Oct 14, 2015.

  1. Evening all!

    Just got back from visiting my folks in Maroochydore with my wife and son when I casually mentioned to the wife "Those roads would be great on a bike" to which she replied
    "You should plan a bike trip up there and the boy and I can fly up"
    So here I am in the early stages of planning a trip to Maroochydore and I am looking for advise on the best roads and our route.
    I really don't want to take the Pac highway...... the New England seems ok but....
    So I was thinking of the following.

    Sydney to Port Macquarie then shoot over on the Oxley to Bendemeer.
    ride on up to Armidale then take a right on to Waterfall Way to Raleigh.
    Scoot on up the A1 to Grafton and shoot across the Gwydir to Glenn Inness.
    Then head on up the A15 till Maroochydore or there abouts.

    Sound ok or does anyone else have any suggestions?


  2. Mate you are going to be swamped with choices there will be so many ways there and back it would take a year to travel them all. Sounds pretty good what you've looked at so far there are a number of smaller roads within what you have already listed that are great as well.
  3. As greggles said, heaps of choices. Just getting out of Sydney you have several! Lol.
    As you are going to have to return home, you also have the option of heading south a completely different way to the way you came up.

    If I were doing the trip I would leave Sydney via Windsor, heading to Singleton, then on to Dungog, Stroud and Bulahdelah. Then jump on the Lakes way which will eventually get you to Forster/Tuncurry.

    Leave Tuncurry on Tunncurry rd and head to Hallidays Pt before hitting the Pacific at Rainbow Flat. If you want to do the Oxley , head up the highway and then take the Bago rd to Wauchope. Up the Oxley to Walcha, then either onto Bendemeer, or turn right at Walcha and take top part of Thunderbolts way to Uralla and onto Armidale.

    From Armidale I'd head to Grafton via Ebor and then onto Nymboida rather than Dorrigo. From Grafton take the Summerland Way to Casino, then stay on the Summerland Way to Kyogle then onto the Lions Rd eventually ending up at Beaudesert, or the Kyogle Rd across to Nimbin, Blue Knob onto Uki and Murwillimbah . From there pick a road , any road to the coast then head towards Brissy.

    Of course once you get to Brissy there are about a dozen different routes to Maroochy. Lol

    Let me know when you are up here and you can come for a rider into the Sunny Coast hinterland with me and a few others if you like.
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  4. I rode Lions Road a few weeks ago and it was all pretty chopped up, the ZX-14R didn't enjoy it at all. I'd keep going past Lions Rd and turn right at the end instead of left towards Woodenbong, head back towards Beaudesert that way. Continue towards Brisbane but take the Ipswich Motorway out towards Ipswich then take the Toowoomba turnoff. (If you come through New England, you could head inbound this same way) Go to Fernvale then up the back of Mt Glorious, across to Samford, turn left and up to Dayboro, then up to Mt Mee, left through Woodford, right up Beerburrum Rd then a left turn up to Maleny, into Maleny then left and head out to Kilcoy, from Kilcoy turn right then you have options, either through to Eumundi then down the Sunshine Motorway or if you are adventurous up Obi Obi Rd and through the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and back through to Caloundra.

    If you're serious about exploring this part of the world, give me a yell and I'll see about meeting you and showing you the way. Could be a fun ride.
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  5. Apologies for recommending the Lions Rd then. I haven't done it for about 10 years and assumed that because they go to the trouble of closing it for their little TT event, it would be in half decent repair.

    I think you mean Kenilworth, not Kilcoy? Maleny, to Conondale then onto Kenilworth ( not Kilcoy) then right off the Kenilworth-Eumundi Rd and up the hill via Obi Obi. Its part of my regular weekend ride.

    Watch out on the blind turns on the one way section of the Obi Obi.

    I have seen cars coming down it the wrong way and at the right ( or should that be the wrong) corner, on such a tight section of blind corners you could have as little as 10-15mtrs to react to unexpected oncoming traffic
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  6. Just my experience, but it was my first serious ride on a brand new ZX-14R so perhaps I was a little precious, but it knocked the bike around pretty badly and hurt my pillion's back. Would still be fun on an adventure bike perhaps? There was also heaps of gravel all over the place.

    Yup I got my "K" towns mixed up - My bad

    Wow, never had that experience on Obi Obi Rd, that would be horrible !!! You're right, on some sections it would be impossible to see them coming. I would never ride DOWN that road, only up.

    I'll defer to your local expertise! I'm just a Brisbanite who has ridden it a few times.
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  7. There's a number of ways to get from Sydney to Glen Innes, and you've probably picked the most consistent quality roads. An alternative could be to do the Putty to Singleton then go inland from Tamworth to Texas, Clifton, through Heifer Creek to Gatton then via Esk to the Sunshine Coast hinterland. You could also get to Texas from Glen Innes via either Inverell or Tenterfield.

    The New England highway is much better than the Pacific if you need to do the return trip quickly and safely