Great Driving Roads
  • Register
  • Help
Page 1 of 2 12 Last
Results 1 to 25 of 40
Like Tree12Likes

Thread: Great Driving Roads

  1. #1
    Guru davemcbean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Camden NSW & Selwyn NZ
    Posts
    2,327

    Default Great Driving Roads

    No, I don't mean roads where you can speed.

    Advertisement


    I thought it would be good to start a thread featuring nice drives which you've encountered. I've done quite a few lately. I'll post each one separately below, giving location, distance, road conditions and a few comments.

    Feel free to add your own. To allow readers to distinguish between the drive descriptions and reply posts, please give a clear title and its state or country, followed by distance, then description of the state of the road (narrow, shoulders, armco, surface, etc), then other interesting features, lookouts, stops, etc.

    As usual with these types of roads, watch out for motorbikes, random utes/4WDs and kangaroos, deer and animals in general. I saw a number of dead pigs on the shoulder this past weekend (including 1 just outside Scone) and countless roos and wallabies. I've seen more deer either crossing, or near roads, in south east NSW, in the past year, than I saw in NZ in 12.
    Last edited by davemcbean; 2nd August 2017 at 07:54 PM.
    okalford likes this.
    NZ Fleet
    1976 504 Ti
    1984 205 GT twin carb
    1991 205 SI 1.6GTI motor
    1994 106 Xsi
    1996 Mondeo V6
    Aus Fleet
    1955 203C
    1997 Civic Cxi (great allrounder- revy, flexible, nimble, comfortable , economical, simple and durable )

  2. #2
    Guru davemcbean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Camden NSW & Selwyn NZ
    Posts
    2,327

    Default

    Gloucester to Wingham, NSW

    60 km

    Nice flowing curves and beautiful countryside.
    90km/h limit and very fun.
    Sealed shoulder and armco barriers on corners and drops between Gloucester and Krambach.
    Narrower with some patchy tarmac between Krambach and Wingham, but nothing a decent car can't handle.

    Krambach is a nice place to stop for a feed.

    It's interesting turning up Dees Rd in Belbora (Gloucester side of Krambach). It's a narrow dead end dirt road, but it gives you an idea of how thick the forest used to be in this area.
    Last edited by davemcbean; 2nd August 2017 at 07:20 PM.
    NZ Fleet
    1976 504 Ti
    1984 205 GT twin carb
    1991 205 SI 1.6GTI motor
    1994 106 Xsi
    1996 Mondeo V6
    Aus Fleet
    1955 203C
    1997 Civic Cxi (great allrounder- revy, flexible, nimble, comfortable , economical, simple and durable )

  3. #3
    Guru davemcbean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Camden NSW & Selwyn NZ
    Posts
    2,327

    Default

    Bathurst-Sofala-Ilford, NSW

    71km

    Nice flowing curves and plenty of up and down.
    No sealed shoulder and some patchy tarmac. Armco barriers only on the steep climbs and descents.

    Interesting halfway stop at olde west mining town of Sofala.
    Last edited by davemcbean; 2nd August 2017 at 07:01 PM.
    NZ Fleet
    1976 504 Ti
    1984 205 GT twin carb
    1991 205 SI 1.6GTI motor
    1994 106 Xsi
    1996 Mondeo V6
    Aus Fleet
    1955 203C
    1997 Civic Cxi (great allrounder- revy, flexible, nimble, comfortable , economical, simple and durable )

  4. #4
    Guru davemcbean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Camden NSW & Selwyn NZ
    Posts
    2,327

    Default

    Khancoban to Thredbo, NSW

    100km approx

    Fantastic flowing bends and great scenery.
    Good surface and good safety barriers.
    One of the best drives anywhere.
    Mi16 Man likes this.
    NZ Fleet
    1976 504 Ti
    1984 205 GT twin carb
    1991 205 SI 1.6GTI motor
    1994 106 Xsi
    1996 Mondeo V6
    Aus Fleet
    1955 203C
    1997 Civic Cxi (great allrounder- revy, flexible, nimble, comfortable , economical, simple and durable )

  5. #5
    1000+ Posts Richard W's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    1,199

    Default

    Great thread idea. Given your NZ knowledge I'd be interested in your thoughts on great roads in NZ as well. My impression touring the south island earlier this year is that there is a huge number of absolutely epic roads. For example, Mt Cook down to Wanaka was incredible, as was the drive from Wanaka to Queenstown, and then the drive from Te Anau into Milford was also amazing (though probably not to be hurried too much). Targa NZ must be fantastic...

  6. #6
    Guru davemcbean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Camden NSW & Selwyn NZ
    Posts
    2,327

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard W View Post
    Great thread idea. Given your NZ knowledge I'd be interested in your thoughts on great roads in NZ as well. My impression touring the south island earlier this year is that there is a huge number of absolutely epic roads. For example, Mt Cook down to Wanaka was incredible, as was the drive from Wanaka to Queenstown, and then the drive from Te Anau into Milford was also amazing (though probably not to be hurried too much). Targa NZ must be fantastic...
    Stay tuned. I could only write so many during my lunch break. I plan to include all those drives you mentioned, plus many others. I'll try to add a description of atleast one NZ and one NSW or VIC drive, each day, over the next week.
    NZ Fleet
    1976 504 Ti
    1984 205 GT twin carb
    1991 205 SI 1.6GTI motor
    1994 106 Xsi
    1996 Mondeo V6
    Aus Fleet
    1955 203C
    1997 Civic Cxi (great allrounder- revy, flexible, nimble, comfortable , economical, simple and durable )

  7. #7
    Fellow Frogger!
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    173

    Default

    Done a few recently too,
    Black Springs down to Goulburn on the Abercrombie Road through Taralga. About 100kMs of sweeping bends, narrower, twisty section as you transit the Abercrombie valley. Majestic views at points en route. Be careful of the logging trucks in 'business hours' as always be careful of the Roos, particularly around dusk - likely to see a few on this run.
    Happy motoring, Balders


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Mi16 Man likes this.
    may all your plans be cunning ones,
    Baldrick,

    fleet: 1989 Peugeot 505 GTi Wagon
    1969 Peugeot 404 Sedan
    2003 Smart 452 Roadster
    2005 MG ZR160
    1953 Citroen 15CV (under Restoration)
    1953 Bristol 401 (under Restoration)

  8. #8
    COL
    COL is offline
    A110 COL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Van Diemen's Land
    Posts
    3,101

    Default

    Some of the great driving roads that I have been on are

    Putty Road NSW

    Great Ocean Road Vic

    Frankford Highway Tas

    Sidling Tas
    Regards Col

    1973 Renault R12 Station Wagon
    1976 Renault R12 Station Wagon
    1995 Renault Laguna V6
    2002 Renault Laguna V6
    1973 Alpine A110

    http://alpine-a110.weebly.com/

  9. #9
    1000+ Posts bluey504's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Dandenong Vic
    Posts
    1,207

    Default

    Tawonga Gap, North East Victoria. The most fun way to go between the King and Kiewa valleys ie Bright to Tawonga/Mt Beauty.
    A non power steer 205GTi will built up a sweat. Please check brake pad thickness before arrival.
    Brendan.

  10. #10
    Veni Vidi Posti 68 404's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Rome
    Posts
    2,563

    Default

    Bylong Valley Way, between Denman and Rylstone.

    Now sealed, great drive...

    Dave
    2009 Renault Laguna 2.0 dCi wagon
    ​1997 BMW K1200RS

    IR655
    (George Bush Snr): "I'll never apologize for the United States of America. Ever, I don't care what the facts are."


  11. #11
    Guru davemcbean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Camden NSW & Selwyn NZ
    Posts
    2,327

    Default

    Bright to Mt Beauty, Victoria

    30 kms

    No sealed shoulder or armco barriers (as of June 2015). Extreme caution required.

    Great view from the lookout at the top.

    A clear title and comments like this are very helpful.
    NZ Fleet
    1976 504 Ti
    1984 205 GT twin carb
    1991 205 SI 1.6GTI motor
    1994 106 Xsi
    1996 Mondeo V6
    Aus Fleet
    1955 203C
    1997 Civic Cxi (great allrounder- revy, flexible, nimble, comfortable , economical, simple and durable )

  12. #12
    Guru davemcbean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Camden NSW & Selwyn NZ
    Posts
    2,327

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by 68 404 View Post
    Bylong Valley Way, between Denman and Rylstone.

    Now sealed, great drive...

    Dave
    Yes. I did this on Friday, immediately after the Bathurst to Ilford run. Did Coolah Tops and Barrington Tops on Saturday and the Gloucester-Krambach run above on sunday, followed in the arvo by back road to Buladelah then over the hills to Booral.

    I'll describe the Bylong Valley Way in the next post.
    NZ Fleet
    1976 504 Ti
    1984 205 GT twin carb
    1991 205 SI 1.6GTI motor
    1994 106 Xsi
    1996 Mondeo V6
    Aus Fleet
    1955 203C
    1997 Civic Cxi (great allrounder- revy, flexible, nimble, comfortable , economical, simple and durable )

  13. #13
    Fellow Frogger!
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    hampton victoria australia
    Posts
    441

    Default

    Black Spur out of Healesville is excellent if you can get a run at it without tourist traffic or Mr Plod

    More heavily policed these days, partly because it is so popular with motorcyclists who keep coming to grief

    Wonderful road on a good day, especially in a 205GTI

    Andrew
    Kim Luck likes this.

  14. #14
    1000+ Posts Kim Luck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Melbourne, Aus.
    Posts
    16,338

    Default

    Licola to Jamieson. Victoria. 110km. Dirt/Gravel. (This time of the year, expect snow) Fun.
    Last edited by Kim Luck; 2nd August 2017 at 07:05 PM.
    bluey504 likes this.
    It's another lovely day! Again!

  15. #15
    Guru davemcbean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Camden NSW & Selwyn NZ
    Posts
    2,327

    Default

    Bylong Valley Way, NSW

    110km (from Sandy Hollow to Rylstone).

    No sealed shoulder on most of it, but good armco barriers along drops.

    Interesting climb on east side of Murrumbo station (bypassing old tunnel, which is now used for the trainline). Also interesting climb through forest between Bylong and Rylstone.

    Nice general store/cafe to stop at Bylong itself.
    Last edited by davemcbean; 2nd August 2017 at 07:56 PM.
    NZ Fleet
    1976 504 Ti
    1984 205 GT twin carb
    1991 205 SI 1.6GTI motor
    1994 106 Xsi
    1996 Mondeo V6
    Aus Fleet
    1955 203C
    1997 Civic Cxi (great allrounder- revy, flexible, nimble, comfortable , economical, simple and durable )

  16. #16
    1000+ Posts graham66's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    1,459

    Default

    Maleny-Montville Road, Sunshine Coast QLD.
    CXVingtCinq likes this.

  17. #17
    1000+ Posts Kim Luck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Melbourne, Aus.
    Posts
    16,338

    Default

    Walhalla to Jamieson. Victoria. 135km. Mainly gravel. Fun.
    It's another lovely day! Again!

  18. #18
    Guru davemcbean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Camden NSW & Selwyn NZ
    Posts
    2,327

    Default

    Tallangatta to Omeo, Victoria

    196kms

    Good surface, but very narrow in places. Very few (if any) armco barriers. Big drops beside narrow road on Omeo side of range.

    Beautiful views from the highest elevations of this drive.
    NZ Fleet
    1976 504 Ti
    1984 205 GT twin carb
    1991 205 SI 1.6GTI motor
    1994 106 Xsi
    1996 Mondeo V6
    Aus Fleet
    1955 203C
    1997 Civic Cxi (great allrounder- revy, flexible, nimble, comfortable , economical, simple and durable )

  19. #19
    Guru davemcbean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Camden NSW & Selwyn NZ
    Posts
    2,327

    Default

    Great Alpine Road, Bairnsdale-Omeo-Mt Hotham- Harrietville, Victoria

    207kms

    Narrow in places. Very few armco barriers along Tambo river or from Mt Hotham to Harrietville.

    Interesting climb on Mt Hotham side of Omeo.
    Fantastic views everywhere.

    Good Cafe at bottom of main street in Omeo.
    Last edited by davemcbean; 2nd August 2017 at 07:16 PM.
    NZ Fleet
    1976 504 Ti
    1984 205 GT twin carb
    1991 205 SI 1.6GTI motor
    1994 106 Xsi
    1996 Mondeo V6
    Aus Fleet
    1955 203C
    1997 Civic Cxi (great allrounder- revy, flexible, nimble, comfortable , economical, simple and durable )

  20. #20
    Guru davemcbean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Camden NSW & Selwyn NZ
    Posts
    2,327

    Default

    Crown Range Rd, Queenstown to Wanaka, NZ

    67kms.

    Good surface. Wooden safety barriers on edges on climb up from Queenstown to the top. No sealed shoulder.

    Be careful of ice at the top between April-November.

    Great lookout over Queenstown and Arrowtown at top of switchbacks. Also at the very top there are great views which often include 737s and A320s coming down the valley on their approach to land.

    Nice place to stop at Cardrona.
    CXVingtCinq likes this.
    NZ Fleet
    1976 504 Ti
    1984 205 GT twin carb
    1991 205 SI 1.6GTI motor
    1994 106 Xsi
    1996 Mondeo V6
    Aus Fleet
    1955 203C
    1997 Civic Cxi (great allrounder- revy, flexible, nimble, comfortable , economical, simple and durable )

  21. #21
    1000+ Posts Kim Luck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Melbourne, Aus.
    Posts
    16,338

    Default

    Grand Ridge Road, South Gippsland. A bit of everything. Beautiful views if you take your eyes off the road.......
    bluey504 likes this.
    It's another lovely day! Again!

  22. #22
    1000+ Posts bluey504's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Dandenong Vic
    Posts
    1,207

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by davemcbean View Post
    Bright to Mt Beauty, Victoria

    30 kms

    No sealed shoulder or armco barriers (as of June 2015). Extreme caution required.

    Great view from the lookout at the top.

    A clear title and comments like this are very helpful.
    Arrh, that would be Tawonga Gap...
    Brendan.

  23. #23
    VIP Sponsor
    Join Date
    Aug 2000
    Posts
    8,230

    Default

    Skenes Creek road, runs north from the Great Ocean Road from Skenes Creek, near Apollo Bay. Like the GOR used to be before half the bends were taken out.

  24. #24
    1000+ Posts Kim Luck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Melbourne, Aus.
    Posts
    16,338

    Default

    For the discerning driver, Harraps Highway, South Gippsland.
    It's another lovely day! Again!

  25. #25
    Guru davemcbean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Camden NSW & Selwyn NZ
    Posts
    2,327

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by bluey504 View Post
    Arrh, that would be Tawonga Gap...
    Brendan.
    Yes, I know. I was using it as an example of writing it up in a way that allows others to find the location and know what to expect.

    It's a great driving area around there, athough much of it is probably sign posted at a speed faster than most would actually feel comfortable driving.

    New Zealand is a classic case of weird speed limits. A goat track through the mountains and a motorway both have a 100km/h speed limit. Go figure.

    The French sysyem makes more sense to me. There are only 3 speed limits. Towns are 50km/h. Motorways are 130km/h. Everything else is 90km/h.
    NZ Fleet
    1976 504 Ti
    1984 205 GT twin carb
    1991 205 SI 1.6GTI motor
    1994 106 Xsi
    1996 Mondeo V6
    Aus Fleet
    1955 203C
    1997 Civic Cxi (great allrounder- revy, flexible, nimble, comfortable , economical, simple and durable )

Page 1 of 2 12 Last

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •