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this may help with directions

PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2002 2:54 am
by nelson


Anyone having stress working out how to get to Broken Hill have a look at this free site, http://www.whereis.com.au/ you just type in your adress and where you are going and it tells you everything its was really helpful for me hope you can use it.





see ya on the road scags



this may help with directions

PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2002 9:18 am
by Dave_H


I tried the whereis site but it reccomends some tiny back road near Menindee which isnt even mentioned on the maps I have? . Im not sure if it can differentiate between highway and back road. The written directions are definatley a good resource though.


I reccomend the following maps obtainable (free to members) from NSW NRMA offices: South east Australia (Brisbane to Adelaide), Outback NSW and Rivers region, Blue mountains and Western plains. Dymocks and Collins Booksellers have similar maps and road atlas'es with equivalent levels of detail.


cheers



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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2002 1:18 pm
by Peter Barton
What did you put as your destination? I plugged in from my house to Oxide Street Broken Hill, and the results looked pretty good to me. I'm going to link it from the Back 2 The Max site, it seems to be quite a good resource (wish I'd known about it earlier!)

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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2002 3:08 am
by Dave_H


I did it from my house to Argent St,


I agree its a good resource but now that ive checked its results against a map I have, I find it appears to reccomend a course past menindee.


Funnily enough, If I start from Penrith where some others in Syd are going from, it reccomends a course through to Hay, across and up the silver city hwy? 1304 klm for whereis vs 1168klm from one of the NSW tourist sites I visited a week or two ago. If I can find that tourist site address and its any help to everyone, I'll post it here.


cheers



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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2002 4:28 am
by nelson


Hi Dave, we are going from Quakers Hill and are planning to go the way through hay cause I am wary of going through some of the towns you find the other way at night.


I just recieved tourist info from Broken Hill and it states 1068 as the distance from Sydney??? I am still confused as to which is the best way but the web site gives great directions and distances ect.


By the way July is the has the lowest avarage rain fall and also the lowest temps ave high is 15.5 and low 5.3 so it will be coldish and hopefully dry.

this may help with directions

PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2002 4:34 am
by Dave_H


OK, Heres the link to the other site I found, which now has me more confused again as to the best route. I'd love to know what these sites used for their calculations...


http://www.visitnsw.com.au/0500/0501/0501.asp then click on the 'maps' link in the toolbar in the middle of the page. It provides a similar service with directions and a map like whereis.com.au


anyway hope this helps

this may help with directions

PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2002 4:50 am
by nelson


MAN, thats confused me more. the fastest option is quoted at 1300ish kilomtres and 13hrs. " where is" map shows 1300ish kilometers and travel time at 19.51hrs


the other map gives the 'shotest route' at 1004 kilometres but 15 hrs travel time. Strange






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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2002 6:37 am
by Peter Barton
whereis.com.au seemed to be very conservative with the travel time. It quoted about 16.5 hours travelling time for me. Last time I made the trip it took 14 hours or less (and we weren't speeding). I guess that they are factoring in traffic lights, petrol stops, etc, it's probably hard to get an accurate time that suits everyone.

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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2002 7:08 am
by toecutter
I gotta be honest here. I grabbed a map from a servo, measured it and did a rough calculation. I left Canberra at 6Am, arrived Broken Hill that night. I hammered across teh Barrier but did linger in Dubbo and Cobar I think, it was a few years back. Forget web sites, look at a damn map!






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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2002 7:52 am
by Dave_H


This is why I said earlier that the web sites are a bit erroneous and simple, When looking at the NRMA road map last night I noticed, it the breaks roads down into back road, highway, main road and wether they are sealed or unsealed.


Obviously a better speed is obtainable on blacktop and to agree with toecutter, my bet from sydney reigon is still the barrier highway. It stands out pretty stark on a proper map as about the only continuously sealed road across the top two-thirds of NSW.


BTW toecutter, what average speeds were you getting along the Barrier?


Which way are people from VIC going?