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  • Benno Posts: 183
    Brisbane Qld
    Stock Poster Benno
    23 Jul 2019 08:58 AM
    Can anyone give me an idea of the road condition from Emerald to Charters Towers. Am trying to decide on a route from Brissy to Cairns in a couple of weeks. Do you know if it was effected by the floods recently, shitloads of trucks, not much worth seeing. 
    Thanks in advance 
    Benno
  • mickle Posts: 2004
    Meadow Heights Victoria
    Motor Head mickle
    23 Jul 2019 10:16 AM
    I use this site when travelling in Qld.
    https://qldtraffic.qld.gov.au/
  • Benno Posts: 183
    Brisbane Qld
    Stock Poster Benno
    23 Jul 2019 05:59 PM
    Thanks Mickle, will take a look.
  • Ken in Cairns Posts: 394
    Cairns FNQ
    Stage 1 Poster Ken in Cairns
    25 Jul 2019 08:33 PM
    It will be better than the coast highway Benno:)
    Just make sure you fill up at the Claremont Roadhouse and top up at the Belyando Road house as that is the only fuel between Clearmont and Charters Towers.
    Don't ride through there at night or even very late arvo.

    Catch you when you get up to Cairns.
    Cheers
    Ken 

  • Benno Posts: 183
    Brisbane Qld
    Stock Poster Benno
    26 Jul 2019 05:45 PM
    Thanks Ken, am being warned off that route by multiple sources, mainly due to road works from the floods. Will drop you a message when I get into town, you still going to NZ.
  • Ken in Cairns Posts: 394
    Cairns FNQ
    Stage 1 Poster Ken in Cairns
    27 Jul 2019 11:19 AM
    No we went early and I got back 2 days before heading over here for work. The wife may go over next school holidays, but I will  be here again by then.

    There is a web site for roadworks, which has been mentioned which sort of is helpfull. Was a bit going on between Townsville and Cairns last time I went through.

    I would have thought the bulk of the roadworks would have been between Charters Towers and Townsville as that road went under. Not sure about the one to Emerald, but I would still go that way even with some roadworks rather than the coast rd, as there is bound to be some there too, and that way is very busy with trucks and campervans etc.


  • GeeBee Posts: 158
    Stock Poster GeeBee
    27 Jul 2019 09:46 PM
    Quoting Benno on 23 Jul 2019 08:58 AM
    Can anyone give me an idea of the road condition from Emerald to Charters Towers. Am trying to decide on a route from Brissy to Cairns in a couple of weeks. Do you know if it was effected by the floods recently, shitloads of trucks, not much worth seeing. 
    Thanks in advance 
    Benno
    Travelled from western Victoria up the Kidman Way to Roma , Emerald then to Charters Towers and then across to Townsville and up to Port Douglas . This was late May 2019 . Road was ok , nothing too bad , agree with comments by Ken in Cairns  re fuel .
    Been slowly travelling back down the coast from Port Douglas, now in Yamba NSW.  Bruce Hwy is very busy,  full of roadworks north and south of Brisbane . Very frustrating riding. Going inland soon , looking for better roads and riding. 
  • Old Fatty Posts: 15
    Stock Poster Old Fatty
    28 Jul 2019 12:30 PM
    Quoting Benno on 23 Jul 2019 08:58 AM
    Can anyone give me an idea of the road condition from Emerald to Charters Towers. Am trying to decide on a route from Brissy to Cairns in a couple of weeks. Do you know if it was effected by the floods recently, shitloads of trucks, not much worth seeing. 
    Thanks in advance 
    Benno
    Quoting GeeBee on 27 Jul 2019 09:46 PMedited: 27 Jul 2019 09:47 PM
    Travelled from western Victoria up the Kidman Way to Roma , Emerald then to Charters Towers and then across to Townsville and up to Port Douglas . This was late May 2019 . Road was ok , nothing too bad , agree with comments by Ken in Cairns  re fuel .
    Been slowly travelling back down the coast from Port Douglas, now in Yamba NSW.  Bruce Hwy is very busy,  full of roadworks north and south of Brisbane . Very frustrating riding. Going inland soon , looking for better roads and riding. 
    Turn right at Port Macquarie onto the Oxley Highway. Great ride to Walcha. 
  • Old Fatty Posts: 15
    Stock Poster Old Fatty
    28 Jul 2019 12:32 PM
    Quoting Benno on 23 Jul 2019 08:58 AM
    Can anyone give me an idea of the road condition from Emerald to Charters Towers. Am trying to decide on a route from Brissy to Cairns in a couple of weeks. Do you know if it was effected by the floods recently, shitloads of trucks, not much worth seeing. 
    Thanks in advance 
    Benno
    Quoting GeeBee on 27 Jul 2019 09:46 PMedited: 27 Jul 2019 09:47 PM
    Travelled from western Victoria up the Kidman Way to Roma , Emerald then to Charters Towers and then across to Townsville and up to Port Douglas . This was late May 2019 . Road was ok , nothing too bad , agree with comments by Ken in Cairns  re fuel .
    Been slowly travelling back down the coast from Port Douglas, now in Yamba NSW.  Bruce Hwy is very busy,  full of roadworks north and south of Brisbane . Very frustrating riding. Going inland soon , looking for better roads and riding. 
    From Port Macquarie turn inland to Walcha on the Oxley Highway. Great ride. 
  • GeeBee Posts: 158
    Stock Poster GeeBee
    28 Jul 2019 05:33 PM
    Quoting Benno on 23 Jul 2019 08:58 AM
    Can anyone give me an idea of the road condition from Emerald to Charters Towers. Am trying to decide on a route from Brissy to Cairns in a couple of weeks. Do you know if it was effected by the floods recently, shitloads of trucks, not much worth seeing. 
    Thanks in advance 
    Benno
    Quoting GeeBee on 27 Jul 2019 09:46 PMedited: 27 Jul 2019 09:47 PM
    Travelled from western Victoria up the Kidman Way to Roma , Emerald then to Charters Towers and then across to Townsville and up to Port Douglas . This was late May 2019 . Road was ok , nothing too bad , agree with comments by Ken in Cairns  re fuel .
    Been slowly travelling back down the coast from Port Douglas, now in Yamba NSW.  Bruce Hwy is very busy,  full of roadworks north and south of Brisbane . Very frustrating riding. Going inland soon , looking for better roads and riding. 
    Quoting Old Fatty on 28 Jul 2019 12:32 PM
    From Port Macquarie turn inland to Walcha on the Oxley Highway. Great ride. 
    Cheers . Planning on Going  via Grafton , Tamworth and down the Newell .

  • Benno Posts: 183
    Brisbane Qld
    Stock Poster Benno
    28 Jul 2019 06:50 PM
    Quoting Benno on 23 Jul 2019 08:58 AM
    Can anyone give me an idea of the road condition from Emerald to Charters Towers. Am trying to decide on a route from Brissy to Cairns in a couple of weeks. Do you know if it was effected by the floods recently, shitloads of trucks, not much worth seeing. 
    Thanks in advance 
    Benno
    Quoting GeeBee on 27 Jul 2019 09:46 PMedited: 27 Jul 2019 09:47 PM
    Travelled from western Victoria up the Kidman Way to Roma , Emerald then to Charters Towers and then across to Townsville and up to Port Douglas . This was late May 2019 . Road was ok , nothing too bad , agree with comments by Ken in Cairns  re fuel .
    Been slowly travelling back down the coast from Port Douglas, now in Yamba NSW.  Bruce Hwy is very busy,  full of roadworks north and south of Brisbane . Very frustrating riding. Going inland soon , looking for better roads and riding. 
    Cheers GB, appreciate your feedback, now intend to leave Brisbane following the Burnett hwy, swing west to Emerald, through to Charters Towers, then up to Cairns along the coast. 
    Return down the coast until Rockhampton, swing west down through Springsure, Injune, Roma
    Hope your trip goes safe, cheers
    Benno
  • GeeBee Posts: 158
    Stock Poster GeeBee
    28 Jul 2019 10:01 PM
    Quoting Benno on 23 Jul 2019 08:58 AM
    Can anyone give me an idea of the road condition from Emerald to Charters Towers. Am trying to decide on a route from Brissy to Cairns in a couple of weeks. Do you know if it was effected by the floods recently, shitloads of trucks, not much worth seeing. 
    Thanks in advance 
    Benno
    Quoting GeeBee on 27 Jul 2019 09:46 PMedited: 27 Jul 2019 09:47 PM
    Travelled from western Victoria up the Kidman Way to Roma , Emerald then to Charters Towers and then across to Townsville and up to Port Douglas . This was late May 2019 . Road was ok , nothing too bad , agree with comments by Ken in Cairns  re fuel .
    Been slowly travelling back down the coast from Port Douglas, now in Yamba NSW.  Bruce Hwy is very busy,  full of roadworks north and south of Brisbane . Very frustrating riding. Going inland soon , looking for better roads and riding. 
    Quoting Benno on 28 Jul 2019 06:50 PM
    Cheers GB, appreciate your feedback, now intend to leave Brisbane following the Burnett hwy, swing west to Emerald, through to Charters Towers, then up to Cairns along the coast. 
    Return down the coast until Rockhampton, swing west down through Springsure, Injune, Roma
    Hope your trip goes safe, cheers
    Benno
    Cheers Benno . Fair weather and good riding to you ! 

  • Benno Posts: 183
    Brisbane Qld
    Stock Poster Benno
    21 Aug 2019 08:25 PM
    After Gee Bee gave me the low down on the Emerald to Charters Towers road, I took the plunge. glad I did, have been on much worse Qld roads. Met this guy and his wife at. Belleyando Crossing which is the only fuel between Clermont and Charters Towers. Ole mate was heading to Cooktown from Saffastarya to celebrate his 60th, someone hear might even know him. Check out the dog on top of the trailer in the cage, he’s got a piece of polycarbonate sheeting for a windscreen and roof. Also note the 2 gallon water container in the cage, ole mate told me it’s full of home brew scotch, he reckons if you wanna try and steal his shine outta there, good luck to ya. HD Forums Australia - 9C1D9245-35E8-446F-86CF-74F517716A7A.jpeg
    Been on the road for around 3 weeks, staying at country pubs, met some great characters, get out there you blokes, your a long time dead.

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  • steelo Posts: 2479
    Adelaide
    Motor Head steelo
    21 Aug 2019 08:43 PM
    Good on ya Benno. Love the pics. Good luck with your adventures
  • JFE Posts: 1636
    NSW
    Motor Head JFE
    25 Aug 2019 08:46 AM
    Good one Benno. Keep the pics and stories coming if you have time.
  • Smokey61 Posts: 722
    Townsville
    Performance Poster Smokey61
    25 Aug 2019 12:29 PM
    Quoting Benno on 21 Aug 2019 08:25 PM
    After Gee Bee gave me the low down on the Emerald to Charters Towers road, I took the plunge. glad I did, have been on much worse Qld roads. Met this guy and his wife at. Belleyando Crossing which is the only fuel between Clermont and Charters Towers. Ole mate was heading to Cooktown from Saffastarya to celebrate his 60th, someone hear might even know him. Check out the dog on top of the trailer in the cage, he’s got a piece of polycarbonate sheeting for a windscreen and roof. Also note the 2 gallon water container in the cage, ole mate told me it’s full of home brew scotch, he reckons if you wanna try and steal his shine outta there, good luck to ya. HD Forums Australia - 9C1D9245-35E8-446F-86CF-74F517716A7A.jpeg
    Been on the road for around 3 weeks, staying at country pubs, met some great characters, get out there you blokes, your a long time dead.

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    What sort of bag is that on the back seat?
  • Benno Posts: 183
    Brisbane Qld
    Stock Poster Benno
    25 Aug 2019 01:33 PM
    G’day Smokey, it’s a “Bikers Friend” barrel bag, it’s a great bag, comes with a couple of back supports too. They are a US based company, check out the website, having it strapped there stops me from slouching, well while I’m riding anyway.
    Cheers Benno
  • Wideglider Posts: 655
    NSW
    Performance Poster Wideglider
    25 Aug 2019 09:50 PM
    Happy travels Benno, you are doing exactly what these bikes are built for - keep the photos coming.
  • Smokey61 Posts: 722
    Townsville
    Performance Poster Smokey61
    31 Aug 2019 12:35 PM
    Quoting Benno on 25 Aug 2019 01:33 PM
    G’day Smokey, it’s a “Bikers Friend” barrel bag, it’s a great bag, comes with a couple of back supports too. They are a US based company, check out the website, having it strapped there stops me from slouching, well while I’m riding anyway.
    Cheers Benno
    Ta mate, looks like just what I need.
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