Tomorrow I'm heading up to Byron Bay from Melbourne after a quick stop of in Sydney. Anyways What i would like to know is has anyone had much experience driving on the New England Highway and if so Did you come across many cops and cameras etc etc?? Thanks guys.
Ps is that actually the quickest way to Byron from Sydney?
have a look at each bridge you go under, you will probarly see a camera, they can now time your trip to see if you have been doing the speed limit or not, well thats if your driving a Truck so i dunno if it applys to driving cars, but yeah watch out mate, they are hiding everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cops have a field day on the new england and pacific highway, especially on interstate drivers. be careful. NSW cops still have the marked camera cars, but they seem to be pretty good at hiding them. Fixed you get 3 signposted warnings as per usual nsw cameras.
Originally posted by BIGBADAU have a look at each bridge you go under, you will probarly see a camera, they can now time your trip to see if you have been doing the speed limit or not, well thats if your driving a Truck so i dunno if it applys to driving cars, but yeah watch out mate, they are hiding everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think those are just for nabbing speeding and non-sleeping truckies, but I'd watch out anyway.
The cameras under the bridges are part of the Safe-T-Cam system that applies only to trucks. All fixed cameras in NSW are signposted 3 times leading in to them, and if they get you, then you deserve it. Mobile cameras and radar/lidar then they can be anywhere, especially on the New England....
Probably not the quickest route to Byron from Sydney via the N E Hwy - but certainly the prettiest along the way!!
The Pacific Hwy has a lot more traffic and is more stop/start through towns and low/high speed limits.
The New England probably adds 90 minutes to the trip but has one huge attraction ---- when you get to Tenterfield you turn east along the Gwydir Highway toward Lismore via Casino and then onto Byron.
For many years I've been driving that road and I rank it in the top three enjoyable 125km's (in Aust) you'll ever do if you enjoy driving ---- its fast, but with lots of bends to attack and enjoy. The first 50 odd k's from Tenterfield to the township of Drake in particular is absolutely sensational. You can safely (no police or cameras) drive at up to 140-160 k's through the fast bits there.
Word of warning though, its a narrow road and deceptive sometimes ... you can easily make a mistake so have your wits about you.
Its the sort of road if taken in an XR Turbo that would blow your mind!!!
When you get back tell us what you think about the road.
Hey' Organza, don't you mean the Bruxner Hwy?
Although the run over the Gwydir Hwy from Glen Innes
to Grafton is gangs of fun in the middle of the night,
Just watch the local wildlife, roos etc
xespack, if your leaving from Sydney and are on a time
schedule then the Pacific is probably your best bet.
OK, It's got a few revenue cameras but they are signposted
and if you leave Sydney around midnight or so you shoudn't
strike many mobiles and youl'l be in Byron for brekky.
Have a safe trip.
I've done the New England numerous times. Cops are worst around Armidale and Tamworth (and almost guaranteed to be patrolling Glenn Innes and 99% of the time Aratula in QLD) although I've always driven past them doing 110-115 and never had a problem (hence this trip is often much quicker than the 'Police state' coast road). This highway is B-Double country as the truckies cannot take doubles up the coast so expect to see lots of trucks towing two trailers and doing 20km/h up many hills.
Fixed cameras are clearly marked and in my experience mobile cameras are normally set up just inside towns close to the part where limits drop down to 60 (how else would they make money?).
Also, I have hit numerous roos at night although I have noticed that with the drought the carnage is worse than ever with wombats and roos now often travelling extended hours.
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