Getting to Darwin

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018 at 20:31
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Hi all,
I have to get to Darwin in a hurry in the next two weeks.What is the quickest route?

Up the middle of Qld, across to NT and then north OR
Across NSW to Port Augusta and then north?

Or is there another alternative?

Thanks

bill
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Reply By: Athol W1 - Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018 at 20:41

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018 at 20:41
Bill

You do not give any indication as to your starting point, but I guess that you are somewhere around the central area of NSW.

Unless you are west of about Wilcannia I would suggest that it will be far quicker to make your way to Mt Isa and then across the Barkly to Three Ways, where you then have just 1000km straight up the Stuart Highway.

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Reply By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018 at 20:43

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018 at 20:43
Yeah ,sorry.
I am leaving from Wyong NSW, just north of Sydney.

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Reply By: splits - Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018 at 20:57

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018 at 20:57
The shortest way according to this map site is up through NSW and Qld. The distance is 3914 ks MAP Just enter Wyong and Darwin for the details.
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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 at 10:56

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 at 10:56
Hi bbuzz,

According to "Google Maps" This is the fastest route./

Wyong
New South Wales 2259

Get on M1 in Jilliby from Alison Rd and Hue Hue Rd
10 min (9.5 km)

Continue on M1. Take Hunter Expy/M15, New England Hwy/A15, B51, Kamilaroi Hwy and Newell Hwy/A39 to Carnarvon Hwy/Mungindi Rd in Moree
5 h 58 min (530 km)

Continue to Saint George
2 h 33 min (239 km)

Take A2, Barkly Hwy, National Highway 87 and National Highway 1 to Tiger Brennan Dr in Pinelands. Take the exit from National Highway 1
34 h (3,119 km)

Follow Tiger Brennan Dr to McMinn St in Darwin City
15 min (17.6 km)
Darwin
Northern Territory

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Reply By: peteC - Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 at 11:17

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 at 11:17
Just got back from newcastle-Darwin. Way up went via qld (longreach/mt isa) and came back alice/broken hill. The qld definitely better
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Reply By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 at 14:36

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 at 14:36
Thanks boys and girls.

Good to hear your ideas.

I hope the road surfaces are OK thru Qld. That was one concern I had.
Probably come home via the Alice and Ayers Rock.

Thanks all

bill
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Follow Up By: Member - GSharkey - Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 23:08

Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 23:08
I have just driven from Sydney to Darwin via Longreach, Winton, Mt Isa. Roads were good. Some road works but no holdups.
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Reply By: Member - johnat - Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 at 19:30

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 at 19:30
A lot depends on the app you use to get the times for travel. AND the amount of roadworks on the route.
Google maps assume the best speed possible, others not so much. Also depends on how fast you need to get there, and how slowly you can afford to return.

Regardless, the trip will be great, no matter which way you go!
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Reply By: Member - John and Lynne - Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 at 20:10

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 at 20:10
Having had a similar problem recently we decided that a rushed trip would be a hard and boring trip just driving. Our research quickly showed that flying was the cheapest and quickest way to get to Darwin and back in a limited time frame with some time spent in Darwin. Unless you have time for a more leisurely trip home there is little to be gained from driving. You could try checking this idea. JohnandLynne
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Follow Up By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 14, 2018 at 09:19

Thursday, Jun 14, 2018 at 09:19
The more I look into it, flying seems to be a better solution.

Apart from the time and the cost of fuel (petrol) I am leaning towards a plane.

Thanks for your thoughts.

bill
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Jun 14, 2018 at 17:02

Thursday, Jun 14, 2018 at 17:02
I was going to suggest flying, but thought I would get flamed,
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Reply By: Crusier 91 - Thursday, Jun 14, 2018 at 16:49

Thursday, Jun 14, 2018 at 16:49
Qantas flies direct from Sydney
Only a couple of hours and you're there :)
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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 12:28

Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 12:28
Hi Guys, remember, it’s not the destination, it’s the journey ??

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Follow Up By: Member - John and Lynne - Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 18:28

Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 18:28
Exactly! But if all you are doing is driving to cover distance and meet a tight deadline the journey is pretty dismal and possibly dangerous. The journey to Darwin is great (we have done it!) when you have time to stop and enjoy the places you come to and observe the landscape. A frantic drive to meet a schedule is not a journey - it is plain hard work and you reach the destination totally knackered! JohnandLynne
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Saturday, Jun 16, 2018 at 09:04

Saturday, Jun 16, 2018 at 09:04
Hi John & Lynne, that is true of any trip. My comment was meant as “tongue in cheek”. :-). If you need to get there in that much of a hurry, would be safer to fly.

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Follow Up By: Member - PhilD_NT - Saturday, Jun 16, 2018 at 21:57

Saturday, Jun 16, 2018 at 21:57
What a shame to find in a site dedicated to exploring Oz that people are advocating flying instead of driving. More expensive and longer duration as against cramped up in cattle class in a metal cylinder controlled by others but I'd take the drive anytime. You can save quite a bit as having your own car means not paying out for hire cars at the other end.
Such long distances, particularly solo, isn't for everybody though. Every trip I've taken between Darwin and Adelaide has been different in some way and despite the number of times I've done it I don't tire of it, but have given it to older age and make an extra night stop over.
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