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Tenterfield

Melbourne, Australia
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Tenterfield

Hi - bit of an unusual issue - my wife loves traveling but not across mountainous or steep terrain so I try to find flatter routes. We want to visit Tenterfield as we drive from Melbourne to Sunshine coast but want to avoid the mountains - does anyone have a solution? Is there another route out of Tenterfield that isn't going across the Dividing Range or any other steep terrain.

Thanks

Frank

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Sydney, Australia
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1. Re: Tenterfield

The Great Dividing Range is not a series of mountains. The problem you have is that, along almost all the NSW coast, there is a quite narrow coastal plain and then an escarpment up to the highland plateau. The only routes from the coast to inland without going up (or down) the escarpment are the New England and Hume Highways.

Any route from Tenterfield to the Sunshine Coast is going to have a steep descent of the escarpment.

South Pacific
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for Hobart, Tasmania
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2. Re: Tenterfield

The best way to get from Tenterfield to the Sunshine Coast without crossing the Great Dividing Range is to head south toward Tamworth, then inland to Dubbo, south through Shepparton to Melbourne, then around the coast via the Princes Highway to Sydney, thence via the Pacific Highway through Brisbane and on to the Sunshine Coast from there.

Melbourne, Australia
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3. Re: Tenterfield

Do you know if the road north west to Ballandean & then up to Toowoomba would work for me ?

Sydney, Australia
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4. Re: Tenterfield

luigi.. 3500km... nice leisurely drive over 2 weeks,

Brisbane, Australia
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5. Re: Tenterfield

You are going to have issues whichever way you go.

You can try from Ballandean to Toowoomba, then out to Esk, on to Somerset Dam and Kilcoy and then on to the Sunshine Coast.

You won't avoid all hills but you should avoid the majority of really steep drops/climbs. Whatever you do, don' t go from Warwick to Cunninghams Gap, or from Toowoomba down the range to Gatton.

Cheers

South Pacific
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for Hobart, Tasmania
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6. Re: Tenterfield

Genuinely, the easiest route down the range is from Toowoomba to Brisbane. It's pretty steep, but it's a four lane highway without any sharp bends. So head head north on the New England Highway into the centre of Toowoomba, turn right onto the Warrego Highway (James Street, signposted to Brisbane) and follow your nose from there. Can't get lost.

Oz
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7. Re: Tenterfield

Hi,

Get it over and done with.

Drive from Tenterfield to Casino, Lismore and join the M1 at the Ballina By-Pass.

Cheers,

Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews
8. Re: Tenterfield

thanks everyone - sounds like the Toowoomba - Brisbane route will be the best option

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