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Old 14-01-2009, 08:02 PM   #1
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Australia Day Roadtrip - 25th January 2009

The Mission:
To get out of town during the Australia Day long weekend for a day and do something off-the-wall.

Grasping the concept of the great Australian Roadtrip we're heading north from Canberra to feel the working class charms of Newcastle NSW.

From an early start we'll slip up the highways past Sydney before taking the scenic coastal route through the small towns and suburbs on the Central Coast.

The Destination:
Going to a working class town like Newcastle means a working class lunch venue. The Dockyard is a new pub offing a good variety of food in the heavily redeveloped former docks of Newcastle Harbour.

The website http://www.thedockyard.com.au will give you an idea of the venue.

From a relaxed lunch we'll tour the coastal scenery around the lighthase for photos before calling the mission complete.

The Return:

As the afternoon winds down we'll return to the ACT taking the most expedient route.

THE HARD DATA:

Starting Point: The Caltex Service Station on Lanyon Drive Queanbeyan.
Chosen because a full tank of fuel will be a great way to start the day

Destination: "The Dockyard" No. 13/1 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle NSW
Program it into your GPS so you're not going to get lost!

The Route: Check it out on Google Maps Click Here!

* Yes we'll use the M7 Tollroad

Inbrief!
Total Distance for the day: About 900km
Total Drive Time Each way: About 5 hours

DATE: Sunday 25th January!
Start Time: 7:30am (Meet from 7:15am)

Breakfast: Marulan about 90 minutes out of Canberra
Coffee/Comfort: Wyong Twin Servos just North of Sydney around 2 hours after Marulan
Lunch: Approximately 1pm

The goal is to be back in Canberra by Midnight, but actual departure time from Newcastle is up to the individual.

So are you feeling the Driving itch?

NOTE: All the roads will be travelled at the traffic pace or the Speed limit - whichever is more appropriate. It's Double-Demerits so there will be no speeding on my part!

If you wish to Tag on at any point just PM for a contact number, and post here with any questions!
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Old 14-01-2009, 11:56 PM   #2
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I'm in .... i'll be there bright and early
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Old 16-01-2009, 08:53 PM   #3
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Sydney Stop added:

Based on Thornleigh Maccas being about 300km from our start point and the fact we'll have one stop at least before getting there I would say 10:45 to 11amish at thornleigh Maccas.

Just PM Me a Mobile number and I'll make sure you get a warning as we're approaching (from the start of the M7 for example should give you something like 20-30 minutes notice)

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Old 24-01-2009, 10:51 AM   #4
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OK A reminder folks.

This cruise is still happening and will be leaving Canberra as planned - If you've sent me a mobile number you'll get a test message from me today some time.

Stops are at:
Canberra
Marulan
Thornleigh Maccas
Caltex Twin Servos Northbound
"The Dockyard" Newcastle

Please PM before 6:30am on the day if you want updates via SMS..
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Old 25-01-2009, 07:42 AM   #5
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well, i'm thinking that it won't be the last time this little black bear visits that end of the sticks ... it'll definitely happen sometime this year ...
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