Travelling Australia - Journal 2015c
|25 July 2015
Urunga to Casino
A reasonable day for travelling awaited us as we drove out of Urunga onto the Pacific Highway. Much of the highway has been duplicated until the outskirts of Coffs Harbour which remains a major obstacle to smooth traffic flow on the Pacific Highway; apparently little progress is being made in planning a bypass around Coffs so it appears the entire duplication of the Pacific Highway to the Queensland border will be complete in a few years with the exception of numerous traffic lights and congestion through Coffs Harbour.
Once past Coffs Harbour's traffic lights we made good progress on new freeway past Woolgoolga and associated coastal settlements. Then the highway turned inland as the new road ended and we were passing new highway construction. Traffic was surprisingly light on this main interstate highway, even allowing for a Saturday morning.
At Grafton we turned off the Pacific Highway to use the Summerland Way with its more direct route to Casino. Using the large-vehicle bypass we were quickly past Grafton and on our way to Casino a little under 100 kilometres away. Arriving in Casino we backed the caravan into its site and began unpacking. Our shortened trip was over.