Travelling Australia - Journal 2015b
|28 April 2015
West Wyalong to Narrabri
Today was another good day for travelling. Leaving West Wyalong, we planned to remain on the Newell Highway to Narrabri and wondered how many heavy transports we would be sharing the highway with. When we are travelling without the caravan heavy transports are not a problem because we cruise at just over 100 kph which is, in practice, their speed so they do not catch up with us and want to overtake.
Today's trip was a little unusual in that we passed many heavy transports (mainly B-doubles) but most were in rest areas on both sides of the road. Presumably they preferred to travel mainly at night and pulled up after dawn for their compulsory rest period.
Apart from the few heavy transports on the road, there was not much other traffic. There were a few caravans but not many considering this was the main caravan/motorhome route from Victoria to Queensland and the end of April is traditionally the beginning of the touring season for recreational vehicles. The weather remained good for travelling with very occasional light sprinkles of rain and little wind.
We stopped in Peak Hill for lunch at a small cafe we had used during a previous visit there.
Roadworks were fairly common along the Newell Highway as maintenance organisations took advantage of usually better weather. The most common operations were resurfacing of degraded sections of the road or the addition of additional overtaking lanes where this could be done without major civil engineering works. The Newell Highway continues to pass right through the middle of town and villages in outback New South Wales with very few having a signed by-pass; it is surprising that lines of large trucks, such as B-doubles, through country shopping centres has not generated local agitation for by-passes to be built.
When we arrived in Narrabri, our destination for today, we checked-in to the selected motel then went to look around the town and refresh our memories of the layout.