Sydney harbour bridge

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  1. dirt_bloke

    dirt_bloke Triumph Tiger. Because Resistance is Useless.

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    Hi all, going on a bit of a road trip soon. Most things are sorted, but on the way back I'd like to ride over the bridge as a treat for miss Nat who will be pillion for the trip!
    As I'm not familiar with Sydney, what the best way and correct lanes to be in heading north? We're following the coast up after doing the Bonang.

    After the bridge, out to Wisemans Ferry, then north to Cessnock. We'll see how we are for time and weather as to which way after that.

    Bit of good father daughter bonding...


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  2. Russ

    Russ Let's ride Super Moderator

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    Just make sure it's open not closed for a marathon, fun run, F1 Red bull promotion a bloody picnic or some poor bloke protesting agains the family court.

    Depending on which way you approach the bridge from the south just ride on in your lane and then move across to the centre lane don't take the Kirrabilli or North Sydney off ramps head straight for lane Cove via M1->M2-> to Pennant hills turn off then out through Dural to wisemans.


    If you have time before, park in the Rocks and walk up to the South East Pylon (the one closest to the Opera house) and let you daughter climb up to the top of the pylon you get the same view as the bridge climb for a fraction of the cost.
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  3. chip77

    chip77 Been here awhile

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    Good luck in shit city I say...No easy way to ride over the "Bridge" from the south then out.. Off the bridge.I would follow the signs to the M2 Motorway to Pennant Hills Rd ..go right... up to Castle Hill Rd.[not far]..Left...Dural ..and you can't really go wrong...
    A better way to Cessnock[way quicker] is The Old Paciffic Hwy to Peats Ridge and on to the Wollombi Rd Same as before but head north out of shit city to the Berowra turn off COPS everywhere..as I said .good luck
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  5. Matt

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    Hey Pete,
    when are you in town mate?
    I might be able to provide escort duties - for a small fee.:evil

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  6. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    google the word "roadsigns" and uses of :wink:

    They were a fad that was all the rage before GPS nvigators came along... :rofl
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  7. bikeroz

    bikeroz Long timer

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    If you go south to north over bridge - no toll fees, no bus lanes.
    North to south, different story. You will have to pay, it is all E-toll only, so no booths. If you go North-South, pick the bus lane (red) to avoid traffic. Keep on the left as you approach bridge/tunnel, you will see where bus lane starts eventually. Once you over the bridge, take left again to go past Circular Queue/see Opera house, if you lucky there might be some big ass dinghy full of tourists berthed at International Terminal. :evil

    When you visiting the big smoke?
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  8. Warin

    Warin Retired

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    Going North ..

    On the bridge ...

    The two left lanes turn off to North Sydney ... so you don't want to be in those .. by the end of the bridge .. so you have plenty of time not to be in those.

    After the bridge (ummm 400 meters?) .. the road splits ... you can go either side .. don't worry about that.

    Depending on how much of a hurry your in and the traffic .. I'd not use the toll ways. Go to Epping .. you'll want a map.

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    If you go north after 3pm and before 7pm it will be terrible traffic...
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    Hey Pete! You gunna be down this far? Always welcome. Not sure how the Bonang is at the moment, lots of fires through there recently, and last time I rode through in January, it was rough as guts down the bottom. Have fun!
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  11. dirt_bloke

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    :rofl :rofl
    I thought that everybody in Sydney uses a GPS or smart phone &/or a religious minority complained so all the signs may have been taken down!

    Russ- the SE pylon climb sounds good, I was going park at Kirrabilli for the touristy photos.

    Chip- OPH to Peats Ridge was plan A, but then I haven't done the ferry before.

    Ted- Tony was right then, there is a sign! Don't want to end up in the tunnel.

    Matt- is beer required? (& bikeroz), plan now looks like Tuesday 8th April, noonish, at the Rocks, pylon climb, lunch, over the bridge to Wisemans.

    Boot- visiting relo's at Koo Wee Rup for lunch, how about afternoon smoko at the 'In Line 4' on Sunday 6th April?

    Thanks for the Bonang link Steve, I'll suck it and see at Orbost.



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    BOOTLACE Bikie Scum.

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    Bugger. I'll be at work that weekend...

    Failing the Bonang, I went over the Omeo to Mitta a cupla weeks ago. Only 2 ks of dirt left...The way it feels right now, you may even get to see some snow!
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    dirt_bloke Triumph Tiger. Because Resistance is Useless.

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    Maybe next time boot!

    Meanwhile, we're on the road ..
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    Having lunch at Armidale


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  14. KTM_Paul

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    Once you get off the ferry at Wisemans you can go left via St Albans or Right via ..... Ummmmm Kulnura(?) left is nice, dirt road fairly early on with a hump in the road that makes all the right hand turns off camber, but then it turns back to seal again (there's a really old cemetery just after the change to seal that is quite interesting if you're into that kind of thing), a few minutes later you'll be at St Albans where you can grab a coke to wash the dust out then about 100m up the road it turns to dirt again but is a much better road than the earlier one and you get a great ride all the way to the main road a little short of Wollombi (another good pub) from Wollombi head North to Cessnock :)
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  15. sidetrack one

    sidetrack one Chief Tiddler

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    So youre gonna be in Koo Wee Rup Sunday lunch, but be in Sydney for the bridge climb by lunch Tuesday? Thats gonna be one hell of a thrash on Monday, especially if you're doing the Bonang. Got a Spot tracker, like to watch this one!:D Or maybe I'm just old and have to make too many pit stops!
    Have a safe ride anyway!:deal
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  16. dirt_bloke

    dirt_bloke Triumph Tiger. Because Resistance is Useless.

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    Thanks Paul, we'll see how we're travelling for time when we get there.

    Sidetrack, that's plan A! Depends on a few things....

    Anyway, did Bells Line Of Road in the fog this morning out to Lithgow, a lap at Bathurst, pissed down between Cowra & Young ( big diesel spill on the wet road down hill into town, that continued towards Wagga Wagga Wagga.
    Took some tourist photos at Glenrowan, now in Bendigo.
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    Rest day tomorrow (touristy stuff)

    FYI, heated handle grips are tops!


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  17. dirt_bloke

    dirt_bloke Triumph Tiger. Because Resistance is Useless.

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    We had to get back a day early, so the Gippsland leg had to be canned.
    Sunday was just one of those boring rides from Bendigo to Goulburn nursing a hangover!
    Today we followed signs to the bridge:
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    Had a wonder around, some lunch & got rained on. Got to Wisemans around 2pm just as the rain started again (turned right, next time Paul), at Taree now, home tomorrow.


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  18. The Bigfella

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    Excellent. Love your photo on the grid at Bathurst. We did a similar thing some years ago with cars.
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    rabbitears Been here awhile

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    Very cool! :super
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  20. dirt_bloke

    dirt_bloke Triumph Tiger. Because Resistance is Useless.

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    Thanks guys,
    We got home about 7:30 PM on Tuesday, I've been a bit busy since. Nat handled the ride well, the Starcom1 unit made the trip much easier. Being able to talk to her, as well as having the phone blue toothed to the GPS kept Di home in mission control happy.
    The locals at Bathurst must used to every man and his dog doing the pole position photo shoot there Bigfella!
    Geez it's hard to keep the bike at somewhere near the speed limit doing a lap. It's one of tracks that I never got to race, going down the hill through the dipper would be balls out at race pace...yeah baby!

    Anyway, thanks for the tips on the bridge. Usually I'd avoid Sydney, you've got to make the trip special for our future riders...
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