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    Hey fellow Aussies, im heading eventually in a few days after my studies to Brisbane renting a car and just going up the Princes Highway.

    Any ideas where to stop along the way and view with our new scope? Im going by night

    Last time I drove to Melbourne from the "scenic" ie death trap route (in one stretch there was only crosses on the trees and flowers, and yearly news of over 16 people dead on one stretch of road of the years!) overnight in 12 hours (us Canadians drive ). Needless to say ill never do that again. Took 3 cans of Red Bull... That time i never had a scope but i could see so many stars even with not much night vision (not one light for 100s of kilometres)!
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    Is there a particular reason to go the Princes?

    Depending on which part of Brisbane you are heading to, the New England is about the same or slightly longer distance (and I mean only 10 or 20 Kms), and you could stop anywhere to get some of the best night skies that Aus has to offer.

    The New England is also faster, whichever way you want to look at it, as you will only go through about half the number of towns.

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    thanks Vinnie hmm... i thought the New England way was farther. I didnt think about the light pollution I guess New England would be less LP...

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    Well along the coast, you are, on the coast. ie at sea level.

    The New England runs up the spine of the Great Divide. As you get to the northern end, say from Uralla to Tenterfield, you are crossing regularly in and out of 3000ft "snow line" mark, especially around Guyra, and again at Tenterfield.

    Low by world standards, but way up by Aus standards, No LP and this time of year I would give anything to be around that area.

    From Sydney you follow the Princes up to near Newcastle, but actually bypass that city, and join the New England, then run up to Warwick, and cut back in to Bris from the west.

    Incidentally, once you get in to the Bris environ, you just link into the Ring Road system and travel on freeway conditions.

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    The New England highway is quicker - because there's no road works.....
    And you have some great spots to stop -
    !Granite belt - around The Summit.
    Just west of Cunninghams gap (I'd go down Cunninghams gap)
    Back of Spicer's Gap if you want to stop for a camp.
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    If you go up the Coonabarabran road through Narrabri etc you could take a week and drive by starlight.

    I was out at a farm near Collarenabri and you could see the lights of cars coming out of Walgett 20 K away. The Astral light was amazing
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    possibly older than the Yoda you have in your Avatar (this applies only as long as yoda remains there!)!

    I prefer your old one you must change it you must

    We may finance a car someday, and drive up again to gladstone but go all the way to Cairns - wife wants to visit the rain forest and parrot world!

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    well seems need to save some money so no car it will be, but maybe will rent one and will visit if I can I

    hope your weather up there is much better, here is raining straight 3 days...
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