Day 5 – Nambucca Heads To Grafton – 149 Kms
Day 5 – Wednesday 8th May 2013
Nambucca Heads To Grafton – 149 Kms
Turn Right At Front Of Caravan Park
0.7ks Turn Right At Fraser Park
2 Ks Turn Left Into Fraser St
2.9 Ks Turn Right Into Pacific Highway
33.5 Ks Picnic Area With Toilets
40.5 Ks Veer Left Up Ramp And Turn Right Through Roundabouts Into Sawtell Road Towards Sawtell
46.0 ks turn left to Coffs Harbour at Hogbin Drive
Cyclist to go 100 metres and turn onto cycle way on right hand side of road – back up vehicles to keep with packs as best as possible without obstructing traffic.
48.9 ks straight ahead through roundabout
50.4 ks straight ahead through roundabout
52.1 ks straight ahead through roundabout
52.4 ks straight ahead through roundabout
53.9 ks turn right at roundabout into Orlando Street to Coffs Harbour Jetty
54.5 ks after crossing bridge turn right into morning tea near porpoise pool at Coffs Creek Park
The morning run is flat & on the highway until the Sawtell exit.
Hairy down-hill left-hander shortly after leaving highway (approx 2.5k)
The morning tea stop is in a park near the beach.
There are a couple of ordinary, narrow sections of Highway
A 10k section around Urunga & another 6k section shortly after.
Don’t follow closely behind other packs, it causes too much congestion on the Highway.
Traditionally the longest day, this stage has been shortened somewhat.
I don’t think we’ll be arriving at days end feeling any fresher for the shorter distance!
Return Over Railway Line And Turn Right
55.9 Ks Turn Right At Roundabout Onto Hogbin Rd And Follow To The End
57.7 Ks Turn Left Into Arthur St And Proceed Under Highway And Turn Right To Rejoin The Highway
59.8 Ks Turn Left At Second Turn After Big Banana Into Bruxner Park Rd
62.8 Ks Straight Ahead Into Forest Drive At Top Of Hill
73.5 Ks Turn Left To Nana Glen Care To Be Taken On All Bridges And Blind Corners – Stay On The Left Side Of The Centre Line
87.5 Ks Turn Right To Grafton
98.6 Ks Turn Right Into Sherwood Creek Rd At Glenreagh Sign Also Says Glenreagh Railway Station
Lunch Area 50 Meters On Left In Park
Rolling country to hilly.
There is a climb as we leave Coffs Harbour, but it is a lot easier than what is to follow.
It can be a pretty hard stage after morning tea, the country is a bit lumpy in places and things usually hot up after the climb out of town, just after the Big Banana.
This is our first real taste of country roads and it usually gets everybody fired up. The tempo doesn’t usually slacken till we’re near the lunch stop at Glenreagh.
So expect a hard day. It’s very honest country if the pace is on. There are two turns to remember once over the climb leaving Coffs Harbour:
- First Left at 10 km
- Second Right, 15 km further on
Return To Main Road – Turn Right To Grafton
114.6 Ks Bad Bridge
136.2 Ks Turn Right At T Intersection
141.9 Ks Turn Left At Intersection
142.2 Ks Turn Right Through Roundabout
142.7 Ks Straight Through Roundabout
143.8 Ks Cross Clarence River Bridge Cyclists To Use Cycle Way Under The Bridge – Back Up Vehicle To Meet With Pack In Kentucky Fried Chicken Car Park
144.1 ks turn left into Clarence Street
144.3 ks turn right into Victoria St
145.0 Ks turn left into Princes St – Crown Hotel at end of road
Note: Will not be staying at the caravan park this year.
After lunch, everyone is usually spent and happy to get to town.
There is a horizontal plank bridge 16 km from the lunch stop, give yourself a bit of room on approach, it’s quite long and it is in a dip in the roadway.
At the T-junction turn off, 6km from Grafton the pace usually hots up for a few kilometres on the run to town. By then the day is done.
Don’t forget to pull the reins in as you approach the Grafton town limits. We need to arrive into Grafton as a tidy group, not all over the road like a drunken sailor.
Remember hard left before the bridge, we ride into town over the pedestrian walkway.
Those tenting will be provided with Hotel accommodation in Grafton as we are not welcome at the Caravan Park
Suggested alternatives in Grafton are:
- Comfort Inn Fitzroy (Motel) 02 6642 4477
- Quality Inn Grafton (Motel) 02 6643 3444
- Grafton Civic Motel 02 6642 4922
- Key Lodge Motel 02 6642 1446