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Post Info TOPIC: Rest Areas On Pacific Hwy and Hume Hwy


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Rest Areas On Pacific Hwy and Hume Hwy


I'm driving from Brisbane to Geelong in a couple of weeks and I'm confused whether it's ok to stop in Rest Areas overnight in in my caravan in  NSW and Victoria. 



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There is plenty, down load the Wiki camps app., best few bucks you will spend.

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Along the Hume we utilise the VC Memorial rest stops - always clean some larger than others and often Patrolled by NSW Police.

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In NSW you may stay overnight in designated rest areas but cannot set up camp as long as it is not signposted as a Truck Parking area.

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The best thing about NSW is has some fantastic showgrounds to stay for around 20-25 bucks a night, with excellent facilities.

When we are in transit to QLD we always stay at showgrounds because with 3 kids you know the caravan parks are going to butt hurt you.

If you want free camps download wiki camps best thing you will ever do.

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There was an extended discussion on this topic on Caravaners Forum recently. I guess it's a topic that comes up often. Grumpytoo's post is a fairly good summary, but there are a couple of exceptions.There are two rest areas in the northern part of the Pacific where more stringent rules apply, apparently because there have been issues with truck drivers being unable to rest. This PDF provides the details, I gather the trial has been made permanent:

roads-waterways.transport.nsw.gov.au/documents/roads/using-roads/rest-area-parking-restrictions-trial-faq.pdf

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bristte wrote:

this PDF provides the details, I gather the trial has been made permanent:

roads-waterways.transport.nsw.gov.au/documents/roads/using-roads/rest-area-parking-restrictions-trial-faq.pdf


 

Thanks for posting that.

However it is a typical bloody government attempt to fudge the situation.

They remonstrate that caravans should not park in truck areas because truck drivers have a legal requirement to rest, this is true but so do car drivers. Show me in the legislation where it says it's OK too carry on driving your car (caravan) when you've been driving for 12 hours and are totally knackered? Such a defence would not work if you ended up on a driving charge in court. We *ALL* need to rest.

Driver rest areas in Australia are an utter disgrace when compared to most other developed countries and rather than lecture us what the damn governments should be doing is building better ones. How difficult to build or expensive can rest areas be!?

It's hard to find a good rest park for a truck I agree but it ain't easy for a 40' car/caravan either. I try not to take up truck spots and if they means that occasionally I have to park for a night  in locations people would prefer I didn't then that's just too bad.

Get off your backside and build better rest stops government!



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the biggest problem with road side rest areas is that the trucks keep coming and going all night (we are lucky MACK has done away with air starters) . some of the facilities if there are any , are absolutely disgusting which usually mean the area around them can also be depressing

just a note, mike there is no legislation that says a light vehicle has to stop, but there is legislation that state heavy vehicle drivers must stop with heavy fines/loss of license to enforce it if hours are exceeded even by 15 minutes but a heavy vehicle driver can get out of truck then drive car for as long as they want
the person in their 40 'car/ caravan rig should not be on a tight time schedule means they should be able to take the time to find a much more quieter, cleaner place just off the beaten track

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