Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Driving Yourself Mad on Holiday; the Lighter Side of Life with Lisa Maynard

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Driving Yourself Mad on Holiday; the Lighter Side of Life with Lisa Maynard

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SOAKING up the sunshine, overlooking the endless expanses of Clarkes and Belongil beaches, is an idyllic way to spend a holiday.

But to get to the picturesque tourist mecca that is Byron Bay - as I chose to travel by car - I first had to journey along what has been aptly nicknamed the billygoat track.

(Don't worry - there were no detours to Nimbin, so sobriety was kept while writing this column.)

The cruel part of holidaying in Queensland or northern New South Wales is that, if it involves driving along the Bruce Hwy, you need a vacation by the time you get to your destination.

The views on my initial jaunt from Tannum Sands to Brisbane were pleasant enough; the sizeable craters (otherwise known as potholes) no longer seem to scatter the road between Miriam Vale and Gin Gin in the same prolific manner.

And I am not irked by the numerous road works.

Instead my major concern tends to be people blatantly ignoring simple road rules and speed limits. …

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